Power Chords II

Power chords are specific chords that are essential in playing electric guitar. They are a bare fifth of a chord, however I won't go into detail on that in this lesson. This lesson touches on the very basics and only uses the most common power chord types, those whom roots are on the 6th and 5th strings.

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The reason why this lesson is for beginners is because power chords are the basics of electric guitar. It's probably the first thing you should learn on electric guitar. It is best coupled for use with distortion as it provides the 'crunch' that you won't get while playing clean. Try playing a power chord (if you know how) clean, and then with distortion to find the difference.

For those you don't know what a power chord is, a power chord is a bare fifth of a chord. However, the definition of 'bare fifth' is too complicated to really comprehend intext, I have got to admit, I don't really understand the term myself. But putting that aside, first I am going to teach you how to play a power chord. You got to remember that all power chords with their roots on the sixth and fifth stringrequires you to place your index finger (your pointing finger) on the root string.Now what is the root? This is difficult to explain in words. So let's just say I show you a power chord:
F5
e|-------------|
B|-------------|
G|-------------|
D|-3-----------|
A|-3-----------|
E|-1-----------|

The 1 on the E string is the root. That means, whatever you play with your first finger is your root. Why the root? Before I get to that, let me teach you how to play a power chord. For right-handers (generally), hold up your left hand, palm facing up (facing you). It should be like this:
thumb\index finger\middle finger\ring finger\little finger
Now use your index finger to press on fret 1 (root). For beginners, you may want to try bar the other two notes using your ring finger. That means using your ring finger to press two notes at once. The more common, and actually better way of playing a power chord is to use your index for the root note, and the ring and little finger for the rest. Don't arch your fingers when playing a power chord, at least not to much. Just a little comfortable small arch would do; you would soon find your most comfortable position soon. Just as a note, your thumb should be in the midway position of the guitar's neck, the back of it. Don't let your thumb move too high above the midway position of the neck nor too low. This ensures you can stretch well.

Now play the F5 power chord as per above. If are not getting a thick, good sound, check your fingering. In a power chord, your middle finger should never be used. Judge the sound you get. Is it rich in tone? Check your fingering. Don't blame your guitar or amp, check your fingering. Are you pressing the correct frets? Are you pressing hard enough? For beginners who are not used to the guitar, you may want to rectify the problem by asking yourself those questions above. If you can't stretch well enough, try looking where your thumb is. Refer to the fingering section to get a better idea of what I mean. Try this: place your fingers, playing each note as you go, one at a time one the specific frets. Then strum the power chord. Like the sound? Good? Voila! You got it already. Now check your sitting posture. Your guitar should not be lying parallel to your body, it should be at around 45 degrees angle away from your body, to the clockwise direction (for right-handers, left handers is the opposite). Hold your guitar neck upright, don't let it lean on your body, same goes for your elbow. Now try the one-note-at-time technique exercise. You should feel more comfortable. If you don't, read through all over again. Fret positions and Root notes. Look at the tab(s) below:
    E5 F5 F#5 G5 G#5 A5 Bb5 B5 C5 C#5  D5
e|-----------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------------|
D|--2--3---4--5---6--7---8--9--10--11--12--|
A|--2--3---4--5---6--7---8--9--10--11--12--|
E|--0--1---2--3---4--5---6--7--8---9---10--|(ROOT)

A5 Bb5 B5 C5 C#5 D5 Eb5 E5 F5 F#5 G5
e|-----------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------|
G|--2---3--4--5---6--7---8--9--10- 11--12--|
D|--2---3--4--5---6--7---8--9--10--11--12--|
A|--0---1--2--3---4--5---6--7--8---9---10--|(ROOT)
E|-----------------------------------------|
If you notice, for any power chord whose root is on the 6th and 5th strings, the other two notes are ways two notes away from the root. The root, remembered simply, is the note you place your index finger on. But more correctly, it is the note that defines the sound of the power chord. Try playing a full power chord, then play the root. Then, play all the power chords consecutively, moving up the fret as you play along. Then, do the same thing, but play only the the root note. Repeat the power chords again, but when repeating do not play the root note, play the other notes. Sounds different? Which sound is closer to the actual power chord? The one played with the root or the on the one played with the other notes? You should realise by now it is the root note that sounds much closer.

