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How do YOU play power chords?

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Skold  
4 Apr 2008 21:29 | Quote
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I play them like this

Root, Fifth, Octave.
EMB5490  
4 Apr 2008 21:39 | Quote
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wut do u mean? dont every 1 play them the same? or do u mean strumming them?
mattmurray  
4 Apr 2008 21:40 | Quote
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I'm sorry, but is this really necessary to make a thread about?

Skold  
4 Apr 2008 21:47 | Quote
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Yes. Just wanna know how others play them.


I'm talking about how YOU finger them.
Cata34  
4 Apr 2008 22:35 | Quote
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Arent all powerchords a root, fifth and octave?? Did I miss something somewhere?
Skold  
4 Apr 2008 22:41 | Quote
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From what I've seen, a lot of people say you play them "Root, Fifth". I however, find there's a lot of power behind that octave.

On a side not, say you are playing a G-C power chord pattern, you can get a grungier sound by playing that C like this

335xxx

Instead of like this

x35xxx

and this

355xxx
league  
5 Apr 2008 00:16 | Quote
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Yeah but for Thrash its better to play it on two strings. Better yet inverted power chords sound darker.
Cata34  
5 Apr 2008 00:49 | Quote
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It's late here and my mind works not at this hour. So explain to me what an "inverted" powerchord would be. I'm curious.
league  
5 Apr 2008 01:45 | Quote
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Its basically x33xxx instead of x35xxx
mattmurray  
5 Apr 2008 02:07 | Quote
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x33xxx is a perfect fourth, x34xxx would be a diminished 5th or sharpened 4th, and x35xxx is a power chord, the definition of a power chord really is a root note and it's fifth... so I suppose a power chord could be and combo of root and fifth as long as your bass note is the root note...
Skold  
5 Apr 2008 02:18 | Quote
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@matt

Yeah, we just have different variations of the power chords. Don't know why I really care, though. I mean, I'm not really a fan of power chords.


Side note: I think there's another power chord that went something like 3355xx

Seems like we're just taking power chords into full on chords, haha.


Also, this is completely random, but I just got a mental image of a power chord in my mind saying "I wanna be a real chord!" just like Pinocchio would.
league  
5 Apr 2008 02:38 | Quote
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LoL Metal wouldn't be the same without power chords.
mattmurray  
5 Apr 2008 02:47 | Quote
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@ skold, 3355xx, unless I am mistaken, would be like a power chord only with a G root note (in E standard tuning) making it some type of G chord

blackholesun  
5 Apr 2008 06:14 | Quote
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No, it's still a C5 chord, but with the bass note being the 5th. ie C5/G. It gives a great unsettling sound, excellent for grunge as Skold pointed out.

An inverted power chord is just a 2 string power chord being flipped upside down. mattmurray is correct, x33xxxx is C and it's perfect 4th on it's own. But if the bass was playing an F then it would unmistakibly become an F5 power chord.

When I finger them, I use my index finger on the root, my 3rd finger on the 5th and my little finger on the octave. When adding the 5th below the root, making a C5/G chord for example, then I barre my index finger across both strings.
EMB5490  
5 Apr 2008 09:37 | Quote
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root fith is a minor pwr chord i belive. and root fith octave is the major.
blackholesun  
5 Apr 2008 10:44 | Quote
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No, root-5th is a perfect interval - it's neither major nor minor. Root-5th-octave is just adding the root above the 5th, doesn't make any difference to how it sounds tonality-wise.
EMB5490  
5 Apr 2008 10:56 | Quote
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o...thought i read some where minor maj, guess im rong bout tht
blackholesun  
5 Apr 2008 11:37 | Quote
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I was talking on another thread ages ago about "minor power chords" using just the root and the minor 3rd, and while they are not technically a power chord, they can still be a useful part of your playing. In the same way, a "major power chord" would consist of the root and the major 3rd. While these do not technically fit in with the definition of a "power chord"(root+5th), it is worth noting that a power chord is not actually a chord, but just a two note interval (a diad) using the root and the 5th, and therefore the root and the major 3rd shares a lot in common with it and could be considered for use equally as much.
aterrell  
9 May 2008 14:58 | Quote
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I'm pretty big on something like 335xxx; it sounds really heavy.
TheUndying  
10 May 2008 14:11 | Quote
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i play ema a few different ways, and i agree with lead the inverted 5th soundsa awesome
I play em weird cause i like the sound
root - octave - octave fifth
x3x56x
or
(in drop D)
root-fifth-octave-octave fifth
33356xx
and of course
335xxx
Afro_Raven  
11 May 2008 10:07 | Quote
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mattmurray says:
I'm sorry, but is this really necessary to make a thread about?


I completely agree - why does it matter, a power chord is the most basic chord there is, both theoretically and physically speaking. If you're gonna start a thread about how each of us play a chord, at least make it one more interesting!

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KicknGuitar  
11 May 2008 11:20 | Quote
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I play them with ease.
EMB5490  
11 May 2008 11:30 | Quote
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ye i figured power chords are simple, and ther like the first ones u learn..
ThePusher  
11 May 2008 14:12 | Quote
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sorry too have missed this before, I play power chords very sexually
EMB5490  
11 May 2008 14:50 | Quote
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sexually? wtf? do ur fingers hump them when u do a vibrato?lol
ThePusher  
11 May 2008 16:54 | Quote
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no it's a joke that me and my friends use that whenever somebody asks how we do something we say very sexually or upon occasion very homosexually
blackholesun  
11 May 2008 18:18 | Quote
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@ afro, I kinda agree, but if it wasn't for this thread then maybe some people wouldn't have used power chords with the 5th in the bass. Maybe a beginner had only been playing 2 string power chords, and now the thread has introduced them to 3 string power chords, or more. I agree that the way the thread was started was a little bit weird, and unfortunately it's gone weird at the end, but the bit in the middle could be useful to someone, and that's a good thing, right?
Veqq  
18 May 2008 15:10 | Quote
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Normally I play normal power chords, but sometimes I'll do something like:

|------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------|
|-------------9-8-------------9-8----|
|-------------8-8-------------8-8----|
|-0-0-0-0-0-0-----0-0-0-0-0-0--------|
|------------------------------------|

So playing some other interval and then pulling off (or hammering on) to another. Lately though I've been playing everything Arpegiated...
GuitarBoy666  
18 May 2008 15:13 | Quote
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I think he is saying that some people play chords with just two fingers, while others play them with three.

I do both, depending on what I am playing and how I wanna play it
bobby23jones  
20 May 2008 11:32 | Quote
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I usually play root-5th-octave with two fingers.


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