Classic rock songs with creative chord-runs, twists, turns – and an extra ounce of sophistication.With musical prowess, songwriting and big, lush productions as its biggest traits, bands and artists like The Doobie Brothers, David Foster, Steely Dan and Toto rose to international fame as an alternative to the more rowdy, classic rock scene. The divider AOR (Adult Oriented Rock) was coined earlier, but prominently in the late ’70s and early ’80s, the slick, vocal-driven sound of AOR topped the charts around the world. Very often, the piano or keyboard played a pivotal part in any composition.
With that as a starting point, we travelled back to when it got its foothold and worked our way through the massive vaults of inspiration. We ended up with a comprehensive collection of playing variations ranging all the way from big ballads and syncopated shuffles to beat-driven uptempo material.
Expect creative chord-runs, twists, turns and a world-class player behind the wheel – all the signifying traits of AOR as we know it. Start writing!
FEATURE SPOTLIGHT • Piano/keyboard MIDI inspired by AOR music • Performed by professional session player • 4/4, 6/8 and 12/8 variations in straight and/or swing feel • Intro, verse, pre-chorus, chorus and bridge sections