The Big Book of Power Chords - Free download as PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or read online for free. How to play power chorrds. Power Chords – A Cheats' Guide to Guitar Playing. As a guitarist, have you ever been faced with a chord that seems impossible to play? Imagine the situation. Down loadable printable guitar power chord chart – Plus Down loadable printable power chord progressions tab- Make it yours. Next is common 1, 4, 5 power.
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An acoustic guitar is a wooden instrument that's shaped like the number eight and has a hole at its middle part. Often mistaken as a classical guitar, an acoustic . Power Chord Bonus PDF. Here are some extra PDF files that contain important information. Print them out for offline study! “Power Chords vs. Barre Chords”. Power chords are not really chords at all. Chords are usually 3 notes or more, whereas power chords only have. 2 different notes. A more correct name would be.
You can play the tonic of this key, A major, and the dominant, E major on open strings; this makes the A major key easy and comfortable for guitarists. This is a great key for rock, punk and metal , as they use a lot of power chords. For other genres, this key is not one of the easiest, unless you play many sub-dominant IV chords E that can be taken in open strings position. This is a great key if you want to practice your bar chords! In this key, there are not many open strings, even if the B note, that is on the 2nd open string, belongs to this tonality.
This one of the most difficult key for a guitar player. In this key, you can't use the E, A and B open strings. You can still find your way and try to exploit the D and the G open strings, that are present in the Bb major and Eb major chords of this tonality.
Do yourself a favour and don't use this tonality, if you want to play with a guitar. This key is for brave jazz experimenters or guitarists in power-chords-only mode. You can make this key easier by using a capo placed on the 1st fret. The Bb tonality is loved by piano and saxophone players. For us guitarists, is not so easy as the fingerings for the chords of this key are really complicated! This key too does not have too many open strings that you could exploit to make your sound more brilliant.
But you could use this tonality for composing a grunge song , in the style of Nirvana! Here's the easiest key for guitar players! The E minor chord is really straightforward, as it has four open strings.
You can even play it with just the E, G and B open strings, without pressing any fret. The E minor key is THE key for blues, rock and metal. The A minor key is perfect for the guitar.
The root A and the dominant E are on open strings. In the F minor key we don't have the root and the dominant on open strings, but other chords of the key can be taken with some open strings, so this is a good key for the guitar. A good example of songs in F minor key is " I believe in a thing called love " by Darkness. This key requires you to use bar chords often. Other chords of this tonality use open strings, such as Em, D and G. Have you ever watched the movie " This is Spinal Tap "?
And with a reason! This is a great key for composing songs about lost loves and the like. The C key is not often used in modern music.
For guitar players, is not too difficult; even if it has the root and the dominant to be played with bar chords, it has the E, A and B7 chords in open strings position. This key has only the dominant note on the open strings G. For guitar players, this key is not a good match. But you can always experiment with this chords and see what happens!
The root and the dominant G and D are on open strings. This key could be good for composing blues, jazz and rock songs. An example? Not a good key for the guitar players, but there exists some exception: This key is a little daunting for beginner guitar players , but it could be a good territory to explore in searching for new ideas.
The Eb minor key is often used in lounge and jazz. Someone says that this key has a relaxing and "sweet" feeling. Not very easy for guitar players, unless you use a capo on the first fret and play the chords of the D minor tonality. Definitely not a key good for guitar players. However, the rule still applies: We have created a handy pdf reference with all the chords for each key. It will be useful in composition and for studying If you are approaching music theory.
The first note in the scale is called the root note or the 1st. We can number each subsequent note When I, or someone else, asks you for the 3 rd you'll know it's the 3rd step in the major scale. Scales are always named after their root note, so to play a D major scale we would start on D.
We can then construct the rest of the scale by applying a simple formula. Illustration 5: The Formula for the major scale.
In Illustration 5 you'll see a table with two rows of twelve blocks. The twelve blocks on the bottom represent the 12 notes in music. The blocks on top show the formula for constructing the major scale. We can do this with whole step and half step intervals. To put this into guitar terms, a half step interval is the distance between two frets.
For example, the note on the 3 rd fret of the A string is a half step away from the note on the 2 nd fret and a half step away from the note on the 4th of the A string. If we apply logic we'll understand that two halves make a whole, so a whole step interval will be the distance of two half steps. The same note on the 3rd fret of the A string would be a whole step away from the notes on the 1st fret and a whole step away from the note 5 th fret of the A string.
