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month six

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month six

Week One styles ‘rock’ Rhythms for every style of music are very diversified, and especially now there is more overlap than ever before in styles of playing. This overlap makes each music style more interesting in itself. Over the next few lessons we will scrape the surface of several styles of music to get a basic idea of the techniques are used to produce the sounds. Rock. Rock rhythms are concentrated mainly on producing power from the guitar, and strangely you get a more powerful sound from the guitar by using less notes per chord rather than more. Most rock chords consist of two or three notes, usually around the bass.

eye of the tiger

exercise 1

try to make these chords sound powerful using barre chords only play the bottom two or three strings.

Am - - - Am G Am - - - Am G Am - - - Am G F - - -

This signifies a DOWN strum or pick

exercise 2

try playing just this bass note in groups of three, touching the strings slightly with the right hand to mute the note a little. This is called palm muting.

This signifies an UP strum or pick

5 55 5 55 5 55 5 55 5 55 5 55 5 55 5 55 5 55 5 55 5 55 5 55 5 55 5 55 5 55 5 55

exercise 3

Put the two previous exercise together to produce the famous riff.

Am

7 7 5

Am G Am

7 7 5 55 5 5 5

5 5 3

7 7 5

G Am

7 7 5 55 5 5 5

5 7 5 7 3 5

7 7 5 55 5 5 5

G

F

5 5 3

3 3 1

1 11 1 11 1 11

Practice this until you can play this as it is written, with only partial chords, then try to play it with the full barre chords. It is surprising that by putting more notes into the chords you actually weaken the impact of the chord, where as just two or three notes gives the chord greater impact.

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styles

rock, grunge and punk techniques When playing rock and grunge styles of guitar it is quite normal to cheat when playing barre chords. If you look at the exercises we have done so far it is clear that you rarely play the top strings and therefore their is no need to finger them. Also because you can easily find yourself playing entire tunes in barre chords it may be important to make it as easy as possible to play them. ‘A’ string rooted

‘E’ string rooted

x x x

Power chord fingering for the first and second position barre chords.

x x

x

1

1

3

3

clicks

A click is a style of what is called ‘percussive strumming’. This is when you use the guitar to create a rhythm. A click isn’t a true note, it is the sound generated when you strum the strings when they are muted. To produce a click simply rest your left hand on the strings over the frets, without pressing down and strum the strings. It should sound like a clicking sound.

x x x

x x x

x x x

x x x

x x x

x x x

x x x

x x x

x x x

x x x

x x x

x x x

x x x

x x x

x x x

x x x

Note. Their are no fret numbers denoted because it isn’t important, because you cant hear the tone.

exercise exercise 1

Try the following exercise to get used to applying and releasing pressure when going between clicks and chords. Remember you can keep the chord shape if you want during the clicks, just don’t press.

F 3 3 1

x x x

3 3 1

x x x

3 3 1

x x x

3 3 1

x x x

3 3 1

x x x

3 3 1

x x x

3 3 1

x x x

7 7 7 7 5 5

x x x

7 7 5

exercise 2 F 33 33 11

G x x x x x x

33 33 11

x x x x x x

55 55 33

A x x x x x x

55 55 33

x x x x x x

7 7 7 7 5 5

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x x x

3 3 1

x x x


month six

Week Two exercises Rock shuffle (based on the twelve barre blues in ’E’) Practise this sequence, playing it palm muted. The chord names above the tab are only the chords that are reflected in the backing, you don’t have to try and play them.

E

E

22 44 22 44 22 44 22 42 22 44 22 44 22 44 22 42 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 A

E

22 44 22 44 22 44 22 42 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 22 44 22 44 22 44 22 42 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 B

A

E

44 66 44 66 22 44 22 42 22 22 22 22 00 00 00 00 22 44 22 44 22 44 22 42 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00

