Watch the Chords Rule Too online guitar lesson by TrueFire from Rhythm Guitar Greatest Hits Vol. 1
Never underestimate the power of using a chord in a melodic way. Chords can be powerful, sensitive, provocative, and interesting. All the elements of great melodic playing, in my opinion. The art in this next riff comes from the simplicity of the chords, their construction and how they are strummed. Notice that while they are based off of just standard chords (Em, G, C) the use of the open G and D string add an open texture that makes the chord more complex and richer sounding. Couple this with the palm muting execution of the riff and we are building tension, drama and making the chords do all the melodic work. A great even palm muted stroke is really going to help in this riff.