Tom Serb

Tom Serb is a Chicago area guitarist who has been making music professionally since 1978. Over the course of the past twenty-five years he has managed to amuse himself by teaching, writing, performing, producing and composing. He is the author of Music Theory for Guitarists (NoteBoat, Inc., 2003), and a frequent contributor to the Guitar Noise forums.

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  1. Mat (The Laughing Bard)
    May 28th, 2012 @ 6:52 pm

    That’s a LOT of theory for (dare I say) the most basic genre of music around! I confess I don’t think about theory much when playing punk. The ubiquity of the power chord allows you a lot of freedom in what ‘chords’ you can play.

    A side note, I’ve typically found that punk players use a ‘three-note’ power chord, including the octave of the root note with the pinky, i.e.
    D: 2
    A: 2
    E: 0
    instead of just
    A: 2
    E: 0
    although with enough distortion, you can’t really tell much difference!