Guitar Chords For Beginners – Rolling in the Deep

guitar chords rolling in the deep

Rolling in the Deep was Adele’s debut number one hit and is an emotionally stirring ballad written following her own heartbreak. It can easily be played on both acoustic and electric guitars; beginners may benefit from using power chords (without 3rd) for easier strumming during its intro and verse portions.

Maintain a palm mute by resting it lightly on the bridge and slightly muzzling each down stroke, producing an impressive bass-like tone.


Lorde’s debut hit Rolling in the Deep offers a simple chord progression, making it an excellent song to practice your acoustic guitar skills. With just six basic chords and an easy strumming pattern, this song should present no difficulties for beginner guitarists. To increase challenge you could add slides or licks; during intro and verse sections use power chords (chords without third) rather than E-shape chords for an earthier sound; palm-muting techniques should also be employed (resting heel of right hand against bridge to slightly mutes strings), palm-muting to mutes strings) for bassier sounds; during these sections palm-muting techniques can help to achieve more bass-like sounds from guitar.

Beginners may benefit from practicing their rhythm with down strums in an eighth-note rhythm; for beginners this provides a great way to develop rhythm and counting: 1& 2& 3& 4& (with each downstroke muted with palm of hand). As the chorus starts up you will add full chord sounds with Bm – F# – G – A chords as your base notes.


Verse is an instrumental component of song that features lyrics that emphasize vocal performance. While choruses serve to draw listeners’ attention and establish familiarity, verses typically tell a tale or set an ambience throughout its duration.

Beginning guitarists often find B major an intimidating chord to learn due to its barre chord form; this requires gathering up your fingers on the fretboard in a clustered fashion. But once they master barre chords, voicings may become much simpler and enjoyable to play.

A guitar chord chart displays all of the notes that comprise a particular chord, such as its root note and any additional tones in its key (e.g. a minor). Conversely, power chords lack the 3rd note which means they are neither major nor minor chords and therefore can be used with either major or minor songs.


A song’s chorus is often its catchiest part with memorable lyrics and melodies. It usually boasts higher melodies than its verse and may feature different rhythms compared to them, or simply repeat one line or less several times in succession.

Intermediate guitarists move beyond learning basic major and minor triads by transitioning into seventh chords – an advanced concept requiring knowledge of scales and modes.

When writing a chorus, it’s essential to consider both melody and chord progression simultaneously. Finding chords that enhance your melody will result in catchier choruses; try playing every note of your chord before beginning your melody search – an effective technique is starting by playing through every note and finding one or more that complement or contrast with it; an example would be Green Day’s Boulevard of Broken Dreams which features chords Em, G and D in its melodies.


Outros, sometimes known as codas, are the final section of songs. While intros may recur throughout a track, outros are unique pieces which typically only appear once.

An outro can truly define a song. It can either calm the intensity that has built over its duration and lead to an organic and soothing conclusion, or ramp it up one last time to bring the listener through an exciting musical climax.

While there are hundreds of possible chord progressions, most modern pop songs typically employ just five of them. Here are examples of songs using each progression.