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“Use the same SHAPE & Move it to a different string
to form a new chord”

E Power ChordFig.1. The “E Power Chord” played on 2 strings.
Play the Open Low E String (do not fret) and the fretted “B” note on the 5th string.

-The E Power Chord “SHAPE” (by SHAPE I mean, an Open String on top with the string beneath fretted at the 2nd fret) is moveable.
You can move it “down a string” to the 5th & 4th strings and produce a different chord.
You still play only 2 strings,  but now the Open A String becomes the lowest note of the chord.
This “A” note, being the lowest note and is the first struck by the pick , indicates that the new Power Chord is the “A Power chord”(Fig.2.).

A Power ChordFig.2. The “A Power Chord”.

-Practice playing the A Power Chord with rhythm:

Exercise 1.  Using the easy strumming rhythm from the previous exercise try playing the “A” Power Chord.
 I’ve switched to my acoustic so you can compare the sound.  It sounds much more mellow without the distortion effect.

-This shape may be shifted “down a string” one more time only.  This new chord uses the 4th string (Open D String) and the 2nd fret of the 3rd string thus producing the “D Power Chord”.

D Power Chord

Fig.3. The “D Power Chord”.

-These 3 “easy to play” chords may be played to create a melodic chord progression.
It begins with the A Power Chord (played 16 times) then changes to the D Power Chord (played 8 times) then back to the A (played 8 times) next
the E (played 8 times) then finishing on the A (played 8 times).
This progression is a very common Blues Progression.

-This chord progression can be written like this: A-D-A-E-A.  Writing it like this tells you what the next chord is but it does not tell you when to change chords.  For this you will either have to become familiar with the progression and use your ear to determine when to change or count the number of times each chord is played before changing to the next.

-Count the number of times you strum the following chords before you make the chord change based on the number of times indicated in the brackets next to each chord.  For example:

A(16) – D(8) – A(8) – E(8) – A(8)

The 12 Bar Blues

-Every 4 strums (beats) = 1 Bar of music.  A bar is a measure of time.
-In the above example each Bar contains 4 beats (strums in the above example).
-This translates into: 4 Bars for the first “A” (16/4=4) – 2 Bars for the “D” – 2 Bars for the second “A” – 2 Bars for the “E” & 2 Bars for the last “A”.
-That is a total oF 12 Bars.
-This chord combination with this timing(12 Bars) is commonly referred to as the 12 Bar Blues

Exercise 1. Build on what you have learned by practicing this A-D-E Power Chord progression.  Use the same easy strumming rhythm as you used on in the previous lesson.
Listen carefully to the chord changes and how they make up this most basic rendition of the “12 Bar Blues”.

Quiz question: Which Power Chord is played on the open “E” string?
Which Power Chord is played on the open “A” string?
Which Power Chord is played on the open “D” string?

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