#1
ok so me and 2 friends are arguing how to transpose a Drop D power chord ( open strum on the D, A, D chords ) to standard tuning ( EBGDAE)

My friend says it should be played like this

7fret ( a string)
5fret ( d string)
5fret ( e string)


but i say it's wrong

i say
12
12
10

because it has the notes an open drop D chord has ( D, A, D) but my friends tab is ( A,D,A)

but i think my tab is an octave lower

who's right?

we both know we can play it

0
0

on the D and A string, but we want to play it in 3 strings
#2
You're both right, his is just inverted, so the fifth's the lowest note.
#3
He could just play
7
7
5
on the A, D, G strings, that would be one octave higher. Which would also be D, A, D
#5
His, since it's lower on the neck, will have a little more growl in it than the one higher on the neck. Also like Grimms said, he could play the chord on the A string.
Or he could use
7
7
5
5
On the E-A-D-G strings.

It's just a matter of preference.
#6
u culd also simulate a low D power chord in standard tuning by baring:
A-5
E-5

wat u have now is the 5th and the top octave but ur missing the low D but it still sounds an octave lower than:
G-7
D-7
A-5
E
#7
I agree with Apollo X.
Playing:
7
7
5
5
On the E-A-D-G strings gives the chord a much fuller sound. It's also convenient in the sense that you could play D chords (and even low C |3355xx| on those same strings) without changing your guitar's tuning.
#9
Quote by Guitarded21
I agree with Apollo X.
Playing:
7
7
5
5
On the E-A-D-G strings gives the chord a much fuller sound. It's also convenient in the sense that you could play D chords (and even low C |3355xx| on those same strings) without changing your guitar's tuning.

this chord would sound closer to a drop D power chord. because the 5th is now lower than the root it will sound deeper and fuller. all you would need is the low D to make it drop D. funny thing is, supposedly the ear has trouble telling the difference between the root an the 5th. i do these versions of power chords a lot actually to fill out the sound. mostly because if im with another guitar player, i dont like to play exactly what hes playing so if he plays a regular version of the chord, and i do the one with the 5th in the bottom, it kind fills out the sound a little better i find.
#10
Arguably the best chord to use is this one, same as what's been posted before but you get the bonus of the resonance of the open strings

e|-----
B|--2--
G|--3--
D|--0--
A|--0--
E|-----


A three note inverted powerchord sounds a little harmonically ambiguous which is not what you want if you're looking for an emphatic-sounding resolution to D, likewise playing it an octave higher will sound a little weak.
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#11
My preference would usually be to put the fifth on the bottom, but it depends on the song.