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Laspientas 01-12-2013 05:15 PM

Power chords
Do any of you combine 2 and 3 finger power chords when playing songs? I have only a acoustic guitar but try to learn songs that are played on electric guitars and I have troubles with speed when moving my power chords around the neck(ex. 'pretty fly for a white guy' chorus). On one youtube video I saw someone playing power chords like this: when the chord is on 5th string he would play 2 finger PC with his index finger and pinky. When on 6th string with all three fingers(index, ring , pinky). I found out that by doing this all I need to do, when moving from 5th string to the 6th string, is to move my index finger up and add ring finger. When going from 6th to 5th string ,again just move my index finger down and remove ring finger. Pinky always stays on 4th string.And it allows me to move faster between the chords. My question is do any of professional guitar players do this? Or is it considered cheating becouse I am not fast enough? do any of you use this method?

vict1mized 01-12-2013 06:33 PM

I play both, and I find it also hard to play good powerchords on a acoustic guitar. It's just not excactly what they're made for. And can you send me the link of the video because I can not quite understand what you mean, sorry.

derek8520 01-12-2013 06:42 PM

Originally Posted by vict1mized
I find it also hard to play good powerchords on a acoustic guitar. It's just not excactly what they're made for.

It's more likely that the problem is your technique rather than the guitar. Any decent guitar player can play things as simple as a power chord on any guitar.

And on topic, play them however you want as long as you aren't in any pain or discomfort and you're getting every single note ringing out as it should be.

Laspientas 01-12-2013 06:47 PM

You can see what I am talking about during the verse and chorus.

And is it really easier to play fast on electric than on acoustic?

vict1mized 01-12-2013 06:54 PM

I know and I can play them too but it just doesnt work as smooth as on my electric.

vict1mized 01-12-2013 06:54 PM

And yes it is easier. For me, at least.

Dayn 01-12-2013 07:08 PM

Nothing is 'cheating' if it gets the sound you want.

Personally, I don't do that. Because it doesn't get the sound I want. Whether I play an octave with the root and fifth depends on which is better for the orchestration.

lilke 01-12-2013 07:48 PM

I tend to do that as well.

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