Punk Rock Music II

The ultimate quide to playing punk rock like bands like Green Day, The All-American Rejects, and Fall Out Boy.

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01. Introduction 02. How to read tab 03. Power chords 04. Octaves 05. Drop D tuning 06. Palm muting 07. Natural Harmonics 08. Techniques a. Hammer-ons/ Pull-offs b. String bending c. Slides 09. Solos 10. Conclusion

01. Introduction

In this lesson, you will learn to play rock music! These are very easy things to learn, and with a few weeks of practice, you will be able to play many rock songs. This lesson will cover how to read tab, power chords, octaves, drop D tuning, palm muting, natural harmonics, hammer-ons, pull-offs, string bending, slides, and solos.

02. How To Read Tab

You probably already know how to read tablature, but in case you don't -- here is a good place to go to learn it.

03. Power Chords

Power chords are the basis of rock music. It's hard to find a rock song that doesn't have at least one power chord in it. Power chords are made to sound big with little or no distortion. Power chords have 1 basic shape. The shape looks like this:
|---------------|
|---------------|
|---------------|
|-2--3--4--5--6-| and so on down the fretboard
|-2--3--4--5--6-|
|-0--1--2--3--4-|
There are also power chords that use the A D G strings. They look like this:
|---------------|
|---------------|
|-2--3--4--5--6-|
|-2--3--4--5--6-| and so on down the fretboard
|-0--1--2--3--4-|
|---------------|
To play power chords, you put your 1st finger (index) by the fret that is the lowest sounding and your 3rd finger (ring) on the two frets that are the same. Like this:
i = index
m = middle
r = ring
p = pinky

  0  1   2   3   4   5 
e|-|---|---|---|---|---|
B|-|---|---|---|---|---|
G|-|---|---|---|---|---|
D|-|---|---|-r-|---|---|
A|-|---|---|-r-|---|---|
E|-|-i-|---|---|---|---|
Here are some songs that use power chords:
Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit (intro):
e|--------------------------------|
b|--------------------------------|
G|-----------3-3-------------6-6--| (x2)
D|--3--3-3---3-3----6--6-6---6-6--|
A|--3--3-3---1-1----6--6-6---4-4--|
E|--1--1-1----------4--4-4--------|


Relient K - Sadie Hawkins Dance (chorus):
e|---------------------|
b|---------------------|
G|-3333--------------8-|
D|-3333--3333--5555--8-| (x2)
A|-1111--3333--5555--6-|
E|-------1111--3333----|

Switchfoot - Dare You To Move (chorus):
e|---------------------------------------|
b|---------------------------------------|
G|-9-9-9-9-9-----------------------------|
D|-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-9-| (x2)
A|-7-7-7-7-7-9-9-9-9-9-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-9-|
E|-----------7-7-7-7-7-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-7-|
If you need more help learning power chords, you can learn them here.

04. Octaves

Octaves are a lot like power chords, but you just mute the string between the top and bottom strings your playing. Octaves are just two of the same notes, only one note is higher than the other. Octaves look like this:
|---------------|
|---------------|
|---------------|
|-2--3--4--5--6-|
|-x--x--x--x--x-|
|-0--1--2--3--4-|
They also are played on the A D G strings like this:
|---------------|
|---------------|
|-2--3--4--5--6-|
|-x--x--x--x--x-|
|-0--1--2--3--4-|
|---------------|
The "x" you see means that you mute that string so you can barely hear it. You mute this string with your 1st finger by laying it over the string that needs to be muted. You then play the highest string with your 3 finger. If you look at what the notes on the frets your playing are, then you'll find that they are the same notes, only one note is higher than the other. This example should show you:
|---|    |---|         |---|    |---|
|---|    |---|         |---|    |---|
|-2-| or |-A-| also... |-9-| or |-E-|
|-x-|    |-x-|         |-x-|    |-x-|
|-0-|    |-A-|         |-7-|    |-E-|
|---|    |---|         |---|    |---|
Here are some songs using octaves:
Alkaline Trio - Time To Waste (solo):
e|---------------------------------------------------------|
b|---------------------------------------------------------|
G|-6666-141414141313131311111111-7777-14141414131313137777-|
D|-xxxx-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x--xxxx-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-xxxx-|
A|-4444-12121212111111119 9 9 9 -5555-12121212111111115555-|
E|---------------------------------------------------------|

