Power Chords II

Power chords are specific chords that are essential in playing electric guitar. They are a bare fifth of a chord, however I won't go into detail on that in this lesson. This lesson touches on the very basics and only uses the most common power chord types, those whom roots are on the 6th and 5th strings.

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The reason why this lesson is for beginners is because power chords are the basics of electric guitar. It's probably the first thing you should learn on electric guitar. It is best coupled for use with distortion as it provides the 'crunch' that you won't get while playing clean. Try playing a power chord (if you know how) clean, and then with distortion to find the difference.

For those you don't know what a power chord is, a power chord is a bare fifth of a chord. However, the definition of 'bare fifth' is too complicated to really comprehend intext, I have got to admit, I don't really understand the term myself. But putting that aside, first I am going to teach you how to play a power chord. You got to remember that all power chords with their roots on the sixth and fifth stringrequires you to place your index finger (your pointing finger) on the root string.Now what is the root? This is difficult to explain in words. So let's just say I show you a power chord:
F5
e|-------------|
B|-------------|
G|-------------|
D|-3-----------|
A|-3-----------|
E|-1-----------|

The 1 on the E string is the root. That means, whatever you play with your first finger is your root. Why the root? Before I get to that, let me teach you how to play a power chord. For right-handers (generally), hold up your left hand, palm facing up (facing you). It should be like this:
thumb\index finger\middle finger\ring finger\little finger
Now use your index finger to press on fret 1 (root). For beginners, you may want to try bar the other two notes using your ring finger. That means using your ring finger to press two notes at once. The more common, and actually better way of playing a power chord is to use your index for the root note, and the ring and little finger for the rest. Don't arch your fingers when playing a power chord, at least not to much. Just a little comfortable small arch would do; you would soon find your most comfortable position soon. Just as a note, your thumb should be in the midway position of the guitar's neck, the back of it. Don't let your thumb move too high above the midway position of the neck nor too low. This ensures you can stretch well.

Now play the F5 power chord as per above. If are not getting a thick, good sound, check your fingering. In a power chord, your middle finger should never be used. Judge the sound you get. Is it rich in tone? Check your fingering. Don't blame your guitar or amp, check your fingering. Are you pressing the correct frets? Are you pressing hard enough? For beginners who are not used to the guitar, you may want to rectify the problem by asking yourself those questions above. If you can't stretch well enough, try looking where your thumb is. Refer to the fingering section to get a better idea of what I mean. Try this: place your fingers, playing each note as you go, one at a time one the specific frets. Then strum the power chord. Like the sound? Good? Voila! You got it already. Now check your sitting posture. Your guitar should not be lying parallel to your body, it should be at around 45 degrees angle away from your body, to the clockwise direction (for right-handers, left handers is the opposite). Hold your guitar neck upright, don't let it lean on your body, same goes for your elbow. Now try the one-note-at-time technique exercise. You should feel more comfortable. If you don't, read through all over again. Fret positions and Root notes. Look at the tab(s) below:
    E5 F5 F#5 G5 G#5 A5 Bb5 B5 C5 C#5  D5
e|-----------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------------|
D|--2--3---4--5---6--7---8--9--10--11--12--|
A|--2--3---4--5---6--7---8--9--10--11--12--|
E|--0--1---2--3---4--5---6--7--8---9---10--|(ROOT)

A5 Bb5 B5 C5 C#5 D5 Eb5 E5 F5 F#5 G5
e|-----------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------|
G|--2---3--4--5---6--7---8--9--10- 11--12--|
D|--2---3--4--5---6--7---8--9--10--11--12--|
A|--0---1--2--3---4--5---6--7--8---9---10--|(ROOT)
E|-----------------------------------------|
If you notice, for any power chord whose root is on the 6th and 5th strings, the other two notes are ways two notes away from the root. The root, remembered simply, is the note you place your index finger on. But more correctly, it is the note that defines the sound of the power chord. Try playing a full power chord, then play the root. Then, play all the power chords consecutively, moving up the fret as you play along. Then, do the same thing, but play only the the root note. Repeat the power chords again, but when repeating do not play the root note, play the other notes. Sounds different? Which sound is closer to the actual power chord? The one played with the root or the on the one played with the other notes? You should realise by now it is the root note that sounds much closer.

