Skip to Main Content | Lesson Index | Glossary

EGS Songbook Level One  Darkened Streets – Nu metal

Songbook Level One

Understanding the chart

Download and print out the score, so that you can refer to it as you follow the guitar chart.

'Darkened Streets'

Go through the chart, step by step, looking at each section and understanding what the chart is asking you to do.

Step One

The first thing you will see is the name of the tune, ‘Darkened Streets’, and the name of the composer. The title is the important one as, if you had a number of songs to play, it is essential that you play the correct one!

Step Two

At the top left hand side, before the tune starts, you will see the note '4 Clicks'. This means that you will hear four clicks before the tune starts. This will help count you into the song.

Step Three

Next is the time signature, ‘C’, which is the sign for ‘common time’ and means there are four beats in each bar. This is familiar territory for you.

Above the first bar is the name of the first section of the song, which is the Introduction. The Introduction is four bars long. You will see that you have an eighth notes rock rhythm to play – using the power chords of E5, C5, G5, and A5. You will need an overdriven, distorted sound to play with.

Play the chords in an open and driving way. Do not use a palm mute technique, as you want a much bigger sound from the guitar – especially as you are the only one playing during the Introduction!

One of the things to be mindful of is that you have to change chords on the off-beat as you play through this section. This is a tricky little variation. It will be well worth your while just going through the Introduction a few times slowly, counting where you have to change chords. This is a rhythmic theme that is found throughout the song.

Step Four

Once you have the Introduction sorted, the song then goes into the main theme – which is the Chorus. This is a twelve bar pattern, which follows the same structure as the Introduction.

The only difference worth making a note of is that, in bar 16 (the twelfth bar of the Chorus), you hold the last note for beats 3 and 4 – as there is a half note on the chord of A5.

Step Five

After the Chorus comes the Verse. You should play sustained power chords, using a whole note rhythm, throughout this section. The Verse is sixteen bars long. Note that the last bar is slightly different, as you need to play two half notes on G5 and A5.

Step Six

After the Verse, you can bring the intensity and excitement back up when you go into the second Chorus. Treat the Verses as slightly more laid back sections. This will provide a dynamic contrast to the Choruses, giving the piece more interest.

The second Chorus is played in exactly the same way as Chorus 1. You then find yourself back into a Verse. The second Verse is the same as Verse 1.

Note that the structure of the tune, so far, has simply been: Introduction-Chorus-Verse-Chorus-Verse.

Step Seven

This piece does not have a middle eight, so the song moves straight from the second Verse into the final Chorus. This is, in fact, two Choruses played back to back. Play increasingly more energetically as you repeat the two bar phrase. You want to build the song up to a climax; ending with the two powerful half notes in the final bar (bar 88) of the final Chorus, to finish the song.

Bar 88 is the final bar of the tune, as you can see the ‘Fine’ sign underneath it.

Step Eight

This is a simple tune with a very simple structure. However, the drive for the whole piece comes from the guitar. So, holding the chord changes and the rhythms together is a significant role for you, the guitarist, to take. You will also dictate the dynamics by the way you play the chords – in terms of intensity, dynamics and sheer enthusiasm. Watch for how the band members respond, in different ways, according to how you lead the band.

Now, watch and listen to the multimedia files, and follow the guitar chart through a couple of times.

Once you have done that, have a go yourself. You can play with the guitars, or mute the guitarist on the track so that you can play on your own.

Remember to:

  1. Concentrate.
  2. Count.
  3. Look at the chart as you play.
  4. Cycle the difficult bits and practise them.
  5. Slow it down to a tempo at which you can read and play.
  6. Have fun.

Next: Darkened Streets guitar score