e|------------------------------------------------|
b|------------------------------------------------|
G|8888-141414141313131311111111-7777-14141414-9-7-|
D|xxxx-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x x x x -xxxx-x-x-x-x--x-x-|
A|6666-12121212111111119 9 9 9 -5555-12121212-7-5-|
E|------------------------------------------------|
Here's a song using octaves and power chords:
Hawthorne Heights - Ohio Is For Lovers (pre-chorus):
e|------------------------------------------------|
b|------------------------------------------------|
g|-----------666688889999-------------------------|
d|-2-4-66----xxxxxxxxxxxx---22222222222222--44-66-|
a|-2-4-66----444466667777---22222222222222--44-66-|
e|-0-2-44-------------------00000000000000--22-44-|

e|-------------------------------------------|
b|-------------------------------------------|
g|-131313131515151516161616------------------|
d|--x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x---22222222222222-|
a|-111111111313131314141414---22222222222222-|
e|----------------------------00000000000000-|

05. Drop D Tuning

Other than the normal EADGbe tuning, there is also another tuning. It is DADGbe or "drop D" for short. It is simple, you just tune the low E string to be a low D. To do this, you tune the 6th string, 7th fret so it matchs the 5th string, no frets. Another way to tune it, is by ear. All you do is strum the 4, 5, and 6 strings and lower the 6th string. If you listen to it, you will be able to tell if it is tuned right, you just have to listen to it. Power Chords In Drop D. Power chords in drop D are the same as EADGbe power chords except all of the strings are on the same fret. They look like this:
|---------------|
|---------------|
|---------------|
|-0-1-2-3-4-5-6-| and so on down the fretboard
|-0-1-2-3-4-5-6-|
|-0-1-2-3-4-5-6-|
To play power chords on the A D G strings, you don't change anything. These power chords look the same because none of those strings have a different tuning then before. Here are a couple of songs using the drop D tuning:
Switchfoot - Meant To Live (verse):
e|-----------------------------------------------------------|
b|-----------------------------------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------------------------------|
D|-4-0--0-2-0--0-4-0--0-4-5-4--4-0--0-2-0--0-4-0--0-4-5-7--5-|
A|-4-0--0-2-0--0-4-0--0-4-5-4--4-0--0-2-0--0-4-0--0-4-5-7--5-|
D|-4-0--0-2-0--0-4-0--0-4-5-4--4-0--0-2-0--0-4-0--0-4-5-7--5-|

e|--------------------------------------------------------|
b|--------------------------------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------------------------------|
D|-4-0--0-2-0--0-4-0--0-4-5-4--4-0--0-2-0--0-4-0--0-4-5-7-|
A|-4-0--0-2-0--0-4-0--0-4-5-4--4-0--0-2-0--0-4-0--0-4-5-7-|
D|-4-0--0-2-0--0-4-0--0-4-5-4--4-0--0-2-0--0-4-0--0-4-5-7-|
Now let's combine the D A D strings with the A D G string octaves in Sugar, We're Going Down by Fall Out Boy:
e|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
b|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-0000000000000000-5555555555555555-999999999999999-5555555555555555-|
A|-0000000000000000-5555555555555555-999999999999999-5555555555555555-|
D|-0000000000000000-5555555555555555-999999999999999-5555555555555555-|

e|------------------------------------------------------------|
b|------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-----777-----777-----777-----777----------------------------|
D|-000-xxx-000-xxx-555-xxx-555-xxx----------------------------|
A|-000-555-000-555-555-555-555-555----------------------------|
D|-000-----000-----555-----555--------------------------------|

e|------------------------------------------------------------|
b|------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-----111111-----111111-----777-----777----------------------|
D|-999-x-x-x--999-x-x-x--555-xxx-555-xxx----------------------|
A|-999-9-9-9--999-9-9-9--555-555-555-555----------------------|
D|-999--------999--------555-----555--------------------------|

06. Palm Muting

Palm muting is just a very simple technique that gives you a short, stubby sound that doesn't completely mute the string but you would think that because of the name. All you have to do is place the side of your right hand (not necessarily your palm) at the bottom of the strings, right by the bridge. To know that you need to palm mute, you will see dots (.) underneath each power chord or chord or so on. Here is an example:
|---------------------|
|---------------------|
|---------------------|
|-2222-4444-6666-8888-|
|-2222-4444-6666-8888-|
|-0000-2222-4444-6666-|
pm.... .... .... ....
Here are some songs using palm muting:
Hawthorne Heights - Ohio Is For Lovers (verse 2):
e|------------------------------------------------------------------|
b|------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-6666666666664444666666666666444422222222222244442222222222224444-|
A|-6666666666664444666666666666444422222222222244442222222222224444-|
E|-4444444444442222444444444444222200000000000022220000000000002222-|
pm ................................................................ 

