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TAB Beyond Power Chords - Rhythm ideas

TAB Beyond Power Chords - Rhythm ideas

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from: letostak@netcom.com (judy letostak)
subject: tab beyond power chords - rhythm ideas
life beyond power chords
letostak@netcom.com (judy letostak)

i hope this helps a few people out. if i've made any mistakes, or
haven't made myself clear, please let me know, so i can make
corrections. i'm only showing major, minor and some sus chords
because 7th, 9th, 13th...aren't used all that often in rock music,
sometimes, but not very often. but, i could be wrong, it wouldn't
be the first time. :)

here's an amajor chord with a c# in the bass. it's what's known as an
inverted chord. this is just taking a note other than the root note (a),
like the 3rd, 5th or 7th...as the 'bass' note. this is still an amajor
chord, but the c# is taking place of the a as the bass note, it changes
the sound of the chord, and it sounds nice, just have the bassist play
an a, it'll give the a chord a different flavor.

d d


2. this is the chorus to one of my songs. it's in the key of a. it's
a very simple chord progression. the bassist pedals e for the first riff,
then plays d d a, and i'm using the a/c# it sounds a little more
interesting than just playing an a major chord and it makes for a very
commercial sounding song.

g#min a


3. here's the verse from the same song. the first chord is an emajor
chord. for the second chord, i add the f# and mute the a string with
my second finger. the last chord is a partial b7 chord. i let the b and
e string ring open, that leads into the emajor chord to start the verse

amin/f#(not sure)

|----0------0------1------1------------------------------------------------ |----0------4------2------2------------------------------------------------ |----4------2------2------2------------------------------------------------ |----2------3------0------3------------------------------------------------ |----0--------------------2------------------------------------------------


4. this is a pretty powerful chord progression, i use it with a lot of
distortion, it creates nice overtones. it starts with an e sus chord, a
nice alternative to eminor (check out rush "no one at the bridge" for
a great use of this chord). the second chord is like a eminor power chord
but using a c in the bass position, and using open strings (if someone
knows the name of this chord, please tell me). then to a generic a minor
chord, but on the last chord, instead of playing a minor again, i just
add c and f# (f# using the thumb on my left hand). this is a nice
ending for the chord progression i'm not sure of the correct name.



here's another alternative to f and g power chords or barre chords. these
also use open strings (yes, i have a open string fettish :) ). these are
good for picking the notes possibly after strumming the chord, there are
lots of uses for these. i believe, george lynch used chords like these
a lot when he played with dokken, they sound nice when you let the open
string ring out.

the thumb can create lots of options also. it takes a little getting
used to, hendrix used this to perfection.


6. i've noticed sometimes, that when using a lot of distortion with a bass
heavy guitar tone can make some songs sound muddy. the bass knob on my
amp broke off when my guitar case fell on it and it was set on 10 so i'm
stuck with a bass heavy tone, so i use triads on the high e, b and g string
to sort of compensate for this (i hate stomp pedals, or i'd get an eq), plus
the fact my bassist is very loud and she has a very bass heavy tone, i use
these triads to bring up the high and mid tonal ranges.

7. these are like power chords, but instead of being root, 5th, root,
they're just 5th and root. these are cool because you can apply a heavy
vibrato, 'cause you're only using one finger to hold down two notes.
here's some more.





8. these are diads, two note chords, consisting of the root and 3rd, a
nice alternative to triads or barre chords.

nuno bettencourt uses a lot of triads and diads along with single note
things. if you've never heard extreme, i recommend they're first two
albums, he does a lot of interesting things when he plays rhythm, as well
as lead.


|----5----5---5----5----5-----5-------------------------------------------- |----5----5---5----5----5-----5-------------------------------------------- |----7----6---5----4----3-----2-------------------------------------------- |-------------------------------------------------------------------------- |--------------------------------------------------------------------------

this is a cliche'd sort of rhythm pattern, yngwie uses this in "dreaming
tell me - odyssey album), but when you use it sparingly, keeping the a
minor chord, but changing the bass note, it can sound nice. but be
careful, it can get monotonous after a while. i did this sort of thing
with my last band, the other guitarist was playing a riff in aminor and
the bassist was changing the bass note going down, so when i had to come
up with a part for the song, i played something like this, following the
bassist but keeping the aminor chord there, so i wouldn't clash with
the rhythm guitar. it gave the song (otherwise would have been a really
heavy song) a sort of jazz feel, and i stress the word sort of :)

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