How to add guitar to a song that has no guitar parts

Ryan Vega

Garage band Groupie
Nov 11, 2019
You can look up the key and bpm of the song on google as a starting point. I usually figure out the key and just start playing on the track from there until I come up with something I think sounds cool and either just record a video playing to the track what I came up with or record into a DAW. You would just need the program and an audio interface.
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Free Bird Player
May 23, 2021
There's usually a bass line of some sort, thats a starting point. Start by copying what the bass is doing, but do power chords or something. From there you could even write a notey riff based on the power chords. Then if there are other instruments in the song doing melodic lines, you can copy those on to guitar.

Then you add a breakdown because that's just the rules. Skip to 0:55 in this video for more information:

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Ed Seith

Supreme Galactic Overlord
Staff member
  • Nov 11, 2019
    Marana, AZ USA
    My wife was raised in a religion that believed there were no "non-members, only future members." In other words, everyone was, whether they knew it or not.

    I say this not to proselytize, but because it also applies to guitar in songs. Every song is a guitar song, whether it knows it or not.

    If you can't pick out the chords, then a chord chart for the song can be a great starter. Then just start playing the chords where they belong until you find a strumming or picking rhythm that pleases YOU, the one being creative.

    Repeat, refine, record.


    Garage band Groupie
    May 2, 2021
    so I’ve wanted to make metal covers of pop songs or just add guitar to them and I have no clue how I would come up with guitar parts that match the rhythm/beat of the songs I wanna play. Where do I start and what do I need to do to achieve this?
    I usually start by following the vocals for lead. For rhythm, I try to find a version of the song without lyrics and play around and try to find a rhythm that matches the song, it could take a little time and effort to figure out, but it’s always worth it. If you need examples, you could always search up the metal covers of some pop songs to get an idea of how to start.
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    Calvin Phillips

    Music Theory Bragger
    Nov 11, 2019
    Rick beato has gotten good with his top ten videos. He advertises his ear training as a big reason how he figures out progressions so fast. If say look into something like that cause the chords ARE there in the pop songs. And its not the bass line Typically that follows the progression. Its what the keyboard usually is doing.
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    Willard D. Veator

    Hot Topic Tourer
  • Nov 11, 2019
    I try to match one of the notes on my guitar first usually it's a 5th power chord ( I think that's what they're called )
    The chords shaped 3-5-5 or 3-3-3 in dropped D tuning with help of some theory like knowing the names of the notes on the fretboard
    and using intervals ( spacing between notes ) I can try to work out some scale to play from for the melodies.
    I'm not so great at matching songs exactly and often nowhere near but it's a lot of fun jamming out with a few good notes
    Writing things down would probably make things easier and slowing the songs down to make out tricky or fast parts too
    Thinking about the Major scale, using and altering those power chords to sum it up
    With the rhythm most common for me is to match the speed of the song with some alternate 8th note pattern and work with that first
    I've never really covered songs except for my amusement but this is how I would and do approach it as of now

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