Songs To Try

Green Day and Blink 182 are very good artists to try if you want to mater power chords. I'd recommend Green Day; their songs are way easier. Here are songs to try.

Beginner

Sum 41's "Pieces," intro (credit goes to fated2live). Easy, moderate strumming pattern, should be no problem.
Intro/verse (try figure out e strum pattern urself)
e|----------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------|
G|-7-7-7777----------------------5-5-5555-------|
D|-7-7-7777--8-8-8888--3-3-3333--5-5-5555-------|
A|-5-5-5555--8-8-8888--3-3-3333--3-3-3333-------|
E|-----------6-6-6666--1-1-1111-----------------|
Green Day's "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams," intro/verse and chorus. Easy song.
Intro/verse x10
e------------------------|
B------------------------|
G-------------8--8-------|
D-3--3--6--6--8--8--8--8-|
A-3--3--6--6--6--6--8--8-|
E-1--1--4--4--------6--6-|

Chorus:
e---------------------------------|
B---------------------------------|
G-6-6-6-6---------8-8-8-8---------|
D-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-8-8-8-8-3-3-3-3-|
A-4-4-4-4-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-3-3-3-3-|
E---------4-4-4-4---------1-1-1-1-|

e-------------------------------------------|
B-------------------------------------------|
G--6-6-6-6---------8-8-8-8------------------|
D--6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-8-8-8-8-3-3-3-3----------|
A--4-4-4-4-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-3-3-3-3----------|
E----------4-4-4-4---------1-1-1-1----------|

e-------------------------------------------|
B-------------------------------------------|
G--6-6-6-6---------8-8-8-8------------------|
D--6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-8-8-8-8-3-3-3-3----------|
A--4-4-4-4-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-3-3-3-3----------|
E----------4-4-4-4---------1-1-1-1----------|

e-------------------------------------------|
B-------------------------------------------|
G--6-6-6-6---------5-5-5-5-5----------------|
D--6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-5-3-5-5-5----------------|
A--4-4-4-4-6-6-6-6-3-3-3-3-3----------------|
E----------4-4-4-4--------------------------|
The intermediate songs should only be tried after you have mastered the songs above. These songs combine moderate tempo with nicer sounding riffs.

Green Day's "Welcome To Paradise," intro (credit goes to Rocko). The first thing you need to know about this song is that the guitar is tuned down a half step. Therefore, E is E flat, A is A flat and so on. If you don't want to tune your guitar down, then you'll just have to look up another version which is probably wrong. I'll show you the part in the tab which requires you to tune your guitar down. Or you could just play the tabs anyway, without the right note. I'm just picky about these things. Oh yea, and listen to the song for the correct rythym of strumming.
Intro: Play 4x
e|--------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------------|
G|-----9--9-9-9--9-9--7-7-7-------------------|
D|-----9--9-9-9--9-9--7-7-7--7--7-7-7---------|
A|-----7--7-7-7--7-7--5-5-5--7--7-7-7---------|
E|---------------------------5--5-5-5---------|
Green Day's "When I Come Around," intro/verse and chorus (credit goes to blinkracer18269). This song is great, and good for beginners. It also helps that it trains your palm muting, another basic technique. The 'x' below the tab numbers mean palm mute. Tabbed by Dave.

Tuning: Drop Down Step
Eb Bb Gb Db Ab Eb

| / Slide up
| \ Slide down
| h Hammer-on
| /( ) Play note and slide up
| \( ) Play note and slide down
| p Pull-off
| ~ Let Ring
| X Mute note

I know this is theabosolute 100% correct tab to the song because I just bought the tab book for International Superhits! and I was looking around the site and saw none that matched the book so I thought I would be nice.
Intro
Eb|---------------------------------|
Bb|-------------------------8-----5-|
Gb|---0-------------7-------9-----5-|
Db|-x-0-----5-----7-7-7-7-7-9-9-9-5-|
Ab|-x---5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-7-7-7-3-|
Eb|-x---3-3-3-3-3-------------------|

