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Dimebag Darrell Interview

An Old Interview Of Dimebag Darrell – The Rough Rider

This Great Interview With Dimebag Darrel, first published on 4th April 1994 in Guitar World Magazine.

Dimebag  Darrell abbott. High priest of six-string destruction is feeling ornery. His eyes narrow as he slowly picks up his metallic blue deam guitar. Cradling it like a sawed off shotgun. The self proclaimed “cowboy from hell” begins to frown. It’s obvious that he has something urgent on his mind.

I grew up a heavy metal kid and we were a heavy metal band.  He growls in a rapid fire Texas twang. I know it’s not fashionable. But I’m proud to say that’s what we are and that’s what we do. It kills me when I see some metal brand trying to pass themselves off as an ‘alternative brand, well. Dude, they can join the pack. But well remain true to our roots while shit keeps twisting around us.”

And twist it does.

While the rest of the rock world continues to be preoccupied with the next big Lollapaloser. Pantera has been steadily reinventing and reinvigorating heavy metal for the nineties. By combining the rawest elements of thrash. Texas blues and hardcore, the band has created a new from of metal-one that is rhythmically aggressive. Sophisticated in construction and yes even hip. At the epicenter of pantera’s musical mosh pit in the band’s larger than life guitarist, Dimebag Darrel. His trademark crimson goatee. Custom guitar and colorful command of good ol’ boy slang has made him a hero among hard rock fans. But his bone-rating rhythm work. Inventive soloing and distinctive razor-sharp “Darrell tone” is what has made him a legend among a whole generation of guitarist searching for a new Adword Van Helen. And like Van Helen. The key to the texam’s large talent is his healthy disregard for rules and regulations.

My old man and asked if I could trade my bike back for the guitar. {laugh } actually, I didn’t ask him that, but if I was slick, that’s what I would’ve done! [ didn’t get my first guitar until my next birthday. I was about 11, and he gave me a les Paul copy and a pignose amp.

Initially, [ just used the guitar as a prop I’d pose with it in front of a mirror in my kiss makeup when I was skipping school. Then I figured out how to play the main riff to deep purple’s “smoke on the water” on just the string started getting really heavy. But I think the turning point came when discovered an electro-Harmonix Big muff fuzz. Feedback! Distortion! Dude, that was all she wrote.

Question: Did you ever get to work in our father’s studio?

DARRELL: Yeah he’d pay me 20 bucks here and there to do piano overdubs or punch-ins while he was trying to do his vocals. So learned quite a bit at an early age about how a studio works.

However, my brothers Vinnie {Paul, Pantera drummer} is really the guy the followed in my old’s man’s footstep’s. He’s a complete gadget hound and really knows his way around a studio. Vinnie infact Is partly responsible for my sound.

On our early demos. I was really fuss treated with my record sound. I’d tell my dad, “Dude I want more ‘cut’ on my guitar I want more treble. And he’d say “Now, son you don’t want that. It’ll hurt your ears. But my dad just didn’t understand. Then Vinnie started getting behind the boards. That’s when things started to sound the way I wanted them to sound.

Question: Could you use the studio any time you wanted you?

DARRELL: Nope! No fuckin way. And we never abuse the privilege. The local motherfuckers who knew that my dad owned a studio would say, Ahh” dude Is spoiled and this and that. But we didn’t abuse it at all. I’d always ask if we could use the studio first, and if our dad didn’t want us there he would tell us. And that was that. But I definitely tried to get down there as often as I could {laugh}

Question: Did your dad have any good advice regarding the music business?

DARRELL: Yeah: written your own music.”

Question: What’s the worst advice the gave you?

DARRELL: To play by the rules. To turns down the treble knob because It will hurt someone’s cars. My old man used to flip out whenever I would try to branch out and do something different. Although he didn’t do it on purpose. He really held me back in the beginning. If something was a little too hot an top or was distorted, he’d say, “don’t do that Darrell-do it by the book.”

The worst advice I ever received from my dad was to play by the book. “explains Darrell. My old man used to flip out whenever I would try to branch out and so something different. Although he didn’t do it on purpose. He really held me back.    

Question: You mentioned that your father taught you your first barre chords. Did he show you anything else?

DARRELL: I would go over too his house on weekends, bring a record of a tune that, I wanted to learn, and he would show me how to play it. I think I took “cocaine” over there the first time; not the drug, of course – eric Clapton tune. First, he showed me other ways to approach it with different chord inversions. So, I would get little bits of information from him like that.

       I also learned how to pick things off of records from him. That was back when people still listened to records. [laughs] I’d watch how he tunned to records, and he’d say something like, “son, these guys tune way down, and I’d ask him, you mean there’s a standard tunning?” I was completely clueless. He’d just help me put together the pieces. I watched how he did it and started doing it on my own at home.

Question: So, you never had any formal lessons?

DARRELL: Naw. I tried one time. I was in a rut and wasn’t getting anywhere, so I thought I’d go just up the street and get a guitar lesson off this cat. He wrote down some weird scale and tried to explain how it worked. After we finished, he said, “Now go an home, practice that scale, and show me how well you can play we next week. “So I took it home, played around with it for a few minute and said, Fuck this, I just want to jam.”

         I respect people that can read tablature and that all shit, but I just don’t even have the patience to read the newspaper. I’ll read three or four lines and that’s it. I’m a spazzer, you know?

Dimebag Darrell is ticked Off – and it’s all your fault!

In the November 1993 issue of guitar world Dimebag Darrell made and unique offer to readers of “Riffer Madness,” his monthly column: anyone who mastered his lesson in harmonic would be treated to a six pack of bear or the bevarge their choice.

I told guitar world readers if they did their homework, the deserved to celebrate, “says the guitarist bitterly. “I’ve even offered to treat them to six pack of beer they sent me the receipt. I said I’d pay for the first 50. Straight out of my account. And not one person took me up on the offer. I’m pissed!

