#2
Basically a B5 with the fifth in the bass. Depends on the context. Technically not a chord because it's only two notes (F# and B)
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#3
It's not a chord.


Edit: but yeah, primusfan is right. It's just a B5 interval.
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Technically not a chord because it's only two notes (F# and B)


Power chords played using 2 notes aren't chords then by this standard?
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#8
Two notes played together are a chord, yes.
They're called dyades, as opposed to triads, and they're rarely put in the same category.
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That's the thing though, dyads aren't actually considered chords (though they can often imply a third note). It doesn't really matter, it's mostly a technicality, but it's the truth
#10
then why call it a power "chord".... Music theory doesn't make sence!
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I see three notes in the op.



Two of them are F#, so those are lumped into one.

And yeah, power chords aren't technically chords.

From what I understand, it's only because they imply other notes (ambiguously) when you play them.

The idea is that they were widely used when distortion (fuzz) started to be widely used, and when you play a power chord with distortion, it gets all fuzzy and weird (it's those upper harmonics and stuff), so it 'feels' like there are more notes. They're also kinda cool cause they can imply major or minor triads.

That's what I read, anyway. The book I read it in may have been full of shit though
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I actually say that power chords are still chords in any tonal context because the 3rd is implied. Really, power chords are just the root bass lines (single notes) with a 5th overtone to sound punchier/fill out the texture. But the harmonies are all implied.

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