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POWER CHORDS REVISITED

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Postby fendermail56 » Wed Apr 08, 2009 5:49 am

Yup....its those darn power chords again.Cool  I thought I would post this for those folks just starting out...I know if it wasn't for Michael and power chords I most l
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Postby fendermail56 » Thu Apr 09, 2009 12:19 am

In fact, just about any double stop will work real good when combined with power chords...
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Re: POWER CHORDS REVISITED

Postby Guest » Sun Oct 30, 2011 11:21 pm

Want to sound good right off with that brand new guitar you just got? The quickest way to sound good, when you are just starting out on an electric guitar, is with two not power chords. They are the easiest chords to play, and only require two fingers - that's it. I will also cover the three note power chords, which sound a little fuller, but are slightly harder to play if your just starting out then the two note version. Some punk bands have had entire albums done using nothing more then these simply chords, and with just a little practice, you will soon be rocking out and impressing your friends with your new learned skills.

STEP 1

Pick out a few of these power chords below and practice strumming them. If possible, add some distortion to your amp. You can just hear the power behind each power chord

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a____2____3____4____5____6____7____8____9___10___11____12____13____14___

e____0____1____2____3____4____5____6____7____8____9____10____11____12___

_____E____F____F#__G___G#____A___A#___B____C___C#____D____D#____E____

The root notes are found along the low E thick string. As you can see, the shape of the power chord maintains the exact same shape no matter where you play it, the shape is moveable. There will always be one blank fret between the two notes you are fretting. From the 12th fret on everything repeats itself an octave higher.

STEP 2

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b________________________________________________________________________

g________________________________________________________________________

d____2____3____4____5____6____7____8____9___10___11____12___13____14_____

a____0____1____2____3____4____5____6____7____8____9____10____11____12____

e_________________________________________________________________________

_____A___A#___B____C___C#___D___D#____E___F____F#____G____G#____A_____

Now your root notes fall on the A string. When you play these, palm mute at the bridge lightly with the side of your hand. It will lend a chunky sound to the power chords.

STEP 3

Now look at the three note power chords below and give these a try. They have a fuller sound to them.

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g_______________________2_____5_____7_____

d_____2_____5_____7_____2_____5_____7_____

a_____2_____5_____7_____0_____3_____5_____

e_____0_____3_____5_______________________

______E_____G____A_____A_____C_____D____

I only gave a few examples, but by now you know that the shape is moveable, and you can slide these up and down the neck just as you can with the two note power chords.

STEP 4

Now look over the power chord examples below and try some of these out. Back in the 60's and 70's guitar players developed a little trick to make it sound as though they were playing more chords then they really were. They added an extension onto the power chords. It spices up the power chords when you through some of these extensions in here and there.

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a____7__7__9__7___7__7__9__7____5__5__5__5____7__7__9__7___

e____5__5__5__5___5__5__5__5__________________5__5__5__5___



STEP 5

Now look over the tab below and try sliding into your power chords. Punk bands make good use of this technique.

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b__________________________________________

g__________________________________________

d__________________________________________

a____6/7__7_7_7___6/7__7_7_7___6/7__7_7_7___

e____4/5__5_5_5___4/5__5_5_5___4/5__5_5_5___

Try this slide out on other power chords on different frets. Try sliding up to the power chord from two frets away.



STEP 6

Now practice adding a percussion sound to your power chords. This is done by striking muted strings, marked by an x. To mute the strings, lightly release some pressure off the strings you were muting, then reapplying the pressure again to sound the power chord.

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b____________________________________________

g____________________________________________

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a____7__x__x__x____7__x__x__x___7__x__x__x___

e____5__x__x__x____5__x__x__x___5__x__x__x___



STEP 7

Now examine the power chords below. These are how power chords are mainly played in many many punk bands, and to play power chords with this shape, your guitar has to be in drop D tuning. That is where you change the tuning of just one string, tuning your low E thick string from an E to a D.

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b__________________________

g__________________________

d____3___5___7___10___12___

a____3___5___7___10___12___

d____3___5___7___10___12___

_____F___G___A___C___D___

As you can see, in drop D all your power chords line up in a way you can now fret the entire three note chords with one finger, doing a mini bar across the low D, A and D strings. This allows punk guitar players to fire off a rapid series of chords in a very short time as they slide that one finger up and down the guitar neck. Now you know many punk bands secret weapon, drop D tuning. But if you are not planning on doing a lot of punk stuff, I would suggest staying with standard tuning and sticking to the two note power chords to get started out on.
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Re: POWER CHORDS REVISITED

Postby Steve Belong72 » Mon Dec 19, 2011 9:31 pm

I've never understood the term power chord. I know how to play them just fine, I just don't agree that they are chords as there is no colour interval to determine whether the chord is major, minor, etc. :? :? :?
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Re: POWER CHORDS REVISITED

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Re: POWER CHORDS REVISITED

Postby THIRDSTONE » Thu Aug 16, 2012 4:09 am

I am still around, all my time is just about taken up with photography and article writing. Still fire up me ole fender from time to time, LOL. Wonder how some of my posts got listed under my email...and yes, this is indeed Cavedweller,
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Re: POWER CHORDS REVISITED

Postby salman123 » Fri Nov 14, 2014 5:08 am

sound good right off with that brand new guitar you just got? The quickest way to sound good, when you are just starting out on an electric guitar, is with two not power chords. They are the easiest chords to play, and only require two fingers - that's it. I will also cover the three note power sound good right off with that brand new guitar you just got? The quickest way to sound good, when you are just starting out on an electric guitar, is with two not power chords. They are the easiest chords to play, and only require two fingers - that's it. I will also cover the three note power

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