Rhythm Figure 1
Eb|-----------------------------------------|
Bb|-------------------------8----5---5------|
Gb|----------------7--------9----5---5------|
Db|-5---5------7-7-7-7-7--9-9-9--5---5--7-7-|
Ab|-5-5-5-5-5--5-5-5-5-5--7-7-7--3---3--5-5-|
Eb|-3-3-3-3-3-------------------------------|
x x x x x x x x x x x

Rhythm Figure 2
Eb|-----------------------------------------|
Bb|-------------------------8----5---5------|
Gb|----------------7--------9----5---5------|
Db|-----5------7-7-7-7-7--9-9-9--5---5--7-7-|
Ab|-5-5-5-5-5--5-5-5-5-5--7-7-7--3---3--5-5-|
Eb|-3-3-3-3-3-------------------------------|
x x x x x x x x x x x x

Fill
Eb|----|
Bb|-5\-|
Gb|-5\-|
Db|-5\-|
Ab|-3\-|
Eb|----|

Chorus
Eb|--------------------------------------------------------------|
Bb|------------------5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-------------------5-5-5-5-5-|
Gb|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5--2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--5-5-5-5-5-|
Db|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5--2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--5-5-5-5-5-|
Ab|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--3-3-3-3-3-|
Eb|--------------------------------------------------------------|
I wouldn't call the advanced songs 'difficult', but they are the rather so-called "tough" power chord songs. These songs blend good melody with fast switching of power chords and involves palm muting.

Green Day's "Basket Case," intro (credit goes toKingo). This song has palm muting and is fast too. Hear the song to get the tempo. Theactuall/right version. Tabbed byKingo Skifreak_000@hotmail.com. I got this tab from the authentic Greenday-Dookie tab book so it's the real version. Any complaints about it being wrong can go to BJ cause he wrote it!
Guitar tune down 1/2 step
Figure 1:
P.M.
E|-------------------|-------------------|-----------------|-------------------|
B|-------------------|-------------------|-----------------|-------------------|
G|---9---------------|-------------------|-----6-----6-----|-------------------|
D|---7-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-|-----9-------9-----|-6-6-6-6-6-6---6-|-----6-------6-----|
A|---7-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-|-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-4-4-|-4-4-4-4-4-4---6-|-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-----|
E|-----------------7-|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-----|-------------4-4-|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-5-|

E|-------------------|-------------------|-----------------|-------------------|
B|-------------------|-------------------|-----------------|-------------------|
G|-----------------9-|-----9-------9-----|-----------------|-------------------|
D|-------7-----7-9-9-|-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-----|-----9---------9-|-----9-------9-9---|
A|---7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-0-0-|-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-|-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-7---|
E|---5-5-5-5-5-5-----|-------------------|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-----|

Figure 2:
P.M.
E|--------------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
B|--------------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
G|--------------------|-----------------|-----9---------9-|-----9-------9---|
D|-------7------7---9-|-----9-------9-9-|-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-|-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-|
A|---7-7-7-7--7-7-9-9-|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|
E|---5-5-5-5--5-5-7-7-|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7---|-----------------|-----------------|

Figure 3:
E|--------------------|------------------------|----------------------|
B|---9-----7--7--x--5-|-(5)--5--5---5--5--5----|----------------------|
G|---9-----7--7--x--6-|-(6)--6--6---6--6--6----|----------------------|
D|---9-----7--7--x--6-|-(6)--6--6---6--6--6--7-|-7------------------9-|
A|---7-----7--7--x--4-|-(4)--4--4---4--4--4--7-|-7---7--7--7--7--7--9-|
E|--------------------|----------------------5-|-5---5--5--5--5--5--7-|

E|----------------------------|
B|----------------------------|
G|------------------------9-9-|
D|---(9)--9--9---9--9--9--9-9-|
A|---(9)--9--9---9--9--9--7-7-|
E|---(7)--7--7---7--7--7------|

