Punk Rock Music

Guitar playing in real Punk Rock style.

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Ultimate Guitar
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Table of contents: 1. Introduction 2. Kinds Of Punk 3. Practice 4. Chords 5. Riffs 6. Palm Muting 7. Skunking 8. Finishing 1. Introduction. Before I can teach you how to play punk you need to know real punk. First off GC is not punk and are going to be scratched out of this entirely. I will use songs from real bands such as The Clash (greatest punk band of all time), Dead Kennedys, Green Day and other real punkers. Second, you need to know why people play punk. Punk is one of the easiest forms of music. But the history and the reasons behind the attitude of punk is what feuls this apocalyptic fire that dwells inside the punk rock tudes of many followers. 2. Kinds Of Punk. Now that you know why you play punk and who we will look off of I will tell you of the different kinds: Ska Punk - punk with ska influences, bands such as Operation Ivy, Sublime, and Rancid. Pop-Punk - the leading type in the '90s punk revival by a band named Green Day and lead to many modern day MTV punkers. Old-School Punk (real punk) - bands that sparked the underground movement begining in the late '50s to early '60s. All the way to the late '70s. Bands such as the Sex Pistols, The Clash, and The Ramones. Skater Punk - bands that emerged from the '80s California punk movement that was associate with skateboarding and surfing. Bands such as Bad Religion and NOFX. Emo-Punk the lamest and crapiest form of punk. Emo stands for emotional and is pretty much a guy on a microphone crying about a lost love or some other crap. 3. Practice. For practice you should do things like this (try to make this faster and faster).
E|--0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12-13--|
B|-----------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------|
Then do this backward and on every string. Practice this for couple of days and then go for chords. To practice more speed use this intro to a Dead Kennedys song "Soup Is Good Food"
E|----------------------|
B|----------------------|
G|----------------2--2--|
D|------4--3------------| x8
A|--2----------4--------|
E|----------------------|
4. Chords. Here are most of the chords that you need for punk rock music. Punk uses mostly the quintessence of rock and roll guitaring chords called power chords. Bands such as NOFX, The Dead Kennedys and such use different variations of guitaring with these power chords to create their music.
C C# D D# E B Eii F F# G G# A A#
E|------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------|
G|--5--6--7--8--2--4--9---------------------|
D|--5--6--7--8--0--4--9---3--4--5--6--7--8--|
A|--3--4--5--6--0--2--7---3--4--5--6--7--8--|
E|------------------------1--2--3--4--5--6--|
All you have to do is practice. 5. Riffs. Here are some tabs for practice. Green Day - Brain Stew (intro). It's an easy kick ass song to do! Heavy distortion:
e|------------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------------|
G|------------------------------------------------------|
D|--7-7--6-6--5-5-------------------4-4--3-3--(repeat)--|
A|--7-7--6-6--5-5--(Pick up tempo)--4-4--3-3------------|
E|--5-5--4-4--3-3-------------------2-2--1-1------------|
The Clash - Should I Stay Or Should I Go? I put the whole song on this so it can help you out.
Intro:
e|--222---3333-------x-x-x----222--3333--2--5h8--|
B|--333---0000---3---x-x-x----333--0000--3-------|
G|--222---0000---2---x-x-x----222--0000--2-------|
D|--------0000---0-----------------0000----------|
A|--------2222---------------------2222----------|
E|--------3333---------------------3333----------|

Verse:
Part 1
e|--222--3333--2----222--3333--2----333--2222--3--|
B|--333--0000--3----333--0000--3----000--3333--0--|
G|--222--0000--2----222--0000--2----000--2222--0--|
D|-------0000------------0000-------000--------0--|
A|-------2222------------2222-------222--------2--|
E|-------3333------------3333-------333--------3--|

e|--222--3333--2----------------222--3333--2--|
B|--333--0000--3----------------333--0000--3--|
G|--222--0000--2----22222222----222--0000--2--|
D|-------0000-------22222222---------0000-----|
A|-------2222-------00000000---------2222-----|
E|-------3333------------------------3333-----|

