Hero by Chad Kroeger

Riff Rundown

Difficulty: Easy

Composer – Chad Kroeger

Where to find this song – Spiderman soundtrack # 2

Release Date – April 30, 2002

Verse Riff

How To Play It

Part 1

To begin this song, it is helpful to remember how chord progressions
work. This song is actually much like parts of ” Dust in the Wind ” by
Kansas. What you are going to want to do is start by placing your 2nd
finger on the “D” string on the second fret, your 3rd finger
on the “G” string on the second fret, and your 1st finger
on the first fret on the “B” string. Strum that three times.
For the end of the first measure, ( measures are determined by the
vertical bars on the string lines. Notice that there are three lines,
and those lines divide the tablature into four sections) all you need
to do is lift your 1st finger off of the first fret on the “G” string
and play that five times. The next measure is fairly simple as well.
To perform this measure, use your 2nd finger on the “D” string
on the second fret, your 3rd finger on the second fret of the “G” string,
and your 4th finger on the third fret of the “B” string.
Play that four times. Then, while keeping your 2nd and 3rd finger on
the same strings they are already on, use your 1st finger to play the “B” string
on the first fret. Play that five times. Then, at the end of the measure,
you will notice little x’s on the “D” string, the “G” string,
and the “B” string. That is known as a “rake.” Remember
from previous lessons that a rake is performed by scraping your pick
or finger across the desired strings to create a “krrrr” sound.
(It sounds much like crushing a tin can with your hand) .

Part 2

The third and fourth measures are very simple to play, and give you
a bit of lead-way into learning how you feel most comfortable playing
barre chords. Barre chords are used widely, and your personal feel
of how to play them may very well influence how you play music. Most
blues and heavy rock songs are used by either barre chords or power
chords. There isn’t MUCH difference in the two. The only real difference
is that barre chords make a song sound much more full than regular
power chords. Now, notice measure three and four. Look at it closely.
The entire measure is the same, so once you know the placement of your
fingers, you can stay there for measures three AND four. One way to
play a barre chord, and in this case, basing itself around the first
fret of the guitar, is by this: Use your 1st finger and barre ALL strings
on the first fret. Then use your 2nd finger and put it down on the
second fret on the “G” string. Place your 3rd finger on the
third fret on the “A” string, and your 4th finger on the
third fret of the “D” string. There is another way to play
a barre chord. This is how to play the same thing in a different way:
Use your thumb, and put it on the first fret on the “low E” string.
You will need to curl your thumb a bit to hit the fret. Then place
your 2nd, 3rd, and 4th finger the same way as above. This time, all
you have to do with your 1st finger is to make sure that you have covered
strings “B” and the “high E” on the first fret.
That is the same chord, in a different positioning. As we said earlier,
it is more a matter of comfort in achieving a barre chord. Just experiment
with the two and you will see which one is more comfortable.

Riff Resources

Complete Transcription To “Hero” (PDF)

Complete Transcription To “Hero” (Power