Relient K - Sadie Hawkins Dance (verse):
e|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
b|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3------------------------------------8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-|
D|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3--3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3--5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5--8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-| 
A|-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1--3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3--5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5--6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-|
E|------------------1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1--3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3------------------|
pm . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . 
Now try palm muting in drop D tuning:
Fall Out Boy - Sugar, We're Going Down (pre-chorus):
e|---------------------------------------------------------|
b|---------------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------|
D|-000000-55555555-777777-99999999-101010101010-99999999-5-|
A|-000000-55555555-777777-99999999-101010101010-99999999-5-|
D|-000000-55555555-777777-99999999-101010101010-99999999-5-|
pm ...... ........ ...... ........ ............ ........ .

07. Natural Harmonics

Natural harmonics are pretty much just muting strings. All you do is place your whole hand over all strings to mute them and strum. Natural harmonics are shown with x's. Here are some songs using natural harmonics (I just added the natural harmonics where they go on these songs we already learned):
Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit (intro):
e|--------xxxx-----xx----------xxxx----xx-|
b|--------xxxx-----xx----------xxxx----xx-|
G|--------xxxx--33-xx----------xxxx-66-xx-| (x2)
D|--3--33-xxxx--33-xx---6--66--xxxx-66-xx-|
A|--3--33-xxxx--11-xx---6--66--xxxx-44-xx-|
E|--1--11-xxxx-----xx---4--44--xxxx----xx-|

08. Techniques

Here are a few common guitar techniques that will enhance the sound of your music. Please note, these are not the only guitar techniques there are to learn. a. Hammer-ons And Pull-offs Hammer-ons and pull-offs are a guitar technique that is used to make your sound more smooth. When you do a hammer-on or pull-off it's like doing a slur on another instrument (that's the way I look at it). Here's how you do each: Hammer-ons: you do a hammer-on when you go from a note on the guitar to a higher note (like from the 2 fret on the low E string to the 3 fret on the low E string) without picking the second time. All you do is pick the first note then press down the fret on the next note. Hammer-ons are done on the same string and are shown in tab by an "h." Pull-offs: to do a pull-off, you just do the opposite of a hammer-on. Instead of going to a higher note, you would go to a lower note (like from the 3 fret om the low E string to the 2 fret on the low E string). And, once again, you would only pluck the string the first time and pull-off your finger to let the second note ring out. Pull-offs are shown in tab by a "p." Here are a bunch of hammer-on and pull-off exercises I do for practice. Try doing these in different picking patterns (all downstrokes, all upstrokes, alternate picking):
|---------------------5h6------------------------| 
|-----------------5h6-----5h6--------------------| 
|-------------5h6-------------5h6----------------| 
|---------5h6---------------------5h6------------| 
|-----5h6-----------------------------5h6--------| 
|-5h6-------------------------------------5h6----| 

|---------------------5h7------------------------| 
|-----------------5h7-----5h7--------------------| 
|-------------5h7-------------5h7----------------| 
|---------5h7---------------------5h7------------| 
|-----5h7-----------------------------5h7--------| 
|-5h7-------------------------------------5h7----| 

|---------------------5h8------------------------| 
|-----------------5h8-----5h8--------------------| 
|-------------5h8-------------5h8----------------| 
|---------5h8---------------------5h8------------| 
|-----5h8-----------------------------5h8--------| 
|-5h8-------------------------------------5h8----| 

|---------------------6p5------------------------| 
|-----------------6p5-----6p5--------------------| 
|-------------6p5-------------6p5----------------| 
|---------6p5---------------------6p5------------| 
|-----6p5-----------------------------6p5--------| 
|-6p5-------------------------------------6p5----| 

|---------------------6h7------------------------| 
|-----------------6h7-----6h7--------------------| 
|-------------6h7-------------6h7----------------| 
|---------6h7---------------------6h7------------| 
|-----6h7-----------------------------6h7--------| 
|-6h7-------------------------------------6h7----| 

