The Secret To Mastering Guitar Power Chords

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If you have any interest in modern rock, heavy metal or all the other forms of ‘power’ music then you have definitely heard guitar power chords in action.

They have been used almost exclusively by punk and grunge bands for years.

It’s a curious fact that in musical terms a power chord is not actually a chord.

Chords are made up of 3 or more notes while a power only has 2 notes. Despite this fact they have become a staple of modern rock and heavy metal music.

The most common way to play guitar power chords is with just 2 strings but you can use more strings than that if you’re inclined.

In fact they have become so popular that in recent years any chord with just 2 notes has been labeled a guitar power chord.

So what is it that makes guitar power chords so attractive?

Why do so guitarists like us love to crank up the amp volume, and blast out of loud and powerful rock tunes using nothing but guitar power chords?
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The answer is that the ease with which you can play them makes them ideal for experimenting with more right-hand and rhythm orientated playing. When you don’t have to concentrate on fingering you can put all the effort into expressing yourself through the damping, effects and techniques.

In some cases you might have noticed power chords written a ‘5’ chord on internet chord or guitar tab sites. Don’t worry this is still a power chord. It’s just a different way of writing the same thing. All it tells us as guitarists is that the power is made up of its root note and the 5th note of the scale.

How Can You Play Guitar Power Chords

Power chords are nearly always played on the bass strings of the guitar. More experienced guitarists will use a partial barre and play several power chords at the same position on the fret board by simply moving their free fingers.

You can get a lot of enjoyment out of learning and playing guitar power chords.

They are easy to play and offer a huge amount of satisfaction with just a little effort.
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