Hard Rock

On the Beach - Solo Study


Here we have a modern rock solo study "On the Beach" featuring the main techniques used in the 1980's hard rock style including bending, vibrato, picking, sweeping, legato and tapping, all presented in HD video including a 10 min lesson breakdown, complete with a set of high quality extended backing tracks & GP6/PDFs.


  • Main video
  • 4 close ups played fast and slow - both rhythm and solo parts (multi angle)
  • 5 extended backing tracks in various speeds
  • Tabs in GP5, GP6 and PDF formats - both rhythm and solo
  • mp3 of the whole lesson and rhythm part separately
  • Textual lesson explanation


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Here we have a solo study in the hard-rock style. This style gained popularity from the late 1970’s with Eddie Van Halen’s groundbreaking debut album Van Halen, released in 1978 and featuring the legendary showcase Eruption. A new modern rock sound emerged as a result of advances in amplifier technology with increased levels of gain, and along with the advent of the floyd rose locking tremolo system, lower actions, lighter gauge strings and hot rodded pick-ups, a new modern era was born and gathered pace throughout the 1980’s with bands like Van Halen, Dokken (George Lynch), Ratt (Warren Demartini), David Lee Roth (Steve Vai), Winger (Reb Beach), Whitesnake (John Sykes), Extreme (Nuno Bettencourt and Ozzy Osbourne (Randy Rhoads / Jake E Lee / Zakk Wylde etc).

The style is characterised by choppy sounding riffs interspersed with flashy fills and flamboyant lead playing, often showcasing cutting edge techniques mixed in with a blues/rock-based core vocabulary.

This solo study incorporates the main modern rock lead techniques of bending and vibrato, alternate picking, legato, sweeping and tapping and is aimed at intermediate to advanced players. There are high definition video demonstrations of the solo and rhythm parts played at full speed as well as at a slower tempo, and a 10 minute long multi angle breakdown full of pro hints and tips to get the clean sound that this style demands.

Also featuring a set of high quality wav files including solo and rhythm mixes, along with extended backing tracks recorded  at four different speeds, this solo study includes GP6 files and PDFs.