Songs To Try

Green Day and Blink 182 are very good artists to try if you want to mater power chords. I'd recommend Green Day; their songs are way easier. Here are songs to try.

Beginner

Sum 41's "Pieces," intro (credit goes to fated2live). Easy, moderate strumming pattern, should be no problem.
Intro/verse (try figure out e strum pattern urself)
e|----------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------|
G|-7-7-7777----------------------5-5-5555-------|
D|-7-7-7777--8-8-8888--3-3-3333--5-5-5555-------|
A|-5-5-5555--8-8-8888--3-3-3333--3-3-3333-------|
E|-----------6-6-6666--1-1-1111-----------------|
Green Day's "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams," intro/verse and chorus. Easy song.
Intro/verse x10
e------------------------|
B------------------------|
G-------------8--8-------|
D-3--3--6--6--8--8--8--8-|
A-3--3--6--6--6--6--8--8-|
E-1--1--4--4--------6--6-|

Chorus:
e---------------------------------|
B---------------------------------|
G-6-6-6-6---------8-8-8-8---------|
D-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-8-8-8-8-3-3-3-3-|
A-4-4-4-4-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-3-3-3-3-|
E---------4-4-4-4---------1-1-1-1-|

e-------------------------------------------|
B-------------------------------------------|
G--6-6-6-6---------8-8-8-8------------------|
D--6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-8-8-8-8-3-3-3-3----------|
A--4-4-4-4-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-3-3-3-3----------|
E----------4-4-4-4---------1-1-1-1----------|

e-------------------------------------------|
B-------------------------------------------|
G--6-6-6-6---------8-8-8-8------------------|
D--6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-8-8-8-8-3-3-3-3----------|
A--4-4-4-4-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-3-3-3-3----------|
E----------4-4-4-4---------1-1-1-1----------|

e-------------------------------------------|
B-------------------------------------------|
G--6-6-6-6---------5-5-5-5-5----------------|
D--6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-5-3-5-5-5----------------|
A--4-4-4-4-6-6-6-6-3-3-3-3-3----------------|
E----------4-4-4-4--------------------------|
The intermediate songs should only be tried after you have mastered the songs above. These songs combine moderate tempo with nicer sounding riffs.

Green Day's "Welcome To Paradise," intro (credit goes to Rocko). The first thing you need to know about this song is that the guitar is tuned down a half step. Therefore, E is E flat, A is A flat and so on. If you don't want to tune your guitar down, then you'll just have to look up another version which is probably wrong. I'll show you the part in the tab which requires you to tune your guitar down. Or you could just play the tabs anyway, without the right note. I'm just picky about these things. Oh yea, and listen to the song for the correct rythym of strumming.
Intro: Play 4x
e|--------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------------|
G|-----9--9-9-9--9-9--7-7-7-------------------|
D|-----9--9-9-9--9-9--7-7-7--7--7-7-7---------|
A|-----7--7-7-7--7-7--5-5-5--7--7-7-7---------|
E|---------------------------5--5-5-5---------|
Green Day's "When I Come Around," intro/verse and chorus (credit goes to blinkracer18269). This song is great, and good for beginners. It also helps that it trains your palm muting, another basic technique. The 'x' below the tab numbers mean palm mute. Tabbed by Dave.

