All The Small Things (Lead)

Animated All The Small Things (Lead) tab by Blink-182 on guitar. So easy you'll be playing in minutes.

Quite a lot of the lead guitar part is the same as the rhythm guitar, but there are many differences too. The lead plays 'octave intervals' over the rhythm guitar at certain points. We'll take a look at those here. Also, there is some rhythmic palm muting to look at too.

The first time the lead differs from the rhythm is very early on - at the F chord:

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This is often called an 'octave interval' or 'octave chord'. It is just the same as a standard powerchord, except only the octaves are played. The 5th note is omitted. Therefore you only play the Root note (F in this case) and the next F octave note. This just doubles the F note, but can be a nice effect. The important thing is to mute the other strings so that no other notes are sounded.

Notice that you still strike the string between the 2 F notes. Because it is muted by your fretboard hand, it will produce a small sound, but that will be drowned out by the much louder F notes either side. This is the most common way to play octave intervals on guitar.

This F octave chord is played again during the second repeat of the intro, and then the lead guitar follows the rhythm guitar until this part:

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Yup, it's another octave interval, and is played for quite a while! The octaves are C this time, and beware the is different, so listen carefully and watch the strumming pattern in the ActionTab to get it. It's not hard, but is not the same as the rhtyhm guitar part.

Next the song uses octave intervals again:

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Play it from here and you can see that this time the octave intervals simply cycle down through F - E - D before rejoining the rhythm guitar again. This time the A chord shape is used to play these powerchords (we were using a D shape previously). This now means that the root octave is on the Low A string and the higher octave is played on the G string. The note on the G string is 1 fret position lower than it was when using the D shape. This is simply because of the way the guitar is tuned (notes along the high B and E strings are always one fret higher).

Remember that these octave intervals are just like powerchords, except the 5th note (middle note) is omitted!

The next time the lead guitar varies from the rhythm guitar is a repeat of the C octave intervals we saw earlier:

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After that part, we get to the lead palm muting:

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It's very straightforward and simple, you should have few problems here!

Once again, we outro with the C octave intervals until the end of the song. Just joining in with the palm muted low F5 powerchords of the rhythm guitar towards the very end!

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