Metal chord progressions – lesson 2

This heavy metal lesson features inverted power chords and a riff that use the fifth strings as pedal point. This may sound complicated, but it isn't very hard to play and it's better illustrated in the tab below.
Instructions: You can play the chords a normal, but using the A-string will result in extra heaviness.
See tabs below for riff.

A/E | C5/G | D5/A | C5/G

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


Repeats: 5 times
BPM: 160
Time signature: 4/4

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Chord diagrams

If the sequence is played according to the tab below, the A5 and C5 chords can more correctly be labeled A5 and C5/A, respectively.


  • A5/E chord diagram XX22XX


  • C5/G chord diagram XX55XX


  • D5/A chord diagram XX77XX

Playing example (tabs + sound)

The riff combine power chords with the open A-string.

Tab playing example

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