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What exactly is a powerchord? They are in a lot of songs I like to play and I would like to know the theory behind them. Thanks alot!
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Powerchords are simple chords that consist of the root and the 5th. So, if it was an A powerchord, the root would be A, and the 5th would be E. It would look like so:


e----------------
B----------------
G----------------
D----7-----------
A----7-----------
E----5-----------


Now, this chord is neither minor nor major, because it isn't a complete triad; it is missing the 3rd.

It can anywhere on the fret board, as long as the root is on either the E or the A string. If it is on the D, it will have a different finger formation, looking like this:


e----------------
B----6-----------
G----5-----------
D----3-----------
A----------------
E----------------


The upper octave isn't neccisary, but I like to use it for a fuller sound. Also, for the fingerings, the root should be done with the pointer, and the 5th and upper octave can be done either with the single ring finger or the ring and pinky.
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#6
Lol. A Root Note and and its fifth played at the same time. most of the time it also has the root note an octave higer
ie root note is G
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---------5 (Octave)-------------------
---------5-(fifth------------------------
---------3 (Root)----------------------
#8
if you have learned barre chords, then you may have noticed that power chords consist of the three lowest notes of any given barre chord. i think they they are called "power" chords because they are low and basic, and have a lot of "oomph"

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i think thats what it is, but i just thought of that so it might not be true
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What exactly is a powerchord? They are in a lot of songs I like to play and I would like to know the theory behind them. Thanks alot!
There's not a lot of theory involved with power chords. Here's a short power chord tutorial with some diagrams. I hope it helps
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