How to Play Indie Guitar | Beginner Guitar HQ (2023)

“Indie music” may be a misnomer: while the term is labeled as one genre, the name encompasses an incredibly wide array of different artists, all with their own unique sound and playing style. Yet part of the beauty of indie music is embracing that diversity.

Learning to play indie guitar will expose you to more new sounds and techniques than nearly any other genre around. And the hallmarks of the genre — like broken, melodic chords, arpeggios, and chord-centered solos — can translate to a wide variety of different styles you may play.

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Indie guitarists love to use effects pedals to change their basic guitar sound.

Contents

  • 1 Characteristics of Indie Guitar
  • 2 Famous Indie Guitar Players
  • 3 Chords and Melody
  • 4 Rhythm
  • 5 Arpeggios and Triads
  • 6 Solos (Or Lack Thereof)
  • 7 Classic Indie Guitar Models
  • 8 Tones and Effects
  • 9 Summary

Characteristics of Indie Guitar

Indie music arose during the 1980s, a decade when guitar music was dominated by hair metal bands and extreme shredders in the mold of Yngwie Malmsteen. In reaction, many indie guitar players deliberately adopted a mindset counter to the rapid-fire, solo-centric approach to the guitar flooding the airwaves at the time.

Indie guitar playing is fundamentally based on a strong grasp of melody, creative chord choices, lots of broken chords and arpeggios substituting for barre chords in rhythm playing, and a distinctive lack of both classic-rock distortion and high-octane solos.

Beyond the music, many indie guitarists (and bands as a whole) deliberately eschewed the spotlight in favor of retaining some measure of artistic integrity. Though indie bands still became widely popular — and many “sold out” at the same rate as their mainstream counterparts, altering their sound to produce more commercially viable records — the anti-guitar hero ethos continues to influence indie players today. In fact, Johnny Marr even famously wrote a set of “Ten Commandments” on how to avoid becoming a guitar hero!

Nowadays, many of those “rules” have loosened — no surprise, considering indie music was originally a genre about breaking the conventional rules of rock when it was invented. Modern indie guitar headliners like St. Vincent routinely play complex improvised solos drenched in waves of fuzz, and the arpeggiated, flowing style of pioneers like Marr has been tempered by the hard-driving influence of the alternative rock scene.

But if there’s one critical thing to keep in mind about playing indie guitar beyond the technique, it’s the mindset: innovation, and commitment to the new and artistic over the commercial and popular.

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U2 guitarist The Edge incorporated techniques from indie players like Johnny Marr into his band’s work throughout the 1990s.

Famous Indie Guitar Players

Any discussion of indie guitar players begins and ends with Johnny Marr, the legendary guitarist of all-time indie greats like The Smiths, The The, and Modest Mouse. In many ways, his intensely melodic style has shaped the evolution of the genre. And while indie music continues to adapt, Marr is largely responsible for creating indie’s signature guitar sound and will always belong at the top of any list of famous indie guitar players.

Another large presence on the indie rock scene throughout the 1980s and 1990s was New York City band Sonic Youth. Their twin guitarists, Lee Ranaldo and Thurston Moore, pioneered the use of alternative tunings in indie rock and became famous for their habit of playing the guitar with random objects from drumsticks and violin bows to screwdrivers.

While their use of so many indecipherable tunings and custom-prepared instruments may be nearly impossible to replicate, their sound remains a major influence throughout indie music today.

Coming onto the scene slightly after Marr’s tenure in the Smiths ended, guitarist Joey Santiago moved the indie genre forward with his work in the Pixies. While he took and built upon Marr’s use of melody and arpeggios, Pixies music displays a much harder, more aggressive side of the indie genre, more in line with hard-nosed punk and hard rock than with Marr’s shimmering, ethereal chord structures.

Santiago’s trademark stripped-back chord structures and lean solo lines would later inspire genres like grunge, particularly through his influence on Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. The use of distortion and fuzz in 90s bands like the Pixies and Nirvana also changed the sound of indie from a clean, broken-chord sound to a rawer format focused around the use of power chords.

In the modern era, indie guitar has found a place among an increasingly large array of synthesizers and effects. Artists like St. Vincent have integrated a fuzz guitar sound into electronic-based pop arrangements, while Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker has meshed indie guitar sounds with psychedelic vocals and effects.