Figure 4:
E|------------------------|----------------------|
B|---9---x-x-4--4---x-x-5-|-5---x-x-4--4---x-x-9-|
G|---9---x-x-4--4---x-x-6-|-6---x-x-4--4---x-x-9-|
D|---9---x-x-4--4---x-x-6-|-6---x-x-4--4---x-x-9-|
A|---7---x-x-2--2---x-x-4-|-4---x-x-2--2---x-x-7-|
E|------------------------|----------------------|
Green Day's "Nice Guys Finish Last," whole song (credit goes to KoRny Freak). This whole song is fast, and all power chords. Perfect practice for power chords.
Tuning = Standard
intro
|-------------------------------------------------------------
|-------------------------------------------------------------
|---9-9-9-9-9---------------9-9-9-9-9---------------9-9-9-9-9-
|-7-9-9-9-9-9-7-9-9-9-9-9-7-9-9-9-9-9-7-9-9-9-9-9-7-9-9-9-9-9-
|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-9-9-9-9-9-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-9-9-9-9-9-7-7-7-7-7-7-
|-5-----------5-7-7-7-7-7-5-----------5-7-7-7-7-7-5-----------

------------------------------------------------|
------------------------------------------------|
---------------9-9-9-9-9----------------------9-|
-7-9-9-9-9-9-7-9-9-9-9-9-7-9-9-9-9-9-7-2----7-9-|
-7-9-9-9-9-9-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-9-9-9-9-9-7-2----7-7-|
-5-7-7-7-7-7-5-----------5-7-7-7-7-7-5-0----5---|

verse pm______________________________________|
|-----------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------|
|-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-----------------9-9-9-9-9-|
|-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-|
|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-7-7-7-7-7-|
|---------------------------7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-----------|

pre chorus
|-----------------------------------------------------------------
|-----------------------------------------------------------------
|-----------------9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-----------------9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-
|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-
|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-
|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-----------------5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-----------------

-----------------------------------------------------------------|
-----------------------------------------------------------------|
-----------------9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-----------------4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|
-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|
-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|
-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-----------------2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-----------------|

chorus
|-----------------------------------------------------------------
|-----------------------------------------------------------------
|-----------------2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-----------------2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-
|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-
|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-
|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-----------------0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-----------------

-------------------------------------------------------|
-------------------------------------------------------|
-----------------2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|
-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|
-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|
-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0---------------------------------------|

bridge
|-------------------------------------------------------------
|-------------------------------------------------------------
|---9-9-9-9-9---------------9-9-9-9-9---------------9-9-9-9-9-
|-7-9-9-9-9-9-7-9-9-9-9-9-7-9-9-9-9-9-7-9-9-9-9-9-7-9-9-9-9-9-
|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-9-9-9-9-9-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-9-9-9-9-9-7-7-7-7-7-7-
|-5-----------5-7-7-7-7-7-5-----------5-7-7-7-7-7-5-----------

-------------------------------------------------------------------|
-------------------------------------------------------------------|
---------------9-9-9-9-9-------------------------------------------|
-7-9-9-9-9-9-7-9-9-9-9-9-6-7-7-7-7-7-6-4-4-4-4-4-7-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-|
-7-9-9-9-9-9-7-7-7-7-7-7-6-7-7-7-7-7-6-4-4-4-4-4-7-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-|
-5-7-7-7-7-7-5-----------4-5-5-5-5-5-4-2-2-2-2-2-5-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|
If you have any questions or comments email me at silverchair_surfing_bird@hotmail.com. Now if you have any problems with the tuning, songs or any other questions you wanna ask you can always post a comment below stating your problem. Need the song? Email me and I will send it to you. Hope this lesson has been informative enough for you.

