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Guitar Power Chords…Essential Rock Chords

These two note guitar power chords are the basics for too many to count popular rock songs. These chords are just as important to rock music as altered chords are to Jazz musicians.

The fact that there is no 3rd in this rock chord lets us use both major and minor scales for improvising without concern about major or minor.

A power chord which is written with a 5 after the letter of the chord, like E5, G5 or C5.

All power chords are either a major or minor chords with the 3rd removed. This makes the chord usable for major or minor lead work or improvising giving many more scales to pull leads from.

Although there are only two notes to a guitar power chord when you double them up with octaves they can be very powerful. I guess this is how they got their name.

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Power Chord Scales

Pretty much any scale will work because you don’t have major or minor notes. You can use the major and minor Pentatonics scales, the Blues major and minor scales, the Dorian, Mixolydian and Aeolian plus the Major scale. You can also experiment with the Harmonic and Melodic minor scales.

The root of the home chord will be your scale choice most of the time. If you are playing to an A5 chord use the A scale of any of the above scales, you can also experiment using the relative minor or major scale of that chord even though it has no 3rd. For A use an F sharp scale or a C scale or mode. Experiment.

Most power chords need to be played loud and have a good balance of tone. Some good bottom with higher toned harmonics coming through.

If you use power chords on your first three strings you may have to try different tone settings to get the sound you want or heavier strings.

That is unless you want a more treble sound which might work out good when the bass guitar provides the bottom for you.

The variations of sounds are only limited by your imagination.

Power Chord Diagrams

C Chord Forms

The 1st chords root is on the 5th and 3rd strings

The second chords root is on the 6th and 4th strings

The third chords root is on the 6th and 1st

The last chord above is best played like a regular barre chord but let your middle or 4th finger touch the 3rd and 4th string lightly to mute them.

A Chord Forms

The 1st chords root is on the 5th and 3rd strings

The second chords root is on the 6th and 4th strings

The third chords root is on the 3rd and 1st

G Chord Forms

The 1st chords root is on the 6th and 4th strings

The second chords root is on the 6th, 3rd and 1st strings

The third chords root is on the 5th and 3rd strings

E Chord Forms

The 1st chords root is on the 6th and 4th strings

The second chords root is on the 6th, 5th and 3rd strings

The third chords root is on the 4th and 2nd strings

D Chord Forms

The 1st chords root is on the 5th and 3rd strings

The second chords root is on the 4th and 2nd strings

The third chords root is on the 6th and 4th strings

There are many more guitar power chords but these are the easiest to play. You can play any major or minor chord and mute the 3rd in the chord like C E G , the C chord mute the E note.

Experiment with some different forms. Here is one that you probably know and all you have to do is lift your second finger so the 3rd string doesn’t make any sound.

This combines upper and lower strings. You don’t have to play all the strings. Go for the sound you want.

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