#1
Hello all,

Just wanted to see if anyone else plays Smells Like Teen Spirit with Bar Chords?
Taking lessons at the mo and my teacher seems to think its played with bar chords not power chords. All the tabs i can find seem to say power chords?

Whats your views??
#2
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#3
the difference between bar chords and power chords is very small.. pick which one sounds best.

if your teacher is teaching you it with barre chords, use barre chords so you can learn them
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#4
Power chords. You can play barres if you want, but the power chord version is the commonly accepted version.

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I believe the way it's played on the recordings is barre chords for the cleaner tones and powerchords for when he kicks in the overdrive.
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#7
You can do it either way - the last three strings are held position with the first and second fingers - it's the only difference between a barre and a power chord. Listen to your teacher - he's a teacher for a reason. Cobain played it power chord, but if he's telling you to barre it, it's for a reason. Learn it and move on.
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#8
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It works either way. The only thing you're doing with a barred chord is giving it a fuller sound. It's the same chord.



au contrare,

a typical barre chord differs from the pwer chord by adding the 3rd, or flattened 3rd to make it major or minor respectively.


maybe your teacher (to TS) is only using this is an exercise to be able to practice switching/moving barre chords quicker.
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It works either way. The only thing you're doing with a barred chord is giving it a fuller sound. It's the same chord.

no it isn't.

When you play a full barre chord you get the additional 3rd which completely changes the feel of the song whether it's major or minor 3rds you play.
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Nirvana using barres?
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#13
I strongly recommend following your teacher's advice. It's probably to give you practice in using barre chords and strenghtening up your fingers.
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#14
If you listen to the song you can hear it's not straight powerchords - you can hear the thirds in the intro and when the distortion kicks in a lot of the time you can actually hear a sus4 creeping in, the songs not precise by any means and arguably if you just play the song with root 5th powerchords you're doing it a disservice.

It's not full barre chords either mind, but it's somewhere in between and the strings you strum aren't constant....either way it'll make a good barre chord exercise.
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i play it with 3 finger power chords, the other guitarist in my band play it with power chords. my friend uses powerchords, we all use powerchords lol

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If you listen to the song you can hear it's not straight powerchords - you can hear the thirds in the intro and when the distortion kicks in a lot of the time you can actually hear a sus4 creeping in, the songs not precise by any means and arguably if you just play the song with root 5th powerchords you're doing it a disservice.

It's not full barre chords either mind, but it's somewhere in between and the strings you strum aren't constant....either way it'll make a good barre chord exercise.

i think that's more to do with the sloppy technique than anything, as pretty much all of nirvana's songs have occasional sus4 chords when the root is played on the E string, and major 3rd when the root is played on the A string, otherwise they sound like they are meant to be pure 5ths.
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#17
Nirvana knows what barre chords are? Holy ****!
In all seriousness, if you are playing with overdrive or distortion on, just play with power chords. Barre with clean is entirely up to you.
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It works either way. The only thing you're doing with a barred chord is giving it a fuller sound. It's the same chord.


no.

It adds a note.
#20
It's probably best not to play it at all...
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#22
Best method: Learn both. I learned it was power chords, but barres will improve technique.
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#23
Learning the barre chord way will be good for you as a guitarist... but the song, the band, the genre, etc... POWER CHORDS.