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Indie guitar often incorporates multiple chords and melodies tracked over each other.

Chords and Melody

One consistent trend throughout the history of indie guitar is the use of chords and melody. In classic rock bands, there’s typically a hard delineation between the lead and rhythm guitar players — the rhythm player maintains the groove with basic barre and open chords, while the lead player provides all the accents and plays the solos. Indie guitar, on the other hand, fuses those two identities into one player.

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Rather than playing jaw-dropping solos like a blues or rock guitar hero might, indie players are challenged to integrate the song’s melody into their rhythm playing and add main riffs and accents to a tune while maintaining the pulse.

Because of these multiple jobs, indie songs often feature riffs based heavily around chords and break up the chords themselves into more melodic voicings. Rather than the power chord, featuring just the root and fifth notes on the bass strings, indie players make greater use of the top strings, especially for playing inversions of various chords in positions higher up the neck.

For an example of a classic melodic indie rhythm part, check out the video above of The Smiths’ debut single, “Hand in Glove.” Widely considered to be one of the first true indie songs, “Hand in Glove” is as notable for its interwoven guitar rhythm and melody as it is for Morrissey’s provocative lyrics. The opening riff, tabbed out below, is based entirely around the Bm chord that forms the basis of the song.

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While “Hand in Glove” was recorded in the key of G (using a capo on the third fret), The Smiths often played it live in the key of F#, as it’s tabbed out here. Johnny Marr often tuned his guitar strings up a full step, but it’s easier to simply place a capo on the second fret if you want to avoid the hassle.

When searching for a melody or solo idea, many indie artists simply look to the song’s basic chords and make minor extensions off that central structure.

Depending on the style, indie songs can use a variety of different chords. Like more general rock, four-chord progressions are popular — especially a few stock ones that crop up everywhere.

The Pixies’ “Here Comes Your Man” utilizes a I-V-ii-IV progression, for example, while The Smiths’ “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” uses the i, III, VI, and VII chords. Johnny Marr was also a big fan of the classic I-vi-IV-V progression, using it in both “Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others” and “Vicar in a Tutu.”

Many indie songs employ a simple overall chord structure with lots of subtle changes throughout to keep listeners on their toes. While the St. Vincent song “Los Ageless” contains a dizzying array of different chords at first glance, nearly all are formed by simply adding or removing one finger to move between the changes. From Abmaj7 to Baug/G#, Eb/G to Cm/G, or Gm to Csus2/G, St. Vincent skillfully creates larger harmonic shifts out of minor fingering tweaks.

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Diagram of the chord changes through the outro of St. Vincent’s “Los Ageless.” Notice how simple one-note shifts can create a more drastic change in the character of each chord.

To create a set of chord changes, you might try simply adding an extra extension to a classic barre-shape chord, removing one of those fingers to let an open string ring out, or shifting some of your fingers up and down by one fret. Playing around with these minor changes will increase your familiarity with different chord roots and extensions and can give you ideas for potential solos.

Indie guitar chords tend to revolve around the guitar’s upper strings — when power chords and full barre chords are used, they tend to be palm-muted and quick. There are certainly exceptions in a genre as diverse as indie, but on the whole quick, sharp rhythm parts are more common than heavy, ringing bass strings. Extended chords on the upper strings also allow for more richly colored chord structures without contorting your fingers into twister-style positions.

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Capoes are a common tool in indie rhythm guitar to change the key of a song.

Rhythm

Indie music generally operates in a straight 4/4 feel, with steady but not flashy drumming. As a guitar player, that style makes it much easier to lock into the groove, but also puts more onus on the guitar to create an interesting groove. Syncopation and proper use of space are critical skills for any indie guitarist to learn.

Economic playing is a much more important trait in indie music than in formats like jazz and blues-based rock. The primary goal is to convey the essence of the melody and rhythm in ass methodical a way as possible. That doesn’t mean you should resist fleshing out a particular groove; just remember not to bury the lead by drowning out the melody and pace in an overly crowded mix.

Incorporating the melody prominently in your rhythm part is a great way to guard against overly busy playing. If you find yourself struggling to nail the melody notes because of a complex strumming pattern or additional chord flourishes, take a step back and analyze which parts are truly necessary and which are just providing white noise.

