Now let's use our new riff in a song. The song we'll play has two sections, and the first section is called a verse. If we look at a typical song structure we'd start with the riff that you just learned. If you think of our song like going on a road trip – the riff is revving the engine of the car in the driveway.

After that the vocals will come in with a section that's called a verse, and if we stick with our road trip metaphor, the verse would be cruising down the highway. If it's a song with lyrics, this is typically where the singer will set up the story or the mood of the song. For our verse part we'll use our two-note power chords and we'll start on our C power chord here and we'll do all 8th note down strokes for 3 bars. Then we'll move down one fret to B and do the same thing for 2 bars. Then down another fret to B-flat and do the same thing for 2 bars. Finally we'll go down one more fret to A and do the same thing for 2 bars.

Now let's practice the verse together. I'll count us in and then we'll play through it slowly.

Anders Mouridsen
Instructor Anders Mouridsen
Any Style
Verse song notation

You need to be registered to ask our instructors a question.

Questions & Answers

There are no questions for this lesson yet.