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“The ‘2 note’ Power Chords are the easiest to play”

Definition of a Chord:  A Chord is produced when two or more different notes (tones) are played at the same time.
(This involves playing two or more different strings to sound these notes).

-The easiest to play of the chords is a Power Chord which is played on two adjacent strings.
These are popular in Rock music.

Video 1. The easiest Chord to play is the 2 string Power Chord.
For this simple “E Power Chord”, fret 1 note and strum 2 strings.
Note the sustain of the chord as the sound resonates through the solid body of the electric guitar
and the Hum of the distortion when it is not being played.

-Rock players use Power Chords to create a dramatic and powerful sound by distorting the guitar’s signal before it is amplified.

Distortion Effect

Fig.1. The Distortion Pedal is used to create the heavy guitar sound of Power Chords.
An overdriven amplifier creates a similar effect.

-The Power Chords are also commonly played on an acoustic guitar, but as the name implies they really shine when playing a Heavy Rock song with the distortion turned up.

Power Chords (Also known as Power 5th Chords) are derived from the Major Scale.
Simply play the 1st note (known as the ROOT) and 5th note of the Major Scale.  Play them at the same time to play the Power Chord.

Note: Power Chords are also refereed to as Perfect-fifths.

E Power Chord Notes

 Fig.1. The Two Unique Notes of this easy “E Power Chord”.
Derived from the E Major Scale using the 1st(E) and 5th(B) notes.
-The Major Scale Interval shows how the Major Scale is derived from the Chromatic Scale.

-It is important to note that, although 2 strings are the easiest chords Power Chords to play,
Power Chords may also be played using 2, 3, 4, 5 or even all 6 strings (see Fig.2 below).
(Remember: use only the 1st & 5th notes of the scale to construct the Chord).

-You may add repeats of the 1st & 5th notes and/or the octaves of them to create a
fuller sounding Power Chord (see Fig.2 below).

-You may even change the order in which the notes are played.
For example: playing the 5th as the lowest note of the chord (known as an Inversion of the chord).

 

6 String E Power Chord

Fig.2 . Extreme example.
This Chord Diagram shows how all 6 strings may be used to create a Power Chord.
Only 1st & 5th notes are used for this “E Major Power Chord”.
For now, be aware that a Power Chord may also be played using more than just two strings.

Quiz: How many strings are the “easiest to play” Power Chords played on?


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