Chorus
e|--22222--33333-----------333333--|
B|--33333--00000-----------000000--|
G|--22222--00000----22222--000000--|
D|---------00000----22222--000000--|
A|---------22222----00000--222222--|
E|---------33333-----------333333--|
This riffs are easy but they sound good. After you done with riffs. Go for the last content - Palm Muting. 6. Palm Muting Palm muting is used on most punk songs, especially pop and emo. It is pretty easy, It is were you stop the strings from vibrating by muting them with your palm. Here are some examples: cause you need more practice. And when you finished this lesson download Green Day - Basket Case:
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|
P. M.
Usually palm muting is shown by periods underneath the tab the only song I could find that stresses this is a Blink song so don't get mad. Blink 182 - What's My Age Again. PM section of song:
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
b|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
g|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
d|4-4-4-4---------------6--6--6--6--6--6--6--6--4--4--4--4--4--4--4-4|
a|2-2-2-2-4--4--4--4--4-4--4--4--4--4--4--4--2--2--2--2--2--2--2--2--|
E|----------2--2--2--2-----------------------------------------------|

Chorus
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
b|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
g|-----6--6--8--8--4--4--4--4-------6--6--8--4--4--4--4-----6--6--8--|
d|--4--6--6--8--8--4--4--4--4---4---6--6--8--4--4--4--4--4--6--6--8--|
a|--4--4--4--6--6--2--2--2--2---4---4--4--6--2--2--2--2--4--4--4--6--|
E|--2----------------------------------------------------------------|
7. Skunking. Ska is more complicated then the above. Ska has the use of ska type of guitaring. It's like a mixture of punk and Bob Marley. First of all, to play ska you need to know how to barre. Then, you should practice playing barre chords only on the upstroaks, and doing a "rhythmic click" on the downstrokes. First rractice: the "x"'s are the downstrokes that you don't play.
G Gm C Cm
|-3-x-3-x-3-x-3-|-3-x-3-x-3-x-3-|
|-3-x-3-x-3-x-3-|-5-x-5-x-4-x-4-|
|-4-x-4-x-3-x-3-|-5-x-5-x-5-x-5-|
|-5-x-5-x-5-x-5-|-5-x-5-x-5-x-5-|
|-5-x-5-x-5-x-5-|-3-x-3-x-3-x-3-|
|-3-x-3-x-3-x-3-|-3-x-3-x-3-x-3-|
After you got the upstrokes, practice sliding chords, while playing upstrokes. A good song to practice for this is Same In The End by Sublime:
(play only upstrokes)
|-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-0/1-|
|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-1/2-|
|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-2/3-|
|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-2/3-|
|-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-0/1-|
|-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-0/1-|
Aown in mississippi where sun beats down... Another song to practice is Sound System by Operation Ivy:
A A G G D D D D
E|X--5--X--5--X--3--X--3--|X--2--X--2--X--2--X--2--|
B|X--5--X--5--X--3--X--3--|X--3--X--3--X--3--X--3--|
G|X--6--X--6--X--4--X--4--|X--2--X--2--X--2--X--2--|
D|X--7--X--7--X--5--X--5--|X--4--X--4--X--4--X--4--|
A|------------------------|------------------------|
E|------------------------|------------------------|
Sound Systems gonna bring me back up yah

A A G G D D D D
E|X--5--X--5--X--3--X--2--|X--2--X--2--X--2--X--2--|
B|X--5--X--5--X--3--X--3--|X--3--X--3--X--3--X--3--|
G|X--6--X--6--X--4--X--4--|X--2--X--2--X--2--X--2--|
D|X--7--X--7--X--5--X--5--|X--4--X--4--X--4--X--4--|
A|------------------------|------------------------|
E|------------------------|------------------------|
One thing that I can depend on

A A A A A A A A
E|X--5--X--5--X--5--X--5--|X--5--X--5--X--5--X--5--|
B|X--5--X--5--X--5--X--5--|X--5--X--5--X--5--X--5--|
G|X--6--X--6--X--6--X--6--|X--6--X--6--X--6--X--6--|
D|X--7--X--7--X--7--X--7--|X--7--X--7--X--7--X--7--|
A|------------------------|------------------------|
E|------------------------|------------------------|
Try to describe it to the limit of my ability

G G G G G G G G
E|X--3--X--3--X--3--X--3--|X--3--X--3--X--3--X--3--|
B|X--3--X--3--X--3--X--3--|X--3--X--3--X--3--X--3--|
G|X--4--X--4--X--4--X--4--|X--4--X--4--X--4--X--4--|
D|X--5--X--5--X--5--X--5--|X--5--X--5--X--5--X--5--|
A|------------------------|------------------------|
E|------------------------|------------------------|
It's there for a second then it's given up what... 

