#1
What are some good chords for punk and grunge other than powerchords and two-string barchords? I'm a bassist, and although I like to write the guitar in when I write songs, my primary complaint when critted in the tabs and chords forum is that I need to move beyond powerchords. So, what would be some good ones to use? Below are all the ones I currently use.


e|----|----|----|-0--|----|----|----|----|
B|----|----|-0--|-0--|----|----|----|----|
G|-4--|-2--|-4--|-4--|-6--|-4--|-1--|-0--|
D|-2--|-2--|-2--|-2--|-4--|-4--|-2--|-2--|
A|----|----|----|----|-4--|-2--|----|----|
E|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|


I rarely use any chords that aren't on that list (of course, I move all all the chords except the 3rd and 4th, which are in open position, and immovable). So, are there any others I should try?
Last edited by herby190 at Jul 14, 2009,
#3
e|--3-|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
B|--12-|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
G|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
D|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
A|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
E|--1-|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|


Edit: but really though, 5 Chords/power chords are pretty much what you're limited to
Last edited by l33TgUiT@rd00d at Jul 14, 2009,
#4
e|---|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
B|---|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
G|---|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
D|---|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
A|---|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
E|---|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|
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Quote by herby190
What are some good chords for punk and grunge other than powerchords and two-string barchords? I'm a bassist, and although I like to write the guitar in when I write songs, my primary complaint when critted in the tabs and chords forum is that I need to move beyond powerchords. So, what would be some good ones to use? Below are all the ones I currently use.


e|----|----|----|-0--|----|----|----|----|
B|----|----|-0--|-0--|----|----|----|----|
G|-4--|-2--|-4--|-4--|-6--|-4--|-1--|-0--|
D|-2--|-2--|-2--|-2--|-4--|-4--|-2--|-2--|
A|----|----|----|----|-4--|-2--|----|----|
E|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|----|


I rarely use any chords that aren't on that list (of course, I move all all the chords except the 3rd and 4rd, which are in open position, and immovable). So, are there any others I should try?



how would you pronounce this?
#7
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how would you pronounce this?




But seriously, just jack a powerchord riff from any punk band and change the order, nobody will notice.
#8
e|---|-oi-|----|----|----|----|----|----|
B|---|-oi-|----|----|----|----|----|----|
G|---|-oi-|----|----|----|----|----|----|
D|---|-oi-|----|----|----|----|----|----|
A|---|-oi-|----|----|----|----|----|----|
E|---|-oi-|----|----|----|----|----|----|

can you tell how bored I am?

Just play major chords, I guess. I listen to lots of punk rawk, and it rarely consists of crazy chords, since it's typically played distorted.
Last edited by charliezard! at Jul 14, 2009,
#9
not gonna lie, i laughed at the first 2,3 replies.
when i think punk , i think of power chords, maybe octave chords. thats about it.
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|--0--|--5--|--2--|--4--|--0--|--4--|--7--|-----|--3--|--0--|--3--|
|--0--|--5--|--2--|--4--|--1--|--5--|--9--|--6--|--3--|--1--|--5--|
|--1--|--6--|--2--|--4--|--2--|--6--|--9--|--5--|--0--|--0--|--4--|
|--2--|--7--|--4--|--6--|--2--|--6--|--9--|--4--|--0--|--2--|--5--|
|--2--|--7--|--4--|--6--|--0--|--4--|--7--|--5--|--2--|--3--|--3--|
|--0--|--5--|--2--|--4--|-----|-----|-----|-----|--3--|-----|-----|

Any chord! Be creative!
Last edited by neidnarb11890 at Jul 14, 2009,
#17
ford

You can always use some octave chords to change it up a bit. Also, if you're playing a power chord followed by a power chord a half step down, you can keep the fifth of the chord before.

for example:
e|-------------------
B|-------------------
G|-3-3-3-3-2-2-2-2-
D|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5
A|-3-3-3-3-2-2-2-2
E|-------------------
#18
For punk all you need is this

|--3--|
|--3--|
|--1--|


Now move it around and you're set for life.
#19
E|------------------------------------
B|-----------------------X-X-X-X-----
G|---------X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-----
D|-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-----
A|-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X---------------
E|-X-X-X----------------------------

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Last edited by blindfatkid23 at Jul 14, 2009,
#21
Add9 powerchords sound good with distortion... as long as you don't overuse them.

edit: ok... that made no sense and i'm too lazy to tab what i mean right now.
edit2: basically a powerchord with the octave shifted up two frets
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Last edited by vartanspartan at Jul 14, 2009,
#22
Here, I've punkified your song for you.

e||-12p8--------8-15p12----------12|-17p13----------13-19p16----------16-|
B||------9----9---------13----13---|-------15----15----------17----17----|
G||--------10--------------12------|----------14----------------16-------|
D||--------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
A||--------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
E||--------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
#23
Instead of giving him **** for playing power chords and punk you assholes should be trying to point him in the right direction. Generally speaking, there is a lot of punk that is just power chords, but in reality there are some acts that some may consider to be "punk," which is an extremely broad term that use major and minor chords in a diatonic key just like most musicians. For example, in the key of C a I - IV - V - IV is a very common progression in all forms of music, including punk. This means you would play a C major Chord, an F major chord, and a G chord, then back to the F. I(c major) -ii(d minor) - iii(e minor) - IV(F major) - V(G major) - vi(a minor) - viio(b diminished or half diminished) is something to remember. I wrote the corresponding chord in the key of c next to the roman numeral to clear any possible confusion. The possibilities within that are endless, and punk is mostly I-IV-V progressions but there is no reason to restrict yourself. Hopefully you understand some of this and it gets you in the right direction. If you want to know more about punk and music in general study theory. It gets deeper but I've already written a book. Hope this helps.
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#24
Quote by vartanspartan
Add9 powerchords sound good with distortion... as long as you don't overuse them.

edit: ok... that made no sense and i'm too lazy to tab what i mean right now.
edit2: basically a powerchord with the octave shifted up two frets



?...
----9----
----7----
----5----


..........?
#25
Diminished and minor 6th

-7-----7-----------
-6-----8-------------
-5-----5------------

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#26
if you're looking for what chords to use, then you're kind of looking at creating music the wrong way.

in punk, power chords are a given, so id worry more about making a good melody to go along with it

maybe put some octave melodies in there? those work good. i dunno punks not very complex, just dont worry about chords to use and play what sounds right.

or you can find some good chords. whatever works
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