“Listen you gays: if you don’t drink it’s all well and good; go out and buy some Kool-Aid and I’ll give you a quarter for a pack. Damn! I’m putting my cake on the line. I’m willing go the down couple hundred bucks to tighten you up, ‘cause I know your bustin’ your chops. Traying to get those licks as cranked as you can. If more then 50 of send of me a receipt, don’t worry. Brad Tolinski will cover the rest. So, what are you waiting for? Those have the talent-and the guts-to take Darrell up on his offer can write: Darrell’s feedback sack 301 W. 53rd  st.. suite 11d. New Work Ny 10019.  -BRAD TOLINSKI    


Question: When did you brother Vinnie start playing drums?

DARRELL: That’s good story. One day Vennie came home from school with a fucking, tuba. My old man said, “son you won’t to be able to make a penny playing that thing. Take it right now and tell them that you’re going to play drums!”

A year letter, I tried to hop on Vinnie’s kit and hang with him, but Vinnie blew me away. Our story is almost identical to the Van Halen story. Both Eddie and Alex played drums, but Alex killed, so Eddie decided to pick up the guitar. It was the same in our case. “Rigs” [ Vennie’s nick – name ] definitely dominated me on the kit so I started playing guitar.

QUESTION: How did Vinnie influence you?

DARRELL: Vinnie taught me a lot about timing. For example, I can remember one day we decided that we were going to try to learn, “More than a felling, “By Boston. We started jamming on it right before we had to leave for school. We were already late then Vinnie pointed out that I had left out one chord-that I was coming out of one section before the beat had a chance to turn around, I’m like, “what are you taking about? So he counted everything out for me and showed me where I was missing a chord. We went back and listened to the record and, sure enough, he was right. It’s always been like that. Vinnie is very knowledgeable. He was the one that paid attention in school! He learned all his drum rudiments.

QUESTION: That you and your brother worked closely together is easy to see. Your rhythm guitar playing, in particular, is very tight and percussive sounded-young gays almost sound like you’re playing a from of heavy metal marching drum rudiments in unison at times. What’s it like playing in a band with your bother?

DARRELL: Great. You’re more like best friends. I think we have a better relationship than most brothers because we are working for the same goal. I’m most families, one brother will be a doctor and the other will be a layer, or street bum, however it works out. I don’t even know how to put this without sounding wacky. But we don’t have a “push/pull” relationship at all. It’s very just very natural; we don’t fight and shit,

QUESTION: Was there ever any rivalry between you?

DARRELL: A little bit, but not much. He always the had the business sense and I had the street level sense. We both respect our deference and, luckily, we are able to just kind of put the two together. But now that I think about it, he did kick my ass few times when we are growing up. { laughs} All I can say is that I’m fortunate to have a brother that can rip on the drums like Vinnie Paul. I mean, it’s hard enough to find some-one that can just beat on the skins.

QUESTION: What do you contribute to pantera’s songwriting process?

DARRELL: Every song is different. There are no plans, no formulas. We know it’s got to jam, and that’s about it. When we started this album, I didn’t have as many riffs written as I’ve had in the past, but I had a vision of what I wanted. I knew it was going to be one bad motherfucker – refreshing, new, and that’s what it was.

QUESTION: How do you write your riffs?

DARRELL: A couple of songs were actual – ly written in concert. If you improvise a riff and the crowd immediately reacts to it, you know you’re on to something.

QUESTION: You rarely hear of a band that will take a chance on improvising new riffs on stage these days. Everyone seems so well – rehearsed and conservative.

DARRELL: Ah shit, you know us – the most dangerous band in heavy metal! Let me tell you a story. We wrote practically all of “25 years, “of the new album, in con – cert. One night, in front of a packed house, we just started jamming and camp up with the main riff in the song. Phil so really getting into it he started making Sug – gestions while we are playing. At one point he told us to stop. So we stopped. And he said, “dudes, go into a straight chug right there, “This is in front of hundreds of people! We just put the crowd on hold for a few minutes while we put the song together. I don’t think anybody minded, they just sat there and checked us out while we worked things through.

QUESTION: How is this album different for you?

DARRELL: We – ve been getting into the band thing. I ‘ve been trying to look more at the big picture-trying to figure out what’s appropriate for the tune. For example, we were working on this very aggressive song called “slaughtered, “and at first we decided that we are going to insert a slow, melodic lead guitar part into the middle of the tune. But while we are working on the slow section, everyone was just sipping on their beers and staying kind or quiet. Then I realized that the tune had lost of Momen- tum and its power, so I said, “Fuck the lead. “The big picture, man, that’s where it’s at.

QUESTION: “Five minutes alone is another of the album’s songs that features a pretty minimalist lead.

DARRELL: In my guitar world column [“Riffer madness”], I’m always talking about getting on one note and holding, felling it. So one day I was out in my garage, just dicking around on my eight-track, trying to figure out what “Five Minutes alone” needed. Since I was only going to take a short solo, I started asking myself, “Do I need to burn something real quick for the sake a burning?” “never was the answer. Then I thought, “why don’t you take your own advice?” so I hit that one note and it really felt good. At first I was going to hop of it, but then I thought, “no the one note, dude. “And I hung, and hung, and hung. Then I started bending the string up and down until it sounded like a siren, and that is all that song needed.

QUESTION: I noticed and experimental edge on the new album: “good friends And a bottle of pills “has an almost industrial feel. “hard lines, sunken cheeks” is epic in length and mood. And your cover of black sabbath’s “planet caravan” even features bongos and acoustic guitars. Did you intentionally set out to broaden the band’s vision?

DARRELL: we never plan anything: we just let nature take its course. But if you ask me, we did you broaden our on vision on this album. Actually, when I presented a demo of “Hard lines, sunken cheeks” to the brand, I thought I’d get mixed reactions, at best. But everybody dug it And fell saw the possibilities right away.

