Hard Rock For Beginners

author: Unregistered date: 07/19/2010 category: for beginners
rating: 5.1 / votes: 8 
I have been playing guitar for a year and a half now, and I have found these lessons on UG to be very useful. However, I have noticed that there are very few that demonstrate how to begin playing hard rock. So for all you beginning rockers out there who want to play Stone Temple Pilots, AC/DC, Smashing Pumpkins, And Silverchair, just to name a few, this is where you start. First and foremost you must learn power chords. Power chords are technically just the root note and the fifth interval. (There may be an optinonal octave of the root note.) Examples:
-3
-3  -8
-1, -6 
F5  A#5
If you take the low E string and tune it down to a D, this is called droppped D tuning. Power chords in this tuning are easier to play and have a heavier sound. Examples:
-3
-3  -8
-3, -8
F5  A#5
The next thing you need to learn is barre chords. Barre chords are constructed by taking open chords and moving them down the fretboard while you use you first finger to cover all the strings. Examples:
-0-3                      -0-3
-0-3                      -2-5
-1-4                      -2-5
-2-5                      -2-5
-2-5                      -0-3
-0-3                      -x-x
E becomes G               A becomes C
first finger covers       first finger covers
3rd fret                  third fret
This takes some time to fully get a hang of, so keep practicing. Next thing you have to know is relative majors and minors. To find a relative major chord, play a minor barre chord and move it three frets up the neck. Then change the resulting chord to major. To find a relative minor, play a major barre chord and move it three frets down the neck. Take the resulting chord and change it to minor. Examples: The relative minor of C is Am The relative major of Em is G The next thing that you need to learn about is keys. Keys dictate what chords and scales are played together. A key is based off of the natural major scale. The first, fourth, and fifth intervals on this scale should be major chords. The second, third, and sixth intervals should be minor chords. The seventh should be a suspended chord. Since power chords are neither major nor are they minor, due to the fact that they do not have a third, it is difficult to put them into a key. I usually use the power chord variations on the first, fourth, fifth, and sixth, but it really doesn't matter. Examples: Key of C: Cmaj, Dm, Em, Fmaj, Gmaj, Am, Bsus4 or Bsus2 Key of C#: C#maj, D#m, Fm, F#maj, G#maj, A#m, B#sus4 or B#sus2 Key of D: Dmaj, Em, F#m, Gmaj, Amaj, Bm, C#sus4 or C#sus2 Key of D#: D#maj, Fm, Gm, G#maj, A#maj, Cm, Dsus4 or Dsus2 Key of E: Emaj, F#m, G#m, Amaj, Bmaj, C#m, D#sus4 or D#sus2 Key of F: Fmaj, Gm, Am, A#maj, Cmaj, Dm, Esus4 or Esus2 Key of F#: F#maj, G#m, A#m, Bmaj, C#maj, D#m, Fsus4 or Fsus2 Key of G: Gmaj, Am, Bm, Cmaj, Dmaj, Em, F#sus4 or F#sus2 Key of G#: G#maj, A#m, Cm, C#maj, D#maj, Fm, Gsus4 or Gsus2 Key of A: Amaj, Bm, C#m, Dmaj, Emaj, F#m, G#sus4 or G#sus2 Key of A#: A#maj, Cm, Dm, D#maj, Fmaj, Gm, Asus4 or Asus2 Key of B: Bmaj, C#m, D#m, Emaj, F#maj, G#m, A#sus4 or A#sus2 To play a minor key, you use the chords in the key of the relative major. Now that you know that, you need to start learning some songs with easy chord progressions and/or riffs. I reccommend Back In Black(AC/DC), Tomorrow(Silverchair), and Plush(Stone Temple Pilots). I am posting the verse progression for plush below.
G            D/F#
e--3--3-----------3--3-----------
b--3--3--x--x-----2--2--x--x-----
g--0--0--x--x--2--3--3--x--x-----
d--0--0--x--x--0--0--0--x--x--2--
a--2--2--x--x-----------x--x--3--
E--3--3--------2--2--2--------1--
               (thumb)
   F              C          Emaj7
e--1--1-----------0--0-----------
b--1--1--x--x-----1--1--x--x--3--
g--2--2--x--x--0--0--0--x--x--3--
d--3--3--x--x--3--3--3--x--x--5--
a--3--3--x--x--2--2--2--x--x--6--
E--1--1--------------------------
   
                              F
e--------------------------------
b--3--3--x--x--3--3---3---x------
g--3--3--x--x--3--3---3---x---2--
d--5--5--x--x--5--5---5---x---3--
a--6--6--x--x--6--6---6---x---3--
E-----------------------------1--
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