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How to Play Power Chords on a Guitar

Learn how to play power chords in this guitar lesson from Howcast.

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Okay power chords! You are definently going to come across power chords! A lot of rock bands use it, punk rock groups use it. Its a great way of getting around the guitar because you're only using one shape. All right. All right. Now if you remember we talked about chords before and we said they were three different notes played at the same time. Well if you notice I'm only playing two notes so a power chord. You know. You can't. There's no major, there's no minor. You don't know what it is because there is only two notes, there's no extra note to give that away. So what happens is you get a real nice, thick sound. Especially if we had a distortion pedal, it'd be a really nice, thick sound. And it's not... it's not a pretty note. Right? It's not a pretty chord. It's just... It's just a nice thick chord. Right? All right! So let's talk about the shape. The shape is... Let's make one here at the sixth string, third fret. All right. So I'm going to put my first finger on the sixth string third fret. And then my ring finger is going to go one string up and two frets over. As you can see my ring finger here is on the fifth string fifth fret. Now with my strumming hand, I'm going to... Well I gotta be careful here. I only want to hit those two notes. All right if I hit more... that doesn't sound so good, right? So I can only hit those two. Maybe you want to make the three finger version, well I can only hit those three of course, you know? And then if you want to get a little more advanced, you can try and mute out all of the strings you don't need with your first finger. It's a little bit harder but you can do it. And then what happens is you have those three notes... and then nothing else. And so... Maybe you could do that with two fingers. Now if I do... If I move it to the fifth string, not only do I have to try to mute those guys out, but I have to try to mute out this sixth string. So what do I do. i use... I just use the tip of my finger to mute it out a little bit... and only those notes come out. so power chords are a great way to move around the guitar with one shape... and to get a nice, thick sound for rock music.Let's talk about F. F is a very hard chord and in the beginning, it can be very frustrating to make. So the first thing you have to do is with your first finger is you have to play two strings, both on the first fret, on the first and second strings and that's the hard part right there. The other two are, you're second finger's going to play the third string second fret,and your third finger's going to play the fourth string third fret. And here you also have to be careful where you strum; that you only hit these last four... to get the full sound. Now, when i first started I could never get that... string to come out, you know? It takes a lot of practice, I wouldn't worry about that. Let's just try and get as many as we can... and then eventually it will fall right into place. There you go. F major.

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