If you’re playing indie music with another guitar player, feel free to split the rhythm strumming between you for a stronger, more syncopated feel. Depending on your skills, it can also be common to have one player hold down a steady rhythm to set the pace and have the other guitarist play on off beats or in funky time subdivisions (like triplets) to get the track swinging.

Thankfully, indie songs tend to not be too fast. Though some parts may be very complex, and even the initially easy guitar lines can be extremely difficult to master, indie is a largely straightforward genre for beginners to pick up and play. For the most part, there are no blast beats or burning fast passages to be found.

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Arpeggios and triads are in many ways a defining feature of indie guitar.

Arpeggios and Triads

Beyond just playing broken chords, indie guitarists love to use arpeggios and triads in their rhythm parts.

Interspersing arpeggios with strummed chords livens up rhythm parts and forms a more interesting counterpoint to many singers during breaks between vocal lines. If you’re changing chords quickly, arpeggios are also a great “shorthand” to give the flavor of a full chord with just a couple notes.

For strummed, consistent parts, chord triads can be a particularly helpful tool. These groups of three notes (hence the name) contain the root, third, and fifth of each chord without repeating any one — technically, chords like Am, C, G, and Dm are all basic triads. However, plenty of triads exist further up the neck, and without any open strings to fill out the sound.

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Some common indie voicings for major and minor triads.

Major triads are constructed from the root, major third, and fifth of a given chord. Think of them like miniature slices of a fuller major chord; most of them are just three strings picked out from a major barre chord in the same positions.

Minor triads, meanwhile, use a minor third along with the root and fifth (rather than a major third). In the same way as major triads, many minor triads beyond the open position are simply chunks of three notes taken from minor chord barre shapes. Look at the diagrams above for a few common examples of major and minor triads.

Major and minor triads are by far the most common triads you’ll find in indie music. However, you can also use less common diminished and augmented triads for a different sound. Diminished triads, made from a root, flat third, and flat fifth, give a darker, jazzier sound. Augmented triads, meanwhile, are built with a root, third, and sharp fifth and sound brighter and more open than other triads.

Whether played together or picked out note by note, triads provide the central character of a chord without much of the booming, thick bass. They’re a great way to keep your guitar part snappy and ensure it can cut through your mix; as an added bonus they’re also much easier to fret than chunky barre chords and allow you to add extra extensions with your little finger!

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Solos in indie guitar heavily incorporate arpeggios and chord shapes.

Solos (Or Lack Thereof)

Indie guitar solos are a hotly debated topic, and different players hold vastly different opinions on both their validity and suitability for the indie genre. While guitar solos have historically been uncommon in indie rock — and the solos that did exist were designed to echo the song’s melody rather than set the stage for individual improvisation — modern artists have re-imagined and popularized the concept of solos in the indie field.

At the inception of indie music in the late 1970s and early 1980s, improvised pentatonic solos were ubiquitous in pop and rock. In deliberate contrast, solos of any nature are exceedingly rare on early indie records, and improvised solos rarer still. Far more common are the guitar breaks in tunes like The Smiths’ “Bigmouth Strikes Again” — just as the song is centered around a C#m chord, the solo (tabbed below) is just a repeated lick based off of a C#m arpeggio with some chromatic notes thrown in.

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The solo is much easier to play with a capo on the fourth fret (as Johnny Marr performed it). Simply keep your hand in an Am chord position and use your pinky to hit the fretted notes outside of the chord shape. Marr plays the solo at a fast clip on the record — listen carefully to pick up the rhythm and the minor variations!

Sonic Youth’s hit “Kool Thing” features a similarly repetitive solo section, fueled more by rhythm and tempo than by inventiveness or playing dexterity. That’s not to imply that simple solos are necessarily bad — indeed, both of those solos above are practically perfect for each respective song and certainly serve the tune as a whole much better than any improvisational jam break could have. Respecting the needs of the song above the cool factor of any solo is the best way to write an effective indie guitar solo.

In a more unique approach, some indie tracks also feature instrumental sections with a combination of single-line and chordal soloing. Johnny Marr is a master of this technique as well, with stand out examples on Smiths tracks like “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now,” “Nowhere Fast,” and “How Soon is Now.”