Musicians tend to get bored playing the same thing over and over, so I think Its natural experiments. On “good friends, “for example, I instead of a playing tradition-al solo, I just open my guitar up all the way and let it feedback for effect.

QUESTION: That’s so cool section, but it sounds like the feedback is being the effected somehow.

DARRELL: Good ears, dude. I discovered the pure feedback wasn’t quite enough, so I added a Digitech Whammy Pedal to the equation, which helped produce a sound that was completely fucked up!

QUESTION: I hear the Digitech Whammy pedal on several other tracks. You used the pedal ‘s harmonizer feature on the solo for “strength beyond strength. “How did you have it set?

DARRELL: I don’t really know! Like I said before, I don’t really have any training in theory, so just kept turning knobs until I found the most wicked sound. Actually, there are two guitar playing that lead, one is the playing lead without effect, another guitar is doubling it with the whammy ped-al, and both are going through one of those little 10-watt Marshall heads to produce what I call my “free sound. “it’s the sound that I get one my eight-track demos.

QUESTION: Is that the whammy again on “Becoming”?

DARRELL: yes, sir I’m using it on the rhythm part. I depress it on the third beat of every other measure to produce what Phil calls the “step on the cat” effect.  It’s to bad that you noticed it was a whammy pedal, because we were going to tell people that we are abusing an animal to produce that sound- you know, “we were jumping on a cat, then we simply plugged a cord up its as and threw a little eq on it. “That was one of the songs that started with Vinnie’s incredible drum grove. Because I used the whammy pedal on the rhythm part, I decided to use it on the lead as well. The only thing I had between my guitar and my amp was my Dunlop Wah and the whammy, so like an idiot I decided try and play my solo using both effect simultaneously. I figured it was going to sound horrible, but everyone started saying, that’s cool. ”so I kept it, and then I doubled it and it was done!

    I know some of yours readers are going to rag at me and say, “Aw” dude, anybody could’ve done that. But I let me tell you, I’m the kind of dude that would do that. And the record, not at, “show and tell. “

QUESTION: when I first heard, “Becoming’ “I thought, “someone is actually come up with some new sounds.”

DARRELL: Noises, dude! Tones and noises!

QUESTION: while we’re on the subject of rude noises, what’s going on at the beginning of “Good Frends And A Bottle Of Pills’?

DARRELL: I was standing next to Vinnie, who plays drums really hard, and I was slowly moving my volume knob to see how far I could go before the guitar started feed-in back. I had my guitar running through and old MXR flanger, and my intention was to just make a little bit of racket in the beginning of the song. Just by chance, the pickup started picking up Vinnie’s snare drum and it popped the gate open. So the drum is actually triggering the guitar, and that’s what your hear.

QUESTION: Are you playing an chords?

DARRELL: Naw I’m just standing there drunk, fucking around with my volume knob, { laughs }

QUESTION: Since we’re interested in details, what were you drinking?

DARRELL: Corrs lite, dude.

QUESTION: let’s talk about a solo where you do let your fingers fly. The double tracked-tracked lead on “I’m Broken” sounds like an homage to Randy Rhoads.

DARRELL: All right! You heard that? That’s right on the money. People always ask me about my influences. I learned about double-tracking leads from Randy-Especially the way he played them. He played them tight but loose, so they would flange just I little and that’s what I tried to do on ‘’I’m Broken. “

QUESTION: Was Randy important to you?

DARRELL: Fuck, yes. If he was still around, there’d be on telling what that cat would be Bustin, off. To me, Eddie Van Halen was heavy rock and roll, but Randy was heavy metal.

QUESTION: Do you fuss much over your parts?

DARRELL: I try to do things in one take, but doubling rhythm parts is always difficult, especially if you want things to cut the way I want them to cut. Each track has to be precise, and that is a problem on a rhythmically complex track like “Slaughtered, “The first run through is always cool, but the second is always the bitch. In fact, I think “Slaughtered” was the most difficult track on the album. It was a nightmare to double. It’s the shit once you’re done with it, but getting there is hell. We actually went with more loose doubles then on hour previous records, but something it has to be right on the money and that’s where the fussing comes in, I mean goddamn, I wish sometimes I could just do an Edward Van Halen-rhythm track on one side, river on the other, and live it alone. But that’s not my style.

QUESTION: what was your workhorse amp add guitar.

DARRELL: I stuck to what I’ve always used-Randall amps, and my main guitar is still my blue ’81 dean with the kiss stickers. [ see this month’s collector’s choice centerfold ] The guitar just can’t be topped. I use that on all the songs that are in standard tuning. When we tune down to D, I use my brown tobacco Brust dean.

        The only thing that was really different on this album is that the signal from my guitar was routed through three Rendall amps which were recorded simultaneously on each track-three amps mixed down to one track One stack was effected with my MXR flanger, for a kind of hollow sound another stuck was just straight up and dry, and the third was set similar to the dry stack except that it had a little more gain. Separately. One sounded horrible, one sounded great and the other sounded incredible.

QUESTION: I know you’re a fan of vintage effect pedals, like the MXR flanger. where do you get them?

DARRELL: pawn shops, man.

QUESTION: where are the best pawn shops?

DARRELL: The best ones are anywhere where the owner doesn’t know the value of his merchandise. { laughs } Part of the fun is just talking trash with the dudes that run the shops, It’s like, “dude, what’s up with this fuckin thing?”

         One time I was checking out some gui-tars amps and effects at a pawn shop and the store owner unintentionally gave me a defective cord. So plugged it into an effect that I wanted and started kicking the box around so the cord would crackle. As soon as I got the store owner’s attention, I started pretending it was the effects box that was broken. I started cursing and calling the effect a “no good piece of shit,” He said “it was working fine three weeks ago. We gave up 30 bucks for that thing. So I said “well it can sit here and not then. Nobody’s gonna pay for this thing.” So I said, “well, it can sit here and not then. Nobody’s gonna pay for this thing” in the end the dude sold it to me for five bucks!

