Backing track

Lesson Sheet


'Seven Nation Army' - Jack White and the White Stripes

  • These are the basic riffs in the same key as Jack plays it.

  • Use your fret markers to make the playing easier.

  • Try and use your first finger in fret 7 and your little finger (4th) or third finger to stop the note in fret 10. The rest of the notes/ frets can be played with your first finger.

  • always...there are more challenging and interesting ways to play this famous riff... Click here!

Riff 1 Sound File  


Riff 2 Sound File

The chord section goes from 'G' to 'A' these 8 times each!

G to A chords...

So when we put it all together the whole song goes a little like this...

(The backing track at the top is a shortened edit. If you would like to play along with the entire song then Click here... )


(Riff 1)

I'm gonna fight 'em off
A seven nation army couldn't hold me back
They're gonna rip it off
Taking their time right behind my back
And I'm talkin' to myself at night
Because I can't forget
Back and forth through my mind
Behind a cigarette

(Chords...)                                                                         (Riff 2 + Chords)
And the message comin' from my eyes says, "Leave it alone."


(Riff 1)
Don't wanna hear about it
Every single one's got a story to tell
Everyone knows about it
From the Queen of England to the hounds of hell
And if I catch it comin' back my way
I'm gonna serve it to you
And that ain't what you want to hear
But that's what I'll do

(Chords...)                                                                         (Riff 2 + Chords)
And the feeling coming from my bones says, "Find a home."


(Riff 1)
I'm going to Wichita
Far from this opera for evermore
I'm gonna work the straw
Make the sweat drip out of every pore
And I'm bleeding, and I'm bleeding, and I'm bleeding
Right before the lord
All the words are gonna bleed from me
And I will think no more

(Chords...)                                                                         (Riff 2 + Chords)
And the stains comin' from my blood tell me, "Go back home."

7 Nation Army...


·         Try playing Riff 1 but squash your first finger over the A and the E string at the same time. Play both the strings together for a more complex sound! It's tricky but sounds good!

Riff 1 Sound File

A --7----|--7-10-7-5--|--3------2-

E --7----|--7-10-7-5--|--3------2-

For the ultimate sound and challenge, try using the major barre chord shape at each of the frets in Riff 2! This is a challenge but let yourself go and rip this riff out!! YEAH!

major barre chord... Sound File



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