VIDEO: RGT Preliminary Grade Rock - Picking lesson (TG229)

Practise upstrokes and downstrokes to get your basic picking technique sorted now.

Pick up Total Guitar issue 228 (on sale 11 June to 9 July) for the accompanying tab and explanation.

Tutor: Chris Bird
Videographer: Martin Holmes

Audio for Taken By Surprise

You'll find streams and downloads of the full track and backing track for RGT's Preliminary Grade Rock piece Taken By Surprise below.

Clicking on the links will stream the audio in a new window. Alternatively, you can download them all by right-clicking and choosing 'save as' or 'save target as', depending on your choice of browser.

RGT Initial Stage Rock Taken By Surprise full track (right-click to download)

RGT Initial Stage Rock Taken By Surprise backing track (right-click to download)

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Matt is a freelance journalist who has spent the last decade interviewing musicians for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.