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Introduction: Power Chords in Rock

 

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Now that you're familiar with the use of both open chords and barre chords in a rock context, it's time to take a look another extremely common type of chord used in rock- the power chord. Power chords are what you're left with when you strip a basic triad of the 3rd, which is the note that determines whether it's major or minor. This way you end up with just the "power" of the root note and the 5.

Earlier we played open chords without a 3rd as well, but when most players mention the term power chord they refer to the classic voicing that we're going to explore in this tutorial. It's used in all styles of music in all kinds of ways, but in this tutorial we'll explore the use of power chords in a rock context. So let's get started!