Glam Rock Style Rhythm And Solo


This week I’m doing something a little different to what I usually do: firstly, it’s a novice piece, and secondly, it uses dual rhythm and solo tab. Please let me know if you like this dual rhythm and tab idea, or even if you hate it!

Although this tune has a generic Glam Rock sound to it, it’s really based on Marc Bolan with T. Rex. His guitar style was highly influenced by the Rock ‘n’ Roll Boogie style. Bolan’s chord work was mainly in the open nut position, but he liked to use power chords (AKA partial chords) for a harder edged and less messy sound. He often mixed these with an added bass note to make a Boogie style riff. For his lead work he borrowed a Rock ‘n’ Roll technique called Double-Stopping (playing two notes at once) to get a strong sound.

Points to note:

  • The first chord of each bar is on beat ‘1 &’ (and not note ‘1’), and this creates a typical Marc Bolan groove.
  • When playing the power chords, be careful to strum only the strings that make up the chords.
  • Notice how the use of the Double-Stopping technique makes this simple lead melody sound quite strong and rocky!

As always, below the YouTube video you’ll find the backing track to play along with, and below that, the tablature. Aren’t I nice?!

Feel free to ask questions or just share your thoughts in the comments!

Watch the video:

Play along with the backing track:

Read the tab:

Glam Rock Style Rhythm And Solo

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