6 – Power Chords

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IT’S TIME TO ROCK SO LEARN YOUR POWER CHORDS

WHAT ARE POWER CHORDS?

Power chords are chords that consist of two notes; the root and the fifth from the scale. They are easy to play and can be performed all over the guitar neck. They are sometimes called “5” chords or sometimes they are referred to as “diads”.

Although these chords sound good when played clean, you really will hear how effective they can be if you have an amp with the gain control up. Even better, if you have a distortion pedal or one of the many variants now available once you start playing these chords, you’ll not want to stop.

WHAT MUSIC STYLES USE POWER CHORDS THE MOST

The genres of popular music that make use of power chords the most are rock, heavy rock, thrash and just about any

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Lesson six details the rock chords known as power chords.

style of music where there is a heavier sound needed. In many chord books which have been written by a non guitar player, you will see Open String Chords offered as a playing option. Once you start playing these chords, it just doesn’t sound correct and that is because power chords have been used, not open string chords.

HOW DO I GO AROUND LEARNING THESE CHORDS

Although we don’t want to preempt Gary’s lesson, basically you really only need to know two things. The chord shape and where the root note is found. With these two pieces of information you will be equipped to play these chords all over the fretboard.

Why not go and watch the video and listen to the knowledge and advice given by Gary. Check out our other lessons which will complement this lesson such as Learning Guitar Riffs. For more infomation on all our courses please check out our How To Play Guitar webpage which details our print and ePub books and courses within GMI.

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