Seven Nation Army – The White Stripes

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In this lesson I’m going to show you how to play “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes. The song consists of 3 simple parts. There’s a 1-string guitar riff, a simple transition (using the incredibly simple but useful power chord) and the main riff that we all know and love 🙂

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The lesson starts off with one of the simplest riffs on guitar… You could even use one finger! (although, I do have some recommended fingerings for you). So we learn to play the intro riff (which sounds like a bass, but is actually an electric guitar with an effect on it). We practice it a bit and then we move on and learn how to play a very simple power chord transition.

I know that sounds complicated when I say it like that but it’s literally the simplest shape ever and you just have to move it up the fretboard by 2 frets to play the entire section!

Finally I show you how to take that first lick that we learned (one of the easiest ones on guitar) – we add the shape from the 2nd part we learned… and it turns it into one of the most iconic riffs of the 2000’s.

I hope you enjoy the lesson and I’ll see you soon!