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Rules of Rock

This course features 15 rock songs that are exclusive to JamPlay. Each song will be broken down into rhythm and melody and then dissected in great depth. Beyond that, you will learn how to improvise over JamTracks, write creative melodies and solo sections, learn how to write riffs, and much more. This really is a comprehensive toolbox for instrumental rock players.

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Each song below is broken up into two seperate parts: the rhythm and melody sections. We recommended watching both as there is a lot of hidden information in these gems. Learning the song itself is only the first part of the journey. After learning, try improvising over the included JamTrack, try write your own melody or lead section, or even try to write your own version of the rhythm.

Lessons in this Series:

Lesson 1

Series Introduction

Welcome to Rock Out: A Backing Track Series - 15 original backing tracks and dozens of inspirational licks and riffs from the mind of Prashant Aswani.

Length: 2:22 Difficulty: 0.5 Free Sample Lesson
Lesson 2

Blue Sky - Rhythm

Jumping right in! In this lesson we're going to look at the first track in the series, Blue Sky. We'll be breaking down the arrangement and learning some rhythm ideas to get started.

Length: 20:41 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 3

Blue Sky - Melody

Now that we know what's going on progression-wise, let's look at some melody ideas for the Blue Sky backing track.

Length: 17:36 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 4

Rush Hour - Rhythm

With a punchy rhythm on the verses and long sustaining chords and arpeggios on the chorus, Rush Hour is a piece you're not going to want to put down any time soon.

Length: 14:17 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 5

Rush Hour - Melody

Join Prashant as he breaks down some melody components that work well over the Rush Hour backing track.

Length: 12:44 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 6

Bullet in the Brain - Riff

Feeling aggressive? Maybe angry? This tune is perfect for you. Join Prashant as he walks through this driving, aggressive track and teaches some cool riffs that you can integrate into your own playing.

Length: 15:09 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 7

Bullet in the Brain - Melody

Join Prashant as he walks through the dark, phrygian melody he crafted for this A section of the tune, and then into a more optimistic question and answer movement on the B.

Length: 18:15 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 8

Raw Deal - Rhythm

If you haven't had any fun yet, that's about to change. This track is a fun romp utilizing a drop d tuning and a driving rhythmic riff.

Length: 14:20 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 9

Raw Deal - Melody

This melody creates uses bending and whammy bar to create a soaring lead line with a very vocal feel.

Length: 7:47 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 10

Break Out - Rhythm

Let's take a look at the rhythm and arrangement for the Break Out backing track!

Length: 25:49 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 11

Break Out - Melody

Now that we've got the rhythm down, let's learn some melody ideas for playing over the Break Out track!

Length: 20:57 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 12

Burnin' - Rhythm

In this lesson we're going to take a look at the rhythm parts for the backing track, Burnin'.

Length: 11:20 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 13

Burnin' - Melody

Well, you've mastered the rhythm for Burnin' (hopefully), so let's take a look at some melody ideas!

Length: 7:28 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 14

Calm Moment - Rhythm

Ready to slow things down a bit? This track, as it's name denotes, is a great chance to slow down and learn how to use space in your playing.

Length: 18:55 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 15

Calm Moment - Melody

Join Prashant as he walks through some melodic ideas you can use over the Calm Moment track.

Length: 9:13 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 16

Darkness - Rhythm

Join Prashant as he walks through his approach to the rhythm of the track, Darkness.

Length: 9:02 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 17

Darkness - Melody

In this lesson, Prashant walks through some melody ideas that could be used over Darkness.

Length: 7:05 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 18

Lead Nova - Rhythm

The Lead Nova track is a heavy, driving tune with a metal vibe. Join Prashant as he explains his approach to the rhythm for this track.

Length: 16:03 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 19

Lead Nova - Melody

Learn some melody ideas that can be used over the dark, chromatic feel of Lead Nova.

Length: 8:04 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 20

Meris - Rhythm

In this lesson, Prashant introduces you to the heavy groove track called Meris. Learn some useful riffs to use as a rhythmic element over the track.

Length: 14:57 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 21

Meris - Melody

The melody for this track takes advantage of doubling the rhythm riff and then adding in some tasty lines in a call and response type interaction.

Length: 5:51 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 22

White Paper - Rhythm

This repetitive, somewhat funky feeling track, White Paper, has a great vibe and offers a fun detour into a different feel than many of the other tracks in this series.

Length: 7:04 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 23

White Paper - Melody

Now that we've laid down some funky rhythm riffs, we are going to add some soaring melody lines to this groovy track.

Length: 7:38 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 24

The Coast - Rhythm

This laid back track provides a great setting for using chord melody, as Prashant demonstrates in this lesson.

Length: 10:45 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 25

The Coast - Melody

Chances are, you'll just feel good after listening to this track. Imagine yourself driving along the twisting Californian coast with the windows down and the sun shining, and that's what this melody feels like.

Length: 8:35 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 26

Time Stamp - Rhythm

From single note riffs, to arpeggiated chords, and then some hybrid picked chord hits, this song is simple, yet diverse, and is sure to be a good time...stamp.

Length: 11:09 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 27

Time Stamp - Melody

Learn some new vibey, melody ideas to utilize over the track Time Stamp.

Length: 11:12 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 28

Summer - Rhythm

While the rhythm for this track is pretty simple (think repetitive, easy chords), As Prashant explains in the lesson, the challenge comes in keeping steady, robotic sound.

Length: 12:31 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 29

Summer - Melody

Join Prashant as he shares some more ideas for creating melodies over the track Summer.

Length: 7:15 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 30

Shackles - Rhythm

We've made it to the last Rock Out track! Shackles, is a ready, steady rock'n'roll tune with a catchy, repetitive riff that's a lot of fun to play!

Length: 14:35 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 31

Shackles - Melody

Here are some great melody ideas for the track, Shackles!

Length: 7:08 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
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