80s TV-theme style guitar solo

Enjoy this 80s-TV-Themed Guitar Solo, featuring synths, palm trees, all the wrong colors and some fun guitar licks!  Solo played on my Suhr Modern Pro HH.

About This Solo

I was born in the 80s, so that might explain my fascination for 80s music (that and playing too much GTA Vice City back in the day). This 80s guitar solo is played over a retro-themed rock backing track in the key of A minor. The track opens with a classic Moog-synth pattern (Arturia Mini V), that inspired me to play long notes, and gradually build up a more melodic solo with some classic 80s guitar spice. The solo is mostly A minor & A minor pentatonic

Backing Track

Epic 80s backing track here or you can purchase the track (high quality wav-version) here: 

Featured Lick
Septuplets
Septuplets

To paraphrase Bob Ross, this guitar lick was a ‘happy accident’ during improv. This legato lick has 2 septuplets patterns (beats 1 & 2), before sinking into the groove of the song again. 

Gear

👉 Check out my gear page on Thomann: gear-thomann.guitar-inspiration.com

Epic 80s Rock Guitar Backing Track #02 (A minor)

This second 80s rock backing track called ‘Out Of Bounds‘ is inspired by 80s rock guitar music and my love for 80s TV music (yes, a guilty pleasure). I took some inspiration from the Arturia Mini-V3, CM-V and TV-shows like Miami Vice Jam along with the YouTube video (chords are shown on the screen), or download the chord sheet below.

About the track

About 9 months ago, I released a first 80s rock jam track and – to my surprise – it’s doing very well on YouTube. So recently, I thought it was time to write another one of these tasty 80s rock guitar backing tracks, this time with a little more emphasis on the 80s synth sounds. The CMI-V and Mini V from Arturia provided just the right mood I was looking for.

Featured Lick

This 80s rock backing track follows a very simple chord progression (only 3 chords) in the key of A minor. During the verse, the clean guitar plays the following lick:

80s Guitar Chord Lick
Am9 Motif

So the main motif in this 80s rock backing track is an Am9 arpeggio, with a ringing 9th (open B-string). The part is doubled with an effects track and some heavy chorusing (Syntorus by D16-group). 

Improvising Tips

Improvising tips for this 80s rock backing track include A aeolian, A minor pentatonic.

Gear
  • Synths: Arturia CMI-V, Arturia Mini-V  (links to plugin boutique)
  • Electric Guitar: Suhr Modern HH
  • Amps: Fractal AX8
  • Bass: Spectrasonics Trilian
  • Drums: Steven Slate Drums 5.5
  • Recorded & Mixed in the Box.
Buy The Track

If you’re interested, you can purchase a high-quality (cd-mastered) version +mp3 of this guitar jam track here

👉 Check out my gear page on Thomann: gear-thomann.guitar-inspiration.com

Surf Pop Rock Jam Track in E minor

Modern, uplifting surf-inspired rock-pop jam Track in E minor (150 bpm). Have fun with this  guitar backing track! Download the chord chart here:

About this jam track

Inspired by great surf tracks of the past, this surf backing track gives the genre a modern twist. The harmony also leaves room for Tex-Mex influences (on the B7). The A-section follows a rapid chord progression that brings the main, upbeat groove of the song. The B-section is marked by arpeggiated patterns in the electric guitar. Faster sections are interchanged with short breaks, that leaves room for lower melodies on the guitar.

My solo

If you’re looking for some inspiration for a solo over this track, you can check out my solo here

Gear
  • The main guitar used on this surf pop rock jam track is a Fender Stratocaster (1994 American Standard, stock pickups)
  • The only amp used this time is a Fender Blues Jr. III (I decided to go oldschool, so no modeler was used for the guitar tracking this time).
  • Drums: Steven Slate Drums 5.5
  • Bass: programmed with Spectrasonics Trilian
Buy the track
If you’re interested, I offer a high quality WAV (+ mp3) (CD-master) of this backing track from my Sellfy-store.

I had a lot of fun making this surf pop rock backing track, & I sincerely hope that this video will provide you with some inspiration. Keep on playing that guitar! Maarten.