Part of the Learn to Play post series..
Stricken is the second single from Disturbed’s 2005 release Ten Thousand Fists, and has found its way into a few video game titles, including Guitar Hero III.
The song is a pretty solid embodiment of Disturbed’s classic style with a lot of low-end punchy riffs that are played in a tight succinct rhythm by Dan Donegan. If you’re familiar with his playing style, than you’ll know the sound right away.
As far as playing it, you need to be quick and comfy with your power chords, and have a lot of hours with drop-D under your belt.
The most challenging aspect of this song is definitely going to be timing and speed, so as you’re going through the tabs, don’t get discouraged if you’re messing up what might look like a simple riff. It’ll take some time to get exactly right.
As usual, we’ll start with the tuning and settings, then move on to the tabs for each individual part of the song.
You’ll tune to drop-D, then tune down one whole step: C-G-C-F-A-D
Dan Donegan’s distortion is smooth, but sometimes has a little bite to it. In the video, I use more low-end then what you might hear on the track by itself.
The settings are pretty much identical to what I used for the Cherub Rock Guitar cover.
The only other thing I would advise is that you might want to go with a higher gain, or a more saturated setting for your distortion pedal. However you get your distortion, just make sure it’s thick; that means a lot of low end and a lot gain no matter what.
The song is pretty basic in terms of its structure, with only a handful of parts that you’ll need to learn. The entire order goes as follows:
So again, pretty simple, and you’ll definitely be able to get the structure of the song by just listening to it, so we’ll just have four tabs to get through — Intro, Verse, Chorus and the Bridge. The solo is ommited for right now, since as you can see from the video, I’ve yet to learn it.
Shame on me.
Please keep in mind that these are my interpretations of the song’s tabs, and are not intended to be 100% accurate. In fact, I’ve gone out of my way to simplify them, and make the song easier to learn.
The intro is a heavy power riff followed by series of high dual-note fills on the 7th and 8th fret. Enough talk though — Here’s the tab:
The riff might challenge your power chord speed at first, but once you get used to the basic movement, it’ll feel like a pretty menial task.
The part at the end I simplified a bit just to keep the low F power chord going a bit longer.
If you feel like the intro was a bit of a test, you’ll get a nice break during the verse. Your main issue here will be the timing, but other than that, you’re just dealing with an open power chord and the last part of the intro riff.
Same as last line from the intro riff…
On the second verse, the variation changes a bit for the second line, going from a half palm muted power chord, to an open single note. You’ll be able to hear and see the change on the video.
It probably won’t shock you to find out that the chorus is made up of more power chords. Once again, timing is key and you’ll get lost if you don’t follow the beat closely.
Here’s everything you need for the entire chorus. There’s a bit of variation between the two measures, so pay attention to what the guitar is doing on the track. The tabs should get you the rest of the way home.
There’s a pause you need to watch out for here, so listen up right before the last line of the chorus. You’ll be able to hear it.
The bridge slows the pace down a bit and makes room for the guitar solo. I have resources below if you want to tackle the solo, but for now, just get the chord progression down.
C|–0–0–x-x–0–0–x-x–0-0–[Repeat previous 2 lines twice]
And that’s a wrap. Like I said, no solo here because I haven’t had the chance to tab it out. There are some good tabs out there, and some great tutorials for the solo (I would highly recommend this one in particular).
So if you’ve got a burning desire to go after it, there’s plenty of resources already. Otherwise, these are the basic tabs to get you playing the song quickly.
Hope it helps, and thanks for reading!
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