Welcome to the second part of our rock rhythm course! In this section, we build on everything we previously learnt and take it to the next level. We begin by looking at palm muting, then we expand our powerchords and finally put it all into practice by learning a full Green Day style song! This course is great fun and will get your powerchords up to scratch in no time, so get those guitars out and start practising!
In this lesson, we are working on your plectrum hand technique. Palm muting is a massive part of rock and punk music as it helps to create intense dynamics when playing with distortion. The main focus of the lesson is just to start practising the technique and get the feel for it on your guitar. Once you have that together, move onto the next lesson!
Previously, we had just been dealing with the two fingered powerchord shapes, which can sound amazing. Now we will expand on this and add the little finger to the shape to create a more full powerchord sound. In this shape, you now have the root, 5th and octave of the root. The shapes look like this:
Just as before, the great thing about this shape is that you can move it up and down the fretboard to get different powerchords. All you need to know are the notes on the E and A string. Here is an example of 5 powerchords by just moving the shape up and down the neck.
Time to put all your powerchords and rhythm learning into practice with this cool Green Day style song. This is a full song in powerchords so it will really test your finger strength, understanding of rhythm, and ability to play dynamics. Be sure to listen and watch the entire song before moving onto the next video where we will start learning how to play it!
We will start by looking at the intro guitar part and the chorus guitar part. In terms of chords, you are using the following chord shapes in the order shown in the chord chart below.
In terms of rhythm, it is nice and simple really! During the intro we are doing all down strokes with palm muting and during the chorus we are doing the universal strumming pattern as shown here:
Below, you will find the full song in tab and chord chart but remember to only look at the intro and chorus one for now. Take advantage of the looper and slow down functions to get this first part learnt!
When we get to the verse, we are coming back to our palm muting strumming and playing through a new set of chords. The strumming includes specific accents which are highlighted in the diagram below. For the longer arrows, you attack the strings harder to create the accents.
Once you have the verse together, it is time to put the whole song together and this involves learning the chord chart in full!
Below, is a link to the full chord chart / tab of the song. You can now piece the entire song together! Take advantage of the slow down and looper feature to make sure you get these parts correct.
Just as with the tab above, you can also find the audio tracks here to play along to. These are all at full speed so make sure you have practised with the tab version before trying these. Good luck!