|---------------------6h8------------------------| 
|-----------------6h8-----6h8--------------------| 
|-------------6h8-------------6h8----------------| 
|---------6h8---------------------6h8------------| 
|-----6h8-----------------------------6h8--------| 
|-6h8-------------------------------------6h8----| 

|---------------------7p5------------------------| 
|-----------------7p5-----7p5--------------------| 
|-------------7p5-------------7p5----------------| 
|---------7p5---------------------7p5------------| 
|-----7p5-----------------------------7p5--------| 
|-7p5-------------------------------------7p5----|

|---------------------7p6------------------------| 
|-----------------7p6-----7p6--------------------| 
|-------------7p6-------------7p6----------------| 
|---------7p6---------------------7p6------------| 
|-----7p6-----------------------------7p6--------| 
|-7p6-------------------------------------7p6----|

|---------------------7h8------------------------| 
|-----------------7h8-----7h8--------------------| 
|-------------7h8-------------7h8----------------| 
|---------7h8---------------------7h8------------| 
|-----7h8-----------------------------7h8--------| 
|-7h8-------------------------------------7h8----| 

|---------------------8p5------------------------| 
|-----------------8p5-----8p5--------------------| 
|-------------8p5-------------8p5----------------| 
|---------8p5---------------------8p5------------| 
|-----8p5-----------------------------8p5--------| 
|-8p5-------------------------------------8p5----| 

|---------------------8p6------------------------| 
|-----------------8p6-----8p6--------------------| 
|-------------8p6-------------8p6----------------| 
|---------8p6---------------------8p6------------| 
|-----8p6-----------------------------8p6--------| 
|-8p6-------------------------------------8p6----| 

|---------------------8p7------------------------| 
|-----------------8p7-----8p7--------------------| 
|-------------8p7-------------8p7----------------| 
|---------8p7---------------------8p7------------| 
|-----8p7-----------------------------8p7--------| 
|-8p7-------------------------------------8p7----|
b. String Bending. String bending is the sort of "wah" sound you hear. To do string bending, you do just as it sounds, bend the string on the fret your playing. When bending a string, you just pull the string down after you press it down. A bend is represented on tablature with a "b" and you release the bend when you see the "r." Here's a song that uses a bend:
Switchfoot - Meant To Live (intro):
e|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
b|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
D|--------4b--4r---------4b--4r---------4b--4r--5--5-5-5-7---------|
A|-2-2-2----------0-0-0-------------------------5--5-5-5-7---------|
D|-------------------------------2-2-2----------5--5-5-5-7---------|
c. Slides Slides are just as they sound. You just slide your chord, note, power chord, to a new position (picking/strumming twice) but you don't lift your hand, you just slide it along the fretboard to the next space. The only time your really ever do this with chords are when you do barre chords, you rarely do it any other time with chords. Example: Bm to Cm. Slides are represent in tab by a "/" or "\". Here is another Switchfoot song that uses a slide and harmonics:
Switchfoot - Dare You To Move (verse 2):
E|--------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------------|
D|-9/11-xxxx-9/11-xxxx-9/11x7-9/11-xxxx-|
A|-9/11-xxxx-9/11-xxxx-9/11x7-9/11-xxxx-|
E|-7/9--xxxx-7/9--xxxx-7/9-x5-7/9--xxxx-|

E|--------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------------|
E|9/11-xxxx-9/11x7-4-4-4-xxxx-4-4-4-xxx-|
A|9/11-xxxx-9/11x7-4-4-4-xxxx-4-4-4-xxx-|
E|7/9--xxxx-7/9-x5-2-2-2-xxxx-2-2-2-xxx-|

E|------------------------------|
B|------------------------------|
G|------------------------------|
D|x4x-7-7-7xxxx-7-7-7xxxx-7-7-7-|
A|x4x-7-7-7xxxx-7-7-7xxxx-7-7-7-|
E|x2x-5-5-5xxxx-5-5-5xxxx-5-5-5-|

E|----------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------|
G|----------------------------------------------|
D|9/11-xxxx-9/11-xxxx-9/11x7~-4-4-4xxxx4-4-4xxx-|
A|9/11-xxxx-9/11-xxxx-9/11x7~-4-4-4xxxx4-4-4xxx-|
E|7/9--xxxx-7/9--xxxx-7/9-x5~-2-2-2xxxx2-2-2xxx-|