We know that the first note is the root note. We can make a root of any of the twelve different notes in music- therefore we have twelve possible major scales. To get the other 6 notes we apply the formula found in illustration 5.
Whole step is represented by 'WS' and half step is represented by 'HS'. The formula goes as such: To create a power chord we only take 1 st and 5th scale steps. It's omission of the 3rd scale step that lends the ambiguity to power chords, because it's the 3rd scale step that determines if the chord is major or minor. It's almost like it's the Y chromosome that determines the sex of a baby. What would that make power chords?
Illustration 6: E5 is the proper identification We add the number 5 to power chords, because it has a 5 th interval and the root note. For example, we would label the E power chord 'E5'. The full E chord would be denoted by just 'E'.
You can substitute E and Em with E5. In fact you can use it as a substitute for almost any type of E chord. It's the same with any chord. You can substitute C chords with C5, G chords with G5, and so on.
You'll start running into problems when you deal with chords that have an altered 5th such as 7b5 chords. That's pretty advanced stuff, so we'll save it for another day. A chord with an altered 5 th is always labelled in the chord name. These types of chords are not very common, so almost all the chords that you'll run into can be substituted with a power chord. The Major Scale Learn more about the twelve notes in music: It was the E The A5 is the power chord with the 5th string root. The only difference is the strings being used.
Illustration 8: The 5th string root power chord. Let's take a look at illustration 8. Obviously the note on the open string is A. If we skip a string and look at the G string 3 rd string we'll find another A note an octave higher. The note on the 2 nd fret of the D string is E. We are going to move the E5 and A5 forms up the fretboard to create new power chords.
Do you remember that the root determines the name of the power chord? Good, that's all you need to know. Now, picture the E5 in your mind. What would happen if you shifted everything up a half step 1 fret? The open E would become. The notes on the 2 nd frets of the A and D would fall on the 3rd frets respectively.
Can you picture it in your mind? Hopefully you can imagine it and it would look like what you'll see in illustration 9. Each note's relation to the other notes has stayed the same. The entire pattern has just moved up a half step. The E5 chord shape has magically become F5. It's not really magic. If we just think back to what we have learned we'll realise the the root note now falls on the 1 st fret of the E string. This happens to be an F note, and we know the chord will be named after the root, so we know it's F5.
Take a look at illustration 10 to help you visualise it. The 'R' marks the root. The 1st fret of the E string is F, so What happens if you moved the pattern up a whole step from there? The root would fall on the 3rd fret and therefore create a G 5 chord as seen in illustration Illustration The G5 power chord. Again, the root is marked with an 'R'.
That's a G which makes the chord form a G5. I'm sure you can see where knowing the names of the notes on the guitar's fretboard could come in handy at this point. I've created a helpful table for you that will help you along until you can do it on your own. You'll find it below in illustration The numbers in the row at the top signify the frets on the low E string. Fret 1 is marked with '1', fret 2 is marked by a '2', and so on.
In the row at the bottom is the name of the note found on that particular fret. The names of the notes on the E string. If we take our E5 pattern and play it on the 5th fret what do we get? According to the table the 5th fret is A, so it would be an A5. What about the 7th fret? Well, that's B5. That's a G 5. We can move it around to create new chords just as we did with the E5. Picture the A5 in your mind and then imagine all the notes of the E5 sliding up a half step.
What you'll get can be found in illustration A 5 It has become A 5 the same as Bb5. You can use the table in illustration 14 to help you identify the notes on the A string just as we did with the E string.
The notes on the A string. Memorisation of the notes on the E and A strings are mandatory if you really want to be able to get around. It comes in handy to know both 6 th string and 5th string root forms.
Imagine having to play an F5 and then playing a B5. On the E string you would have to jump from the 1 st fret all the way up to the 7 th fret. That's a huge jump and you could miss the change. To make things easier for yourself, and improve your chance of a good performance, you could just use the B on the 2 nd fret of the A string to create your B5.