As indie has grown to include more distortion and fuzz and song structures have shifted, guitar solos have become more adventurous. St. Vincent, for example, regularly plays avant-garde solos dripping with gain in her live shows. While blues soloing is still rare, and jazz soloing generally doesn’t fit in the shorter instrumental breaks, there are fewer limits than ever to indie guitar solos.

To construct an indie solo, you should base your line ideas off of chord tones and arpeggios, with some chromatic passing notes thrown in for an edgier feel. Emphasize feel and groove over speed, as many indie solos are simply made of one lick repeated through the whole section. Ripping off a pentatonic or modal improvised solo would simply sound out of place over an indie rock track.

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Rickenbacker guitars, especially 12-string models like this one, are popular among indie players.

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Classic Indie Guitar Models

Throughout the genre’s history, indie guitarists have favored lots of different models. A few specific guitars, however, have set themselves above the rest for playing indie music.

Though Rickenbacker guitars were first made famous by 60s bands like the Beatles and the Byrds, early indie musicians quickly adopted Rickenbacker models like the 330 and 360 for their ringing, treble-heavy sound. In contrast with the thicker, humbucker-equipped Gibson guitars favored by blues and rock players, the distinctive necks on Rickenbackers are better suited for delicate broken chordal playing and resist bassy, bend-heavy playing.

With players like Johnny Marr and Peter Buck of R.E.M., Rickenbackers quickly rose in popularity, leading up-and-coming indie guitarists to look for their own sound in different models. One of the most popular was the Fender Jaguar; it retained the Rickenbacker’s clean tones but added some versatility in the form of its different tone circuits and solid-body Fender design.

The Jaguar, along with its offset brother the Jazzmaster, dominated the sound of many indie bands in the 1990s and beyond. Starting when Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo adopted the Jaguar and Jazzmaster for use in Sonic Youth, offset guitars rose in popularity on the indie scene.

Their influence extended beyond just indie, with grunge players like Kurt Cobain and shoegazers like My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields picking up offset models as well. After joining Modest Mouse in the mid-2000s, indie originator Johnny Marr began collecting vintage Jaguars. That interest culminated in the release of his Fender Johnny Marr Signature Jaguar in 2012.

Another modern guitar well-suited for playing indie music is St. Vincent’s signature Ernie Ball Music Man model.

While the mini humbucking pickups offer a heavier sound than the single coils found in both Rickenbacker guitars and Fender offset axes, the model has won praise among the indie community for its versatile clean sound, ability to handle high levels of gain, and space-age style.

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Vintage Fender units of amps like this Princeton are some of the most prized models for playing indie guitar

Tones and Effects

To achieve that prized treble tone, many indie guitarists set the EQ of their amps to favor the treble and cut out midrange and bass frequencies. Fender amps, especially blackface and silverface reverb models, became popular for their scooped mid signatures and outstanding clean tones.

Early indie guitar is recognized mostly for its use of chorus and delay. While in many ways these effects were more trademarks of 80s guitar music in general than exclusive indie sounds, guitarists like Johnny Marr and Peter Buck of R.E.M. loved to use chorus for a lush, rotating speaker-esque tone. The Boss CE-2 is the prime indie chorus effect, though the Roland JC120 amplifier was another source for guitarists to get their chorus sound.

As distortion and fuzz grew more popular, indie guitarists took inspiration from the alternative rock scene. Stompboxes like the Electro-Harmonix Big Muff series were prized for their searing, aggressive fuzz sounds.

Compression is another tool many indie players use to focus their signal and introduce a touch of dirt without the coloration of a fuzz or distortion pedal. Indie compression sounds can be heard on hits like Modest Mouse’s “Dashboard,” with its precise, cutting guitar lines.

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Indie guitarists must develop a broad skill set to play effectively.

Summary

Despite the broad nature of the umbrella term “indie music,” the genre contains some of the most fascinating music of the past 30 years, and features a cadre of young, innovative guitarists performing on the scene today.

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Learning how to play indie guitar may look different based on your personal taste within the style, but the traditional indie mindset and approach to the instrument remain applicable no matter your preferences. Honing your indie skills will also position you well for writing original songs, and make you a hit at jam sessions which prize strong accompaniment skills.

