Power Chord Shifting

by Ben Higgins

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  • Hi GMC!

    Welcome to my lesson devoted to shifting power chords around!

    Once you've learned the basic power chord shape, which is root + 5th, then the next step is to move it around to play riffs. Many great riffs that have rocked the world for decades are just power chords with a few position shifts!

    Notice that I don't just let all of the chords ring, I mute them before shifting to the next shape. Please take a look at my lesson Staccato Power Chords to get a good idea of muting between chords. This gives a more defined, focused sound.

    The name of the game is timing and cleanliness so try to avoid rushing in front of the beat and try not to hit unwanted strings.

    Tempo: 120bpm

    Gear: Marshall JVM 410H, OD1 channel, yellow setting.

    So, pick up your guitars, get practising and show your renditions in the GMC REC program!

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