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    ken20008
    **** you ****ers coming to my lesson just to diss green day. pls go find a metal band tab full of power chords and learn by yourself. hw about avenged sevenfold? they got enuff power chors to get yor metalheads running. or just go ****ing learn the ****ing basics of how to play a power chord and then go learn another song. i dun need ppl dissing my lesson coz it has green day.
    Electric~sound
    great lesson, for beginners like myself, THANK YOU! and i like green day, just not there beliefs, so people just stop dissing a GREAT lesson cause of the band that's in it, it really doesn't matter, you don't like green day? go find something else and don't bother to go all hater crazy on a lesson cause of the band . and thank you again, great lesson, helped me alot.
    ken20008
    lol i dun really like green day now my musical taste has matured by now but then, hey, they are great for power chords aint they?
    Ucoldchili
    there are other bands besides those bloody pop-punk bands that are a disgrace to music
    sgrims2005
    my god, iv ben thro nearly aal them comments. hardly any of u got nethin good to say about this lesson, if u fucing hommos so good at ur guitar then why are u looking at begginer stuf. stop dissin tis lesson. if u dont like **** off to another lesson thats a bt harder for you. u all seem like u got nothing going in your sad lifes and all u can do is pik on other people to get a kick. if u got nothing good to say thn dont say any thing... good job man, i like!
    ken20008
    motormouth4 wrote: So are power chords the best form of chords to use on the electric? im getting a bit confused, i am a classical an acoustic guitarist and these remind me of barre chords, what if you just put a bar where the root was?
    my music theory sucks....sorry...try asking others here....
    calum_102
    great lesson, im new to guitar and it really helped me understand power chords does it really matter that he used a band you dont like to explain something you didnt know? and if you do know it y were you reading it anyway? but great lesson (Y) thumbs up
    rokstar666
    ^to motormouth4^ yea power chords are like barres without playing the treb strings. you could put a whole barre where the power chords. However, the root 5 has an ambiguous tonality which makes it easy to sing a variety of melodies over, which is why it's preffered in rock style guitar....hope that helps.
    miller30times
    great lesson...i'm a beginner too been playing for 5 months now...i know how to read tabs and all..chords and stuff like that i have problems playing but i understand them..but there or also other beginners out there too...and all you so call people that say u can play this or that and all you do is run other people down ...well i just hope i never forget i'm a beginner even after i reach a year or 5 years or 10 years...and one more thing..you put a lesson on here and yet the only thing u make comments back to or the ones running green day down...u have beginners asking u ?'s respond to them and forget the dumbasses who think they know everything...ty and great lesson..hope to pick with u all one day
    motormouth4
    So are power chords the best form of chords to use on the electric? im getting a bit confused, i am a classical an acoustic guitarist and these remind me of barre chords, what if you just put a bar where the root was?
    SmokinMetalhead
    Man this lesson is great and your examples of power chords are great to even if I dont like Green day I dont care if I learn a few of their songs to learn guitar playing your examples were very good they helped me alot thanks man for this lesson for all beginners like me xD
    jimjim25
    Thank you and I appreciate you taking the time to do this. Dont let ill mannered people drag u down. Keep rockin!
    September_Ends
    Woooh Hoo Green Day Rocks How do you Play the time of your life Song on Tabs cause i just got my guitar and i dont really get it ? Sorry I'm slow.... but your lesson was gr8t, i just need more help can yoi explain it basicly?? like reaallllly Basic... Thanks and GREEN DAY ROCKS
    ken20008
    on all the green day bashing that has been going on... listen up: punk bands use power chords a lot in their music, and the rhythm is simple. you like it if i give you some Between The Buried And Me or Dream Theater and teach you how to play quick lines in 6/4, 12/8, 15/8 or any other prog timing? Power chords are for beginners. Punk is the best way to grasp them. without green day i would never have grasped power chords so quickly.
    KrloOS
    i want a lesson of all the legends like: / Slide up | \ Slide down | h Hammer-on | /( ) Play note and slide up | \( ) Play note and slide down | p Pull-off | ~ Let Ring | X Mute note and how to do it
    Srose
    "In a power chord, your middle finger should never be used." Uhm, says who? If you're more comfortable using your Index, Middle and Ring fingers to play a power chord, who is to argue? Of course, you could argue if you want to move to E major/A minor bar chord positions that it's an easy transition with your middle finger ready. But I can do those transitions the way I play power chords. Sorry, just thought that was a bit wrong Pretty decent lesson. Covered the basics well.
    Juanfra89