QUESTION: Since this interview will appear in our special “Survival Guide” issue I wanted to ask you a few question about life on the road. What was your biggest disaster while touring, and how did you fix it?

DARRELL: I’ve weathered broken head stock, fried pickup stagedivers breaking my pedals, guitar cutting out and stack going down. I’ve been knocked out, banged up and I’ve run out of seagram’s. all that stuff is coll-I cendeal with it. But the top things that’s tooled me, the worst thing? Food poisoning. I got food poisoning in Venezuela, and it sucked! I couldn’t do anything for two weeks but shit and sweat. And how to cure It? Stay in bed.

QUESTION: what are five things needed to survive on the road?

DARRELL: Bear taco bell joints Whisky a Walkman, and a little acid for long bus for trips.

QUESTION: Places to avoid?

DARRELL: Venezuela got there and found out that we are supposed to play this baseball field that was crawling with bats, snake and huge blue carbs. We were going to cancel, but we were told that if we did that the government might try to plant drugs on us and arrests us, so we decided to play the show. That day  11 kids were treated for snake bites and that night and got the food poisoning that almost killed me. It was pretty crazy.

QUESTION: What is the Pantera philshopy?

DARRELL: go for it, go with it, but just don’t fuck with us.

QUESTION: Finally, once and for all, is it Dimebag or Dimond?

DARRELL: it’s whatever you want it to be.

QUESTION: How about “Five And Dime” Darrell?

DARRELL: “Five And Dime” is beautiful – it may be the new one.  

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Made For Me Guitar Chords

Muni Long -Made For Me Guitar Chords

Muni Long released her single “Made for Me” on September 15, 2023. This track marked her first release of 2023, following the success of her previous works. Produced by Jermaine Dupri, Bryan-Michael Cox, and Jordan XL, “Made for Me” is a tender piano ballad that expresses Long’s deep love and compatibility with her partner. The song is described as nostalgic and sweet, where Long affirms her relationship through heartfelt lyrics. This release came after her Grammy-winning campaign earlier in the year and continued her streak of memorable musical moments. Here is Made For Me Guitar Chords.

Made For Me Chord Chart:

Made For Me Chord and Lyrics:

Intro: FMaj7, Em7 , Am7

FMaj7, Em7 , Am7

The smell of your perfume
Am7                             Em7
I thought I was immune
Lookin’ around this room
Am7                                          Em7
Can’t help but see the traces of you
This moment is surreal
Am7                        Em7           Dm7 Em7 FMaj7
I can’t put into words how I feel
FMaj7                            Dm7 Em7 FMaj7
Twin Where have you been?
Nobody knows me like you do (nobody)
Am7                                                     Em7
Nobody gon’ love me quite like you (nobody, yeah)
Can’t even deny it, every time I try it
Am7                                                    Em7
One look in my eyes, you know I’m lyin’, lyin’
Body to body, skin to skin (I’m never gon’ love like this)
Am7                                                   Em7
I’m never gon’ love like this again (again, yeah)
Dm7        Em7            FMaj7
You were made for me (just for me)
Dm7        Em7            FMaj7
Said you were made for me (only for me, yeah, yeah)
Dm7        Em7            FMaj7
Think you were made for me
Dm7        Em7            FMaj7
Oh yeah, you were made for me
It ain’t every day
Am7                                   Em7
That I get in my feelings this way
I knew it was rare
Am7                                       Em7
‘Cause before you, I never did care
Don’t know what I would do
Am7                    Em7           Dm7 Em7 FMaj7
If I had to go on without you
FMaj7                            Dm7 Em7 FMaj7
Twin Where have you been?
Nobody knows me like you do (nobody)
Am7                                  Em7
Nobody gon’ love me quite like you (nobody, yeah)
Can’t even deny it, every time I try it
Am7                                   Em7
One look in my eyes, you know I’m lyin’, lyin’
Body to body, skin to skin (I’m never gon’ love like this)
Am7                                                  Em7
I’m never gon’ love like this again (again, yeah)
Dm7        Em7            FMaj7
You were made for me (just for me)
Dm7        Em7            FMaj7
Said you were made for me (only for me, yeah, yeah)
Dm7        Em7            FMaj7
Think you were made for me
Dm7        Em7            FMaj7

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Metal Riff Breakdown Lesson

10 Metal Riff Breakdown Lesson With Tabs

Hey fellow metalheads, let’s turn up the heat with our awesome ‘Metal Riff Breakdown Lesson‘! I’m stoked to guide you through some killer riffs from today’s hottest metal bands. This isn’t just about learning some tough riffs – it’s a full-on journey into mastering the heart and soul of metal rhythm.

We’re going to dive into 10 mind-blowing pieces, each one with its own set of detailed tabs. So, whether you’re just dipping your toes into the metal scene or you’re already a riff-slaying pro, these breakdowns are going to amp up your skills big time. Grab your guitar, crank up that distortion, and let’s rock this metal adventure together! ????

As I Lay Dying – Through Struggle

“As I Lay Dying’s ‘Through Struggle’ hits you with an intense wave of emotion, blending ferocious riffs with deeply passionate lyrics. It’s a powerful anthem that encapsulates the raw energy and resilience of metalcore. Here is the breakdown part:

Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! – I Am Nothing Like You

Listen the breakdown part here:

Here is the tab:

Jamie’s Elsewhere – Antithesis

One of my favorite breakdown of all time. Listen it here:


Elitist – Caves



Man Made Disaster” by Betraying The Martyrs

Man Made Disaster” by Betraying The Martyrs is a powerful metalcore track that combines aggressive riffs with melodic elements, showcasing the band’s signature sound. The song captivates listeners with its intense vocals and intricate instrumentals. Here is the breakdown part:


Asking Alexandria – Breathless

“Breathless” by Asking Alexandria is an electrifying rock anthem that delivers a high-energy blend of soaring vocals and heavy guitar riffs. The song’s emotional lyrics and dynamic sound capture the essence of the band’s powerful musical style.


