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An Introduction To Electric Guitar:

Where To Start With Power Chords

The transition from strumming chords on an acoustic guitar to rocking out on an electric is actually a very simple one, yet it is made to seem more daunting then it is form the overwhelming amount of musical information found online regarding what new electric guitar players should be practicing.

I hear things like this all the time from new students; “there is so much information out there, and most of it contradicts itself, all I want to know is what am I supposed to practice to improve at the style of playing I like?”

If your a new, or improving electric guitar player and you can relate to the above statement then these series of FREE blog lessons are for you!

In this FREE blog lesson we will be taking a look at where new electric guitar players should be starting with power chords.

The ability to play power chords (or 5 chords as they are also known) is an essential skill for the rock guitarist.

The key to playing power chords well lies within a guitarist ability to play the root note of the power chord with their 1st finger and the 5th of the power chord with their 3rd or 4th finger and mute the surrounding strings with the length and tip of their 1st finger.
Lets start by looking at the two types of power chords.

Root 6 Power Chords

Root 6 power chords are based or “rooted” from a note on the 6th string (low E string).

Root 6 Power Chord

Play the root note of the power chord on the low E with your 1st finger, the 5th of the power chord on the A string with your 3rd or 4th finger then mute the D, G, B, and high e strings with the length and of your 1st finger.

Root 5 Power Chords

Root 5 power chords are based or “rooted” from a note on the 5th string (A string).

Root 5 Power Chord

play the root note of the power chord on the A string with your 1st finger, the 5th of the power chord on the D string with your 3rd or 4th finger then mute the G, B and high e strings with the length and of your 1st finger and mute the low E string with the tip of your 1st finger.

Getting Comfortable With Power Chords

Once you become comfortable with the above chords try them in the following power chord progression.

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Play the F power chord once, then the G power chord twice, then play the F power chord once and the G power chord once to finish, repeat this progression four times.

Next play the Bb power chord once, then the C power chord twice, then play the Bb power chord once and the C power chord once to finish, repeat this progression four times as well.

Next we will be taking a look at where to start with picking chords.

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By |2017-05-26T11:12:13+10:00July 9th, 2016|Blog, Guitar Lessons|Comments Off on Where To Start With Power Chords

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