Tuning: Drop Down Step
Eb Bb Gb Db Ab Eb

| / Slide up
| \ Slide down
| h Hammer-on
| /( ) Play note and slide up
| \( ) Play note and slide down
| p Pull-off
| ~ Let Ring
| X Mute note

I know this is theabosolute 100% correct tab to the song because I just bought the tab book for International Superhits! and I was looking around the site and saw none that matched the book so I thought I would be nice.
Intro
Eb|---------------------------------|
Bb|-------------------------8-----5-|
Gb|---0-------------7-------9-----5-|
Db|-x-0-----5-----7-7-7-7-7-9-9-9-5-|
Ab|-x---5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-7-7-7-3-|
Eb|-x---3-3-3-3-3-------------------|

Rhythm Figure 1
Eb|-----------------------------------------|
Bb|-------------------------8----5---5------|
Gb|----------------7--------9----5---5------|
Db|-5---5------7-7-7-7-7--9-9-9--5---5--7-7-|
Ab|-5-5-5-5-5--5-5-5-5-5--7-7-7--3---3--5-5-|
Eb|-3-3-3-3-3-------------------------------|
x x x x x x x x x x x

Rhythm Figure 2
Eb|-----------------------------------------|
Bb|-------------------------8----5---5------|
Gb|----------------7--------9----5---5------|
Db|-----5------7-7-7-7-7--9-9-9--5---5--7-7-|
Ab|-5-5-5-5-5--5-5-5-5-5--7-7-7--3---3--5-5-|
Eb|-3-3-3-3-3-------------------------------|
x x x x x x x x x x x x

Fill
Eb|----|
Bb|-5\-|
Gb|-5\-|
Db|-5\-|
Ab|-3\-|
Eb|----|

Chorus
Eb|--------------------------------------------------------------|
Bb|------------------5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-------------------5-5-5-5-5-|
Gb|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5--2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--5-5-5-5-5-|
Db|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5--2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--5-5-5-5-5-|
Ab|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--3-3-3-3-3-|
Eb|--------------------------------------------------------------|
I wouldn't call the advanced songs 'difficult', but they are the rather so-called "tough" power chord songs. These songs blend good melody with fast switching of power chords and involves palm muting.

Green Day's "Basket Case," intro (credit goes toKingo). This song has palm muting and is fast too. Hear the song to get the tempo. Theactuall/right version. Tabbed byKingo Skifreak_000@hotmail.com. I got this tab from the authentic Greenday-Dookie tab book so it's the real version. Any complaints about it being wrong can go to BJ cause he wrote it!
Guitar tune down 1/2 step
Figure 1:
P.M.
E|-------------------|-------------------|-----------------|-------------------|
B|-------------------|-------------------|-----------------|-------------------|
G|---9---------------|-------------------|-----6-----6-----|-------------------|
D|---7-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-|-----9-------9-----|-6-6-6-6-6-6---6-|-----6-------6-----|
A|---7-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-|-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-4-4-|-4-4-4-4-4-4---6-|-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-----|
E|-----------------7-|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-----|-------------4-4-|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-5-|

E|-------------------|-------------------|-----------------|-------------------|
B|-------------------|-------------------|-----------------|-------------------|
G|-----------------9-|-----9-------9-----|-----------------|-------------------|
D|-------7-----7-9-9-|-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-----|-----9---------9-|-----9-------9-9---|
A|---7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-0-0-|-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-|-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-7---|
E|---5-5-5-5-5-5-----|-------------------|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-----|

Figure 2:
P.M.
E|--------------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
B|--------------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
G|--------------------|-----------------|-----9---------9-|-----9-------9---|
D|-------7------7---9-|-----9-------9-9-|-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-|-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-|
A|---7-7-7-7--7-7-9-9-|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|
E|---5-5-5-5--5-5-7-7-|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7---|-----------------|-----------------|

Figure 3:
E|--------------------|------------------------|----------------------|
B|---9-----7--7--x--5-|-(5)--5--5---5--5--5----|----------------------|
G|---9-----7--7--x--6-|-(6)--6--6---6--6--6----|----------------------|
D|---9-----7--7--x--6-|-(6)--6--6---6--6--6--7-|-7------------------9-|
A|---7-----7--7--x--4-|-(4)--4--4---4--4--4--7-|-7---7--7--7--7--7--9-|
E|--------------------|----------------------5-|-5---5--5--5--5--5--7-|