E|--------------------------|
B|--------------------------|
G|--------------------------|
D|x-4x7-7-7xxxx-7-7-7xxxx-7-|
A|x-4x7-7-7xxxx-7-7-7xxxx-7-|
E|x-2x5-5-5xxxx-5-5-5xxxx-5-|

09. Solos

There isn't much to say about solos except on thing: try to make them as easy as you can! By this I mean put your hands in chord positions and just try to move those "chords" around. And by this I mean try to put your fingers down on the fretboard where the notes will go and pick the notes individually, then move to another "chord" and pick those notes, and so on. Here are some pretty easy solos to practice:
Green Day - Wake Me Up When September Ends (solo): 
e|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B|----12----12--12|----12----12--12|----13----13--13|1515151515151515|
G|1212--1212--12--|1111--1111--11--|1212--1212--12--|1212121211111111|
D|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
A|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
E|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|

e|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B|----12----12--12|----12----12--12|----13----13--13|1515151515151515|
G|1212--1212--12--|1111--1111--11--|1212--1212--12--|1212121212121212|
D|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
A|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
E|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|

e|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B|1515151515151515|1515151515151515|1515151515151515|
G|1111111111111111|1212121212121212|1111111111111111| 
D|----------------|----------------|----------------| 
A|----------------|----------------|----------------|
E|----------------|----------------|----------------|

Green Day - American Idiot (solo):
|----------------------------------|
|----------------------------------|
|-1010101010101010101010101010-8-6-|
|--x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-|
|--8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-6-4-|
|----------------------------------|

|----------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------|
|-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-10-8-6-5-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-6-5-3---|
|-x-x-x-x-x-x-x--x-x-x-x---------------------6-|
|-6-6-6-6-6-6-6--8-6-4-3-----------------------|
|----------------------------------------------|

|-------------------8-------------|
|-----9------11-----------11---9~-|
|-8-8----8-8----8-8---8-8----8----|
|---------------------------------|
|---------------------------------|
|---------------------------------|

|----------------------------------|
|----------------------------------|
|-1010101010101010101010101010-8-6-|
|--x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-|
|--8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-6-4-|
|----------------------------------|

|------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------9-|
|-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-10-8-6-5-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-6-5-3-----|
|-x-x-x-x-x-x-x--x-x-x-x---------------------6---|
|-6-6-6-6-6-6-6--8-6-4-3-------------------------|
|------------------------------------------------|

Green Day - Boulevard Of Broken Dreams (solo):
|-----------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------|
|--6-6-6-6---------8-8-8-8----------|
|--6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-8-8-8-8-3-3-3-3--|
|--4-4-4-4-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-3-3-3-3--|
|----------4-4-4-4---------1-1-1-1--|
 
|-----------------------------------|
|--6-----8/9-----13/11---8/9---9----|
|-----------------------------------| 
|-----------------------------------| 
|-----------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------|
 
|-----------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------|
|--6-6-6-6---------8-8-8-8----------|
|--6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-8-8-8-8-3-3-3-3--|
|--4-4-4-4-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-3-3-3-3--|
|----------4-4-4-4---------1-1-1-1--|
 
|-----------------------------------|
|--6-----8/9-----13/11---8/9---9----|
|-----------------------------------| 
|-----------------------------------| 
|-----------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------|

|-----------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------|
|--6-6-------------8-8-8-8----------|
|--6-6-----6-6-----8-8-8-8-3-3-3-3--|
|--4-4-----6-6-----6-6-6-6-3-3-3-3--|
|----------4-4-------------1-1-1-1--|
 
|-----------------------------------|
|--6-----8/9-----13/11---8/9---9----|
|-----------------------------------| 
|-----------------------------------| 
|-----------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------|
 
|---------------------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------------------|
|--6-6-------------5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5--|
|--6-6-----6-6-----5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5--|
|--4-4-----6-6-----3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3--|
|----------4-4--------------------------------------|
 
|---------------------------------------------------|
|--6-----8/9----11/13-13-13-13-13-13-13-13-13-13-13-|
|---------------------------------------------------| 
|---------------------------------------------------| 
|---------------------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------------------|

Weezer - Beverly Hills (solo):
e|----------------|--------4b------|----------------|----------------|
B|--6-4-----------|--6-4-------6---|--6-4-----------|----------------|
G|------5-3-3431--|------5---------|------5-3-3431--|3--3--1---------|
D|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
A|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
E|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|

e|----------------|--------4b------|----------------|----------------|
B|--6-4-----------|--6-4-------6---|--6-4-----------|----------------|
G|------5-3-3431--|------5---------|------5-3-3431--|3--3--1---------|
D|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
A|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
E|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|


