ELECTRIC BEGINNERS
Before tackling this course, you should be comfortable with all the material from Turn It Up To 11! Part 1

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!

Summary: Palm muting

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!

Summary: Bigger powerchord shapes

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:

Exercise: Finding powerchords tab

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.

Summary: 'Don't Say I Never try'

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!

Summary: The intro and chorus

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.

  • Intro
  • A5 /// //// //// //// //// //// //// ////
  • Chorus One
  • D5 /// A5 /// G5 /// //// D5 /// A5 /// G5 /// G5 / A5 /
  • D5 /// A5 /// G5 /// //// D5 /// A5 /// G5 /// G5 / A5 /

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:

Materials: The intro and chorus tab

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!

Summary: The Verse and full song

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.

Summary: The Chorus and full song

Once you have the verse together, it is time to put the whole song together and this involves learning the chord chart in full!

  • Intro
  • A5 /// //// //// //// //// //// //// ////
  • Chorus One
  • D5 /// A5 /// G5 /// //// D5 /// A5 /// G5 /// G5 / A5 /
  • D5 /// A5 /// G5 /// //// D5 /// A5 /// G5 /// G5 / A5 /
  • Verse One
  • D5 /// B5 /// F#5 /// G5 /// D5 /// B5 /// F#5 /// G5 ///
  • D5 /// B5 /// F#5 /// G5 /// D5 /// B5 /// F#5 /// G5 ///
  • Bridge One
  • A5 /// //// //// //// //// //// //// ////
  • Chorus Two
  • D5 /// A5 /// G5 /// //// D5 /// A5 /// G5 /// G5 / A5 /
  • D5 /// A5 /// G5 /// //// D5 /// A5 /// G5 /// G5 / A5 /
  • Verse Two
  • D5 /// B5 /// F#5 /// G5 /// D5 /// B5 /// F#5 /// G5 ///
  • D5 /// B5 /// F#5 /// G5 /// D5 /// B5 /// F#5 /// G5 ///
  • Bridge Two
  • A5 /// //// //// //// //// //// //// ////
  • Chorus Three
  • D5 (///) A5 (///) G5 (/// ////) D5 (///) A5 (///) G5 (///) G5 / A5 /
  • D5 (///) A5 (///) G5 (/// ////) D5 (///) A5 (///) G5 (///) G5 / A5 /
  • D5 /// A5 /// G5 /// //// D5 /// A5 /// G5 /// G5 / A5 /
  • D5 /// A5 /// G5 /// //// D5 /// A5 /// G5 /// G5 / A5 /

Materials: riff tab

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.

Audio: song Audio

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!

Ready to move on? Remember to check out every lesson in this unit first – then try the next unit...

Electric Blues Part 1

There is nothing more satisfying than playing through a cool blues riff and seeing people move their bodies to the groove you're laying down! This is exactly what we want to achieve on this course, and we kick off with a blues tune and 7th chords.