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Introduction to Power Chords

 

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Extracting the Power!

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The power behind rock is the power chord. The power chord is found in almost every style of rock music. It's used because it is an easy shape to make and shift around the neck. You can use the power chord as a substitute to any major OR minor chord, too, because the power chord has no 3rd. This means that it can be played as a major or minor chord because the power chord extracted from the major and minor chords is exactly the same shape. That's right: two for the price of one!

Use this lesson to learn how to extract the power chord shape from the barre chords you already know. You'll also recap some popular power chord root positions on the E and A strings. In the following lessons, we'll put these shapes in motion.

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