Blessthefall – Hollow Bodies

Hollow Bodies” by Blessthefall is a metalcore masterpiece known for its ferocious breakdowns. Listen it here:


After The Burial – Collapse

“Collapse” by After The Burial is a song from their album “In Dreams,” which was released in 2010.


Trivium – Thrown Into The Fire

“Thrown Into The Fire” by Trivium is a song from their album “The Sin and the Sentence,” which was released in 2017.

As I Lay Dying – Undertow

“Undertow” by As I Lay Dying is a track from their album “Frail Words Collapse,” which was released in 2003.

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C major CHord Progression

List of C Major Chord Progression with Song Example: A Beginner’s Guide

70% of popular songs are in the key of C,” my teacher once said, LOL. While this might be a slight exaggeration, it underscores a vital truth in music: the key of C Major holds a special place, especially in Western music. If you’re just starting out on your guitar journey, there’s no better place to begin than with the key of C Major. Renowned for its simplicity and musicality, C Major is fundamental to understanding the structure of most popular songs. We will provide a list of C major chord progression with sone example in this post.

This key’s widespread use is partly due to its straightforward nature – no sharps or flats, just pure and simple notes. This makes it not only accessible for beginners but also a favorite among seasoned composers and songwriters for its versatility and pleasant harmonics.

So, grab your guitar, and let’s embark on this musical adventure through the key of C Major!

C Major Chord Scale:

If you dont know what chord scale is .. Simply a chord scale is a collection of chords that are built from a particular scale, for example, a C major chord scale would include chords built from the notes of the C major scale (C, D, E, F, G, A, B). Most of the next chord on A song that start with C would be from Dm or Em Or F or G or Aminor or B Diminished … So you need to learn that first…..

Listen to C Major Chord Scale:
C Major Chord Progression

List of C Major Chord Progression:

Here are 30 Most Common C major chord progressions. These progressions are suitable for a variety of musical styles and are great for songwriting and practice:

  1. C – G – Am – F
  2. C – Am – F – G
  3. C – F – G – C
  4. C – G – F – C
  5. C – F – C – G
  6. C – Am – G – F
  7. C – G – Am – Em – F – C – F – G
  8. C – Em – Am – F – G
  9. C – F – Am – G – Em – F
  10. C – G/B – Am – G – F
  11. C – Fmaj7 – G – Am
  12. C – Am – Dm – G
  13. C – Em – F – G
  14. C – G – C – F
  15. C – Am – Em – F – G
  16. C – F – Dm – G
  17. C – G – Am – F – Dm – G
  18. C – Am – F – G – Em – Am
  19. C – F – G – Am – F
  20. C – Dm – G – Em – Am
  21. C – Fmaj7 – G – Em – Am
  22. C – G – F – Am – G
  23. C – Am – G – F – Dm – G
  24. C – F – G – C – Am – F
  25. C – G – F – Em – Am – G
  26. C – Am – Em – G – F
  27. C – G – Am – F – G – Em – Am
  28. C – F – G – Em – Am – F – G
  29. C – Am – F – G – C – G – Am – F
  30. C – G – F – C – Am – G – F – G

Some popular song starting from C Major Chord

Here are ten popular easy songs that are predominantly in the key of C Major. These songs span various genres and decades, showcasing the versatility of this key:

  • “Imagine” by John Lennon
  • “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac
  • “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • “La Bamba” by Ritchie Vallens
  • “Let It Be” by the Beatles
  • “No Woman No Cry” by Bob Marley
  • “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen (Jeff Buckley Cover)
  • “Count on Me” by Bruno Mars
8 Classic Songs in C Major - Strum Along & Guitar Lesson (C, Dm, Em, E7, F, G, Am)

If you interested to learn Major Chord Scale Check this post: Mastering Major Chord Scale – The Essential Theory for Guitarist

And inf you interested to learn Major Chord Progression from other chord as well check this post: List of Major Chord Progression

Try that in a small town chords - jason aldean

Try That In A Small Town Chords – Jason Aldean

“Try That In A Small Town” is a country song by Jason Aldean that was released to country radio in May 2023 as the lead single to his upcoming eleventh studio album. The song has a strong sense of community and loyalty, and its lyrics warn those who would come to a small town looking for trouble that they will be met with a swift and decisive response. Here in this post we will learn Try That In A Small Town Chords.

The music video for the song features Aldean and his band performing the song in a small town. The video also features scenes of people from the town going about their daily lives. The song has received positive reviews from critics, who have praised its strong lyrics and catchy melody. It has also been a commercial success, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.

Try That In A Small Town Chord chart:

Try that in a small town chords

Try That In A Small Town Chords:

A  Bm  G  A
Bm  G  A
[Verse 1]
Bm               G
Sucker punch somebody on a sidewalk
Carjack an old lady at a red light
Bm                G
Pull a gun on the owner of a liquor store
Ya think it's cool, well, act a fool if ya like
Cuss out a cop, spit in his face
A                                G
Stomp on the flag and light it up
Yeah, ya think you're tough
Well, try that in a small town
G              A
See how far ya make it down the road
Bm              A                G
'Round here, we take care of our own
               A                   Bm
You cross that line, it won't take long
                G                         A
For you to find out, I recommend you don't
              Bm         G  A
Try that in a small town
[Verse 2]
Bm                     G
Got a gun that my granddad gave me
A                                    Bm
They say one day they're gonna round up
                          G           A
Well, that shit might fly in the city, good luck
Well, try that in a small town
G              A
See how far ya make it down the road
Bm              A                G
'Round here, we take care of our own
               A                   Bm
You cross that line, it won't take long
                G                         A
For you to find out, I recommend you don't
Try that in a small town
                      A               G
Full of good ol' boys, raised up right
If you're looking for a fight
              Bm         G  A
Try that in a small town
              Bm         A  G
Try that in a small town
Try that in a small town
 G              A
(See how far ya make it down the road)
Bm              A                G
'Round here, we take care of our own
               A                   Bm
You cross that line, it won't take long
                G                         A
For you to find out, I recommend you don't
              Bm         G  A
Try that in a small town
              Bm          G  A
Try that in a small town, mm-mm
              Bm         G  A    Bm  G  A
Try that in a small town

Lyrics meaning of try that in a small town

The song expresses the sentiment of small-town pride and the strong sense of community and protective nature that exists in such places.

