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Re: CH-004 • Power Chords (Part 1)
« Reply #45 on: February 11, 2011, 11:35:05 pm »
Power chords are a lot easier than barre chords and a whole lot faster(for me at least).  They have there purpose definitely.  When played with a lot of gain they sound really incredible especially played with all downstrokes.  It's a really powerful heavy sound!  I love the sound!
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Re: CH-004 • Power Chords (Part 1)
« Reply #46 on: February 17, 2011, 02:43:15 am »
thanks guys. just getting a good handle on barre chords. checked out the power chords and thought "this is an e shape barre chord". thought i may have been missing something. tried your suggestions bootstrap, now i think i get it. they do sound pretty crunchy. yay, more stuff to learn, it never ends ;D

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Re: CH-004 • Power Chords (Part 1)
« Reply #47 on: February 17, 2011, 05:25:49 am »
thanks guys. just getting a good handle on barre chords. checked out the power chords and thought "this is an e shape barre chord". thought i may have been missing something.

Well that same power chord shape also works with 5th string root notes as well - whereas e shape barre only works with 6th string roots
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Re: CH-004 • Power Chords (Part 1)
« Reply #48 on: February 17, 2011, 03:05:35 pm »
One thing though  if playing a 5th string rooted power chord I'm having trouble muting the 6th string and when it rings out it sounds like crap. It's so very important to know how to do this with the tip of your finger against the "unwanted string".  Something else to try and perfect.  When that happens though it's like the angels singing. 
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Re: CH-004 • Power Chords (Part 1)
« Reply #49 on: February 18, 2011, 01:27:32 am »
hehe dont think ive ever sounded like an angel. yeah, just checked out 5th string roots, thats where my barre chord theory falls apart. also having some trouble muting the 6th. think im getting hooked though. power chords sound mighty with some volume and distortion.

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Re: CH-004 • Power Chords (Part 1)
« Reply #50 on: February 18, 2011, 02:08:46 am »
So Tawny, tell what you don't understand about the barre chords and maybe I can help you out!  I'm not by any means a theory wizard but I have some knowledge tucked under my belt.  Have you checked Justin's barre chord tutorials out?  That just might be the ticket.
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Re: CH-004 • Power Chords (Part 1)
« Reply #51 on: February 24, 2011, 12:34:23 am »
dont really have a problem with barre chords, its just that when i was shown some power chords i didn`t understand how they were different to barre chords, seemed pretty much the same shape (till i got to the 5th string roots). thanks to you guys i now see the error of my ways. :)

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Re: CH-004 • Power Chords (Part 1)
« Reply #52 on: December 20, 2011, 09:48:24 am »
Dear Sir,
There is one thing I would like to understand regarding power chords. Can I use the same strumming patterns with power chords as with open chords?
If not, what strumming patterns can I use with power chords?
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Re: CH-004 • Power Chords (Part 1)
« Reply #53 on: December 20, 2011, 09:55:23 am »
Can I use the same strumming patterns with power chords as with open chords?
If not, what strumming patterns can I use with power chords?
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Hi,

You can use any strumming pattern you like :)

What you have to be careful of is that the thinnest 3 strings are muted by your first finger as Justin shows at about 5:00 in the video.

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Re: CH-004 • Power Chords (Part 1)
« Reply #54 on: September 07, 2015, 11:16:23 am »
A question about power chords.
What do power chords refer to exactly?

Are they any 1st and 5th degree of a scale being played simultaneously on any polyphonic instrument, like one could play the notes c and g on a piano?
Or do they describe a particular fingering on the guitar (root note on 6th or 5th string, 5th degree one string down, and an optional doubling of the root another string down) and are only used for the guitar?
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Re: CH-004 • Power Chords (Part 1)
« Reply #55 on: September 07, 2015, 07:33:15 pm »
Chords strictly consisting of roots and 5ths.

The two most common shapes are 6th and 5th string root:

X
X
X
7
7
5  E shape A5

X
X
7
7
5
X  A shape D5

The higher root note is optional

But there are other shapes, like the 4th string root:

X
8
7
5
X
X  D shape G5

4th string root F power chord. 

Then there are open position power chords

3
3
0
0
X
3  Open G power chord

3 (or X)
1
0
X
3
X  Open C power chord.

And of course the first three can be played in the open position as well.

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Re: CH-004 • Power Chords (Part 1)
« Reply #56 on: July 01, 2016, 12:36:30 pm »
Posted this on another thread as well, hope that is ok, but I am having trouble with my power chords! I just did the intermediate foundation lesson on 1 minute changes for barre chords and they all came out from 60-85 per minute, so no problem there, but I find power chords really uncomfortable, any clues as to what I am doing wrong? I thought they were supposed to be an easy version of Barre chords but it's the other way round for me...

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Re: CH-004 • Power Chords (Part 1)
« Reply #57 on: September 20, 2017, 07:34:28 pm »


 I have a question please on Power chords.
so I have got a few under my fingers in lesson 8. Yet my issue is where to put the Power chords, if I play them in the same spot as the open chords. I have been doing this i.e when a capo is on a fret such as California dreaming , I play the chords directly after the fret in open chord position.

 my other question is that on Summer of 69' I simply dont understand the 6 and 5 and 7 above the chords.  as the book is showing power chords without these numbers near them. I am unsure if it means play it at 5th fret or 7th fret.

 I can understand a power chord having a 2 or 4 next to it, yet when its stating other numbers. I admit im lost as to what its getting at. thank you

sorry its probably a stupid couple of questions and someone may have responded to these somewhere else. if so please delete my post and kindly direct me into the right page.

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Re: CH-004 • Power Chords (Part 1)
« Reply #58 on: September 20, 2017, 07:43:42 pm »
@ Sunburst

The string / fret your index finger plays is the root and therefore the 'name' of the power chord.
You need to know note names on strings 6 and 5.
I haven't got the songbook in front of me but I think those numbers will be fret positions.
Forget open chords as power chords are more akin to / derived from barre chords ( which are moveable).

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Re: CH-004 • Power Chords (Part 1)
« Reply #59 on: September 22, 2017, 06:14:46 pm »
Its OK I'm going to have to get another book I'm struggling with it I am better hands on I've learnt the neck notes top thickest strings I'll try moving around frets.

I confused self with G5 variations whether to throw them into Summer of 69 or not so set about looking at variations it's only through finding the video lesson on YouTube today did I realise it's other chords used. I completely muddled my self !earning too much at once... Power chords are driving me mad as I didn't do theory circle of tof 5ths should have done theory. I'm more knowing shapes that. Knowing fretboard this is the issue. I'm goi ng to dread doing chat
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