Sick Riffs: Sadler Vaden teaches you the glorious bend-driven chorus lick of Great Peacock's Rock of Ages

Sick Riffs #137: The COVID-19 pandemic has done little to quell Sadler Vaden's creative zeal. 2020 – a year defined by Netflix marathons, stay-at-home orders and an overall decline in humanity's productivity – saw the South Carolina-born singer-songwriter conjure up his sophomore full-length, Anybody Out There?, as well as standalone single, Best Days.

But his pile of accolades from the past year doesn't stop there – he also offered up his six-string talents to Nashville's Great Peacock, contributing his characteristic leads to their new record, Forever Worse Better, namely on Heavy Load and Rock of Ages.

The latter plays host to some gloriously whimsical bend-driven lines, as well as a gorgeous Joe Walsh-inspired solo, and Vaden joins us in today's episode of Sick Riffs to teach you its chorus lick.

This one, while simple in fingering, contains many nuances to its bends, and so provides an excellent opportunity to work on the feel-based side of guitar playing.

He plays a Fender '51 Custom Shop Nocaster electric guitar through a Fender Princeton amp, Universal Audio OX Amp Top Box and a Universal Audio Apollo twin audio interface.

“The coronavirus has affected me in many ways but the biggest is the lack of income from touring,” Vaden says. “That's how a lot of us make a living these days. It has led me to do more producing and guitar session work, which has been a blessing.”

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.