The meaning of the lyrics revolves around the idea that engaging in reckless, violent, or disrespectful behavior in a small town will have severe consequences. The song emphasizes that people in small towns take care of their own and are united in looking out for each other. It serves as a warning to those who might try to cause trouble or harm in such a close-knit community.

The specific actions described in the song, such as sucker punching, carjacking, pulling a gun, disrespecting authority, or desecrating the flag, are condemned and portrayed as actions that will not be tolerated in a small town. The song implies that such behavior might be more easily overlooked or go unpunished in larger, more anonymous cities, but in a small town, the community will swiftly respond to protect its values and its people.

Overall, the lyrics of "Small Town" celebrate the values of respect, community, and taking care of one another that are often associated with life in a small town setting. It reinforces the idea that certain behaviors that might be seen as "cool" or rebellious elsewhere will not be tolerated in a close-knit community where people know and care for each other. 
Check the song here:
Jason Aldean - Try That In A Small Town (Official Music Video)

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A Minor Pentatonic Scale – Theory , Shape / Positions with Tabs

A Minor Pentatonic Scale Consist of 5 Notes, its derived from A Major Scale and taking the following notes

  • Root (1)
  • Minor third (b3)
  • Fourth (4)
  • Fifth (5)
  • Minor seventh (b7)

So, for example, in the key of A minor, the notes of the scale would be:

A, C, D, E, G

One important thing to note about the minor pentatonic scale is that it’s essentially a subset of the natural minor scale and it includes the first, third, fourth, fifth, and seventh notes of the natural minor scale.

The theory behind the pentatonic scale is actually quite simple. Because it contains only five notes, it’s a very accessible scale for beginning guitarists and other musicians. And because it omits the second and sixth notes of the natural minor scale, which can sometimes sound dissonant or unstable, it has a very smooth and pleasing sound.

A minor pentatonic scale notes:

A, C, D, E, G

How Am Pentatonic Sounds like:

Here is how it sounds like:

Am Pentatonic Scale Shape 1:

a minor pentatonic scale shape

Am Pentatonic Scale Shape 2:

a minor pentatonic scale shape

Am Pentatonic Scale Shape 3:

a minor pentatonic scale position

Am Pentatonic Scale Shape 4:

Am Pentatonic Scale Shape 5:

Am Pentatonic Scale Shape 6:

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Odd Time Signature Lesson with tabs

Odd Time Signature – 5 Guitar Plucking Exercise With Tabs

An odd time signature is a musical time signature that does not have a simple whole-number ratio between the number of beats in a measure and the note value that represents one beat. Examples of odd time signatures include 5/4, 7/8, or 11/4,These time signatures can create a complex and irregular rhythmic feel, and are often used in jazz and experimental music. Composers and musicians often use odd time signatures to create a sense of tension and dissonance, and to challenge the listener’s sense of expectation and familiarity. You can start with these odd time guitar plucking exercise.

Some song examples with Odd time signature:

  1. The Count Of Tuscany – Dream Theater : 15/8 and 9/4
  2. Last Goodbye – Circus Maximus : 7/8 & 9/8
  3. Plini – Selenium Forest : 7/4
  4. Frame by frame – King Crimson : 7/4
  5. I hung my head – Sting : 9/8

Example 1: 15/8 and 9/4 count:

“The Count of Tuscany” is a song by the American progressive metal band Dream Theater. It is the opening track on their ninth studio album, “Black Clouds & Silver Linings”. The song is known for its complex and dynamic structure, featuring multiple time signature changes and shifting musical themes. The song is also considered as one of the longest songs in Dream Theater’s catalog, clocking in at over 20 minutes in length. The particula part we learn from this song today is 15/8 and 9/4.

Listen the audio here:
15/8, 9/4 Count

Here is the tab:

Odd Time Signature

Example 2: 7/8 & 9/8 count

This part is from Song “The last goodbye” by Circus Maximus. One of my most favorite band of all time and this song is from my favorite Album Nine (2012). In this part they mostly used 7/8 but in 4th bar only they used 9/8 in a beautiful natural way. I prefer natural way that most progressive bands are miss in these days.

Listen the plucking here:
7/8, 9/8 Count

Here is the tab:

7/8 & 9/8 Count

Example 3: 7/4 count

“Selenium Forest” is a song by Australian instrumental progressive rock/metal musician Plini. The song is from his second studio album “Impressions” released in 2018. It features a complex and intricate guitar work, with a mix of melodic and technical playing. The song showcases Plini’s skill as a guitarist and composer, with a delicate and nuanced approach to both melody and rhythm and has been well received by critics and fans alike and is considered as one of Plini’s standout tracks, praised for its emotional depth and musical virtuosity. The song is also part of a number of playlists of instrumental progressive rock and metal.

This partiucalr part is one of the main theme that used in whole song and its on 7/4 Count.

Listen this particular part here:
7/4 Count

Here is the tab:

7/4 count

Example 4: Another 7/4

“Frame by Frame” is a song by the British progressive rock band King Crimson. It is the opening track on their fifth studio album, “Discipline”, released in 1981 and Most of this song is on 7/4 count and some parts are in 4/4.

Listen the song here:
7/4 Count

Here is the tab:

Odd Time Signature

Example 5: 9/8 Count

“I Hung My Head” is a song written and performed by Sting, and was released on his 1996 album “Mercury Falling”. The song was covered by Johnny Cash and released on his album “American III: Solitary Man” in 2000 which was critically acclaimed. The song was also featured in the movie “The Corruptor” and the TV series “The Sopranos” This is the intro from the song.