E|----------------------------|
B|----------------------------|
G|------------------------9-9-|
D|---(9)--9--9---9--9--9--9-9-|
A|---(9)--9--9---9--9--9--7-7-|
E|---(7)--7--7---7--7--7------|

Figure 4:
E|------------------------|----------------------|
B|---9---x-x-4--4---x-x-5-|-5---x-x-4--4---x-x-9-|
G|---9---x-x-4--4---x-x-6-|-6---x-x-4--4---x-x-9-|
D|---9---x-x-4--4---x-x-6-|-6---x-x-4--4---x-x-9-|
A|---7---x-x-2--2---x-x-4-|-4---x-x-2--2---x-x-7-|
E|------------------------|----------------------|
Green Day's "Nice Guys Finish Last," whole song (credit goes to KoRny Freak). This whole song is fast, and all power chords. Perfect practice for power chords.
Tuning = Standard
intro
|-------------------------------------------------------------
|-------------------------------------------------------------
|---9-9-9-9-9---------------9-9-9-9-9---------------9-9-9-9-9-
|-7-9-9-9-9-9-7-9-9-9-9-9-7-9-9-9-9-9-7-9-9-9-9-9-7-9-9-9-9-9-
|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-9-9-9-9-9-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-9-9-9-9-9-7-7-7-7-7-7-
|-5-----------5-7-7-7-7-7-5-----------5-7-7-7-7-7-5-----------

------------------------------------------------|
------------------------------------------------|
---------------9-9-9-9-9----------------------9-|
-7-9-9-9-9-9-7-9-9-9-9-9-7-9-9-9-9-9-7-2----7-9-|
-7-9-9-9-9-9-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-9-9-9-9-9-7-2----7-7-|
-5-7-7-7-7-7-5-----------5-7-7-7-7-7-5-0----5---|

verse pm______________________________________|
|-----------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------|
|-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-----------------9-9-9-9-9-|
|-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-|
|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-7-7-7-7-7-|
|---------------------------7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-----------|

pre chorus
|-----------------------------------------------------------------
|-----------------------------------------------------------------
|-----------------9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-----------------9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-
|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-
|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-
|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-----------------5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-----------------

-----------------------------------------------------------------|
-----------------------------------------------------------------|
-----------------9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-----------------4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|
-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|
-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|
-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-----------------2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-----------------|

chorus
|-----------------------------------------------------------------
|-----------------------------------------------------------------
|-----------------2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-----------------2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-
|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-
|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-
|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-----------------0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-----------------

-------------------------------------------------------|
-------------------------------------------------------|
-----------------2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|
-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|
-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|
-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0---------------------------------------|

bridge
|-------------------------------------------------------------
|-------------------------------------------------------------
|---9-9-9-9-9---------------9-9-9-9-9---------------9-9-9-9-9-
|-7-9-9-9-9-9-7-9-9-9-9-9-7-9-9-9-9-9-7-9-9-9-9-9-7-9-9-9-9-9-
|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-9-9-9-9-9-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-9-9-9-9-9-7-7-7-7-7-7-
|-5-----------5-7-7-7-7-7-5-----------5-7-7-7-7-7-5-----------

-------------------------------------------------------------------|
-------------------------------------------------------------------|
---------------9-9-9-9-9-------------------------------------------|
-7-9-9-9-9-9-7-9-9-9-9-9-6-7-7-7-7-7-6-4-4-4-4-4-7-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-|
-7-9-9-9-9-9-7-7-7-7-7-7-6-7-7-7-7-7-6-4-4-4-4-4-7-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-|
-5-7-7-7-7-7-5-----------4-5-5-5-5-5-4-2-2-2-2-2-5-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|
If you have any questions or comments email me at silverchair_surfing_bird@hotmail.com. Now if you have any problems with the tuning, songs or any other questions you wanna ask you can always post a comment below stating your problem. Need the song? Email me and I will send it to you. Hope this lesson has been informative enough for you.

