Using Power Chords For Beginners

author: jay3213 date: 09/12/2008 category: for beginners
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Power chords are the easiest things you will ever come across. When using power chords you must keep you hand in the same structure. Try doing this.
e|----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---7---7---7---7---7--------------------------------------------------------|
A|---7---7---7---7---7--------------------------------------------------------| 
E|---5---5---5---5---5--------------------------------------------------------|
When you play make sure your fingers are in the right spot. For the 5 use your pointing finger(index). For the first 7 up use your ring finger and for the last 7 use your pinky. It should somewhat look like what it looks like in this link. Now that you know how to use the power chord. The next step is getting used using the structure. When I first started using power chords I practiced green day songs. Try doing the intro of this slow song called brain stew. Remember keep the same form!
|------------------------|--------------------------------
|------------------------|--------------------------------
|------------------------|--------------------------------
|-7-7--5-5--4-4--3-3-2-2-|-7-7--5-5--4-4--3-3-3-3-2-2-2-2-
|-7-7--5-5--4-4--3-3-2-2-|-7-7--5-5--4-4--3-3-3-3-2-2-2-2-
|-5-5--3-3--2-2--1-1-0-0-|-5-5--3-3--2-2--1-1-1-1-0-0-0-0-
Keep practicing from slow songs to fast! For a medium song try this song. This song is called waiting. INTRO: Guitar 1-no bass-clean guitar.
e|----------------------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------------------------|
G|------------6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-------------6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-|
D|-6-6-6-6-6--6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6--8-8-8-8-8--6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-|x2
A|-6-6-6-6-6--4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4--8-8-8-8-8--4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|
E|-4-4-4-4-4-----------------------6-6-6-6-6----------------------|
I've been waiting a long time for this moment to come I'm Destined for anything at al Riff VESE-distorted-bass and guitar 2 enter.
e|----------|------------------------------------------------------|
B|----------|------------------------------------------------------|
G|-6--6--6--|----------6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-------------6-6-6-6-6-|
D|-6--6--6--|6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6--8-8-8-8-8--6-6-6-6-6-|
A|-4--4--4--|6-6-6-6-6-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4--8-8-8-8-8--4-4-4-4-4-|
E|----------|4-4-4-4-4------------------------6-6-6-6-6------------|
Downtown lights will be shining on me like a new diamond Ring out under the midnight houuuuuurrrrrrrrr
e|----------------------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------------------------|
G|------------6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-------------6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-|
D|-6-6-6-6-6--6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6--8-8-8-8-8--6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-|
A|-6-6-6-6-6--4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4--8-8-8-8-8--4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|
E|-4-4-4-4-4-----------------------6-6-6-6-6----------------------|
No one can touch me and I can't turn my back its Too late ready or not at aaaaaaall Now I know a really famous song that will teach you to go up and down frets fast it's the very famous song american idiot.
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|----------------------------|
|---------6-6-6-------6------|
|--6-6-6--6-6-6--4-4--6-6-4--|
|--6-6-6--4-4-4--4-4--4-6-4--|
|--4-4-4---------2-2----4-2--|
That's almost all you really need to know! Sorry if I didn't help you that well but at least I gave you the feel of a power chord. Oh and one more thing before I finish this lesson. There is one more style power chord you must know! In this one you place your middle finger back on the furthest fret away. It should look allot like this.
e|----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---6-----6-----6-----6------------------------------------------------------|
D|---7-----7-----7-----7------------------------------------------------------|
A|---7-----7-----7-----7------------------------------------------------------|
E|---5-----5-----5-----5------------------------------------------------------|
Keep practicing using this one to. If you master this one you master the power chord.
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