Power Chord Stylings

author: CsDy13 date: 09/16/2008 category: the basics
rating: 5.4 / votes: 10 
This is a basic lesson on Power Chord Stylings, which will help you produce good power chord runs when writing a song.

1: Keep The Position!

This is the easiest and most common technique. It is used in songs like the chorus of Rockstar (Nickelback). It is just keeping your fingers the same distance apart, but changing what frets they're on. Eg:
-----------9-10-7-5----
-----------7-8--5-3----
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-3-4-5-7---------------
-1-2-3-5---------------
You can experiment on diffrent strings and frets.

2: In And Out I:

This is what I use when I write more heavy songs. It's just starting at one fret, then going to a higher fretted power chord, then a power chord that is somewhere in the middle. The next example I used in one of my songs.
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--3-5-4-1-0-2-1--3-5-4-1-7-9-8--
--3-5-4-1-0-2-1--3-5-4-1-7-9-8--
It can also have a wider range of fret space, like:
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-3-7-5-1-5-9-7-3-7-11-9-5--------
-3-7-5-1-5-9-7-3-7-11-9-5--------

3:up And Down

If you listen to T.N.T by AC/DC, at the end, you will hear sort of like a scale of power chords. Well, this is one of the easiest power chord techniques. All you do is go up for a rise in pitch, or down for a decrease in pitch on the fretboard. Eg:
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-2-3-4-5-4-3-2---
-0-1-2-3-2-1-0---
For more of a change in pitch, just skip some frets.
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-2-4-6-8-6-4-2
-0-2-4-6-4-2-0
If you want to combine these two, go ahead!
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-2-4-5-7-6-5-3
-0-2-3-5-4-3-1

4: In And Out II:

This is an In and Out, except going in and out with the strings.
---------2----------
-------2-0-2--------
-----2-0---0-2------
---2-0-------0-2----
-2-0-----------0-2--
-0---------------0--
If you combine this with the up and down...
---------6--------
-------5-4-5------
-----4-3---3-4----
---3-2-------2-3--
-2-1-----------1-2
-0---------------0
And throw in a bit of in and out I...
---------7----------
-------5-5-5--------
-----3-3---3-3------
---4-1-------1-4----
-2-2-----------2-2--
-0---------------0--
And that's it! But, as a bonus, here is a little excersice for you using these techniques. (S=Slide)
---------------9s8-10-9-12-11-----
-----------7---7s8-10-9-12-11-----
-------5---5-8--------------------
---3---3-6---6--------------------
-2-1-4---4------------------------
-0---2----------------------------
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