D D D D D D D D
E|X--2--X--2--X--2--X--2--|X--2--X--2--X--2--X--2--|
B|X--3--X--3--X--3--X--3--|X--3--X--3--X--3--X--3--|
G|X--2--X--2--X--2--X--2--|X--2--X--2--X--2--X--2--|
D|X--4--X--4--X--4--X--4--|X--4--X--4--X--4--X--4--|
A|------------------------|------------------------|
E|------------------------|------------------------|
Contained in music somehow more than just sound, 

D D D D D D D D
E|X--2--X--2--X--2--X--2--|X--2--X--2--X--2--X--2--|
B|X--3--X--3--X--3--X--3--|X--3--X--3--X--3--X--3--|
G|X--2--X--2--X--2--X--2--|X--2--X--2--X--2--X--2--|
D|X--4--X--4--X--4--X--4--|X--4--X--4--X--4--X--4--|
A|------------------------|------------------------|
E|------------------------|------------------------|
This inspiration coming and twisting things around
8. Finishing. First off all this lesson is for begginners that want play guitar and want play in bends. I hope this text was helpful for someone. After you put it all together, don't start off in a band, wait couple of months cause you need more practice. And when you finished this lesson download some punk rock guitar tab amd jam it. Have fun!

227 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Whatsisname
    Keep your opinions out of the article and don't plagerize. There's no need to slander what people listen to. GC has some good songs with some good truth in them. Emo is a good music style, it speaks to those who choose to listen to it, its not all bitching and whining like people put it. Punk is no longer a genre and should never have been consider'd one, it is a life style, bands were called punk because they were rebellious. And as for the plagerism, don't rip people off, its unfair, thats all I shall say. For those whom believe in Karma, "What goes around, come around", it's all a pendilum.
    chiffler
    the green day brain stew tabs was wrong its A G F# F E not A Aflat G F# F
    The RX Bandit
    First of all don't bring your opinions into an article. Good Charlotte have as much talent as Greenday, but I'm not arguing, I'm just pointing this out to you. Secondly there are 'hard' punk bands. This is mainstream stuff. Not very in depth, but good for breeding more talentless people who think they can play guitar.
    hardrock1315
    piss_off: yes THEY were the first punk band. not velvet underground not the ramones not the sex pistols. Iggy and the stooges were started 14 years before the punk explosion in 1962.
    First of all, the stooges started in '67. The MC5 started in '64 making them earlier. And this is a horrible article. It basically just gives opinions. I don't like emo either, but you can't put that in a lesson. Also, powerchords aren't very useful...learn to play damn barre chords! Plenty of bands use them including the Dead Kennedys and the Ramones. The bands you give are only the most mainstream ones, that most people know. And you left out plenty of syles of punk. Where's hardcore punk? That category contains such great bands as Conflict and Minor Threat. This article is summed up below: IT SUCKS AND IT DOESN'T HELP YOU PLAY GUITAR
    Frikkie
    Dudes and duddettes, we are talking about guitar here, if you all wanna bitch and moan about who's punk or not, find a forum or something that suports your shit. As for the rest of us, lest just do what we came to this site to do and play the frekin guitar!
    DarkSilhoette13
    its OK. better than that other piece of crap by a longshot though! pop-punk and emo arent the only forms of punk that palm mute tho. but again it is way better than the other one (i cant stress that enough, lol) peace in
    green_day_gal
    surely bands play how they want to play, so u cant really just categorize them as 'punk' or 'pop' and say theyre crap? everyone has their different tastes and each band plays for a different audience - if u dont like em, dont listen 2 em, and keep your opinions to yourself...
    Rock 101
    Fucking pointless. You have no idea what your talkinh about, and any shit head with a distortion pedal can be in a punk band. Weak.
    dopey_toad
    people should appreciate other people tastes in music and not think that everyone should be like them
    eXiLeD YoUtH
    for the electric, power chords aren't very good on acoustic, it's harder to p.m. I think the dude kinda rushed this tutorial. All he tried to teach was how to play power chords. He didn't even explain how to palm mute, which for his tutorial is pretty damn important. You teach skunking but not p.m. or sliding or hammering, or even the pull-offs? There is no band that i know, which uses only power chords to play, because that would be gay. I suggest, you look at tabs on the internet before posting another tutorial.
    thesmartguy50
    There is NO SUCH THING as "is this for acoustic or electric?"... it's for guitar. It's transposable to either acoustic or electric, but it might not sound the same as the original song. Only a noob would ask that question. Secondly; box778899, why would you say that emo sucks? How would you define "suckage?" "harder to play than?" The only difference between punk and emo is that emo is about ten times harder to play & put together. This doesn't mean that it's better than punk, but it does mean that, to any punk fans on this page who like emo as well, you look like a fool.
