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Join date: Sep 2012
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How do I strum a power chord on the fifth string (A) without hitting the sixth string? Like when Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day plays Welcome To Paradise or Paper Lanterns live?
Last edited by _Le0n_ at Mar 27, 2013,
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Join date: Nov 2010
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Practice. Don't hit that string.

Place your pick on the A string and strum it
Prince of the Universe
Join date: Apr 2010
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You'll learn to refine your own technique but what I do is pretty much stop the string from being played by silencing it with the thumb of my fretting hand.
Actually, I generally play an A power chord on the fifth fret like this
D 7
A 7
E 5
To avoid the open string.
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Join date: Aug 2011
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It does take some practice to avoid the low E string. However, I also mute that string with my first finger by having it just barely touch the string while also fretting the 5th string. I use my pinky to mute the 2nd string, too. This helps to make sure you never hear the wrong string being played.
Submit Shark
Join date: Aug 2007
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Quote by PSimonR
Just damp the 6th string with the end of your index finger on you fretting hand.

This! But you still have to practice hitting the right strings - the dampening is only for extra security and small misses that graze the 6th.
Join date: Nov 2008
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Quote by PSimonR
Just damp the 6th string with the end of your index finger on you fretting hand.

amen to this
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Join date: Mar 2013
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it´s really all a matter of feel. It just takes some time to get used to the movements your hands needs to make to get it sound right. I started playing when I was about 15 and I was a lot into punk rock (I too liked green day a lot, but mostly stuff like rancid, minor threat, descendents etc.. :-) - and when it comes to this genre, well...power chords are really essential. The best advice I can give you is: watch other people playing as much as you can...if you dont get the chance, youtube also helps these days :-)