#1
I just started in a kind of punk band with some friends, and I wanna play oper chords, not powerchords, and I was wondering what some good open chords for punk are?
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#4
power chords
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#5
oh yeah, you can play an E minor open chord but without the three highest notes
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#6
Open chords generally don't sound as good with punk guitar tones as power chords.. thirds can muddy things up a little. Octaves and power chords are your best bet.

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#7
powerchords will sound better with distortion if you're using distortion. if it's like a ska/punk thing any open chord will work. Tip to writing music: never limit yourself.
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oh yeah, you can play an E minor open chord but without the three highest notes


That's a power chord too.
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That's a power chord too.

I am infinitely sure that was his point.

Also, power chords. Do it.
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#11
I know most punk is powerchords, but what about the open chords some punk guitarists just wail on, thats what I want.
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#12
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oh yeah, you can play an E minor open chord but without the three highest notes


Ha.

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powerchords will sound better with distortion if you're using distortion. if it's like a ska/punk thing any open chord will work. Tip to writing music: never limit yourself.


+1 to what this guy said. Don't limit yourself, play how you want.
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punk = power chords. they don't even have to be in the same key.


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#16
^So are power chords.
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#17
Form catchy rhythm, insert power chords, arpeggiate said chords for bridgey part, ???, profit.
#18
You've got to remember though, if you play something in open chords, you'll mainly play major or minor, which can get annoying. So powerchords (or 5ths, which I prefer) would be better for somethings because they are atonal, and can be used in any song without sounding too happy or too sad.
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Unless you play open powerchords
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#20
You can play anything, but usually when punk uses open chords it's because they're holding notes, it's hard to palm mute open chords and sometimes it makes things have too much of a major feel.
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#21
Try Octave "chords" (They arent really chords)

e--------
B--------
G--------7
D--------X
A--------5
E--------

Good for a catchy riff
#22
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That's a power chord too.



Is there any way you can -1 someone? Cos this pretty much deserves it.

Go with what everyone else is saying. Power chords.
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#23
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Is there any way you can -1 someone? Cos this pretty much deserves it.

Go with what everyone else is saying. Power chords.


why does that deserve a -1? technically it is still a powerchord. its just got an 8th (the root's octave) added to it.
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#24
Very few people in this thread know anything about punk guitar. Learn barre chords and open chords. Very few punk bands actually play powerchords - thats a metalhead thing.
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Very few people in this thread know anything about punk guitar. Learn barre chords and open chords. Very few punk bands actually play powerchords - thats a metalhead thing.



Yeh, alot of punk does use barre chords, but in more modern punk, power chords are much more common. Punk and powerchords kinda go hand in hand.
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Quote by RizzoWashburn
Very few people in this thread know anything about punk guitar. Learn barre chords and open chords. Very few punk bands actually play powerchords - thats a metalhead thing.


i dont think he's talking about old school punk. I think he's probably talking about pop punk.
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#27
Punk? You mean you actually use actual chords!!!???

Seriously, I would have imagined that power chords would be sufficient. Plus as it has been mentioned before, open chords do tend to get muddy and noisy.
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why does that deserve a -1? technically it is still a powerchord. its just got an 8th (the root's octave) added to it.


Because the guy he quotes missed the most obvious joke ever. Apparently you did too.

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#29
Lol at power chords. An entire genre musically based around power chords is not something to want to sound like.
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#30
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Lol at power chords. An entire genre musically based around power chords is not something to want to sound like.


don't you have to be praying to herman li right now or something?
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#31
Quote by RizzoWashburn
Very few people in this thread know anything about punk guitar. Learn barre chords and open chords. Very few punk bands actually play powerchords - thats a metalhead thing.


Thank you now someone actually knows what I'm trying to get at!
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#32
Quote by l3p4rd
i dont think he's talking about old school punk. I think he's probably talking about pop punk.

Pop Punk sucks! Old school punk is where it's at!
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#33
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Pop Punk sucks! Old school punk is where it's at!


dude you have a NOFX avatar, lets not get into this.
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#34
Quote by ragingkitty
Punk? You mean you actually use actual chords!!!???

Seriously, I would have imagined that power chords would be sufficient. Plus as it has been mentioned before, open chords do tend to get muddy and noisy.

Open chords get muddy and noisy when the gain is turned to ten and the mids are scooped.
A good punk rock guitar sound is achieved by keeping the gain around half way, mids cranked, and volume cranked.

Punk rock is essentially just rock n roll played loud and fast. Think Chuck Berry on speed.
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