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“One Shape for Every Chord”

-You can easily play ANY Major chord simply by shifting a Power Chord Up or Down the fretboard.

-To keep it simple, work with the “D Major Power Chord” from the previous exercise.  It is the easier to reach than the “E Major Power Chord”.

-Here’s the idea behind Shifting the “D Power Chord”:

D & D -SHARP- Power Chords

Fig.1. On the Left is the “D Power Chord” & on the Right is the “D# Power Chord”
It is the same note relationship moved up one fret.  After the open string it gets much Easier.

Moving D Power Chord up to D SHARP Power Chord

Fig.2. The same basic FINGER SHAPE is maintained & moved up the fretboard to create the different Major Chords.
The D# note is played withs the Index finger & the A# is played with the Ring finger.
This finger formation is used for the remainder of the chords as you shift up the fretboard to create new chords:

Moveable D Power Chord

Fig.3. Shows how ANY Major Power Chord may be played off the 4th string.
Simply shif the Power Chord up or down the fretboard (play the two notes connected by a red arrow).
Note: For the 4th string Power Chords the 1st, 2nd, 5th & 6th strings are NOT played (as indicated by the 4 (x)s).

-The same idea applies to Power Chords off the remaining strings.
-The same (Index finger & Ring finger) formation is used and is most commonly used on the “A string” or “E string”.
-It works on the “D String” or “B String” as well.
As shown above, the names of the chords follow the names of the notes on the strings.
-They ascend and descend Chromatically (see Fig.3).

Video 1. Power Chords played up (ascending) the 6th 5th & 4th strings beginning with the Low E Power Chord.
The Octaves (at the E Chords) are indicated in the video.
Note: Chords above the 4th Fret are Duplicates of those played on the next set of strings.

-The song “Smoke On The Water” is An excellent Power Chord progression for any beginner to practice.  If you play electric then crank up the distortion.  It also sounds nice on an acoustic.

-This progression has a 3 note run in the middle which leads to a repeat of the chord progression.  This type of note “run” is popular in many styles of music and is known as a turnaround.

Exercise 1. Practice this Smoke On The Water chord progression using 2 finger Power Chords.  Work on playing the Chords first then try adding the basic 3 note turnaround in the middle using the Open Low E string, the 3rd fret of the low E string  and the 4th fret of the low E string.

Exercise 2. Play this A-D-E Power Chord progression using the E Power Chord in the 2nd Octave.
Alternately add the Ring finger to create a Boogie.

Quiz Question: Which Power Chord is played on the 7th fret of the “D” String?


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