All-American Rejects - Dirty Little Secret (solo):
e|---------------------------------------------------------|
B|----11---11--9-9p8-9p8------11---11--9-9p8-------13(15)--|
G|-----------------------8-------------------10/12---------|
D|--8----8------------------8----8-------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------|

e|-----13-----13--11-11p10-11p10--------13-----13--11-11p10-11p10------|
B|--11-----11--------------------11~-11-----11--------------------11\--|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------|

10. Conclusion

Thanks for taking the time to read my lesson (it took me like 2 weeks to do it). If you have any questions you can e-mail me at gdm09@hotmail.com. Feel free to leave any comments.

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    timo1
    this is for really beginners and im glad u can help them .i like the effort u put
    breaknahabit
    thats not palm muting or natural harmonics is it? thats just a scratch chord or chucking.... am i am wrong?
    lichor
    Learning to play punk and the introduction to beginners is basicly the same damn thing. Stop wasting time with punk and move on to better guitar techniques.
    ghostofhendrix
    Dude u dont play standard powerchords with only ur 1st and 3rd fingers unless ur kurt cobain. Most PROPER guitarists use their pinky 4 the octave instead of barring with their third,and i agree wit the guys that sed u dint really use examples of punk music but neva mind it woz fairly good.
    ghostofhendrix
    Oh and dude natural harmonics aren't shown with an x, thats muting the strings, they're shown with a NH above the tab and ur idea of natural harmonics is wrong. U touch the string very lightly then lift ur finger off fairly fast and if you did it right it will make a 'harmonic' noise or however you'd describe it. Sorry I'm not trying to be a prick its just that if ur gonna explain things to beginners you should do it properly.
    Vin2254
    Ok, this should be labled punk-pop. Your harmonics lesson is WAY off.
    gdm09
    ok guys, my guitar teacher (some high school kid who normally plays bass but also knows guitar) told me that so sorry on my part. what are they called then if its not natural harmonics?
    Sk8trpunk977
    You need to get your info straight before you just go and post a lesson... People will read it and think something is something else... Not good...
    lichor
    breaknahabit, you are right. It's scratching (muting the chord with your right hand).
    Snorglorf
    Very shit article. First of all, those aren't punk bands, they're what's called "crappy wannabe new-emo-pop-light-almost- punk-almost-rock" bands. For a good article on punk, I was hoping to see some Sex Pistols, or Ramones, or something GOOD, but no, you give me Green Day, and Fall Out Boy. Both of which are merely fads for those with no musical intelligence. Weezer is NOT punk, they're grunge, and easier solos does not equal better, and muting is NOT artificial harmonics, and you're supposed to palm mute with the part of your hand (I guess the base, some might call it) that connects to your wrist next to your palm. Please make a GOOD article, and do your research before you post it. And you didn't explain anything about powerchords, and how it is the first note and fifth note from either the major/minor scale. Go take some lessons, rather than giving them.
    Snorglorf
    Read up, you said your guitar teacher taught you that. Your guitar teacher sucks. Quit lessons with him, and find a real teacher.
    rancidrocker
    None of the bands you mentioned were actual punk bands. Green day comes close...(try bands like Rancid, The Clash, Left Over Crack, H20, Guttermouth...etc) My friend, you need to take more lessons, learn a little thoery, then come back and try to make a decient lesson. (Listen to some real punk bands while your at it)
    dakmac
    about 90% of yall are right. None of these bands are punk. Greenday and FOB are pop/rock.Switchfoot is more of an indie/rock.Weezer is Grunge.
    saetia16
    thank you mike2. f'uck you i_play_guitar. yes it can be called emo-core but the fact it there is new emo related to FOB, it's just pop. there is a still an emo scene today with many of the bands i listed in it. thank you for not being a retarded f'uck face like the rest of these guys.
    mike2
    punk and hardcore are two different genres....they have just been fused together to create a new one. the full genre name is not 'hardcore punk' ya retard...like minor threat and dead kennedys and bad brains are all hardcore punk bands... and to saetia 16, the D.C. scene of emo is not called emo anymore...it is called emo-core now because new emo is so shitty they pretty much changed the name of the old emo so they wouldn't be associated with this new fall out boy shit...old emo is hardcore D.C. post punk crap....emo just came from the hardcore scene in D.C. is now called emo-core...i guess...
