Music Theory Series Part 5- An Extensive Look To The Chords 1, Power Chord Basics
quadrium
May 20 2011, 08:02 PM
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Hello and welcome to the Music Theory Series. In todays lesson we will study power chord basics. Let's begin.

Definition:

In music a power chord consists of a root note and the fifth intervall and sometimes we can add a octave. Generally these chords are played on
a electric guitar with distortion.To name a power chord, just take the root note and add a "5" after it. Like E5, A5 etc..

We can play a power chord with different ways.

First way is the common way we know. Let's take a look at this with an example.

CODE
E5 Chord:

D--(2)-
A---2--
E---0--


-If we look at this chord, we can see that the open note in the E string is the root note of our chord.
-The note in the 2nd fret A string is the fifth interval
-The note in the 2nd fret D string is the octave. This note is written in a paranthesis, because we can play the E5 chord
with or without this note
.

Another way is playing the same chord without the root note.

CODE
E5 Chord:

D---2--
A---2--
E------


We can play this chord just with 1 finger.

Another way is playing same chord with Drop-D tuning. Then our E5 chord becomes this. We can also play this chord just with 1 finger.

CODE
E5 Chord:

D--2--
A--2--
E--2--


That's it for the power chord basics. If you have any questions feel free to ask me. See you in another lesson of Music
Theory series. Keep rocking! cool.gif

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MonkeyDAthos
May 20 2011, 08:11 PM
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why are they call power chord, what dif does it make if we had an octave of the tonic on it?

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quadrium
May 21 2011, 01:25 AM
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It'd be still a power chord if we have an octave of the root on it. So there isn't so much difference playing the same chord with or without adding an octave. It's just, if you add an octave you can get brighter sounds. And the name "power chord" comes from the powerful sound created by the harmonics of the two notes played simultaneously. Hope that helps smile.gif

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Just added this one to the knowledge base smile.gif

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May 28 2011, 04:16 PM
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QUOTE (Fran @ May 25 2011, 08:41 AM) *
Just added this one to the knowledge base smile.gif

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Thanks Fran smile.gif I totally forgot to add this one smile.gif

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