    kilikona
    but anyhow its still some good stuff thanks a lot it was alot of help
    lookz_r_dcv1ng
    why is nearly everybody mentioning at least one band that isn't punk, i mean...hello, the band themselves don't care. it's always this is 'punk' and that isn't. as much as i like the looks, i hate the label. but anyway, well written article. but honestly, think about how some ppl would feel. someone might love rock music, but also like hip hop, same goes for emo, everyone can't possibly like ONLY one genre of music
    kilikona
    I wanna ask is this 4 the acoustic guitar or the elestric lead guitar?
    box778899
    ok emo sux but leeve ur comments 2 urself...its a lesson. second...is this to comment the guy who wrote this or to argue between each other
    loserkid227
    ummmm so your in a ****ing wussy band then coz who the **** uses barre chords the whole time.
    piss_off wrote: punk isnt about power chords like everyone thinks. my band uses barre and open chards, not a power chord in a song.
    ThatHotAsianBoy
    dang.why would you say that ''emo'' is crappy kind of music.that kind of music is like one of the hardest to play and sounds the best.a lot of bands have worked so hard in that genre and it takes a lot of hard work to do that genre good.
    loserkid227
    this is for everyone defending punk rock..... YOUR FUCKING COOL COZ PUNKS BITCHINGNESS AND FOR ALL U FUCKING NO FUCKING DUMBASSES SHUT THE HELL UP ASSMUNCHES!
    angelus-sebas
    well. this is a very good lesson I think. one thing that we can add to it could be this: For example... a chor in punk like this one: ( C in this case) E|-----| B|-----| G|--5--| D|--5--| A|--3--| E|-----| Sometimes in punk music (when you played this chord) you can only play like this) E|-----| B|-----| G|-----| D|--5--| A|--3--| E|-----| And it will sound good too!!! maybe in some cases it will sound better playing it like this than in the first way I told, it will sound more similar to some songs using this way I'm telling you. Try it, specially in green day songs! And maybe to "invent" songs this second way it's better. See you!!!!! =)
    Sundayhawthorne
    Actually Emo isn't just someone crying over someones girlfriend ditching them Emo is dead it's a lost genre Real emo was basically todays screamo but better and i that wasnt a bad lesson i suppose
    FalloutGREEN182
    Thats an ok lesson. The example songs you used were tabbed incorrectly and you were being pretty negative to Emo music, but then again I hate emo music too... Overall...good lesson
    punksucks23
    [quote]ThatHotAsianBoy : dang.why would you say that ''emo'' is crappy kind of music.that kind of music is like one of the hardest to play and sounds the best.a lot of bands have worked so hard in that genre and it takes a lot of hard work to do that genre good.[/q i hope this kid is kidding because screaming and playing power chords is not hard
    gonegolfn07
    in regards to brainstew by greenday that song is actually tabbed correctly in the lesson because green day drops their guitars to E flat for that song as well as basketcase. However, greatfuldead22's tab of brainstew was also correct but its just in standard tuning
    LoudnSnotty138
    whoever wrote this has no idea what punk is or what its about. There is no such thing as emo-punk. and emo isnt about crying dumbass. greenday is pop-rock, NOFX and badreligion are pop-punk, the clash sexpistols and ramones all blow. you also forgot some key parts of punk. Crust thrash hardcore post-punk anarcho etc.
    LoudnSnotty138
    punksucks23 wrote: [quote]ThatHotAsianBoy : dang.why would you say that ''emo'' is crappy kind of music.that kind of music is like one of the hardest to play and sounds the best.a lot of bands have worked so hard in that genre and it takes a lot of hard work to do that genre good.[/q i hope this kid is kidding because screaming and playing power chords is not hard
    listen to a make believe and tell me if its easy to play or if you even hear a power chord its all dynamics. quit making uneducated conjectures.
    thesmartguy50
    punksucks23 wrote: [quote]ThatHotAsianBoy : dang.why would you say that ''emo'' is crappy kind of music.that kind of music is like one of the hardest to play and sounds the best.a lot of bands have worked so hard in that genre and it takes a lot of hard work to do that genre good.[/q i hope this kid is kidding because screaming and playing power chords is not hard
