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sumguy67
11-16-2005, 04:48 PM
In order to understand this lesson you need to know how to read TAB,know the parts of the guitar, and know what half and whole steps are. In this lesson you'll learn how to play power chords and how to palm mute.

Part 1: Power Chords
Power chords are the most common chords in most modern rock songs. They are basiclly composed of a root note and the note 7 half-steps above it.
e|----|
B|----|
G|----|
D|-7--|
A|-5--|
E|----| This is a power chord. 7 half-steps up from the 5 is 12, or 7 on the next string.
You can also think of a power chord being a root note and then the next note 1 string and 2
frets over except for power chords played on the G and B strings. Then it's 1 fret over instead of 2.

e|----| e|----|
B|----| B|----|
G|-7--| G|-7--|
D|-7--| D|-7--|
A|-5--| A|-5--|
E|-5--| E|----| These are also power chords. The other notes are repetitions of the original one.
So 1 string and 2 frets over still applys because the extra notes are just repetitions.

e|----|
B|----|
G|----|
D|-0--|
A|-4--|
E|----| That isn't a power chord.

Part 2: Palm Muting
Palm muting is self-defined by it's name. You use the palm of your hand to mute the guitar. You palm mute by placing the palm of your hand on the bottom of the strings near the bridge. I prefer to use the very bottom part of my hand where the hand and wrist meet to mute the guitar so I can strum faster muted. You usually see palm muting represented in TAB in one of these two ways:

e|--------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------|
A|-2222--2222--2222--2222--2222--2222--2222---|
E|-0000--0000--0000--0000--0000--0000--0000---|
PM . . .... . .... .... . . ....

e|--------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------|
A|-2222--2222--2222--2222--2222--2222--2222---|
E|-0000--0000--0000--0000--0000--0000--0000---|
xx x xxxx xxxx x x xxx xxxx x x

Notice how at times I didn't have you palm mute.
This means at times you'll have to lift your hand up to play and put it back quickly.

Part 3: Review
Once you've gotten pretty good at power chords and palm muting then try Nirvana's song "Smells Like Teen Spirit". It's a great beginners song and almost the whole song if focused around palm muting and power chords. The intro is:

e|------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------|
G|------------3-3--0------------6-6-6-|
D|-3-3-33333--3-3--0-6-6-66666--6-6-6-|
A|-3-3-33333--1-1--0-6-6-66666--4-4-4-|
E|-1-1-11111-------0-4-4-44444--------|
xxxx xxxx
If you want the rest of the song then look it up.

les_kris
11-16-2005, 05:07 PM
U need code.

sumguy67
11-16-2005, 05:12 PM
what kind of code do i need on it?

SilentDeftone
11-22-2005, 12:24 PM
He means the [ code ] tags, they monospace your tablature so it's easy to read.

This has some wrong information in it, power chords are NOT chords. Also moving up a string and 2 frets over doesn't always work due to the G-B string interval.

Also, e|----------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------|
G|----------------------------------|
D|----------------------------------|
A|-22xx--xxxx--2xx2--22x2---|
E|-00xx--xxxx--0xx0--00x0---|

is NOT palm muting, that's just muted strings.

This lesson needs much work before being accepted!

-SD :dance:

sumguy67
11-22-2005, 05:14 PM
what do i type in to code them?

Burpin'Worm
11-22-2005, 07:26 PM
Before the part you want to code type [ code ] then what you want to be coded then [ /code] at the end of what you want. Just take out the spaces between the brackets and " code" "/code" when you come to do it yourself.

sumguy67
11-22-2005, 08:32 PM
ok i edited it all with the stuff you said. is there anything else i need to fix?

SilentDeftone
11-22-2005, 11:16 PM
Aren't open chords part of basic guitar? And picking and/or strumming? Also your G-B definition of a power chord isn't quite right, what you've described is a perfect 4th interval.

-SD :dance: