The Canadian band Nickelback has a unique sound that translates very well to solo acoustic guitar songs. Many of their songs are played in Dropped D Tuning and most use a small number of chord shapes. However, some of the shapes might be new to you and could present a good challenge to master.
Lesson 1: Far Away - Guitar Lesson
Far Away is one of Nickelback’s tunes done in Dropped D, like many of their songs, but not played in the key of D. It is done 1/2 step low on their album All The Right Reasons, and sometimes 1 step low when played live. This lesson goes over the arpeggio picking that is used in the verses and strumming patterns used in the chorus. The song also makes use of the ‘D’ family of barre chords, commonly used in this tuning.
Lesson 2: Leader Of Men - Guitar Lesson
Leader Of Men is a Nickelback song from their 2000 album The State. It is done in Dropped D Tuning and really just uses three power chords. This lesson goes into pounding steady eighth notes, a little on palm muting, and then a more advanced segment on syncopated eighth notes as they are done in the introduction.
Lesson 3: How You Remind Me
How You Remind Me is one of Nickelback's earlier hits and came about when Chad Kroeger did some research into elements of a hit song. He seemed to put it together with this one. The song is played in Dropped D Tuning and just uses two chord shapes. That’s the good news; the bad news is that they are both full barre chords that must be used all through the song.
Lesson 4: Photograph - Guitar Lesson
Photograph is from Nickelback's album All The Right Reasons and is a good example of a song that uses modified barre chords. These are chords derived from E and A family shapes but played without the barre, leaving the first and second strings open, creating a bit of a droning effect. It also uses a very regular, but syncopated strumming pattern.
Lesson 5: Rockstar - Guitar Lesson
Rockstar is a tune from Canadian band Nickelback, and was released on their 2005 album All The Right Reasons. It is a basic strumming song on one hand, using a sixteenth note pattern over slow quarter notes, and on the other hand uses a few unusual barre chord forms.
Lesson 6: Lullaby by Nickelback - Guitar Lesson
Lullaby is a song by Canadian rock band Nickelback. It was released in early February 2012 as the fourth single from their seventh studio album, ‘Here and Now’.
This lesson shows how Nickelback has performed the song during acoustic settings.
They would play it either with the chords in the key of A (capo I, or II to match the original recording), and even more often in G (capo II). The latter is definitely easier than the first.
We also take a look at the strumming and how to easily incorporate the melodic piano intro.