    Dude, honestly, go and listen to My Chemical Romance's "Thank You For The Venom." Not only does it start out with some insane metal-influenced riffs, but if you pay attention to the backing tracks that the band put in there, you might just realize how much work goes into emo songs. With punk, you need a drummer, a bassist, a guitarist, and a rythm guitarist if the first one can't hold his own or if there are solos or something. Emo bands, however, have all of that, THEN they have little extra pieces of equipment and instruments to contribute to their song, such as keyboards, synthesizers and such. And THAT's just the live performances; in the studio, an outrageous amount of time and effort goes into each song to make it an almost classical-music perfectness. Punk bands just go into the studio and record and trash shit. Needless to say, I love both of them, but each has their own personality. DUH, man, that's what music's all ABOUT.
    thesmartguy50
    'tis true, folks... simply compare Alkiline Trio's "Time To Waste" to any punk song, and you'll hear the difference. Nothing beats a good punk song, though, no matter how technical.
    getting_there
    You said that punk music is the easiest form to play and you are trying to teach it. But if its the easiest form won't ppl be trying to learn it first, so they won't know how to read that crap. You should have explained how to read it.
    fallinsuburbia
    im not saying your lesson or green day is bad(actually one of my fav bands) but has anyone noticed american idiot only has like two power chords
    radshoesbro
    1) THIS ARTICLE IS PITIFUL. i don't even want to get into the fact that the bands you're naming are not even skimming the top of punk. 2) all of these replies with the exception of thesmartguy50 (very nicely put by the way) are assinine. 3) teen idols ---> minor threat ---> skewbald/grand union ---> egg hunt ---> embrace (the first "emo" band) ---> fugazi. anyone that knows even the slightest thing about punk/hardcore will know what i'm talking about when i say that ian is a ***ing god when it comes to this musical genre, and he was in an emo band...by default that means emo doesn't suck. there is absolutely no argument. what most people think of as "emo" is absolutely not emo in anyway. it's sort of a post-emo indie pop thing that doesn't even come close to the original genre. 4) if you use the term punk as a very broad term you'll actually find that many punk bands are quite talented (ie faraquet, the medications, cave in, at the drive-in, the mars volta, etc.). that's enough ranting.
    punkrocker91
    wow i would have never been this bored to write some shit like that, i give the guy credit but dang. oh and for the dude who said that good charoolette " i know i spelt that wrong", Green day is a crap load better than them.
    Strummer.
    Nice glad someone recognises the old punk as the best punk instead of all this shit today. Favourite bands the clash, the sex pistols
    bcg1209
    ok, i don't know what the crap all you people are talking about. he can say whatever he wants in HIS lesson. if you don't like what he's saying about emo music (which, yes, IS crap) or about GC then just don't read it! omg, hard concept i know, but i think that y'all can grasp it if you really try. besides, y'all are hipocrites for saying that he needs to leave his opinion out when all y'all are doing is leaving y'alls damn opinions. kids...
    bcg1209
    cuponoodles wrote: You obviously don't know punk. You didn't even mention such influencial bands such as: X, Against Me!, Angry Samoans, GG Allin, Antiseen, Black Flag, Dead Milkmen, Eddie and the Subtitles, Circle Jerks, Iggy Pop, The Sonics, The Stooges, MC5, The Mechanics, Lords of the New Church, Nina Hagen, Six Foot Sandwich, Poop, Sparks, The Strand, Supersuckers, Turbonegro, The Vectors, The Weasels,and the Fastbacks. That's just for starters.
    holy crap, he didn't mention some bands in his lesson. he certaintly does NOT know punk. yeah, why doesn't we just make a whole new lesson just listing punk bands. would that help you learn how to play punk better? think about it
    thesmartguy50
    bcg1209, I see your point to a certain extent. However, you made a few ignorant statements. First off, the issue of whether emo is any good is, and always will be, an OPINION. Therefore, there is no answer. Your stating your opinion, then COMPLAINING about us stating ours... who's the hypocrite? Now, it's one thing to state your opinion on a comments board. It is another thing entirely to litter your lesson with opinions when you are supposed to be writing about how to play music, not about what music you like. Opinions are for the "Columns" section, not for the "Lessons." Also, there is a reason that people mention bands in their lessons. One of them is that it helps the author relate to the audience a little better. You can't tell me that you haven't ever read a lesson, seen the author mention a band you like, and gone, "Hey, I listen to them!" and it helps you to continue with the lesson. Also, when you mention a band, you give the readers a reference. It helps you to get a feel for the music that you are trying to play. Now, if he didn't mention any good bands, why, that will probably take away from the whole article. So, as you can see, you've done no better than - no, WORSE than just about all of the other comments on this comments board. So, congratulations, you're ignorant! Yay!