"Learn How To Hold 4 Different Power Chords"
Power chords are usually played in rock music. It is not always necessary to play a full sounding chord. Especially on an electric guitar, it sounds best to play two or three note chords. This is where power chords can come in handy. Similar to barre chords, power chords can also be moved up and down the neck on the guitar to play different notes.
Unfortunately, even though they are easy to play, you must learn to play chords. Power chords are what some people call "cheat" chords or "substitute" for real chords. Therfore I will show you are 4 main types of power chords, but after this, we will continue on with proper chords...
There are 4 main types of power chords:
The first type is called the 6th string root power chord (played on the 6th string). It is made up of fingers as shown.
The second type is called the 5th string root power chord (played on the 5th string). It is made up of fingers as shown.
The third type is called the 5th String Root Variation, as it is a variation of the 5th power chord previously. This time, instead of using 2 fingers, we are now using 4.
The last type of power chord is called the 3rd string root. Mainly because it starts on the 3rd string
The beaty of power chords is that you can move them anywhere on the fret board and they sound great. For example if you play a power chord on the 1st fret, top string, it is an F right...
If you move it down to the 3rd fret, top string, it becomes a G! Same chord - just moved to a different location!
Here is a chord reference guide...
Use the diagram above to remember the location of each note - so next time you can just hold a barre chord and someone calls out an "A" note and you just slide it to the 5th fret. Or someone else calls out a C note and you just slide your barre chord down 3 frets and it becomes a C note and so on...
With power chords, when you play them with distortion, they sound really big and loud. Clear sounding chords, they are my favorite, as there are so many things you can do with this one chord. You can either play power chords with 3 fingers or just two. Either way, there is not a lot of difference.
Rock power chords sound unreal especially when they are muted with your palm when strumming them. I will also show you different strumming techniques later on in this course. Either way, power chords sounds great muted or open. The most important thing to remember when playing rock power chords is to only play the chords you have your fingers on, and not let any other chord ring out, as it sounds terrible.
The object is to strike any string you have your finger on and not to let any other chord come out. This really gives it its fullest potential and maximum sound hitting only the chords that are supposed to be heard.