How to Write a Simple Post-Hardcore Song (2009 Era)

Beginners, have you ever wondered to yourself: "How the heck do I write a song like Asking Alexandria?!" Well you've come to the right place! In this article, I'll teach you the dos and the don'ts of writing a simple Risecore-type post-hardcore song!

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Beginners, have you ever wondered to yourself: "How the heck do I write a song like Asking Alexandria?!" Well you've come to the right place! In this article, I'll teach you the dos and the don'ts of writing a simple Risecore-type post-hardcore song! Let's get started.

Now, first let's lay out some rules.

1. There can be NO solos whatsoever! This is too much work, and plus, breakdowns sound better anyway.

2. Drop D! Use Drop D tuning (D A D G B E). There are lower tunings, but we just want to stick with Drop D for the sake of 2009.

3. Do not get complex with your lead guitar parts. Lead guitar and rhythm guitar are synonymous.

Now that that's that, let's get to song structure.

Verse 1/Intro

We'll start out with a breakdown (just palm-mute the D-string to the rhythm of the double-bass). The vocalist will usually scream something like "Go!," or "Yeah!" or "Come on!" etc.

In between chugs, the lead guitar could play a small riff or some octave chords like this.
G|--14--13--11--|
D|--x---x---x---|
A|--12--11--9---|
D|--x---x---x---|
After this little intro, just do something like this.
D|--0~~--8~~--7~~--|
A|--0~~--8~~--7~~--|
D|--0~~--8~~--7~~--|
And just repeat that a few times, and then go into the chorus.

Chorus

The chorus is super simple. Get some clean, high pitched vocals in there and some lyrics that have to do with the weight of the world on your shoulders or something.

Rhythm guitar should play something like 000000-888888-777777-777777, with the leader guitar on octave chords backing the rhythm guitar. End the chorus with a powerful, barred open D. Let it ring for a little.

Verse 2/Breakdown

Suddenly, from the poppy-ish chorus, you'll transition into a skull-crushing breakdown. The unclean vocals will go their lowest, the drums will have lots of double-bass and the tempo will slow down a whole bunch. Also crabcore. Both guitars will mainly be playing this chord (play it to whatever rhythm you want).
D|-----|
A|--0--|
D|--1--|
A bend on the 1st or 2nd fret is acceptable.

Then you'll go back to the chorus, but play it x2 now. Feel free to change the vocals up a bit and throw in some solid screams to backup the cleans.

You're doing great! I can tell already.

Verse 3/Outro/Breakdown

This is the finale, so you've got to make this breakdown even more brutal than before. You can make it super intense by adding some epic violins and a haunting piano in the background. Chug the heck out of that 1-0 chord I showed you earlier.

End the song with something like this.
D|--8-----7-----0--|
A|--8-----7-----0--|
D|--8--0--7--0--0--|
PM_____*_____*_____
And congratulations! You have made a super generic post-hardcore song.

As a disclaimer, I do like this type of music. I just like pointing out the cliches.

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    jagexstaff12
    don't forget this riff and every possible variation of it D|----- A|-----8---7---8---10-- D|-0-0---0---0---0----- etc. etc.