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Basket Case is a chart topping song from Green Day's 1994 album "Dookie". This song has a very driving rhythm consisting of straight rock style eighth notes. It incorporates a lot of palm muting and chord hits to create its distinctive riff. The difficult in this song is bringing out the dynamics between the palm muted notes and chord hits, which should be respectfully softer and louder. Because of the simple rhythm, this song provides a great chance to practice playing in the pocket with a solid groove and rhythm while keeping your dynamics steady. The cool thing about the outré of this song is that it uses inverted major chords in place o the power chords, which is a pretty atypical move for Green Day and makes for some nice harmonics.