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B2-1201 Power chords
« on: April 12, 2020, 11:18:19 am »
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Re: B2-1201 Power chords
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2021, 07:30:27 pm »
Just a thought related to this lesson, it seems that power chords playing the top 3 strings and muting the bottom 3 is almost the same as just playing an Em shape barre chord. I find I sometimes press down the high E string instead of muting it, but even with distortion it doesn't sound too bad!

And I guess power chords playing the 2-4 strings (A,D,G - do we count strings from low E to high E or the other way around?) is also similarly playing an Am shape barre chord.

Is it common to switch between a power chord and a full minor barre chord for emphasis in rock music? Or no?

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Re: B2-1201 Power chords
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2021, 08:05:46 pm »
Power chords have no 3rd. Root and 5th only. So they are neither major or minor.
You can substitute them for either major or minor chords.
They are usually used with distortion because the 3rd and flat 3rd sound a little
muddy with lots of distortion


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