70s Arena Rock Anthems

In the 70s rock concerts got so big they started to fill sports arenas! The era of arena rock had big stages, sound, lights and production to match the big halls and crowds that filled them. Learn how to play these iconic hits from AC/DC, Kiss, Kansas, and The Who!

Artist / Title / Progress
Difficulty / style
AC/DC image
Highway To Hell AC/DC

Mike will show you the 2 guitars in this song. Guitar 1 is a crunch guitar that plays rhythm guitar throughout the song. Guitar 2 is the lead guitar that digs into some scorching licks in the solo section.

Published: 03/14/2019 Upgrade
AC/DC image
You Shook Me All Night Long AC/DC

Mike will show you the 2 guitars in this song. Guitar 1 is a crunch guitar that plays rhythm guitar throughout the song. Guitar 2 is the lead guitar that digs into some killer licks.

Published: 03/14/2019 Upgrade
AC/DC image
TNT AC/DC

Mike will show you the 2 guitars in this song. Guitar 1 is a crunch guitar that plays rhythm guitar throughout the song. Guitar 2 is the lead guitar that digs into some scorching licks throughout.

Published: 03/14/2019 Upgrade
Blue Oyster Cult image
Don't Fear the Reaper Blue Oyster Cult

In this nine lesson tutorial, Tom Finch will guide you through the various parts of the classic rock hit, "Don't Fear the Reaper" as made famous by Blue Oyster Cult. We'll examine the gear and tone, the classic hook, the pre-chorus and chorus chords and structure, tasty fills in the chorus, the intriguing form in the song and solo, the final chorus, and a play along at the end. Get out your cowbell!

Published: 10/20/2010 Upgrade
Blue Oyster Cult image
Burnin' For You Blue Oyster Cult

In this extensive set of lessons, Mike Olekshy takes you through all the parts in the classic rock radio staple "Burnin' For You" as made famous by Blue Oyster Cult. Mike will explain the tone and effects used, and the power chord rhythm parts and harmonized motif in the intro plus the lead over the top. He'll then take you through the verse parts: the single note line and the chords that play at the same time. After that comes the pre-chorus and chorus and the licks within, plus the re-intro. You'll also learn the main solo in two parts, and the fills in the outro. The play along with the entire song with our custom backing track!

Published: 02/18/2011 Upgrade
Cheap Trick image
Surrender Cheap Trick

In this tutorial we're going to show you how to play the song "Surrender" as made famous by Cheap Trick in the late 1970's. Both a live and studio recording success for the band, "Surrender" continues it's success today by it's extensive use in TV shows, movies, and video games. Douglas Showalter is going to cover how to play all the rhythm guitar tracks as well as giving you a chance to work through each section before playing the full play-along at the end.

Published: 01/21/2010 Upgrade
Cheap Trick image
I Want You To Want Me Cheap Trick

In this tutorial we'll visit the live classic made famous by Cheap Trick in 1979, "I Want You To Want Me". Tom Finch will talk a bit about the gear and tone, then teach you the intro, the hook, the verses, pre-chorus, and chorus; the two solos; and the outro. Then we'll play it along with the full backing track.

Published: 08/16/2010 Upgrade
Cheap Trick image
Dream Police Cheap Trick

Mike will show you the guitar parts in this song, which include rock strumming approaches, catchy single note riffs, dynamics, and chord arpeggiation.

Published: 09/01/2016 Upgrade
Foghat image
Slow Ride Foghat

In this set of lessons, Tom Finch will be teaching you the song "Slow Ride", by Foghat. Tom will give you an overview of the tune and talk about the gear and tones, then dig right into the classic main riff. Next up is the chorus, followed by a look at the verse and pre-chorus sections. The last three lessons will break down the post-chorus, the melody, and the outro, then we'll finish with a play along.

Published: 02/29/2012 Upgrade
Foghat image
I Just Want To Make Love To You Foghat

Tom will show you the killer riffs and solo to this classic rock cover of a blues tune. There are lots of call and response lines, lots of tight riffing and some great sounding harmonized lines.

Published: 04/02/2015 Upgrade
Foghat image
Fool For The City Foghat

Mike will show you all 4 guitar layers in this song. Guitar 1 is the main crunch electric guitar that handles the rhythm riffs throughout the tune. Guitar 2 is the lead electric guitar that adds some killer licks and solos. Guitar 3 is also a lead guitar that appears in the reintro to add some tasty sounding harmonization to a killer lick. Finally, Guitar 4 is an acoustic guitar that appears in the interlude section to temporarily inject a country flavor to the arrangement.

Published: 02/16/2016 Upgrade
Heart image
Barracuda Heart

In these 10 lessons we'll break down the classic 70s rocker "Barracuda", made famous by Heart. You'll learn the main hook riff, the sections of the song form, and the solo... plus some really cool guitar tricks like pick slides and whammy bar dives, the flanger effect on guitar, the use of harmonics as single note melodies and chord support, and some odd meters along with some very interesting variations in rhythms and riffing.

Published: 11/25/2010 Upgrade
Heart image
Magic Man Heart

In this tutorial Mike Olekshy will teach you "Magic Man", by Heart. Mike will discuss the tones, then teach the intro and verse rhythm. We'll look at the intro lead next, then learn the chorus rhythm; then it's leads and a solo in the re-intro. Chorus 3 leads a variation are next, then the rhythm under the solo. The next 4 lessons break down the 2 main solos, then we look at the song ending. A performance and jam along finishes things up.

Published: 05/16/2012 Upgrade
Kansas image
Carry On Wayward Son Kansas

Welcome to a giant standard in the classic rock catalog. In this series, we'll explore how to take simple chords and scales and add a healthy dose of chops to learn Carry On Wayward Son. This tutorial will methodically break down all the major song riffs as well as the solos, the tempos and feels, the rhythmic elements, the tone and gear, and lots more. We hope you are warmed up!

Published: 10/15/2009 Upgrade
Kiss image
Rock and Roll All Nite Kiss

In this set of lessons, Mike Olekshy will teach you "Rock and Roll All Nite", by Kiss. Mike will introduce the song to you then discuss gear and tones, then start in with breaking down the intro and verse riffing. The pre-chorus and chorus parts are up next, then we'll get into the pentatonic-based solo. We'll learn the song ending before we do full and single guitar play along performances, then you'll take over in the jam along.

Published: 07/18/2013 Upgrade