9th Power Chords

by Joe Kataldo

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  • Hi guys, Joe Kataldo here today I wanna show you a variation of the basic root/fifth power chord, the add9th. As the name says this power chords have, apart from root and fifth and added 9th, that is the same note as the second, just an octave higher:

    Ex.

    Gadd9

    R - 5th - 9th

    G - D - A

    The whole study uses only this kind of power chords, trying to explore their musical and rhythmically possibility in full. Two main shapes are used the one explained above and an inversion of it made of 5th root 9th 5th:

    Ex.

    Gadd9 inversion

    5th - R - 9th - 5th

    D - G - A - D

    First part of the study is a fast driven rock, all down stroke picked with palm mutin on bass notes, second part is more open sounding with arpeggiated parts

    Pro Tips

    To make power chords sound huge, like the last Badd9, instead of strike chords, slightly drag across strings

    Have Fun!

    Joe Kataldo.

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