As you develop your indie guitar skills, pay close attention to your use of broken chords, arpeggios, and melody; maintain a strong sense of rhythm and restrain yourself from breaking out long blues-based solos whenever you can. Once you’re familiar with the genre, you can do the most classically “indie” move of all: break all the rules.

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FAQs

How do I get an indie tone on my guitar? ›

Use modulation effects like chorus and phase to create movement in your tone and time-based effects like reverb and delay for depth. As your guitar mix starts to fill out, these effects can make for awesome layers. For heavier tones, try to stay away from all-out distortion and focus more on overdrive.

What chords do indie songs use? ›

Major and minor triads are by far the most common triads you'll find in indie music. However, you can also use less common diminished and augmented triads for a different sound. Diminished triads, made from a root, flat third, and flat fifth, give a darker, jazzier sound.

What happened indie guitar? ›

The company started in 2002 and went bust in 2008. Their guitars were all made in Korea until they went bust. The company name was bought by a Canadian company "Gear Steam" who switched production to China.

Are indie guitars any good? ›

You'll appreciate the high build quality from Indie, the unrestricted heel-less neck join, and the way the satin finish doesn't get sticky, even at sweaty gigs. While we've played better sounding guitars for this money, few match its combination of features, playability and build quality.

What amps do indie guitarists use? ›

Popular Indie Guitar Amps
  • Fender Blues Junior.
  • Fender Bassbreaker.
  • Fender Hot Rod Deluxe.
  • Fender Mustang.
  • Fender Champion.
  • Vox AC30/15.
  • Marshall DSL.
  • Marshall Studio.

What chords does Kurt Cobain use? ›

Powerchords. The central ingredient to Kurt Cobain's rhythm guitar playing is the humble powerchord. This three-note chord will form a core tool as you dig deeper into Kurt's guitar style. The shape is transposable all around the neck of the guitar and is made up of just three notes.

What are the 3 chords in every song? ›

The I (tonic), IV (subdominant) and V (dominant) chords (primary triads) together encompass all seven tones of the tonic's major scale. These three chords are a simple means of covering many melodies without the use of passing notes. There are tens of thousands of songs written with I, IV and V chords.

Is A Strat good for indie? ›

Like Telecasters, Strats are great for pretty much any style of music, including indie rock. '50s and '60s style Strats are often revered by blues and classic rock players, but the somewhat overlooked '70s Strats are where it's at for indie rockers.

What is the saddest chord on guitar? ›

Minor is the place to start if you want to convey sad emotions and this chord progression can be used to create a depressing feeling with the music. It's hard to sound happy when you just use minor and diminished chords.

What does indie music do to the brain? ›

All in all, indie music has tons of incredible benefits. It can help learners decrease their stress levels, reduce anxiety, fight depression, become more motivated, and even have a better memory. Just try listening to some indie melodies to discover even more advantages for your health, mood, and overall well-being.

Why do people quit learning guitar? ›

It's Not Fun: Probably the main reason so many people quit guitar shortly after they begin is because they aren't having fun. Perhaps they are getting discouraged, frustrated, or just finding practice to be grueling and uninteresting.

What percentage of guitar players quit? ›

Learning to Play is Hard

Learning to play an instrument is difficult. In fact, studies show that 90 percent of people learning to play guitar quit within the first three months. And it's understandable!

What guitar did Kurt Cobain break? ›

Kurt Cobain's 1989 Stage-Smashed Fender Mustang Guitar Sells for Nearly $500,000 at Auction.

What is the easiest guitar style to play? ›

The best beginner guitar is a steel-stringed acoustic guitar (because it's the easiest guitar to learn with). The body shape of your ideal guitar is due to your personal preference.

What is the Holy Grail of guitars? ›

The magazine's February cover calls the black 1954 model “The Grail!” and declares that it was “The Genesis of All Les Paul Guitars to Come!” This is despite the fact that the first Les Paul came out two years earlier, in 1952, and that those models, not the Custom, evolved into the instrument embraced by Page, Clapton ...

What amp setting did Kurt Cobain? ›

Bottom Line Up Front

Kurt Cobain used a range of tones depending on the songs he was playing, but generally, he set his amp settings at 7-8 for the treble and mids and the bass around 5. He generally set his distortion high for choruses (8-10) unless a pedal was used.

