Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)

Animated Pretty Fly (for a White Guy) tab by The Offspring on guitar. So easy you'll be playing in minutes.

This fun little song is powerchord heaven. It's a good tune for practicing getting your powerchord changes faster. The song uses the E and A shape powerchords almost entirely throughout - except for a couple of verse parts where you need only play some simple double stops on the top 2 strings with your first finger at the 7th fret.

The chord progression is catchy making it a good practice tune. The song uses chords related to the B natural minor scale. For example the starting chord sequence is:

B5 - B5 - F#5 - D5 - B5 - B5 - E5 - D5 (repeat)

The B natural minor scale is:

B - C# - D - E - F# - G - A - B

So the powerchord sequence is using the B (root), F# (5th), D (3rd), and E (4th) notes as the basis for its chord progression. The fact that the song regularly cycles through the root, 3rd and 5th strongly ties the whole song to the B natural minor scale. That's because these are the principal notes for that scale (remember that a B minor chord will be made from the root, 3rd and 5th notes from this underlying scale). This all means that if you wish to solo or make melodies over the music, stick to the B natural minor scale and you can't go wrong!

We've included the intro drums in the normal speed audio, but taken them out for the ActionTab, as its not needed and just rather long when slowed down.

To get fast powerchord changes it's important to keep your fingers in the same 'shape'. The E and A shapes are exactly the same - except the E shape starts from the low E string, and the A starts from the Low A string. Keeping your fingers in this E / A shape means that you can concentrate better on which frets to move to and your strumming, rather than on drastically altering your fingers to play different chord shapes.

Notice that here we use a lot of muting. Don't let that put you off. What this means is that for each powerchord you are only wanting to strum 3 strings at a time. In order to prevent overstrums, use your first finger to fret the note that you want, but just lightly rest it along the other strings in order to mute them. For the A shapes, use the tip of your finger to just touch the Low E string to mute it, whilst fretting the note on the A string as normal. This means that if you do overstrike, the extra strings will be muted out. This is very important in fast tunes like this, because it is easy to overstrum when playing fast.

Muting that Low E string when playing the A shapes is very important. Here we do it with the first fingertip, but that isn't the only way. You can mute the Low E string using your thumb rather than your first finger (when playing any A shape powerchord). However, this can cost you a bit of speed when switching between E and A shapes. But if you are more familiar with that stlye, and it works for you, just thumb-mute instead.

As always...break it into chunks and get it right slowly first before building up speed!

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