Chord Workshop #3 - Powerchords

by Ivan Milenkovic

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  • Hi GMC, and welcome to the third in line lesson of the Chord Workshop series! :)

    As you know, we are learning all there is to know about chords, bit by bit. In this particular lesson, we are covering powerchords. Simply put, powerchords are basically very simple forms of chords, but not even chords since they don't have the third interval. All they have is fifth, so the only intervals the powerchords can have are fifth, octave and fourth.

    This "weakness" has one big advantage. Harmonics that are generated are very evenly ordered and go along well with distortion, making them sound very defined and focused. This is probably why the powerchords are so widely used in music styles that benefit from big amounts of overdrive and distortion, like rock and metal.

    In this lesson we are covering all the powerchords within diatonic scale. These will be played using same 60 bpm tempo, but changing note values. If it is too fast for you, drums in the backing should provide you with additional slower tempo that you can use to carefully make powerchord transitions over the neck. Video labeled "1" has the main material that is covered in the lesson, and should be used for REC and MTP.

    Have fun with the exercises! :)

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