How to Play Guitar Riff in the Style of Green Day

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here´s a cool chord progression in the style of Green Day!

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Hey, what’s going on everybody.
My name is John McClennan and I’m here
with, bringing you
this lesson. What I’d like to look at
today is sort of some Green Day rock
style rhythm playing. I call Green Day
the power chord kings because so many
of their songs use power chords.

What a power chord is, is where you take
your first finger, let’s say we’re playing
it here on the 3rd fret, and you go 1st
finger and then 3rd finger and then pinkie,
and those frets are 3, 5, 5. And it’s just
those three notes together. Again, I have
some distortion on and just get a nice,
fat rock sound.

There’s that chord. It already sounds heavy.
And then what I’m going to do is I’m going to
palm mute, which is where I take my palm and
I just play back here by the bridge, and I go…
So I just hit that root note twice and then I
strum the whole chord, no palm mute.

Then I’m going to move up to a D, which is
5, 7, 7, doing the same exact thing. Then move
that up a whole step and this time I’m going to
play the root once and then I’m going to play the
3rd fret, 3, 5, 5. And then you start over. So it’s
basically just 3rd fret, 5th fret, 7th, 3rd. The
first chord has a root on the 6th string and then
all the other chords I move up with my 1st finger
on the 5th string.

So once again, slowly. Try this with me. That’s
one-and, two-and, three, four. Starting over.
So you want to be able to play the chord open
and then also be able to instantly go to that
palm mute as well. That’s going to help you in
a lot of sort of punk rock tunes, you know,
where you’re got to like do stuff like…
So it’s just a cool sound to be able to play
that with the power chords, of course.

Of course, in between you can add some,
what I call, clicks, which are just mutes.
With the distortion everyone’s like, whoa,
what’s that?

All right, Green Day, rhythm 101. Be sure to
click the link below for the tab and we’ll
see you in the next lesson. Thank you for watching.

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