Listen the plucking here:
9/8 Count

Here is the tab:

Odd Time Signature

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All Major Chord Progression Examples For Guitar and Piano

List of Major Chord Progression

A chord progression is a sequence of chords played in a piece of music. The most common type of chord progression in Western music is the major chord progressions. This progression is built on the foundation of the major scale. A songwriter/ musician / Guitarist can mix and match chords from other scales and modes to add variety, tension, and release to the chord progression. The possibilities are endless when you master this progression and it will give a solid base to start creating your own music.

Learning and understanding chord progressions in guitar / Piano can help musicians play songs by ear and play along with other musicians. This improves performance skills and allows musicians to jam with other musicians more effectively.

Examples in diffrent keys:

C Major Chord Progression:

  • C – G – Am – F
  • C – F – G – C
  • C – G – F – C
  • C – Am – F – G
  • C – G – Am – F – C
  • C – F – C – G – C
  • C – Am – G – F – C
  • C – G – F – Am – G – C
  • C – G – Am – F – G – C
  • C – F – G – Am – F – C

Some Songs In C Major Chord: Here are some Beginner songs in C Major

  1. Sweater Weather by The Neighbourhood
  2. HallelujaH by Jeff Buckley
  3. Burn Burn BurN by Zach Bryan
  4. Dandelions by Ruth B.
  5. Hey There Delilah by Plain White T’s
  6. Count On Me by Bruno Mars
  7. Save Your Tears by The Weeknd
  8. Drops Of Jupiter by Train
  9. Hey Soul Sister by Train
  10. Dancing On My Own by Calum Scott

D Major Chord Progression:

  • D – A – Bm – G
  • D – G – A – D
  • D – Bm – G – A
  • D – G – Bm – A
  • D – A – G – D
  • D – Bm – A – G
  • D – G – A – Bm – G – D
  • D – A – G – Bm – G – D
  • D – G – Bm – A – G – D
  • D – A – Bm – G – A – D

Here are some easy Songs in D major Chord

  1. Bad Moon Rising by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  2. Leaving On A Jet Plane by John Denver
  3. Gratitude Chords by Brandon Lake
  4. Before You Go by Lewis Capaldi
  5. You Belong With Me by Taylor Swift
  6. Summer Of 69 by Bryan Adams
  7. Cover Me Up by Morgan Wallen
  8. With Or Without You by U2
  9. Demons by Imagine Dragons
  10. That Funny Feeling by Bo Burnham

E Major Chord Progression:

  • E – B – C#m – A
  • E – A – B – E
  • E – C#m – A – B
  • E – A – C#m – B
  • E – B – A – E
  • E – C#m – B – A
  • E – A – B – C#m – A – E
  • E – B – A – C#m – A – E
  • E – A – C#m – B – A – E
  • E – B – A – E – C#m – A

Some Songs In E Major Chord:

  1. Dont Stop Believin by Journey
  2. Where Did You Sleep Last Night Acoustic Chords by Nirvana
  3. Basket Case by Green Day
  4. Welcome To Paradise by Green Day
  5. Crazier by Taylor Swift

F Major Chord Progression:

  • F – C – Dm – Bb
  • F – Bb – C – F
  • F – Dm – Bb – C
  • F – Bb – Dm – C
  • F – C – Bb – F
  • F – Dm – C – Bb
  • F – Bb – C – Dm – Bb – F
  • F – C – Bb – Dm – Bb – F
  • F – Bb – Dm – C – Bb – F
  • F – C – Bb – F – Dm – C

Some Songs In F Major Chord:

  1. Im Not The Only One by Sam Smith
  2. Summertime Sadness by Lana Del Rey
  3. Forget Me by Lewis Capaldi
  4. We Werent Born To Follow by Bon Jovi

G Major Chord Progression:

  • G – D – Em – C
  • G – C – D – G
  • G – Em – C – D
  • G – C – Em – D
  • G – D – C – G
  • G – Em – D – C
  • G – C – D – Em – C – G
  • G – D – C – Em – C – G
  • G – C – Em – D – C – G
  • G – D – C – G – Em – C

Easy G Major Guitar Songs:

  1. Perfect by Ed Sheeran
  2. Creep by Radiohead
  3. Jersey Giant by Tyler Childers
  4. Nobody Gets Me by SZA
  5. The A Team by Ed Sheeran
  6. Ring Of Fire by Johnny Cash
  7. Tennessee Whiskey by Chris Stapleton
  8. Blowin In The Wind by Bob Dylan
  9. Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton
  10. Purple Rain by Prince

A Major Chord Progression:

  • A – E – F#m – D
  • A – D – E – A
  • A – F#m – D – E
  • A – D – F#m – E
  • A – E – D – A
  • A – F#m – E – D
  • A – D – E – F#m – D – A
  • A – E – D – F#m – D – A
  • A – D – F#m – E – D – A
  • A – E – D – A – F#m – D

Some Songs in A Major:

  1. Achy Breaky Heart by Billy Ray Cyrus
  2. When The Sun Goes Down Chords by Kenny Chesney
  3. Three Little Birds by Bob Marley
  4. Fade Into You by Mazzy Star
  5. Stick Season by Noah Kahan
  6. The Man Who Sold The World by Nirvana
  7. Free Fallin by Tom Petty
  8. American Idiot by Green Day

B Major Chord Progression:

  • B – F# – G#m – E
  • B – E – F# – B
  • B – G#m – E – F#
  • B – E – G#m – F#
  • B – F# – E – B
  • B – G#m – F# – E
  • B – E – F# – G#m – E – B
  • B – F# – E – G#m – E – B
  • B – E – G#m – F# – E – B
  • B – F# – E – B – G#m – E

Some Songs In B Major Chord:

Macys Day Parade Chords by Green Day

If you want to create your own chord progression its better to learn Circle of Fifth First. Soon we will write about circle of fifth in detail.

