#1
i have tabs for this song. above the tabs theres chords like, E5, G5, etc... it shows you how to play those chords but my instructor didnt need it. he tried to explain how but i didn't catch on. could someone explain this to me? thanks
#2
if you know where all the notes are on the fretboard, and where they repeat, you can voice the same chord in many different ways. so he probably just looked at the tab, saw that it said E5, G5, etc, and didn't need to see the actual tab to know how to form those chords any number of ways. most experienced guitarists can come up with multiple voicings of almost any chord fairly quickly, just from knowing the name of the chord. it takes some time, but once you get it, you never forget it.
#3
Sounds like he memorized the chords, then played them in the order presented on the tab.
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#4
5th chords are power chords. They have a 1st, 5th, and sometimes an 8th (octave of the 1st). It's a moveable shape, and the only time the shape changes is if you play it with the root note on the 4th or 3rd string (in order to account for the B string).

Then all you need to know is the notes on the guitar, ie open string = E, 3rd fret = G, 3rd fret 5th string = C etc etc.
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#5
It's all just experience as this jerk said. The chords you named are also the most simple of all the chords (that I can think of). Don't be daunted by this, not only could you learn the same skill in about 10 minutes, but you can also learn to do it with the most advanced chords, just takes time.
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#6
Could be a lead sheet, or those could be the chords to acompany the parts that you actually play.
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Sounds like he memorized the chords, then played them in the order presented on the tab.

no. he tried to explain to me how to do this
#8
He probably explained it in the same way we did, it's not at all difficult, and you'll most likely learn it soon.
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#9
its not like i cant play those chords. it had to do something with theory but idk...
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no. he tried to explain to me how to do this

How to do what, exactly? Your initial post said that you gave him the tabs, and he saw the chords, then didn't need it. Sounds (still) like he just memorized it and played them in order. You're asking a vague question.
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5th chords are power chords. They have a 1st, 5th, and sometimes an 8th (octave of the 1st). It's a moveable shape, and the only time the shape changes is if you play it with the root note on the 4th or 3rd string (in order to account for the B string).

Then all you need to know is the notes on the guitar, ie open string = E, 3rd fret = G, 3rd fret 5th string = C etc etc.

Seems like this is the explanation you were looking for.
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