Metal chord progressions over backing tracks

Logo and guitar in the backgroundPlay heavy metal chord progression over music tracks.

To see instructions for the changes in the chord progressions click at the "Start music / chord changes"-button and you will start the backing track plus the real-time chord changes which can be seen in the empty field.

Metal chord progressions – lesson 1

The lesson series on metal chords starts with a basic power chords sequence. Power chords with only two or three notes are frequent in the heavy metal style. Amp effects such as distortion makes the notes less separated, therefore chords with only a few strings are to prefer in many situations concerning the metal genre.
See tabs below for riff.

F#5 | A5 | B5 | A5

1st bar | 2nd bar | 3rd bar | 4th bar

Start the practice by clicking the button below (this will start the backing track and show chord changes).

Repeats: 5 times
BPM: 80
Time signature: 4/4

Click the buttons to play or pause the audio.

Volume - +

Chord diagrams


  • F#5 chord diagram 244XXX


  • A5 in close position 577XXX


  • B5 in close position 799XXX

Alternative chords diagrams

These are alternative power chords without octave doubling on the fourth string.


  • Gb5 in close position 24XXXX


  • A5 in close position 57XXXX


  • B5 in close position 79XXXX

Playing example (tabs + sound)

Combining these chords with palm muting is a tip for forming a raw sound. Instead for playing the chords over and over, some strums could hit only the low string as in the example below.

Tab playing example

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