Major Chord Progression
Learn Circle Of Fifth To understand the theory behind it and write your own Chord Progression.

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Dominant 7th Chord Chart, Song Examples & Theory

Dominant 7th Chord Chart & Theory

A dominant 7th chord is a chord that is made up of a root note, a major 3rd, a perfect 5th, and a flatted 7th Note (Or 7th note from minor Scale). It is called a “dominant” chord because it is often used to resolve to the tonic chord in a piece of music.

One of the defining characteristics of a dominant 7th chord is its dissonant sound. The interval between the root and minor 7th is a tritone, which creates a sense of tension and resolution when the chord is played. This dissonance is often resolved when the chord resolves to the tonic chord, creating a sense of resolution and resolution.

Dominant 7th chords are commonly found in blues, jazz, and other types of music that rely on tension and resolution. They are also commonly used in rock and pop music as a way to add interest and complexity to a chord progression.

One of the most famous examples of a dominant 7th chord is the opening chord of the song “A Hard Day’s Night” by The Beatles. The chord, which is played on a 12-string guitar, consists of the notes G, B, D, and F, creating a G7 chord.

Song examples in Dominant 7th Chord:

  • “A Hard Day’s Night” by The Beatles – This song opens with a G7 chord played on a 12-string guitar.
  • “Sweet Child o’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses – The main guitar riff in this song is built on dominant 7th chords, with the verse sections featuring E7 and A7 chords and the chorus featuring D7 and G7 chords.
  • “Summertime Blues” by Eddie Cochran – This classic rock and roll song features dominant 7th chords throughout, with the verse sections featuring F7 and Bb7 chords and the chorus featuring C7 and G7 chords.
  • “Blue Bossa” by Kenny Dorham – This jazz standard features a series of dominant 7th chords in the A section, including D7, G7, and C7 chords.
  • “Hound Dog” by Elvis Presley – This iconic rock and roll song features dominant 7th chords throughout, with the verse sections featuring F7 and C7 chords and the chorus featuring G7 and D7 chords.
  • “Yellow Brick Road” by Elton John – In This song the last chord of verse is C7 and then in chorsu A7 and D7 used as well. This song is featured in our chord series – Song with great chording.

Dominant 7th Chord Chart:

There are many shapes available for each chord but i tried to use Open Chord in this chord chart or most easy and common shapes. Many of those barre chords are movable chords so you can use that same shape and play any chord by moving the frets ..

Dominant 7th Chord Chart
Dominant 7th Chord Chart
Randy Rhoads Moments

Guitar Heroes – Picked their favorite Randy Rhoads Moments

In this post we compiled list of great Randy Rhoads moments picked by some of the great musicians. Randy Rhoads was inpiration for lot of them.

Dimebag Darrell (Pantera / Damageplan) – Diary of a madman

Randy Rhoads Moments

“This song shows a bit of most everything Randy could do. He wrote in a similar dark, heavy-sounding vein as Tony lommi, but he was more versatile. Randy could mix classical play­ing with the demonic stuff. The guitar solo on this song sounds like it fell from the heavens’ I love how he multitracked his guitar to get a really wide sound. Rhoads was just a little dude who exuded classiness, from the way he played to the way he dressed. There’s no telling where guitar playing would be today ifhe were still with us.” (Originally printed in Guitar World, February 2005) !I

Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne / Black label Society) – Over The Mountain

“Man, I remember hearing this at the time with my friends, and we were all totally psyched. Eddie Van Halen was the only guy in· those days, and suddenly here was this Ozzy record with Randy Rhoads, and now we had two top guys. And their styles were mind­blowing, but different. Eddie
was just more fuckin’ insane and off-the-cuff-an incredible impro­viser-whereas with Randy it was about the songwriting and how he would write out and structure his solos.”

Mark Morton (Lamb of god) – Diary of madman

“Of all the killer Randy tracks, this is among the smartest. ln fact, it’s one of the more abstract, dissonant songs from that era. The chords and notes he chose to play literally sound deranged. lt’s actually uncom­fortable to listen to because the chords are so atonal. I think that working and touring with Ozzy, Randy found himself in the middle of insanity, and it bled out of his instrument. Its magical!

Nick Hippa (As i lay dying) – Dee

”Randy will always be my favorite guitar player. When I was young­er, this song made an impact on
how I thought about music and approached the guitar. Here, Randy was embracing a style of music that was so far removed from what he was usually playing. It gave the sense that he was open to all forms and styles of music. I’ve always tried to pursue that goal. rather than be just a metal guitar player.”

Mick Thompson (Slipknot) – Goodbye To Romance

Randy Rhoads Moments

“I only like the ozzy albums with Randy on guitar. I really respect solos that are technically accomplished and say some­ thing, and the solo on ‘Goodbye to Romance’ is a great example of a lyrical guitar solo. It’s one of those leads that makes me cry-a composition within a composition.”

Jerry Cantrell (Alice in chains) – Tonight

“I’d pick this one for Randy’s guitar solo alone, which, in terms of emotive power, is in the same class as David Gilmour’s on’Comfortably Numb.’ This isn’t one of the harder rocking things he did, it’s almost a ballad in a way, though it definitely picks up in the choruses, which have some great chords. That solo is so sad yet beautiful, but it’s not completely down. In fact, it’s really uplifting.”

Jack Black (Tenacious D & Actor) – REVELATION (MOTHER EARTH)

“It starts off like a slow epic with songs and lyrics about ‘The Mother of all Creation I think we’re all going wrong.’ But then at the end it turns into this hard-rocking explosion, as Randy goes into this face-melt­ing classical solo. Delicious.”

Jon Donais (Shadows Fall) – Mr Crowely

“It’s like the national anthem of guitar solos.”

I will add more randy rhoads moments later in this post..

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