A Power Chord
is a two or three-note chord that’s easy, fun, and POWERFUL!!
- Start with a 2-note power chord. When you get good at
that, switch to the three-note power chord
- Angle the finger on the 5th string to mute out the 4th
- Use a quick, wristy strum – listen carefully to the audio
- Practice switching to and from all three power chords.
|Check out these songs which use the power chord:|
|Blink 182 – “Damn It”, “All the Small Things”|
|Many Metallica songs|
|Soundgarden – “My Wave”|
|The 2-Note Power Chord
(G5 and A5 can be played with 1st and 4th finger if it is easier)
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|The 3-Note Power Chord
On the E5, flatten your 1st finger over the 2nd fret on only
Power Chord Ex. 1
Strumming with the power chord
- Play the exercises with all down strums
- Practice switching between the E5, G5, and A5 power chord.
- When you are confident with switching, play exercises 2 and
- In exercise 3, strum only the sixth string
on the last strum of each measure.
- Now try exercises 2 and 3 with palm muting.
- Now try exercises 2 and 3 alternating palm muting for one measure,
no palm muting the next.
Use all Down Strums
Practice these Exercises with the metronome set to somewhere
between 40 and 100.