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									         Power Chords (E-shape)
                                                    Level: Beginner
                                               Course: Guitar Essentials 2
                                                      Lesson: 2

                                               Two-string Power Chords
                                               Muting
                                               Three-string Power Chords




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Guitar Essentials 2 – Power Chords (E-shape)                                                              Author: John Malan
                                                                                                          Created: 9/26/2008
                                                                                                     Last Updated: 3/23/2009
Power chords are chords that lack the characteristics of minor or major, and can be used in place
of either minor or major chords. These chords are the staple of rock music in general and metal in
particular, as they provide a smooth, solid sound when played with distortion.

Two-string Power Chords
The first power-chord shape we’re going to deal with is the two-string shape. This shape is taken
directly from the E open chord, where you are playing the two lowest notes in the voicing:

                                   E                                        E5




This shape is moveable much as the barre chord is moveable.

                                                                            F5




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Guitar Essentials 2 – Power Chords (E-shape)                                          Author: John Malan
                                                                                      Created: 9/26/2008
                                                                                 Last Updated: 3/23/2009
Fifth Chords
Power chords are written with the number 5, and are sometimes called 5th chords. This is
because the chord consists of a root note and a note that is five letter names away.

For example:

In the E5 chord you have an open E and a fretted B.

                                                        E5




                                                E   F   G    A   B
                                                1   2   3    4   5


This remains constant with all power chords. Even though some might contain sharp or flat notes,
the letter names always correspond to the number 5.

Here are some more examples

              F5                               A5                    B5           C#5




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Guitar Essentials 2 – Power Chords (E-shape)                                        Author: John Malan
                                                                                    Created: 9/26/2008
                                                                               Last Updated: 3/23/2009
Exercise 1
Play the following exercise to get used to the way the shape moves up and down the guitar neck.
Name each chord as you play it. In general, with a few exceptions, power chords should usually
be played using a down strum regardless of the given rhythm.




Play the following exercises using power chords. Pay attention to the rhythm. If you want them to
sound more ‘metal’ use distortion while you pay them.

Exercise 2




Exercise 3




Exercise 4




Exercise 5




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Guitar Essentials 2 – Power Chords (E-shape)                                         Author: John Malan
                                                                                     Created: 9/26/2008
                                                                                Last Updated: 3/23/2009
Exercise 6




Muting
A common technique when playing power chords is to use a technique called muting whereby the
strings are muffled slightly by placing the edge of the palm of the picking hand on the bridge. You
can vary the amount of muting depending on where you place your hand:

         On top of the bridge will create a standard muted sound.
         Over the bridge, towards the nut for a heavy muted sound.
         Just behind the bridge with some of your palm coming over for a light muting sound.

Experiment with your hand placement to hear the difference in sound.

Muting is usually represented by the letters P.M. (Palm Muting) placed above the notes to be
muted.

Exercise 7




         This technique isn’t specific to power chords. It can be used when playing any chords or
         even single notes.




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Guitar Essentials 2 – Power Chords (E-shape)                                           Author: John Malan
                                                                                       Created: 9/26/2008
                                                                                  Last Updated: 3/23/2009
Three-string Power Chords
It is common to double-up the root with power chords, resulting in a chord played on three strings

                                               F5




Once again play these shapes up and down the neck. Concentrate on keeping your fingers in the
same ‘claw’ position throughout.

Exercise 8




Play the following exercises using three-string power chords. Name the chords.

Exercise 9




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Guitar Essentials 2 – Power Chords (E-shape)                                          Author: John Malan
                                                                                      Created: 9/26/2008
                                                                                 Last Updated: 3/23/2009
Exercise 10




Exercise 11




Exercise 12




Exercise 13




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Guitar Essentials 2 – Power Chords (E-shape)        Author: John Malan
                                                    Created: 9/26/2008
                                               Last Updated: 3/23/2009

								
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