“Always” by Blink 182

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Difficulty: Easy

The new-school punk trio blink-182 was formed near San Diego, California around Tom Delonge, Mark Hoppus, and original drummer Scott Raynor. Originally known as Blink, the band debuted in 1993 with a self-released album called “Fly Swatter”. After releasing the album “Buddha” in 1994, the trio signed to Grilled Cheese/Cargo records and released “Cheshire Cat” the following year. Since then, they have become pop mainstream with hit songs such as this.

Verse

Listen to the verse with both guitar and bass:

Guitar

This riff will be very easy to play, but will allow you to work with
some rather odd fingerings on the guitar. The first measure is a basic
B chord, played in a less than contemporary style. Play the entire measure
by placing your 1st finger on the sixth fret on the “A” string,
while placing your 2nd finger on the seventh fret on the “low E” string.
Play that rather fast to be accurate.

In the second measure, you will be playing an A#m chord. You can do this one
of two ways on the sixth fret on the “low E” string. You can either
use your 3rd or 4th finger. Your best bet is to use your 1st finger for the
fourth fret on the “A” string for the other note.

The third and fourth measure are identical, and you are playing a G#m
chord. Do this by once again either using your 3rd or 4th finger on the “low
E” string. Use your 1st finger for the second fret on the “A” string
though.

Bass

We are back to showing you some bass parts again. This one actually
has you playing chords on the bass, which is very common in one guitar
bands. Here, you will need to use your 1st and either your 3rd or 4th
fingers to play the ninth fret on the “D” string and the eleventh
fret on the “G” string. End the measure with an open “D” string.

For the second measure, you will need to just reverse your fingers as
they were in the first measure, with your 3rd or 4th finger being on
the “D” string, and your 1st finger on the “G” string.
End this measure as well with an open “D” string.

The third and fourth measures are also identical here. All you need
to do is keep your fingers in the same way that they were for the second
measure, and go to the appropriate frets.

Pre-Chorus

Listen to the pre-chorus with both guitar and bass:

For the first measure of the pre-chorus, you will be basically be playing
a power chord. The picking here is much more precise though. You will
need to use your 1st finger for the second fret on the “A” string.
Use your 3rd and 4th fingers for the fourth frets, OR you can just barre
the frets with EITHER finger. By barring them, you will open yourself
up a little more for the second measure, but there is no real reason
that you would have any trouble with the next measure either way.

The second measure simply requires you to barre the fourth frets on
the appropriate strings. The third measure is the same thing, but just
barre the “low E” string for accuracy. The fourth measure is
self explanatory, so try to hit those open “low E” notes in
timing as good as possible.

Bass

The bass part is mostly the same concept as the previous bass part in
the verse, using only your 1st and either 3rd or 4th fingers in power
chord format, so you should have no trouble with this at all.

Chorus

Listen to the chorus with both guitar and bass:

Guitar

The chorus to the riff is easy as well. About the only thing that you
will see here that may be weird is the slide and the mutes, but other
than that, you will be playing basic power chords here. Use your 1st
finger to play the second fret on the “A” string, and your
3rd and/or 4th fingers for the fourth fret on the “D” and “G” strings.
Play that and at the end, slide toward the sixth and eighth frets for
the next measure.

In this measure, you will be playing the sixth fret on the “A” string,
muting the “D” string with your 1st finger angled down, barely
resting on the “D” string. Use your 3rd or 4th fingers for
the eighth frets on the “G” string.

The third measure will be played just as the first measure was played,
but with your fingers on the “low E” string and the “A” string.

For the last measure, simply use your 1st finger and barre the appropriate
strings on the second frets. allowing the “low E” string to
play open.

Bass

The bass in this part is also easy. You will just be playing the notes
with your 1st finger on all the strings and all the frets when applicable.

Riff Resources

Complete Transcription To “Always” (PDF)

Complete Transcription To “Always” (Power
Tab)