Going from the 1st fret of the E string to the 2nd fret of the A string is as easy as it gets. Take the knowledge you've gained here, so far, and visit Guitar Alliance at the link below to try some exercises. Power Chord Exercises. E5 was a fragment of the open E chord and A5 is a fragment of the open A chord. What happens when we move our power chord shapes up the fretboard? They become fragments of barre chords.
A barre chord follows the same logic we used when we visualised moving our power chord patterns up the fretboard. Imagine taking that entire open E chord shape and moving it up one fret. It would look something like illustration Creating a barre chord.
A barre chord is where we take a basic chord pattern and "move" it up the neck of the guitar to create different chords. To move the chord pattern up the neck, we create a barre with our 1st finger. This barre, in a way, replaces the nut of your guitar.
The notes that were played open to produce the E chord will now be fingered with the barre that you create with your 1st finger. If we were to move the entire pattern up one fret it would look like this:. F barre chord. It's the same pattern, but now that we have moved the pattern up one fret, it's no longer an E chord. Now it's an F chord. The reason we know that it's an F chord is because of the root note.
The root note of the chord will be the lowest note. In the E chord, the root note was the low E string played open. Now that we have moved the chord shape up one fret the note on the first fret of the low E string is now the root note.
That note is an F. Therefore we know we're dealing with an F chord. What if we moved it up to the 5 th fret as in the illustration below? What Are Barre Chords? They say variety is the spice of life, so it pays to know the many options available to you.
You never know when you might need a rare power chord form. Plus, knowing all the positions of the power chords leads to a deeper understanding of the guitar and music in general. It's true that you'll use the 6 th and 5th string root power chords most of the time.
In most cases they are all you'll ever need, but it doesn't hurt to know all your options for the times when they don't work. You can keep going above the 12 th fret if you wish. Everything begins anew on the 12th fret, so the 12th fret begins on E again.
Notes on the E string. Once again, you can use the table above to find your notes. It's key to your success that you can name the chordsnote just play them.
A string notes. Use the table above to find your notes if needed. I'm sure that you're well aware that we've covered all of this already, but the next part is new.
I just wanted to recap a little before we head into new territory. Can you guess what comes next? We've got our 6 th string root and 5th string root. Do you suppose that we can translate this and create a 4th string root? Yep, it's true. We can create a 4 th string root power chord, but it looks a little different! The 4th string root power chord.
The 4 th string is the D string, so it's a D D5 It's got one major change in how we play it in that the octave of the D note is one step higher on the B string than we are used to. Here are the power chords found on the D string:. Here's a table of the notes on the D string:. It's the G string, so the first power chord that we make is G G5 Here the tab of the power chords that you can play with the 3 rd string root:.
I suppose you'll want a table to show you the names of the notes on the G string, so here it is:. It does not indicate "or". That's C5 slash G. This would indicate that we would alter a C5 chord by adding a G note as the lowest note as in the illustration below.
Power chord inversion. The trick is that only the 5 th will be inverted when dealing with power chords. There's no other possible inversion available, because we are dealing with just two different notes: Power chord inversions are very common, so it's a good idea to get familiar with them. You'll notice that the same patterns pop up time and time again. We've covered a lot of ground, so let's take some time to test our new knowledge.
Look at the diagrams on the following pages and determine what the name of the power chord by looking at it.
They can be found in virtually all types of music. Rock and metal music use them most of all. The main reason for this is that the power chord allows for a lot of distortion. It doesn't lose it's impact with the distortion added, whereas a full chord with the 3rd may be too dissonant with a lot of distortion. The easy chord form also allows for quick chord changes. In this chapter we'll look at some of the best power chord riffs of all time.
The primary riff of the song is nothing but power chords. The riff features quick chord changes and the use of power chords make this easy to do.
This is an awesome power chord based riff. It uses a lot of slides which is a great trick to add to your arsenal. Power Chords In Action. You can strum through virtually any popular song using nothing but power chords. It's a bit of a cheat for most song because it will turn out to be a dumbed down version of the song, but there's no better way to get started when you're a beginner.
We learned earlier that we can substitute a power chord for any other chord. This comes in handy when you don't know many chords. In this chapter we'll take strumming versions of popular songs and learn how to play them using only power chords.
It has G, C, and D chords. You can substitute with G5, C5, and D5. When we hit the chorus we'll find an Em chord. Don't panic, just substitute with E5. We can substitute with power chords using C5, G5, A5, and A5 again.