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Power Chords

This is a beginners lesson to help you be a genius on the guitar with just two chords. These aren’t really chords – they call them ‘power chords’. If you’re a real beginner and are struggling with playing full chords or bar chords, this is the place to start.

The most common strings to use are the sixth and fifth strings. You can move them anywhere as long as you keep the pattern. Depending on whether you know the fingerboard or not, it helps if you know at least the sixth string. Your root is the sixth string.

So if you first finger is on the sixth string, third fret, and your third finger on the fifth string, fifth fret, you have a “G” power chord. That pattern can be moved anywhere on the fretboard. You can pluck the strings together or individually.

You can play a power chord on fifth and fourth strings, but now the root is on the fifth string. If you place your first finger on the fifth fret, fifth string, and your third finger on the fourth string, seventh fret, you have a “D” power chord (D5).

A power chord can substitute any chord – major, minor, or 7th. If you have a chord progression and can’t play a certain chord, use the power chord. Hundreds of songs have used power chords exclusively. You can even play scales using power chords.

The idea with this is if you’re struggling with the bar chords, or even open chords, well now you can play it with the power chords. They’ll sound different than the full chord, but they’ll get you by.

You can use the I, IV, V pattern, and just move it all over the fretboard.

If you’re the lead guitar, try it on the first and second strings.

You can play an open power chord too. It’s a bit deceiving visually, because the “E” is open when you’re playing the “E” power chord. It’s still a perfect fifth though.

Hopefully this gives you a little insight on the road to learning to play the guitar better.

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