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BC-186 • Power Chords 2
« on: October 07, 2009, 12:24:44 pm »
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Re: BC-186 • Power Chords 2
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2010, 08:14:50 pm »
I'm learning so much from your site.  I've been playing for years and picked up a few things on my own, but it's nice to hear you give some reasoning and also much insight into the things I've never thought of and ideas about how to practice better technique.

About this lesson specifically, though, I'm a fan of playing the sixth string in these "5th-string-rooted power chords".  It's common in grunge and it is written something like this D / A.

I understand that we should practice without the 6th string, but I think that this chord has its has it's place in music.  Do you agree?

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Re: BC-186 • Power Chords 2
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2011, 01:58:53 am »
I understand the whole muting the 6th string with my pointer finger when i'm playing the rooted 5th string chords, but how do i go about muting the 6th string when the root note of the power chord is the open position on the A string?

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Re: BC-186 • Power Chords 2
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2011, 02:12:40 am »
For me it's just a matter of trying to pick past the 6th string. Alternatively you could try muting it with your index finger (using the middle and ring finger for the chord itself) or a bit less convenient but not impossible - your thumb.

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Re: BC-186 • Power Chords 2
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2011, 02:13:47 am »
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I understand the whole muting the 6th string with my pointer finger when i'm playing the rooted 5th string chords, but how do i go about muting the 6th string when the root note of the power chord is the open position on the A string?

a) Pick the right strings  ;D
b) you can hook your thumb over the top of the neck so it touches the 6th string just enough to mute it.  Don't press too hard or you'll get a fretted note.

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Re: BC-186 • Power Chords 2
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2011, 01:55:10 am »
I'm having trouble strumming the power chords.
so i was wondering can i add them to my strumming patterns practice and mix them in with chords?

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Re: BC-186 • Power Chords 2
« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2011, 11:33:07 am »
Of course, if it improves you on the power chords as well as the strumming, I don't see why you couldn't try that. ;)
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Re: BC-186 • Power Chords 2
« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2013, 05:24:26 pm »
Technique Question:  Is it unheard of to play power chords with your index finger fretting the root note, while your ring finger frets the other two notes of the chords (as opposed to using your ring finger and pinky for those notes).  I noticed that, in certain chord progression, it was easier for me to shift between chords with the "two finger" method. 

I'm guessing this falls under the umbrella of "if it sounds good do it," but I figured I would check to see whether anyone uses this method or sees problem.

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Re: BC-186 • Power Chords 2
« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2013, 02:56:28 pm »
I have had friends that have done it both ways.  I guess now that I have forced myself to use 3 fingers it's getting easier.  For me if I use 2 fingers they seem like they get kind of jammed up or stuck when I go to move them or slide them.  I also think you should maybe use 3 fingers until you get through the Intermediate Course.  Using 3 fingers will help build up the strength of your little finger.  I would honestly say once you start exploring styles you really want to play and have full grasp of power chords and barre chords then switch to 2 fingers for your power chords.  Just get the basics for now and explore and modify later.  I have heard arguments for and against both ways of playing them.

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Re: BC-186 • Power Chords 2
« Reply #9 on: May 30, 2013, 08:08:17 pm »
Thanks very much AdSK.  That's exactly the kind of insight I was looking for.  You're right -- the more work my little finger can get, the better off I'll be in the long run.

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Re: BC-186 • Power Chords 2
« Reply #10 on: June 04, 2013, 01:31:42 pm »
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I also think you should maybe use 3 fingers until you get through the Intermediate Course.  Using 3 fingers will help build up the strength of your little finger.

As part of my practice routine,I'm going back over specific things I know,but should be better at.Power chords being one... :D

The 2 finger way of doing an A power chord is,as you'll learn later,exactly the same as for a A shape major bar chord,in which you want the middle 4 strings ringing.
I'm thinking maybe Justin figures trying to do two entirely different things from 1 grip might be confusing to "beginner muscle memory".

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Re: BC-186 • Power Chords 2
« Reply #11 on: November 20, 2013, 03:31:54 pm »
Circling back to this issue after working my way through some of the Intermediate Course.   After many weeks of bar chord practice, I found that the "normal" way of doing power chords (index on the root note, with ring finger and pinkie fretting the other notes) came much easier.  And hopping between power chords on the 6th and 5th string was much easier too.

Perhaps this can serve as a little bit of inspiration for folks who may be struggling with power chords in the Beginner Course.

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Re: BC-186 • Power Chords 2
« Reply #12 on: January 01, 2014, 10:58:27 pm »
I understand the whole muting the 6th string with my pointer finger when i'm playing the rooted 5th string chords, but how do i go about muting the 6th string when the root note of the power chord is the open position on the A string?

I have a question on this as well- being new at this.  It's not just a matter of picking the correct strings- what if you are going from an open E power chord to an open A power chord?  I guess you can mute the 6th string with your thumb around the neck prior to doing the A power chord?  Even worse when you go from the open A powder chord to the open D power chord.

Example is PR-023 • Master Rock Power Chords, "We Rock".  In that case is that where you mute strings 6 AND 5 with your picking hand palm?   (The power chords in this tune go from E to D as well as E to A to D)

The notes in the booklet say: "Note that with the Open D Power Chord you should mute the thickest string with the outer palm of your picking hand!"  Is Justin referring to the thickest string- string 6 or string 4 of the chord???  or Strings 6 AND 5?  Sorry for making this complicated... but I think this is real important to getting a good sound with these tunes.

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Re: BC-186 • Power Chords 2
« Reply #13 on: January 02, 2014, 07:57:36 am »
For a D or D shape power chord you do want to mute strings 6 and 5.
Use thumb over if possible and plam mute of strumming hand.

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Re: BC-186 • Power Chords 2
« Reply #14 on: January 02, 2014, 01:10:29 pm »
For a D or D shape power chord you do want to mute strings 6 and 5.
Use thumb over if possible and plam mute of strumming hand.

Thank you sir.  I guess even the "easy" stuff can be tricky.   ;)

 

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