For this reason, we’ve put together a short RGT Fight to the End lesson, to help introduce you to this song, which is one of the choice pieces for the RGT Rock Preliminary Grade Exam.
The opening section includes E5 and A5 power chords, followed by D and G major chords.
Make sure to observe the short silence (marked by a ‘rest’ sign in the notation) after each of the power chords.
The lead licks that occur from bar 5 onwards are all taken from the one octave open position E blues scale.
Notice how the rhythm of these licks is exactly the same as the strum rhythm that the piece opens with.
This excerpt ends with a lead run based simply on playing the E blues scale in a descending direction
If you’re unsure about how any of these sections should sound, check out the audio and video below to help guide you with how the piece should be played.
You can also click here to purchase the RGT Preliminary Grade Rock Exam book, which contains the full music to this piece, as well as all of the other musical requirements for this exam.
To view more articles in this series, please visit the “RGT Rock Guitar Video Lessons Archive.”
RGT Fight to the End Practice Tips
To help get your feet wet when learning this RGT Preliminary Grade rock song, here is a quick bit of advice on how to navigate ‘Fight to the End.’
“Both the opening three bars and the first three bars of the lead instrumental use the same 1 2& 3& rhythm. The short silence (‘rest’) at the end of each of these bars is essential to the sound, so rest your pick hand against the strings to silence them immediately after you play this rhythm each time..”
RGT Fight to the End Lesson – Audio
As well as viewing the video clip in this lesson, here are two audio tracks that you can practice along to as you work with ‘Fight to the End’ your home study.
Try practicing along with the ‘Fight to the End’ full track to begin, as this will help you hear exactly how the the guitar part should sound as you play along with the track.
Once you can play along to the full audio track, the next step would be to play along with the backing track for ‘Fight to the End’ only, in order to play the song without the help of the guide guitar track.
Here are both of those audio tracks for ‘Fight to the End’ to check out.
RGT Fight to the End Lesson – Video
Video presented by Chris Bird, Music Editor of Total Guitar Magazine
RGT Rock Guitar Preliminary Books
To find out more about the RGT Rock Preliminary Grade requirements, which include the song ‘Fight to the End,’ please download the RGT Rock Guitar Exam Information Booklet.
You can also check out the Rock Guitar Preliminary Exam Book, which comes with a CD and contains notation and recordings of all the exam pieces, as well as diagrams for all of the chords and scales that the pieces are based on.
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