In this guitar lesson, you’ll learn how to play a vintage (Robin Trower style) rhythm guitar in the Part 1 video. The Part 2 video contains a lead that is made up of influences like Dave Mason, Carlos Santana, and Peter Green. I’ll break down everything note for note and show you how to play both parts. I’ll also explain where the lead comes from by explaining playing in thirds, as well as the dorian mode, so get out your phaser pedals if you’ve got them 🙂
Part 1: Rhythm Guitar Lesson (Free)
Part 2: Lead Guitar Lesson (For Premium Members)
Rhythm Slow Walk-Through Video
Lead Slow Walk-Through Video
Video Tablature Breakdown
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Very cool ! Really needed one like this !
I really love your blues lessons and that’s the main reason I’m an Premium member.
But, this is a nice departure and I’m looking forward to learning this one. It also nicely shows how blues is the foundation of rock.
Well done, as always!
Pat Brown says
I was thinking it sounded like Edgar Winter.
Awesome maestro! This one might take me a while, but I’m going to dig in and dig it!
You got it again! Dont know where you get the hats from but you keep pulling the tricks out. Looks fast for me but definitely want to get into this
fun stuff! also love the throwback Thursday acoustic lesson! Brian, I am privileged to have you as a guitar instructor friend! rock on BRO!
Love the rock and roll vibe. Thankfully this is easier to play than it first appears. The power of diads on an electric guitar with distortion and effects is amazing. Love the DejaVibe pedal. I bought one to help get a Pink Floyd/Hendrix sound and I’m thrilled to see more uses for it.
This reminds me of Ted Nugent stranglehold, I love this stuff and also enjoy playing Trower. I use a micro vide by voodoo lab and it also has that same cool vide sound. I love the variey and the compact nature of the lessions so i dont have to memorize so much.
I just pulled the stranglehold guitar pro file from Ultimate guitar tabs and it fits right over the top of this. great additionally lead riffs you can play with over the backing track
Michael Allen says
You should do this for money! Great lesson!
Now I remembered that intro riff Brian….it’s Eric Clapton’s The Core……..
There are some similarities for sure
Great lesson! I wonder in the rhytm part, do you do the muting with your palm or..?
Yes, there is a little bit of palm muting going on – as i rest my right on on the strings
kurt neumann says
So many great lessons, so little time!!!
another great lesson ,as some of the guys have said it s a little different ,but good different,, really like it, thanks brian
A. Minor says
Cool lesson Brian
So glad you did not throw this one out, I cannot wait to get started on it! Great job as usual!
Brian, Another great lesson! You have taken my guitar playing to an all new convidence.
Thanks by the way don’t have that pedal but adding bit more reverb and a lot of mix on delay
Got it acceptable until I Got, get that vibe!
Michael J says
(From Downunder), I reckon the most confidence building thing about these lessons is that I believe that with time and practice I will be able to achieve what I want to be able to do. It’s been a long time coming but thank you so much for your time, your skill, and your ability to get the message across.
Absolutely outstanding video, just watched to get all the theory your discussing, your duplicating the greats of guitar, winter, trower, clapton, it doesnt get any better than this. No private teacher could cover what you just did, in time you did.
STEWART C says
Very cool !
That is sad about Alfie.
Michael J says
So sorry about Alfie. I’m sure he’s had a great life. Vale Alfie.
[email protected] says
Another good one, Brian. And I do appreciate you taking the time to describe your setup on your axe & pedals. Thanks. Jay
richard d says
i would love to learn the music to just enough to keep mr hanging on. by vern gosdin. great song. i love my country music.
You outdid yourself with this one!
Bill W2 says
so far the up , down, and mute aspect is very challenging (set aside the note runs on the “A” string for now) as it is very similar to EP-044 (Peter Green Lesson). However, to Brian’s credit, they are different and not to be confused. Shows a wonderful ability to take a rhythm riff and alter it and develop two separate sounds. excellent.
I a little confused in the first bar of the rhythm.
In the tab you show the second four notes (16th notes) as XX 5-0,4-7 XX 5- 0,4-7 , when you demo it I don’t seem to see where the last two notes are in the free video. Is what your playing the same as the tab???
Don D. says
Thanks, Brian, this is great (as always) and kind of unexpected. Your versatility is noted and appreciated.
Hearing this reminds me of something on a double album by bassist Neil Merryweather. Coincidentally or not, Dave Mason plays on that record, but I don’t know if I’m thinking of his contribution. The album is called Word of Mouth (my favorite cut is one that guitarist Howard Roberts played on, “Mrs. Roberts’ Son”); anyone who’s into this, ought to check that album out (at least some of it is on YouTube). Neil Merryweather went on to make a couple funk-rock records that sound so much like Funkadelic, I wonder who was copping what from whom, but it’s something on that first double album that this reminds me of.
Bill W2 says
Brian, excellent lesson. Just a another way to look at “D” Dorian is to view it as the “C” Major scale centered on “D” rather than “C”…at least that’s how I see it. Going from “A” minor Pentatonic > “D” Dorian…i need to not use flats or sharps and center on “D”. I think on Part 2 “Lead Lesson” at 12:46 you hit the F# and G# instead of F and G natural. That gave the run an odd sound . Hope i’m not wrong in this.
Not wrong – you’re right on that. I considered breaking it down that way but I thought it might be more confusing. You’re right though – it’s just the C major scale starting on the D instead of the C
Nema B says
That was a crunchy ass solo
Steve H says
Part of it sounds like sounds like sugarloaf !
Michael H says
Awesome lesson Brian, thanks again! Can we see more of this rock style with that driving rhythm?
Stefan B says
In the rhythm section, as you demonstrate it there is only one muted stroke. In the tabs there are two. A little confused as to which.
Otherwise a very cool lesson.
Andrew H says
Great lesson. Super fun to jam too. Can we get another lesson like this please!
I hear Jan Akkererman, Focus, Hocus Pocus. Great Jam, Thanks Brian!