What power amp did Kurt Cobain use? ›

Kurt's amplifier of choice for live performance was a combination of the Mesa Boogie Studio . 22 acting as a preamp and a Crest 4801 as his power amp. The first iteration of this setup was the Mesa Boogie paired with Crown Power Base 2 800w Power Amp, but Kurt felt the Crest worked better with the Mesa preamp.

What amp did ACDC use? ›

Amps. The guitar amp is a big part of where ACDC get their 'sound' from. Essentially, they just crank up Marshall Plexi amps which are surprisingly not high gain amps. But when turned up that loud, they'll break up the speakers for that classic rock sound.

Does Cobain know music theory? ›

Kurt didn't know anything about music theory

Although it's not a gear myth, necessarily, we want to address the myth that Kurt Cobain rebelled against or “shunned” music theory. Again, we turned to Earnie Bailey for answers.

What are the 3 most important guitar chords? ›

G, C and D are some of the most commonly used chords in popular music and are used in literally thousands of songs (we'll list some of the most well-known later). Also, they're not too difficult to learn and they sound really good together (hence their popularity). Are you ready to learn them?

What are the 4 magic chords? ›

It turns out that the four magical chords are E, B, C# minor and A. But with so many chords to choose from, why did dozens of hit songs end up with the same four chords? At first glance, it seems strange that so many songs should have the same chords.

What is the most famous chord? ›

C - G - Am - F (I - V -vi - IV) This just might be the most popular chord progression in Western popular music. There is an actual mathematical explanation as to why it's such a pleasant progression. The quick summary is that these four chords are opposites of each other.

What are the 4 famous chords? ›

The famous four chords used in many pop song progressions are the I, V, vi and IV chords of a major key. The roman numerals represent the numbers of the major scale we begin a chord from (1, 5, 6, 4) so in C major this would be C, G, Amin, F or in G major it would be G, D, Emin, C.

Did Kurt Cobain use a Stratocaster? ›

Cobain was no stranger to using this style of guitar, but this was his first time using a sunburst Stratocaster. He played two other guitars that night, a black Stratocaster and a 1965 Jaguar, but the sunburst received the most play during the memorable performance.

Is a Strat or Les Paul easier to play? ›

Most beginner guitarists will find that the Stratocaster is an easier guitar to play than the Les Paul. It's lighter, and has a contoured body, compared to the heavy and flat-bodied Les Paul. This means that it's generally more easier to sit and stand with.

Did Jimi Hendrix use a Strat? ›

Along with the Octavia, Fuzz Face, Vox wah, Uni-Vibe, and Marshall stack, Hendrix is synonymous with the Stratocaster, having used the iconic Fender solidbody almost exclusively throughout his trailblazing career of the late-'60s.

Why is C chord so hard guitar? ›

Why Is It So Hard? Let's kick off by understanding why the C major can be so hard to learn. The main reason is due to the stretch that all three fingers need to make. Most chord shapes you have tackled up to now will span two frets, whilst the C major chord spans 3.

Did Eddie Van Halen use power chords? ›

One of Eddie's rhythmic hallmarks is that he has rarely made power chords the focal point of his riffs. Instead, he opts for triads and suspended chords. Typically he's played these voicings on strings 2–4 over bassist Michael Anthony's (and now Wolfgang Van Halen's) low E-string thumps.

What chord does Ed Sheeran use? ›

The standard chords in a key are I, ii, iii, IV, V, vi, and vii; 3 major chords, 3 minor chords and a diminished chord. In Sheeran's model, however, he tends to use I, ii, I/iii, IV, V, vi, and V/vii, substituting the 2 “least-attractive-sounding” chords for major inversions.

What are the 7 feelings on guitar? ›

Here is the normal order of the major modes on guitar for review.
  • Ionian.
  • Dorian.
  • Phrygian.
  • Lydian.
  • Mixolydian.
  • Aeolian.
  • Locrian.
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What is the hardest thing to play on guitar? ›

Top 5 Most Difficult Guitar Songs
  • Joe Satriani – The Mystical Potato Head Groove Thing.
  • John Petrucci – Damage Control.
  • Steve Vai – Juice.
  • Eddie Van Halen – Eruption.
  • Animals as Leaders – CAFO.
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What is the happiest sounding chord? ›

They found that the sound most consistently associated with happy lyrics was the Minor 7th chord – and people apparently feel happiest when hearing the chord alongside positive terms such as 'life' and god'.