The Spirit in the sky - Norman Greenbalm G

C

5 5

3

5 5

5 5

5 5

5 5

3

Bb

G

3 3

5 5

5 5

3

5 5

5 5

5 5

5 5

Bb

C

3 3

5 5

2 2 0 0

2 0

3

Typical Van Halen style riff H

0 3

H

2 2 0 0

3

2 0

2 2 0 0

3

2 0

0 3

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2 2 0 0

3

2 0

3


tune

Smoke on the water - Deep purple intro x 4 times 0 0

3 3

5 5

0 0

3 3

6 5 6 5

0 0

3 3

5 5

3 3

0 0

verse F

Gm 3 3 5

5

3

3

3 3 5

5

3 3 5

5

3

3

3 3 5

5

5

3

3 3 5 1

3 3 5

5

3

3 3 5

5

3 3 5

5

3

3

3 3 5

5

C

5

5

C

3

1

3

5

Gm

3

1 2 3 3

5

3 3 5

5 5 3

optional

6

4

3 3 5

5

3

3 3 5

G

G#

5

5

3

chorus

3

3

1 2 3

F

Gm

3

Gm

6

6

3 5 3 5 3 0 3 3 5 3 5 3 0 3

5 5 3

G#

5

5

5 4

6

6

6

0 0

3 3

5 5

0 0

3 3

6 5 6 5

arrangement 0 0

3 3

5 5

3 3

intro verse - chorus verse - chorus verse - chorus instrumental verse - chorus intro - intro

0 0

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3 3 5


month six

Week Three tune

Livin’ on a prayer - Bon Jovi Main theme

Where an ‘Am’ appear in blue, play the main theme

Am 7 7 5

7 7 5

0

G

Am

5 5 3

7 7 5

G 7 7 5

0

5 5 3

intro Am

Am

verse Am

Am

Am

Am repeat once

F

G

Am

Am

bridge F

G

Am

F

F

G

Am

F

G

Am G

chorus repeat once

Am

F

G

C

F

F

F

G

instrumental repeat once

F

arrangement

F

G

intro - verse - bridge - chorus - verse - bridge - chorus - instrumental - chorus (repeat and fade)

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styles ‘grunge and punk’ Grunge and punk started off sounding very similar, in that they were a counter culture where the messier the music style the better. However as time has gone by the grunge sound is becoming more rock inspired ( in general) with more accuracy and skill involved. The examples bellow are more punk and early grunge inspired.

exercise 1

a typical open chord movement.

D

A 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0

3 2 0 D

2 2 2 0

E 2 2 2 0

2 2 2 0

2 2 2 0

2 2 2 0

2 2 2 0

2 2 2 0

A 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0

3 2 0

exercise 2

2 2 2 0

E 2 2 2 0

2 2 2 0

2 2 2 0

2 2 2 0

2 2 2 0

2 2 2 0

F E 1 . 2 . 3 . 4 .

10 10 10 10 8 10 10 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8

Intro/chorus

2 2 0

2 2 2 0

2 2 2 0

2 2 2 0

2 2 2 0

2 2 2 0

2 2 2 0

A 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0

2 2 2 0

C 1 . 2 . 3 . 4 .

2 2 2 0

2 2 2 0

2 2 2 0

F E 1 . 2 . 3 . 4 .

10 10 10 10 8 10 10 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8

9 9 7

9 9 7

Song two - Blur.

F Eb Ab Bb C 1 . 2 . 3 . 4 . 1 . 2 . 3 . 4 . 10 10 10 10 10 10 13 8 8 8 13 11

2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0

2 2 2 0

The main riff of ‘Anarchy in the UK - The Sex pistols

C 1 . 2 . 3 . 4 .

