Hardcore At A Glance

author: zakk61839 date: 08/18/2010 category: music styles
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Hardcore punk, best known as hardcore, is an underground music genre that originated in the late 1970s, following the mainstream success of punk rock. Hardcore is generally faster, thicker, and heavier than earlier punk rock. The origin of the term hardcore punk is uncertain. Hardcore is considered by many of its fans as an ideology and lifestyle. Hardcore has spawned the straight edge movement and its associated submovements, hardline and youth crew. Hardcore was heavily involved with the rise of the independent record labels in the 1980s, and with the do it yourself ethos in underground music scenes. It has influenced several music genres which have experienced mainstream success, such as: metalcore, grunge, thrash metal, emo and post-hardcore. A perfect example of a pure hardcore riff or chord progression could be Black Flack's Beat my head against a wall. Notice the prominence of power chords standard tuning
inrto
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--7---5---9--------------|
--7---5---9---8---6------| (2x)
--5---3---7---8---6------|
--------------6---4------|
 
Verse
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---------------------7----| 
---7-----5-----3-----7----|   (4x)
---7-----5-----3-----5----|
---5-----3-----1----------|
Harcore punk is more or less a touch and go kind of thing, there are other spawns that sound similar but are more technical and melodic. Good examples would be newer bands like Verse or Have Heart. Intro to Have Heart's Bostons.
|------------------------------------------------0-0-0-0-0-0-----|
|------------------------------------------------0-0-0-0-0-0-----|
|---------5--------------5/4-------------5-------0-0-0-0-0-0-----|
|--2---2--5-----2-----2--5/4---2-----2---5----2--2-2-2-2-2-2-----|  
|--2---2--3-----2-----2--3/2---2-----2---3----2--3-3-3-3-3-3-----|
|--0-0-0----0-0-0-0-0-0------0-0-0-0-0------0-0------------------|
PM   .      . .   . .        .   . .        .
If you listen to the song you will notice the way to play it. But the intro riff to Bostons shows not only a prominence in power chords but also alterations of palm muting and letting the note right out. This technique gives the guitar more life hence why I call it accenting. Also notice the C chord being held out. As far as hardcore goes in guitar playing; it is mainly a feeling thing. Guitar playing in a hardcore band is important, but most important is the message, drummer, vocalist and bassist. Here is the intro to Verse's the New Fury
D#||----------3-------------3-----|----------3-------------3------|
A#||--5-------------5-------------|--5-------------5---------5s-7-|
F#||-------4------4------4------4-|-------4------4------4---------|
C#||-----5------5------5------5---|-----5------5------5-----------|
G#||------------------------------|-------------------------------|
D#||------------------------------|-------------------------------|
 
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--8---------8-------7---------7-------|
---------0--------0--------0--------0-|
-----(5)------(5)------(5)------(5)---|
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-----------(3)----------(3)----------(3)----------(3)-|
--(4)-----------(4)---------(4)-----------(4)---------|
-------(5)----------(5)----------(5)----------(5)-----|
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----------3-------------3-----|----------3-------------3-----|
--5-------------5-------------|--5-------------5-------------|
-------4------4------4------4-|-------4------4------4------4-|
-----5------5------5------5---|-----5------5------5------5---|
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----2----------------|
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Now this softer tab may come as a surprise but again hardcore is mainly about creativity and finding your own unique sound. Finding your own sound in the most important part of playing hardcore. "It has influenced several music genres which have experienced mainstream success, such as: metalcore, grunge, thrash metal, emo and post-hardcore." How do you think all of these sub-genres spread out? From hardcore bands trying to find their own sound.
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