Chop Suey – How to Play Chop Suey by System of a Down on Guitar

Chop Suey – How to Play Chop Suey by System of a Down on Guitar


You are watching HowToPlayAnySong.com. My
name is Joe Wiles with the Rock ‘N Roll Conservatory and in this video tutorial we’re going to
take a look at Chop Suey by System of a Down. Now interestingly this song peaked at number
one and it was at number one when the World Trade Centers went down in 2001and the song
was thusly added to a list of songs that were inappropriate in a 9/11 world put out by radio
giant Clear Channel, interesting. We are going to learn in this video tutorial the four introductory
riffs, the layered riffs as they come up. We’re going to learn all those and let’s get
started. Now you’ll have to know that the recorded
version of this song has all the strings dropped and entire step down. Not a half step but
2 steps down and then on top of that the low E is tuned down another whole step so actually
2 whole steps on the low E. What we’re going to do to just keep our
guitar relatively in tune and not make it too much of a hassle for players, we’re
going to tune our low E string down to a drop D. Hit your low E and D, then twist your low
E knob to match. Now the 1st riff of the introduction starts
off with the 7th fret of the D string and the 5th fret of the G and I’m going to cram
my pink between the B and high E string so if I accidentally hit them they’re not going
to ring out. I’m also going to wrap my thumb over across
the lowest strings so if I accidentally hit that one, it doesn’t ring out. So even if
I hit all the strings, the only notes that will ring out are your open A, the note on
the D string and the note on the G. The next chord is going to be two up, we’re
going to be on the 9 and 7 now. 9 of the D, 7 of the G. Then we’re going to move down
to the 5 and 4, the 5ht fret of the D, and 4th fret of the G.
Then we’re going to move down two more to the 3 and 2, 3rd fret of the D, 2nd of the
G and this is what they’ll sound like together… and you’ll repeat that. This is what it
sounds like to speed. One, two, three, four… Thanks for watching I hope it helped. Make
sure you request videos of the songs you want to learn. I’ll see you next time.

88 thoughts on “Chop Suey – How to Play Chop Suey by System of a Down on Guitar

  1. Dude I know how you feel like, I've been asking that a lot. And I think I've figured it out by myself. Here this is how i strum it.

    d ^ ^ d – ^ ^ d ^ d ^

    D = Down
    ^ = Up
    – = a tiny little break

    It works for me, spread the word ;D

  2. Thanks for the tutorial. It helped me a lot. But I have a question. While playing the song on my guitar, I placed my fingers on the D string of 5th fret and A string of 7th fret, and did the same with frets 7 and 9. That tune seemed more melodious, and in fact "happier". Can you tell me if that's a wrong tune or not. Thanks for the help 🙂

  3. Pls if you could make the same vid with the strings as numbers not letters really a good vid but I could catch the chords

  4. I can't hit the G string every time I try to play it. I don't know if I'm pressing too hard or the way my fingers are positioned

  5. still new to guitar. when you say 7th fret of the d are you talking about the d of the standard tune, like your ignoring what you tuned to and just calling the strings what ,they're normally called?

  6. still new to guitar. when you say 7th fret of the d are you talking about the d of the standard tune, like your ignoring what you tuned to and just calling the strings what ,they're normally called?

  7. Just tune it halfstep down and play
    For Intro: (Abm(Gm), Dbm(C#m), F#m(Fm), and E(Eb)) 4x
    Bridge: (Abm, G, B, Db, B, Db) 4x
    Verses: (Abm, G, Abm, G, Abm) 2x
    Chorus is same as intro there is a fingering pattern for chorus, but if you just want to learn it just strum the chords. Hope this helps a little more than this shit tutorial. Chords can also be looked up.

  8. guys to make it easier for the new learners keep guitar in standard tuning and then turn your thickest string (6th) down to the same as the D string(4thstring) its called Drop "D" tuning. learn this section by Joe Wiles for the excellent rythym intro, then go to the video with 260,071 views its the best video to learn this song in full. you cant go wrong good luck!

  9. another excellent song in Drop D tuning is 'Going to California' by led zeppelin. find guitar tutorial on u-tube . then go to Ultimate Guitar.com for chords and lyrics for going to California by led zep and its excellent watch how drop d makes that stunning acoustic guitar ring fucking outstanding. make up your own metal version would be cool

  10. I don't believe this is for beginners. If you're a beginner you're going to have so much trouble learning. Start slow, go practice your barring and study chords lmao.

  11. If you can't figure out the strumming pattern, slow it down to 0.5 and then speed it up as you make progress

  12. This is far from a beginners song. If you picked up a guitar to play this song, then go practice then come back. I understood everything this guy was saying. And if you had an issue with his tutorial. Go find another. Simple as that.

  13. It's called drop C tuning, C G C F A D from low to high, on the original recording. Drop D for the purpose of this video.

  14. For this intro I bend my first finger slightly over the b and high e to mute them. My pinky wasn't quite wide enough to mute the bottom 2. As for the low e I just didn't play it.

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