exercise 3

2 2 0

A

13 13 11

13 13 15 17 13 13 15 17 11 11 13 15

17 17 15

F Ab Bb C Eb 1 . 2 . 3 . 4 . 1 . 2 . 3 . 4 . 10 10 10 10 10 10 13 8 8 8 13 11

13 13 11

13 13 15 17 13 13 15 17 11 11 13 15

17 17 15

verse

F Eb Ab Bb C 1 . 2 . 3 . 4 . 1 . 2 . 3 . 4 . 8 3 3 3 8 3 3 3 6 1 1 1

8 8 6

6 6 8 10 6 6 8 10 4 4 6 8

10 10 8

Eb F Ab Bb C 1 . 2 . 3 . 4 . 1 . 2 . 3 . 4 . 8 3 3 3 8 3 3 3 6 1 1 1

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8 8 6

6 6 8 10 6 6 8 10 4 4 6 8

10 10 8


month six

Week Four tune

Smells like Teen Spirit - Nirvana intro

semi acoustic F Bb G# C# 1 . 2 . 3 . 4 . 1 . 2 . 3 . 4 . 3 3 1

3 3 1

x x x x x x x x x x x x

3 3 3 3 1 1

6 6 4

6 6 4

x x x x x x x x x x x x

6 6 6 6 4 4

electric F Bb G# C# 1 . 2 . 3 . 4 . 1 . 2 . 3 . 4 . 3 3 1

3 3 1

x x x x x x x x x x x x

3 3 3 3 1 1

6 6 4

6 6 4

x x x x x x x x x x x x

6 6 6 6 4 4

F Bb G# C# 1 . 2 . 3 . 4 . 1 . 2 . 3 . 4 . 3 3 1

3 3 1

x x x x x x x x x x x x

3 3 3 3 1 1

1

6 6 4

x x x x x x x x x x x x

6 6 6 6 4 4

repeat x 4 F Bb G# C# 1 . 2 . 3 . 4 . 1 . 2 . 3 . 4 . 3 3 1

3 3 1

x x x x x x x x x x x x

3 3 3 3 1 1

verse 1 . 2 . 3 . 4 .

6 6 4

1 . 2 . 3 . 4 . 1 . 2 . 3 . 4 .

1

1

6 6 4

6 6 4

x x x x x x x x x x x x

6 6 6 6 4 4

repeat x 3 1 . 2 . 3 . 4 .

1

chorus Fm 1 . 2 . 3 . 4 . 1 1 3

1 1

1 1 3

1 1

Fm 1 . 2 . 3 . 4 . 1 1 3

1 1

1 1 3

1 1

F Bb G# C# 1 . 2 . 3 . 4 . 1 . 2 . 3 . 4 . 3 3 1

3 3 1

x x x x x x x x x x x x

3 3 3 3 1 1

6 6 4

6 6 4

x x x x x x x x x x x x

6 6 6 6 4 4

Fm 1 . 2 . 3 . 4 . 1 1 3

1 1

1 1 3

1 1

Fm 1 . 2 . 3 . 4 . 1 1 3

1 1

1 1 3

1 1

repeat x 6 F Bb G# C# 1 . 2 . 3 . 4 . 1 . 2 . 3 . 4 . 3 3 1

3 3 1

x x x x x x x x x x x x

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3 3 3 3 1 1

6 6 4

6 6 4

x x x x x x x x x x x x

6 6 6 6 4 4


F F# 1 . 2 . 3 . 4 . 3 3 1

F Bb 1 . 2 . 3 . 4 .

3

3 3 4 3 3 4 1 1 2

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 1 1 1

3 3 1

1 1

F F# 1 . 2 . 3 . 4 . 3 3 1

3

3 3 4 3 3 4 1 1 2

F Bb 1 . 2 . 3 . 4 . 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 1 1 1

3 3 1

1 1

solo 1 4

1 1

1 0

1 0

1

4

4

2

1 0

1 0

2 1

1

3

3

1

3

1 0

1 0

1

3 1 0

1 0

1 0

3

coda Fm 1 1 3

Fm 1 1

F 3 3 1

1 1

1 1 3

Bb 3 3 1

x x x x x x x x x x x x

1 1 3

1 1

G#

3 3 3 3 1 1

6 6 4

1 1

1 1 3

x x x x x x x x x x x x

1 1 3

Fm 1 1

6 6 6 6 4 4

1 1

1 1 3

F

C# 6 6 4

Fm

1 1 3

Bb

3 3 1

3 3 1

x x x x x x x x x x x x

F

1 1

G#

3 3 3 3 1 1

6 6 4

1 1

1 1 3

C# x x x x x x x x x x x x

6 6 4

6 6 4

6 6 4

feedback

3 3 1

arrangement intro - verse - chorus - verse - chorus - solo - verse - coda

Alternative (harder) version of the main riff.

F 3 3 1

Bb 3 3 3 3 1 1

x x x x x x x x x x x x

3 3 1

G# 3 3 1

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0 0

6 6 4

C# 6 6 6 6 4 4

x x x x x x x x x x x x

6 6 4

6 6 4

0 0

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