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    ken20008
    **** you ****ers coming to my lesson just to diss green day. pls go find a metal band tab full of power chords and learn by yourself. hw about avenged sevenfold? they got enuff power chors to get yor metalheads running. or just go ****ing learn the ****ing basics of how to play a power chord and then go learn another song. i dun need ppl dissing my lesson coz it has green day.
    Electric~sound
    great lesson, for beginners like myself, THANK YOU! and i like green day, just not there beliefs, so people just stop dissing a GREAT lesson cause of the band that's in it, it really doesn't matter, you don't like green day? go find something else and don't bother to go all hater crazy on a lesson cause of the band . and thank you again, great lesson, helped me alot.
    ken20008
    lol i dun really like green day now my musical taste has matured by now but then, hey, they are great for power chords aint they?
    Ucoldchili
    there are other bands besides those bloody pop-punk bands that are a disgrace to music
    Sharizal
    Hey,I need help with power chord struming. Let's take F5 for an example. So do I need to strum all the 6 strings or just the 3 strings? Thanx!
    bossie501
    I know this may sound stupid. But I heard something about playing a power chord with the other 3 strings (for instance) muted Like this: e|-x-----| B|-x-----| G|-x-----| D|-5-----| A|-5- ----| E|-3-----| instead of only picking the 4th 5th and 6th at the same time. So it's the latter right?
    xXxThE_cHaDxXx
    I wish I saw this a year ago when I was figuring this all out by looking at Megadeth Tabs... (Yes, my first tab I tried was Peace Sells by Megadeth...) Even though it went right over my head, a few hours of looking at it a finaly realized how stuff worked and I am still improving. So what he used Green Day for examples? I don't listen to Green Day but if they use a majority of power chords why bash? If it were a lesson on tremolo/machine-gun picking the E string for metal songs you would put in like Whiplash by Metallica or, Peace Sells by Megadeth. You wouldn't want a bunch of *****s bitching about how Metallica's mainstream or start another flame war...
    gamersg
    Lol it's pretty funny how you guys all hate the lesson suddenly cause it's Green Day, if Green Day use power chords then Green Day are a good example of power chords. Three words: get over it. Not everyone has to like your music. And in the real world: yes, other bands exist. Like Green Day. Sorry to shatter your illusions great lesson.
    The Beige
    i think a better band for explaining power chords would be AC/DC. i learnt power chords from them just by listening and looking at tabs
    LittleSam14
    people make fun of green day all the time, i like em, i accept some people dont but whats the point of coming here just to diss em? its a lesson, green day are ALL power chords get a life, stop making fun of things that dont have any relevence
    19rovert93
    Great lesson--- especially for beginners another great idea would be to put the power chord progressions . If you dont have em ill give em to you.
    gbubguitar107
    -fez- wrote: good but its a bit sad that green day only know how to play power chords and their guitarist sucks so much he cant play anything else
    I randomly came across this lesson, and saw this... Well, their guitarist, or atleast rhythm guitarist is their lead singer as well. I want you to go find some complicated riff and then try to sing and work an audience while playing that riff... also, listen to The Judge's Daughter by Green Day... Listen, then tell me they can only play power chords, lol.
    Zachary_liks
    awesome lesson, man. the only thing that hurts this lesson are the noobs here who probably couldn't play around the time they decided to bag on green day. i'm not much into metal, cause i find it whiney(just me) but i do like punk, and can appreciate the fact that punk is about lyrics, and not about certain random crap said so loosely it almost makes no sense and then solos and complex chords. not to downplay any music prefences, but to me metal is just what people THINK is more mature than punk, when in reality, it's just punk that tried to act alot more like an angry, solitude douche, and in the process, lost it's way. metal in it's newer version circle around this rather than old types, because older versions actually took a character sense. whereas today's metal is no good for anything but advanced practice.
    mnscouser
