Learn more about Rock Guitar
Frequently asked questions
Answering this question is as much about attitude as music history. Rock guitar is any six-string guitar used to play rock-and-roll, punk, or other forms of modern popular music. From Eddie Van Halen to Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page to Kurt Cobain, rock guitar has gone through fast evolutionary growth and continues to inspire new musical exploration today. Rock guitarists typically play on an electric guitar, which can handle the bending, distortion, heavy strumming, and screaming solos associated with the genre. An electric guitar also has less tension in the strings than an acoustic guitar. This allows you to play faster with greater ease, as well as bend strings farther. Some mainstays of rock guitar include power chords, bent notes, loud volume levels, and dissonance.