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jmikekr

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In the begining of the power chords tutorials (beginer, section 2) , the G5 chord (for example) is notated as 3rd fret 6th string, and 5th fret on strings 5 and 4. However, when you look up the G5 chord variations in the toolbox, this fingering is not listed. What am I missing?

Thanks in advance for any help

JK

#1

In the begining of the power chords tutorials (beginer, section 2) , the G5 chord (for example) is notated as 3rd fret 6th string, and 5th fret on strings 5 and 4. However, when you look up the G5 chord variations in the toolbox, this fingering is not listed. What am I missing?

Thanks in advance for any help

JK

ChristopherSchlegel

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Posts: 5482

Hey & welcome to GT!

Originally Posted by: jmikekr

In the begining of the power chords tutorials (beginer, section 2) , the G5 chord (for example) is notated as 3rd fret 6th string, and 5th fret on strings 5 and 4. However, when you look up the G5 chord variations in the toolbox, this fingering is not listed. What am I missing?

There are many different ways to play any given chord on the guitar. The G5 power chord is a diad (2 notes) that consists of the notes:

G - 1st (root)

D - 5th

And anywhere on the guitar (or any instrument!) you can find those 2 notes & play them together is a G5.

In the case of the Chord Finder it's showing 5 possible places to just combine G & D. For example:

|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

|-----|-----|-----|-----|--D-|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

|-----|-----|--G-|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

Or here:

|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|--D-|-----|

|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|--G-|-----|-----|-----|

|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

In GF2 Lisa is showing you a G5 power chord that doubles the root note G

|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

|-----|-----|-----|-----|--G-|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

|-----|-----|-----|-----|--D-|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

|-----|-----|--G-|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

It's not necessary to play that higher G to play a G5, but Lisa is adding it as a means of helping you get your pinky into the act & eventually get to the full barre chords! So, it's a good teaching option to add that extra root note.

Make sense? Hope that helps. Please ask more if necessary. Best of success with the rest of GF2!

Christopher Schlegel
Guitar Tricks Instructor

Christopher Schlegel Lesson Directory

#2

Hey & welcome to GT!

Originally Posted by: jmikekr

In the begining of the power chords tutorials (beginer, section 2) , the G5 chord (for example) is notated as 3rd fret 6th string, and 5th fret on strings 5 and 4. However, when you look up the G5 chord variations in the toolbox, this fingering is not listed. What am I missing?

There are many different ways to play any given chord on the guitar. The G5 power chord is a diad (2 notes) that consists of the notes:

G - 1st (root)

D - 5th

And anywhere on the guitar (or any instrument!) you can find those 2 notes & play them together is a G5.

In the case of the Chord Finder it's showing 5 possible places to just combine G & D. For example:

|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

|-----|-----|-----|-----|--D-|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

|-----|-----|--G-|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

Or here:

|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|--D-|-----|

|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|--G-|-----|-----|-----|

|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

In GF2 Lisa is showing you a G5 power chord that doubles the root note G

|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

|-----|-----|-----|-----|--G-|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

|-----|-----|-----|-----|--D-|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

|-----|-----|--G-|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

It's not necessary to play that higher G to play a G5, but Lisa is adding it as a means of helping you get your pinky into the act & eventually get to the full barre chords! So, it's a good teaching option to add that extra root note.

Make sense? Hope that helps. Please ask more if necessary. Best of success with the rest of GF2!

Christopher Schlegel
Guitar Tricks Instructor

Christopher Schlegel Lesson Directory

jmikekr

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Posts: 3

Originally Posted by: ChristopherSchlegel

Hey & welcome to GT!

Originally Posted by: jmikekr

In the begining of the power chords tutorials (beginer, section 2) , the G5 chord (for example) is notated as 3rd fret 6th string, and 5th fret on strings 5 and 4. However, when you look up the G5 chord variations in the toolbox, this fingering is not listed. What am I missing?

There are many different ways to play any given chord on the guitar. The G5 power chord is a diad (2 notes) that consists of the notes:

G - 1st (root)

D - 5th

And anywhere on the guitar (or any instrument!) you can find those 2 notes & play them together is a G5.

In the case of the Chord Finder it's showing 5 possible places to just combine G & D. For example:

|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

|-----|-----|-----|-----|--D-|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

|-----|-----|--G-|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

Or here:

|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|--D-|-----|

|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|--G-|-----|-----|-----|

|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

In GF2 Lisa is showing you a G5 power chord that doubles the root note G

|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

|-----|-----|-----|-----|--G-|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

|-----|-----|-----|-----|--D-|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

|-----|-----|--G-|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

It's not necessary to play that higher G to play a G5, but Lisa is adding it as a means of helping you get your pinky into the act & eventually get to the full barre chords! So, it's a good teaching option to add that extra root note.

Make sense? Hope that helps. Please ask more if necessary. Best of success with the rest of GF2!

thanks so much for your help. Now I got it

JK

#3

Originally Posted by: ChristopherSchlegel

Hey & welcome to GT!

Originally Posted by: jmikekr

In the begining of the power chords tutorials (beginer, section 2) , the G5 chord (for example) is notated as 3rd fret 6th string, and 5th fret on strings 5 and 4. However, when you look up the G5 chord variations in the toolbox, this fingering is not listed. What am I missing?

There are many different ways to play any given chord on the guitar. The G5 power chord is a diad (2 notes) that consists of the notes:

G - 1st (root)

D - 5th

And anywhere on the guitar (or any instrument!) you can find those 2 notes & play them together is a G5.

In the case of the Chord Finder it's showing 5 possible places to just combine G & D. For example:

|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

|-----|-----|-----|-----|--D-|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

|-----|-----|--G-|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

Or here:

|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|--D-|-----|

|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|--G-|-----|-----|-----|

|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

In GF2 Lisa is showing you a G5 power chord that doubles the root note G

|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

|-----|-----|-----|-----|--G-|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

|-----|-----|-----|-----|--D-|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

|-----|-----|--G-|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|

It's not necessary to play that higher G to play a G5, but Lisa is adding it as a means of helping you get your pinky into the act & eventually get to the full barre chords! So, it's a good teaching option to add that extra root note.

Make sense? Hope that helps. Please ask more if necessary. Best of success with the rest of GF2!

thanks so much for your help. Now I got it

JK

ChristopherSchlegel

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Joined: 08/09/05

Posts: 5482

You're welcome!

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#4

You're welcome!

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ciacuzzi

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Didn't want to start a new thread so I'll ask this here.

Is there a quick way to tell if a chord is to be played as an open rock chord a power chord or a barre chord. And for that matter whether it's a sixth string or fifth string root barre chord.

Short of deciphering the notes on the sheet music or tabiture.

#5

Didn't want to start a new thread so I'll ask this here.

Is there a quick way to tell if a chord is to be played as an open rock chord a power chord or a barre chord. And for that matter whether it's a sixth string or fifth string root barre chord.

Short of deciphering the notes on the sheet music or tabiture.