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!

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    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.
    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
    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.
    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
    chiffler
    the green day brain stew tabs was wrong its A G F# F E not A Aflat G F# F
    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...
    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!
    Sid8Vicous
    if you want to sound like a real punk band, sing about politics and stuff in the world. and dont practice much. maby like 2 times a week. and get drunk on stage. that will make you sound great.
    thesmartguy50
    Sid8 and Notgood, you BOTH "blows." Punk is a lot more than just saying oi and getting drunk on stage - it's a way of life, and a way for people to express themselves through music, just like blues and jazz and everything else. And what do you mean, "stuff in the world?" Yeah, man, that really narrows it down. In case you haven't noticed, there are a lot of things in the world, and punk can cover just about all of them - love, hate, havin a good time, sorrow, and yes, politics. There are even punk christian bands that arent half bad, and i bet you won't find them drunk onstage. Finally, the practicing: maybe you practice 2 times a week and think you sound great, but guess what? it takes a bit more practice to be in a punk band. Even if they CAN only practice twice a week, I'll bet you anything that the band will be practicing for at least 5 hours at a time. Either way, punk is about expressing yourself and excercising your independence onstage, not about "being drunk onstage" and "practicing twice a week." Next time, do a little research before you go and say something as ignorant as that, you ass.
    Sid8Vicous
    oh and say oi! a bunch of times. unless your american, then that will get your ass kicked.
    Koki13
    hey man, punk is not that great.... but its ok, i love old punk better then new punk.. new punk is just plain shit. Emo is just plain horrible. but yeah bro, you shouldnt be saying that in ur lesson.. but hey it was an alright lesson
    kingeddie554
    i totally agree that emo sucks.but whats with the green day and blink 182 tabs?theyre not really punk
    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
    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.
    cuponoodles
    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.
    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!
    Beno_Day
    First of all, if you write a lesson keep your opinions out of it. Inform, don't be biased. Now, moving along to the important matter. How can someone write a lesson on punk?!?!I mean, shit man! The punk attitude is no rules, do shit your own way! I mean ok, all credit for writing a guide, and this is aimed at all punk guides. But if you wanna be a "real punk", if there ever was one, you do shit your own way, how it suits you, when it suits you. But to your credit, you covered just about all the shit you find in punk. One problem. HARD punk bands like atreyu use ALL techniques of guitaring. They have the big solos, crunchy muted riffs with the power chords, lead fills, harmonics, tapping, you name it, they've got it. They use all techniques and still come out punk - albeit hard punk. So, really, you can stick to the punk motto - do what you want, how you want, when you want, disobey all the rules, make up your own shit your own way and still be punk.
    Donkey Fly
    Basket case is wrong..... errr.....yeh...not bad... punk is about making a point and being heard in the world....e.g.. sex pistols
    hardcoreatheist
    bad religion aint pop/punk listen to the how could hell be any worse compilation and tell me theyre pop/punk
    brklynpnk
    The sad truth is there is very little punk out right now that people know about. Sorry, but if you can hear your favorite punk song on MTV, then chances are it's not really punk (yes even afi and rancid). Between that crap and Hot Topic, big buisness has killed punk to the point people can't even recognize the difference between whats real and not. punk isn't about a style of playing but where the songs come from , although they all use very similar styles. But aside from that, as a lesson (and ommitting the stolen part) it gives decent riffs to pratice with to increase speed, especially the one from Soup is good food. Would have been cool to see some other stuff on here, as there were alot more than DK and the clash back then. But listen to what you want when it comes to music. If having corporations produce your punk music and dish it out to the 15-20 yr old demographic so they can make thier 4th period profit margins doesn't bother you then enjoy
    vampemo
    ok i dnt reli want 2 have a go at u cos enough ppl have done tht! but do u reli need 2 slag bands off tht ppl obviously like n must b half gd if they r tht big! emo is gd n shudnt b slagged off jus cos u dnt like it there is alot of ppl out there hu does n alot of emo songs do RELI mean something!
    C3_Rocka
    *** off Green Day own. Fuck off Green Day OWN! *** off Green Day own. Fuck off Green Day OWN!
    headbanginroach
    although it does show you how to play punk, the very thought of teaching punk music goes against every thing punk is about, get a life ***in fagget
    venom_python
    i agree! stop slagging ppl and bands off and do somthing ****ing interesting with your lives!