Rock music started as the sound of youth and energy! It was born by a young generation of musicians and performers that grew up listening to blues, country, jazz and swing. They made something entirely new from all those influences and it captured the imagination of the next generation. That energy and excitement keeps inspiring each new generation of kids to constantly reinvent rock and roll.

The sound of rock music is defined by a propulsive backbeat and driving electric guitars. Even though it was a combination of blues, county, jazz or swing, those influences are streamlined into a faster machine!

Rock is usual played on electric guitar, and it’s usually loud and energetic! It can be light hearted and fun, or it can serious and angry. But it always has a unique power and intensity.

Here at Guitar Tricks® the best way to get started learning how to play rock is with our step-by-step rock guitar courses:

Rock Level 1 Course
Rock Level 2 Course

To learn rock songs on guitar, check out the songs page: Rock Song Lessons

If you are more experienced, you can explore rock guitar topics in more detail from the lessons below.