Basic Modern Rock Power Chord Rhythms

By Darren DeFranco


Hey guys,

In this lesson we’re going to be jumping into the world of modern rock rhythm guitar. Much of modern rock is built off of the power chord and the most popular rhythm to apply are eighth notes. Today, we’ll be looking at some of the most important patterns you’ll need to know and show you how to use rhythm to create a great riff.

Have fun with the lesson!


Master the various exercises we gave you. Then, try applying these rhythmic patterns to a variety of chord progressions. Here are a few to get you started:

A5 – C5 – D5 – G5
F5 – G5 – A5 – G5
B5 – G5 – D5 – A5



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