Guitar Chords – Rolling in the Deep by Adele

Adele’s hit Rolling in the deep is an example of how versatile C minor chord can be used to express expressive softness that evokes longing or solemnity in listeners.

Popular strumming patterns for these chords involve down strums with an eighth note rhythm. One common practice for palm mutes involves placing your right heel on the bridge to partially muffle strings.


Cm (C minor) chord is an emotionally expressive chord that often brings out feelings of longing or longing when played, as well as adding solemnity to songs. Musicians frequently employ this chord when performing ballads about unrequited love, for instance.

Adele’s soulful pop song, “Rolling in the Deep”, highlights how versatile Cm chords can take on different tones depending on both artist and song. This track showcases this fact perfectly.

Killswitch Engage, another metal/hard rock band, utilize the versatility of this chord in their songs “When Darkness Falls” and “Take This Oath.” Their use shows how this chord’s sincerity can be balanced with aggression when necessary.


Adele’s Rolling in the Deep features an E-shape chord progression with G power chord. Power chords don’t include any 3rds so they can be used over both major and minor scales, while E-shape chords are easy to play on an acoustic guitar using simple strumming techniques; simply rest your thumb lightly over the bridge of your right hand to use palm muting technique muting slightly the strings with palm-muting.

For the verse and intro, chords should be played using a downstroke pattern; while for the chorus strumming should follow an eighth note rhythm based on practicing this rhythm before trying the full song. Downstrums should be muted by using your right thumb as well.


Rolling in the Deep is an excellent song to practice your basic strumming pattern. Most chords are diatonic and common, removing any need to relocate them for fretting hand use (though you might consider playing some power chords during chorus as triads instead). What makes Rolling In The Deep unique are its rhythm slashes; staying on each chord for an extra eightth note before changing chords to emphasize rhythmic emphasis while creating anticipation – perfect when used as part of a band performance or with someone playing acoustic guitar!


Rolling in the Deep features F power chords throughout, often without their third inversions; beginners may find it helpful to employ a strumming technique that counts 1, 2, 3, and 4. This approach is common among rock guitarists but can work just as effectively on an acoustic guitar.

The rhythm remains for an unusual 8th note before changing chords, creating great anticipation in the music. Additionally, this also underscores how different it is between playing triads and pumping power chords even though both sounds similar.

Throughout most songs, your right hand should be capable of playing chords primarily using its right palm resting on the bridge and slightly muted each down-stroke to create a percussive effect – this works best on electric guitar but can be done on acoustic as well.


Guitarists who wish to start learning the B minor chord can find it daunting at first, yet its importance as an essential foundational step on their guitar-playing journey cannot be overstated, regardless of whether their aim is rock or country music.

As opposed to most major and minor chords, this barre chord requires fretting multiple strings with just one finger–your index finger resting on all strings except the low E string, which you can palm mutes using your thumb.

Lucy Dacus has made her mark on pop and folk with powerful rhythm parts such as 2016 standout “I Don’t Wanna Be Funny Anymore,” contributions with boygenius supergroup, soothing vocals that can soothe yet shred at once; exquisite playing that ranges from delicate strumming in “Night Shift” (2018 fan favorite ) to distortion power chords during live shows.