    Great lesson and thanks for putting in the time to put it together for us. It's all good...Green Day, Nirvana...whatever...anything that we can cut our teeth on while were figuring out how to play something that we can recognize. I'm constantly looking for new songs that I can handle and that will help take me to the next level, so thanks for the suggestions too.
    Jeremy=P
    hey the lessons are great but u didnt mention which string to strum... please explain....
    kw112
    no one cares if you hate or love greenday/modern music. just becuase you bash on someones musical taste its not going to change his/her mind about what they like. and everyone likes diffrent stuff.
    StigRennfahrer
    I found this very useful! The simplicity of the instructions was excellent, and applying it to real songs made it easier to use. To all those ridiculing Green Day, I would never have picked up a guitar those four years ago, were it not for bands like Green Day, whose music has provided the soundtrack to my adolescence. All echelons of rock music deserve respect - it takes real musical ability to create even a half-decent rock song, unlike dance/electronica, where all you need is a one-octave MIDI keyboard and the appropriate software on a computer. Well done with this, and keep up the good work!
    ledmetarvana
    Yo man ! you helped more on finding the comfy way of playing the bar chords ... lol !! your good .!
    mid741
    did an all right job on the lesson but next time put in more lesson and less songs that were not going to learn instead try some relient k! God is Good midz
    CRAIGARRR
    Black Sabbath has some tasty power chords.. Oh and you cry babies crying about Green Day.. This is a tutorial written about power chords not about how to play green gay.. It was used as an EXAMPLE!
    mig006
    great lesson ken, and going by the response a very populare lesson too !
    randomrebelness
    I seriously don't get a damn shit -.- It seems like a great way of learning but I jsut don't get it, cuz tere are a some english words i don't get. which sucks, cuz i find it nowhere when i look it up. seriously I wanna play guitar but have no idea how to learn it when i don't even get this.
    analsoca
    Good lesson... And i got no problem with green day... If u people don't like it just don't listen to it... But don't criticize it... Great post ken.... You got skills to be good teacher
    kw112
    jmack9909 wrote: yo, i just got my guitar yesterday and i don't understand what the numbers are on the chords like this F5 e|-----| B|-----| G|-----| D|-3-----| A|-3---- -| E|-1-----| whats the numbers mean ? thanks
    Go learn how to read tab. it takes about mabey 10 minutes at most to learn. then you'll understand http://guitar.about.com/library/blhowtor... .htm I found thi site helpful when i started.
    serjan
    this is the most useful lesson i have found but i wish i could learn theory... the theory lesson was confusing
    ken20008
    glad the whole green day thing is more or less over. muddshovel: not really power chords, but major chords. Power chords are derived from major chords, just easier to play. sf1102: its 133xxx (EADGBE). Thanks to everyone again for your great comments on this, and metal rules.
    Blindrooster
    Well done. Does the band really matter yall? its whats being taught thats important, and Green day IS a good example of powerchords. good lesson.
    learninclutch
    I agree to much Green Day. Probably thinks more kids will read it if they see Green Day tabs. Any punk band would be a great example by introducing them to something out of the ordinary like some of the lessons. Kings of the power chords like the Ramones or Bad Religion would have been more cutting edge,
    learninclutch
    Dude just an opinion, great lesson, thanks for taking the time to do it for us to learn from. Billie Jo is awesome guitarist.
    Jevans0409
    For a begginer like me who hasn't heard much other than mainstream music this is great. Yes I'm over greenday to, but it makes it easier to learn when you know roughly how the song should sound, I appreciate someone making an effort to do this for us begginers. If your to advanced for Greenday you probably don't need this lesson anyway, and if you don't like Greenday post a lesson, hell I'll read it, I want to learn.
    =-P
    Good Lesson This How I Learned Too! And To All The Hate Comments.....WHERES THE LOVE PEOPLE?!?!?!?!
    Ax7fan08
    the lesson was great. but i dont think my hand can take all the strechting will i ever get used to it. iv been playing for 7 months now.