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Friday, September 15, 2006

Power Chords

I'm sure that you've heard of "power chords". They are very frequently used in rock and metal music. They are built on two notes, 1st and 5th degree of a major scale.

Above is E power chord. It is often called "E5". For those of you familiar with music theory, I know that there are #'s on F and G in the key of E major. I'm trying to make it simple, so please don't be picky. Anyway, here's an exercise using some power chords. Click for bigger image.

Take a listen.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You should explain the link between
drop-D tuning and Power Chords.
Drop-D makes it much easier to play
power chords. I dislike power chords
myself but sometimes you have to use
them and its good to know how.
Drop-D tuning, if I understand correctly, is simply tuning the low E
string down to D and playing the two
lowest strings as the power chord.

1/12/2008 5:17 PM


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