Hi there friends! Today we are gonna ROCK! The following lesson is all about power chords. Power chords are the quintessential rock and roll chords. They’ve been put to use by Elvis, The Beatles, Metallica, U2, Green Day, and just about every rock artist who’s cranked up their amp and wanted to get that beefy sound of a power chord.
What is a power chord? A power chord is a combination of a “root note” and a “fifth”. (If your not sure what those terms mean it’s okay you don’t need to know them to play the chords. We’ll cover music theory in a lesson to come. Stay tuned.) Their technical name and the way they’re written in music is a 5 chord. Example: E5 or G5 etc. They are neither major or minor which makes them very versatile and easy to use.
These two are played with your 1st and 3rd fingers. The root note is the open yellow circle and is played by the first finger. We also name the chord from the root. (Example: If your root is on the note G the chord is a G power chord (G5))
There are thousands of songs we can play using power chords. Try this one first. (click on the music below) Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”.
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This week we started registration for the Spring session of our Rockband program where students are put together with other students to form a band. They’ll learn the ins and outs of playing together with other musicians. It all culminates with a Rock concert in June 2013. We’ll be registering new students and starting new bands through the end of March. Contact us for details.
Learn to play a handful of easy guitar chords. Start jamming today!
Learn the major scale in all keys up and down the neck of the guitar with this lesson by our own Jon Torgrimsen.
Major Scale Positions
Major Scale Position Chart
Continuing in our series of musicians you may not have heard of but you certainly have heard is the great piano player Chuck Leavell. Chuck is from Alabama and has been a mainstay in the roots rock scene since the early 70′s. He has played with the likes of Eric Clapton, The Allman Brothers Band, and currently with the Rolling Stones. Hear Chuck on the Allman Brothers classic Jessica or go check out the Clapton Unplugged record to get a taste of Chuck’s style.
Here he is breaking down a chorus of the Blind Willie McTell tune “Statesboro Blues”.
May your new year be filled with hope, love, health, and good fortune. See you all soon!!
Check out the great country player Redd Volkaert showing us the versatile technique of “Hybrid Picking.”