What kind of person listens to indie music? ›

Fans of the indie genre registered as introverted, intellectual, and creative, but less hardworking and gentle than fans of other styles. Passivity, anxiousness, and low self-esteem were other notable personality characteristics.

Can music enhance IQ? ›

Playing musical instruments is not only fun; it is also a great brain exercise. Learning how to play an instrument positively influences your I.Q. Research shows that the activity raised general I.Q. by an average of 7 points.

Is Billie Eilish considered indie? ›

Billie Eilish's music is classified within alternative pop, indie pop and electropop genres. Billie has been making music since her first debut single “Ocean Eyes” which was written and produced in 2015 by her brother Finneas.

How do I get different tones on my guitar? ›

Thinner gauge guitar strings will give us a naturally thinner guitar tone, while thicker strings will add a boominess to our sound. Pro Tone Tip: As important as it is to try a variety of different guitar strings, try and stick to one general gauge of guitar string as much as you can.

What type of guitar is used in indie music? ›

Offset guitars have become a genre convention for indie rockers of the modern era, with a multitude of guitarists using them as their primary instrument. Usually in the form of a Fender Mustang, Jaguar, or Jazzmaster, the success of these instruments has been universal with both American and UK artists alike.

Are guitar players attractive? ›

[ Note: It is official that men who play guitar are more attractive, this study confirms. ] The theory behind this is really simple. An astonishing number of 9 out of 10 females agree to the fact that they find guitarist way sexier than an average male.

Do guitar skins affect tone? ›

It's negligible,” says Fender Acoustic Product Specialist Rodrigo Ibieta. The basic rule is that anything that can dull the vibrations of the wood could have a negative affect on tone, but, per Ibieta, “unless you're layering the guitar in stickers 99.9% of people won't notice much of a change in sound.”

Can you play guitar without looking? ›

Most players eventually learn to play many parts without looking at the guitar. However, many will look at the guitar especially when there is a position shift. A position shift happens whenever your fretting hand is moving up or down the neck, as opposed to staying in one area.

How do you get a creamy tone? ›

Simply finding the right balance between your guitar's volume knob and the gain knob on a good tube amp can create all the cream you can handle. All of these sounds are about balance. Use compression properly and you can make your drums sound real punchy. Use too much compression and they'll sound squashed.

Which guitar sound is best? ›

The 10 Best Guitar Tones of All Time
  • Link Wray's Rockabilly Riot Guitar Tone. ...
  • Eric Clapton's God-Like Thunder Guitar Tone. ...
  • Jimi Hendrix's Voodoo Magic Guitar Tone. ...
  • Wes Montgomery's Smooth Moves Guitar Tone. ...
  • Malcolm Young's Rhythm and Bruise Guitar Tone. ...
  • Van Halen's Brown Sound Guitar Tone.

Is a heavier guitar better for tone? ›

One of the biggest reasons why a guitar's weight matters, is because it ultimately affects the tone. Heavier guitars generally have better sustain, and more resonance than lighter guitars. This is often due to the wood type, and the body size. Thicker guitar bodies, cause the tone to be fuller, warmer and louder.

What are the 3 main types of guitars? ›

There are 3 basic types of guitar. Classical, Acoustic and Electric.

What guitar uses Ed Sheeran? ›

ED SHEERAN GUITAR - WHAT SIZE GUITAR DOES ED SHEERAN USE? In summary, Ed Sheeran uses 3/4 size guitars, most notably the Martin LX1 series, with which he has a variety of signature models including the new Martin Ed Sheeran Divide Signature Edition Guitar.

What is the easiest genre to play on guitar? ›

Pros of Learning Blues Guitar

Most songs have the same structure, so it's generally pretty easy to work out blues songs and riffs by ear. The music theory you'll learn in blues is fairly simple, but underpins almost every other genre, so it's the perfect stepping stone into other styles.

What was Kurt Cobain favorite guitar? ›

“Out of all the guitars in the whole world, the Fender Mustang is my favorite,” Cobain said in a 1991 interview with Guitar World. “They're cheap and totally inefficient, and they sound like crap and are very small.”

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