    sounds like you really like green day, but to the people who dont like that band... but i think that the explamation is really good, just try to advanced a little in your musical tastes... ECUADOR!!!
    ken20008
    miller30times wrote: great lesson...i'm a beginner too been playing for 5 months now...i know how to read tabs and all..chords and stuff like that i have problems playing but i understand them..but there or also other beginners out there too...and all you so call people that say u can play this or that and all you do is run other people down ...well i just hope i never forget i'm a beginner even after i reach a year or 5 years or 10 years...and one more thing..you put a lesson on here and yet the only thing u make comments back to or the ones running green day down...u have beginners asking u ?'s respond to them and forget the dumbasses who think they know everything...ty and great lesson..hope to pick with u all one day
    ok...i get the message...thks for telling me. i dont check this lesson or my email very often, srry abt that. i suck at music theory, nor a very good player, im still learning. Power chords are actually one of the easiest to teach on elec gtr. Thats why i can explain them. As for the others, its bit hard. And UG takes a long time to accept lessons. Dont worry, im posting up more lessons soon when i have the time!
    bassmasta123
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    acousticbeatle
    dunno if its been said before but goddammit, it SAYS ITS FOR BEGINNERS! so quit saying that its "beginnerish"
    JimMRocks
    Funny how something like power chords are so simple yet so nessecary for song structure. Great explanation, thanks a lot!
    cajun_prince
    good lesson!.. i think its funny how people "HERE" diss greenday. its only a lesson folks.. so dont get too serious.. the lesson is the one who gets the attention, not Greenday!
    cajun_prince
    oh if you want to know a little more on power chords.. try learning bass first.. well, thats on my experience..
    I_Am_In_Flames
    rokknrollldude wrote: yur a discrace to music! punk is a 21st century thing yu like old rock. just shut up and keep yur music to yurself if u want good punk look to the Clash, the Sex Pistols and the Ramones.....punk is not just a 21st century thing
    Sex Pistols have got to be the most annoying band i've ever heard lol
    Chinchilla641
    Well, I'm not a noob, I just didn't know the names of the chords cos I ever bothered to learn them. This lesson taught me some something, so I give it a 10/10. Ken, great lesson. Haters, **** off. I personally like Green Day. If you got a problem with Green Day leave it off of U G. Its sad you shit-mouth jackasses have no life other than spewing crap on a guys lesson just cos he tries to help the newbies out and just happens to use Green Day as an example. He's using Green Day as a way to teach. If you D-bags are so ****ing good, why are you looking up lessons on power chords? Plus no ones making you listen to Green Day. Its not like you clicked on this lesson and GD music started playing. Most of you just envy GD for the fact that they use such simple techniques and still make more cash and get more ass than you. Oh, Ken, I sent you an email asking for some songs. Hope you reply. Way to go taking your time to teach the easy stuff, some one had to. Ignore these shit heads and their hate speeches. I like A7X just as much as GD. Cool lesson, hoping to see more in the future(hopefully some advanced ones).
    D1CEx666
    stop talking about green day, like them or u don't. Thnks bro for this awsome power chord lesson. i haven't finished yet, but its helping me alot thanks again.
    punkrocker09
    It's a good lesson for beginners, good job, and to you people harshly criticisng it for being a beginner's lesson, if you don't remember you were all beginners at one point in your life,so stop complaining.
    wydawg
    Great lesson never actually knew the notes until i read this. good job!
    philby27
    Nice job. Really well described and considerate to peoples possible learning experiences and hurdles. I can't believe the immaturity of some of the people on here that badmouth or insult someone for taking their own time to try and pass on their knowledge. And as for slating Greenday for being crap? Well I wouldn't mind their gigs or money. And they have a pretty good chart history don't they. They must be doing something right.
    FloubasFlemanca
    anyone who criticize you for being beginner is very ignorant. Anyone like me who started learning guitar during the green day/blink 182 era would know that power chords are not an easy concept to grasp at first
    Tsuchiya
    Thank you for the tutorial, it is quite constructive and it is appreciated by the beginners here! Greenday or not, the focus here is to try and learn power cords and this guide is a great help in that respect!
    spechell
    I cannot even start to play these cords. I just bought this guitar, and I can't seem to get it.
    ken20008
    If you dont like green day as a tool for learning power chords then check out iron maiden or metallica...or any band you listen to that uses power chords. You are supposed to adapt what you've learnt here into playing other songs other than Green Day. Thanks for all the great comments here. I love you guys