The History and Development of Heavy Rock

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  • Vocals (usually male)
  • Two guitarists – Lead and Rhythm
  • Keyboards
  • Bass
  • Drums

Performance and Arrangement:

  • Powerful vocals usually delivered in a high register at a screaming level
  • Guitars play riffs using Power chords (Root and Dominant chords)
  • Soloing-fast and with a high degree of technical ability
  • Pentatonic and blues scales used regularly for riffs and solos, also the prominent  use of modal scales and chromaticism
  • Driving rhythms called ‘Chugging’ used by the guitar, drums and bass.
  • Keyboards are not used in a prominent / lead role
  • Drum parts feature lots of cymbals and toms and can be very technical.


Technology and Production:

  • Distortion and Valve amp sound create a huge guitar sound.
  • Fuzz, Wah-Wah and Phaser are the main effects used
  • Feedback and Finger Tapping techniques used
  • Drums and bass create a thick and heavy sound
  • Use of Large Reverbs



  • Blues Music
  • British Blues
  • R&B
  • Prog Rock
  • Psychedelic Rock