Gone Away

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Gone Away – Offspring Preview Guitar Lesson

Lesson Overview

Gone Away is a song by The Offspring from their album “Ixnay on the Hombre” released in 1997. This song is a heavy power chord based tune, which is almost exclusively what The Offspring wrote. The easy thing about this song is that it’s pretty much straight 8th notes the whole time, so you’ll have a chance to really get comfortable with repeated downstroke picking. If you’re looking to beef up your right hand picking, practicing this song with all downstrokes will really help you progress. There’s a cool double stop lead guitar section where you’re playing the equivalent to power chords on the upper two strings, but the lower notes change to create a major sound, which is an unusual harmony compared to the rest of the song. After this, there’s a great single string melodic line that goes over the verse, which is a great way to get used to playing simple melodies over a power chord background.

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