    Metal_Rich
    its a Punk Rock article, NOT a punk article people... overall good article, but you tabbed Meant To Live wrong, and Teen Spirit, and please stick to punk rock examples.
    mowk77
    nice thing man... i new everthing already but half these guys are dick wads so ya nice job
    aMadeUpword
    well, i dont't want to criticize, but its lessons like these that keep newbies from learning, sure there was good stuff, but... the "natural harmonics" for example, THAT'S MUTING, and misinformation like that will only hold people back. do some research,write something original, and learn what punk is!
    fenderholic
    ummm this was ok i guess. but one thing... greenday, fall out boy, GC, all them...well THEY AINT PUNK! oi! peace -emily
    Nor'Easterbass
    gcfreak16 wrote: thanx ur lesson helped me now i can play my fav gc song lol (i understand it now)
    Good charlotte blows. and FOB ain't punk...wow. useless AND misinformed. hmmm
    Macktruck
    Good lesson but i think you had octaves alittle confused. Greenday was the only punk band here, and they aint even punk anymore. emo SUCKS!!!!
    gdm09
    yeah, sorry about the genre confusion. just rate it on the lesson i guess, not on how much the bands suck or arent punk. sorry again guys.
    zep_hed449
    I think that you all waist too much breath trying to define who and what punk is. Plain and simple it sucks
    rickysaid
    in my opinio no punk thoes not suck its easy to play yah and these example do suck these are music with out the punk rebel attitude if you want to play punk just use power chords and swich up the rythim in your right hand and dont forget the attitude
    saetia16
    Macktruck wrote: Good lesson but i think you had octaves alittle confused. Greenday was the only punk band here, and they aint even punk anymore. emo SUCKS!!!!
    you...(along with many others that have posted) are a complete d'umbass! for one thing green day was NEVER punk, they are and always have been pop punk. another thing is emo does not suck. you do, because you have no clue what emo is emo was started in the 70's when minor threat played their last show. it is a form of hardcore you stupid f'ucker. maybe next time you should do some research so you dont look like a complete fag. emo is not FOB, green day, etc. real emo is hotcross, circle takes the square, saetia, rites of spring, moss icon, i would set myself on fire for you, you and i, comadre, etc. so shut the f'uck up you retard.
    i_play_guitar
    funny isnt it, how all of the bands mentioned are pop punk, and to the guy above, hardcore IS punk. the full genre name is hardcore punk.
    fenderguy09
    come on guys, although this guy may have his genres mixed up a tad, at least it will help some kid who wants to be in a band. cuz this is a good begginning lesson to someone who wants to start a band. they can just use this stuff to do it.
    Bored_2_Death
    nice lesson except 4 the fact that switchfoot is alternative rock, nirvana is grunge, and all of the other bands there are pop-punk not real punk. once again i'll hav 2 repeat wut everybody else is sayin. real punk is the ramones, the clash, sex pistols and the dead kennedys.
    DontKillEmoKids
    I rather liked it. ^.^ Don't bother about it being 'incorrectly named' and that stuff, because it was the basics of how to play punk guitar and make up your own stuff. Real great for beginners and such. I hope you come out with a new one for us veterans soon, lol. Keep it up, kid.
    Bobby Darko
    This was decent. I've read a million of these and i know all this shit already but when new lessons come out i still read them just to see if there's anything new that i didn't know. I knew about Drop D tuning but i never actually used it. Harmonics i've read about but never actually used any while playing any songs. Anyway, pretty good lesson. Those bands aren't punk but the technique is right for the most part. It's pretty basic and you can use your ring finger to bar the fifth and the octave but it is easier and in my opinion sounds better to you your ring finger and pinky finger. Still better then anything i could come up with.
    mcrgirl
    didn't help me at all. sorry i know you tried and some other people may have benifited from it, just not me. sorry.
    I_Dont_Know
    people drop d isn't meant to reach one more note!!!! it's meant to make bigger stretches that you couldn't make before!!!! sorry but i don't see the point in tuning it to drop d if youre just gonna play power chords!!! and drop d is grunge not punk... not bad lesson though
    bodec_
    man .... those bands arent ****in punk theyre shitty ass new bands that ... just ****ing suck