playing power chord

How to play power chord on guitar

Power chord is played especially on electric guitar. If you have an electric guitar and have some basic knowledge then you are in right place. If you are a beginner then don’t worry, you will also be able to master in power chord but you have to be patient and dedicated. Now, before begin we wish to cover some basic of power chord. Because it will help you to clear up your mind that you are going to learn. So, our first common question which comes to our subconscious mind most often is what is a power chord? and Where is it used?

The power chord is a regular chord like other chord but the difference is it is mostly used in rock and jazz music. The most amazing part is, it’s the easy chord than most another chord. One remarkable reason for its simplicity is, it has no major or minor quality. You can play both the type of chord. I can guarantee you that you will find fun playing this chord when you get mastered at this chord. Hope you get some general knowledge about power chord which will help you learn this chord perfectly. So, why wasting time! Let’s begin our journey.

Things you might need

It’s good to have some necessary things around. You can start with the lesson with having only a guitar. But you might also have the below things.

These items will help you to give you pleasure while playing the power chord.

Tutorial

You have idea of power chord if you come through the above section. It will help you to understand this section. In this section, we will discuss how to play the power chord on guitar step by step.

Power chord has two variations. 1. Open-position power chord 2. Movable power chord. We will try to cover both the types and consisting shapes of them. Let’s start.

Open-Position Power Chord

In this section, we will discuss most common open position power chord shapes E5, A5, and D5. In these shapes E, A and D strings will be open that’s why these shapes are called open position power chord.

Open E5 power chord

Three types of shapes are available in this power chord.

Two string version

Press fifth string on the second fret. You can also change the fret for getting a different flavor. We take the second fret here. Now, let the sixth string open. You are ready to play. See! It’s really simple to play the power chord. But be aware of the other strings. In this shape, you can only play sixth and fifth string. Other strings will be muted. Now, change the frets and see the variations.

Three string version

Put your index finger on the fifth string, second fret. Now, put your middle finger on the fourth string, second fret. Let the sixth string open. Other strings will be muted. You are ready to go. Change the fret and get the different flavor. You can also play shape with an alternative version. Put your index finger as a bar on the fifth and fourth string. Let the sixth string open and other strings mute. This style may seem quite difficult at first but you will get used to it after some days.

Open A5 Power Chord

In this shape, ‘A’ string will be opened.

Two string version

Put your index finger on the fourth string, second fret. Let the fifth string open. Other strings will remain mute. That’s it. Change the fret across the fretboard and get the different flavor. 

Three string version

Put the index finger on the fourth string, second fret. Now, put the middle finger on the third string, second fret. Let the fifth string open. Other strings will remain mute as usual. You can also play in an alternative way. Make the index finger as a bar and place it on the fourth and third string and let the second string open. Change the fret and get a different sound. 

Open D5 Power Chord

In this shape ‘D’ string will be opened.

Two string version

Put your index finger on the third string, second fret. Let the fourth string open. Other strings will remain mute. That’s it. Change the fret across the fretboard and get the different flavor.

Three string version

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Movable Power Chord

This chord is mostly like the movable barre chords. Only two variations are in this shape E-based movable power chord and A-based movable power chord. We will discuss F5 and Bb5 power chords in the first fret. You can change the fret across the fretboard.

E-based movable power chord

In this section, we will discuss F5 power chord.

Two string version

Put your index finger on the sixth string, first fret. Now, put your ring finger on the fifth string, third fret. Other strings will be remained muted. That’s it. 

Three string version

Put your index finger on the sixth string, first fret. Now, put the ring finger on the fifth string, third fret. Finally, put your pinky on the fourth string, third fret. Other strings will be muted. You can also play in an alternative way. Make a bar with your ring finger and press the fifth and fourth string. That’s it.

A-based movable power chord

In this section, we will discuss Bb5 power chord.

Two string version

Put your index finger on the fifth string, first fret. Now, put your ring finger on the fourth string, third fret. Other strings remain mute. 

Three string version

Put your index finger on the fifth string, first fret. Now, put your middle finger and pinky on the fourth and third string in the third fret. You can also apply bar technique with the middle finger in this shape.

These are types of shapes which are mostly played throughout the world.

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Things we should consider

Don’t play the muted notes. Because if you do so you can’t get the desired sound. Just play the strings which are told to play.

Playing power chord with bar technique may seem difficult at the first time. But when get used to it, you will realize its advantages. 

Practice the shapes across all the frets in the fretboard to get used to it.

Special Tips

Final Words

Learning Power chord is very simple. You might have already realized that. With this chord, you can also play reggae, country and more. You just need patience and dedication. Hope your journey will be fruitful. Have a great day!

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