Classic Rock Songs

Classic Rock Songs

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Level 1


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Bad Moon Rising

Creedence Clearwater Revival

'Bad Moon Rising' is an upbeat and feel good tune. The rhythm combines aspects of the vocal melody, while keeping true to what the guitar player plays on the record. This is a great tune to work on for strumming practice.

NWnew
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Norwegian Wood

The Beatles

This arrangement is a great introduction to playing chord melodies. There are two melodies in the song. The first is the most recognizable, but the second is beautiful too.

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Wipe Out

The Surfaris

'Wipe Out' features a memorable guitar hook and drum beat set in a 12 bar blues. Our arrangement was written to emphasize these two aspects. This is a simple and fun arrangement you can get down in an afternoon.

Level 2


BEGnew
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Brown Eyed Girl

Van Morrison

I had a lot of fun arranging this tune! The backbeat (slaps) absolutely make the arrangement stand out.

DSB NS V2
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Don't Stop Believin'

Journey

'Don't Stop Believin' is a staple of classic rock radio. Our arrangement condenses the song slightly, while staying true to all the melodies and guitar riffs that made it a classic!

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Here Comes the Sun

The Beatles

'Here Comes the Sun' is a classic Beatles tune and is absolutely perfect for the ukulele! This arrangement stays true to the melody and is a great tune for fingerstyle playing.

radioactive
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Radioactive

Imagine Dragons

'Radioactive' manages to take a simple 4 chord progression and turn it into one of rock's biggest hits in recent years.

Sirius
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Sirius

The Alan Parsons Project *

This arrangement makes use of a loop pedal to recreate the instruments used on the record. Backing tracks are included for playing the melody and solo if you do not have a loop pedal.

Level 3


ATBL V2
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Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love

Van Halen

This arrangement is an advanced lesson that features many guitar techniques that defined Eddie's playing. Hammer-ons, pull-offs, and legato licks are all incorporated in this arrangement.

Birthday Beatles
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Birthday

The Beatles

This arrangement cycles through all the parts of the original recording including the drum breakdown.

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Seven Nation Army

The White Stripes

What do you get when you add an iconic riff + a simple beat? The best "garage rock" song ever!

STTA
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She Talks To Angels

The Black Crowes

'She Talks To Angels' features an iconic guitar riff with catchy rhythmic strumming.

something
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Something

The Beatles

This arrangement makes use of free-time and expression for the first half. When the bridge and solo kick in, we are right back into a steady beat.

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Under The Bridge

Red Hot Chili Peppers

The Red Hot Chili Peppers have always been known for having some great rhythmic songs and this is definitely one of them!

Doves
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When Doves Cry

Prince

This arrangement is chock-full of the elements that made Prince great; from sick guitar licks to funky piano riffs and an attitude driven lyrical melody.

Level 4


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Hide Away

Freddie King

‘Hideaway’ is an iconic blues guitar standard that every great player has covered. My interpretation weighs heavy on SRV’s version.

If I Fell
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If I Fell

The Beatles

This arrangement of 'If I Fell' was written for the fingerstyle player in mind.

life
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In My Life

The Beatles

‘In My Life’ has always been one of my favorite songs due to it’s simplistic beauty. It’s one of the songs that really resonates in people.

JBG
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Johnny B. Goode

Chuck Berry

The song that inspired millions of people to pick up a guitar! And wow, it sounds just as cool on ukulele!

landslide
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Landslide

Fleetwood Mac

'Landslide' is a great example of Travis Picking. Travis picking, named after Merle Travis, is a repetitive right hand picking pattern where the underlying chords continually change. Travis picking is great practice for fingerstyle playing.

woman V2
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She's Always A Woman

Billy Joel

This arrangement of ‘She’s Always a Woman’ was written for the finger-style player in mind.

stairway
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Stairway To Heaven

Led Zeppelin *

An 8 minute opus compressed to just under 3. I tried to pull the best parts of the song and play them at least once throughout this arrangement.

Sultans
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Sultans Of Swing

Dire Straits *

Featuring a killer groove, ‘Sultans Of Swing’ is an ideal song for working on rhythm and soloing technique.

Chicken
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The Chicken

Jaco Pastorius *

‘The Chicken’ is a Jazz-Funk based groove with a catchy melody and a great bass line. This arrangement features two backing tracks. One for rhythm playing, the other for lead.

Help Friends
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With A Little Help From My Friends

The Beatles

This arrangement takes us through the entire song while expanding upon the melody and harmony.


* Songs that feature a blue asterisk include play-along backing tracks.
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