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  1. Hello my friends.
  2. Here we are, this lesson is the
    Part 1 of learning about Power Chords.
  3. So, what are Power Chords, first of all?
  4. So, a Power Chord is a kind of
    a Rock Guitar chord shape that you use.
  5. It's, the actual shape stays the same.
  6. So there are two things
    that we need to learn.
  7. First Of all, how to play the shape.
  8. And secondly, how to move it around.
  9. So that we can change that
    one shape into lots of different chords.
  10. So what they sound like?
  11. If you're one of, most of
    you rock guys won't be playing Telecasters,
  12. but this is a fairly meaty
    sounding Tele as far as they go.
  13. it's this kind of
  14. . . .
  15. That kind of, quite a
    big, kind of fat meaty,
  16. rock sound, is what
    we're kinda going for here.
  17. So really what it is is just
    three notes that you play each time,
  18. and these notes would be
    what's called the Root note,
  19. the 5th of the chord,
    and then the octave.
  20. You're actually only playing
    three notes every time.
  21. Now some Power Chords
    are only played with two fingers,
  22. but I'll explain that a little bit later on.
  23. So, the first things that you need
    to know about is this Root note idea.
  24. So I really advise that you
    watch this video through my webpage.
  25. So if you're not on my
    webpage now, if you're just at YouTube,
  26. you'll find it a lot easier
    if you go to the website,
  27. because then you'll get to see, like
    the little neck diagram of the chords,
  28. and the tabs,
    and all that sort of stuff.
  29. So, I'd advise you,
    you know, if you're not there now,
  30. maybe nip off to the website,
    find the same lesson.
  31. So, what we've got to check out
    is this Root note idea.
  32. So if you have a
    look at the little diagram there
  33. you'll see of the three notes
    that make the Power Chord,
  34. the lowest note, on the 6th string,
    is called the Root note.
  35. And the note that we place that Root note on
    becomes the name of the chord.
  36. So, if I put this Root note
    of this next Power Chord here on the 3rd fret,
  37. the 3rd fret, on the 6th string,
    the thickest string, is the note G.
  38. So if I play the Power Chord shape there
    at the 3rd fret,
  39. it becomes a G Power Chord.
  40. Sometimes Power Chords
    are referred to as 5,
  41. so this'd be written G5.
  42. Sometimes it's just written G
    and you play a Power Chord.
  43. You know, different people,
    different ways of writing it down.
  44. So now we're in G.
  45. Now if we move
    that whole shape up again,
  46. and put it on the 5th fret, so our 1st finger
    was in the 5th fret of the 6th string,
  47. that's the note A, so that would make it
    an A Power Chord, or an A5.
  48. And if we move it up to the 7th fret,
    it would be a B.
  49. Up to the 8th fret, it'd be a C.
  50. Now, of course it's also useful
    if you understand your sharps and flats.
  51. Knowing that flat always goes down,
  52. like a flat tyre makes the car go down,
    or the tyre go down.
  53. So if we were on A, which is the 5th fret,
    and then we want Ab,
  54. we'd go, 5th fret, we'd go flat,
    like lower, down to the 4th fret,
  55. and we'd have Ab Power Chord.
  56. Same with sharp, if you sit
    on something sharp you'd jump up.
  57. So sharps make the sound go up.
  58. So if we had F, which is
    at the first fret, and we wanted F#,
  59. we would go up one fret, from F to F#,
    and that would be at the 2nd fret.
  60. So, the next thing that you need to know,
    you need to get a bit
  61. of a close up, and make sure
    that you know how to place your fingers.
  62. So let's go to that now.
  63. OK so here we are at the,
    this is the 3rd fret just here.
  64. What I'm gonna do is I'm putting
    my 1st finger down in the 3rd fret.
  65. Making sure of course it's
    nice and close to the fret.
  66. Because that's the good place
    to position your finger.
  67. Then you're gonna reach out
    with your 3rd finger,
  68. and put that two frets higher.
  69. So it's gonna be
    in the 5th fret of the 5th string,
  70. and then little finger will
    sneak in underneath that one.
  71. So getting both of them
    as close to the fret as you possibly can.
  72. Remember to try and kinda keep these two
    locked together a bit,
  73. so they're kinda pressing together.
  74. That helps you keep the shape
    when you start moving it around a lot.
  75. So that'll be your G5 Power Chord.
  76. Now the thing here
    that's really important to realize is
  77. that the rest of the strings,
    the other three strings, are not sounding.
  78. That's really important
    because if you're like,
  79. trying to just play those three notes,
    and you've left the other ones open,
  80. you're gonna get
    those open strings ringing out,
  81. and especially with a lot of distortion,
    it'll sound really horrible.
  82. I want you to look here
    at my 1st finger, now it's not pressing it down
  83. like it's a barre chord,
    it's just touching the strings,
  84. down here, so the 1st finger
    is pressing down only that note.
  85. And all of the rest of it's,
    it's kind of a bit rounder than normal,
  86. and it's actually
    just keeping those strings completely muted.
  87. So that there's no sound
    coming out of those strings at all.
  88. Try and make sure that that finger there
    is nice and muting the strings.
  89. So if I play with just,
    I'll turn the distortion back a little bit,
  90. so you can hear,
    so a G Power Chord, which is here,
  91. at the 3rd fret,
    should sound like (plays)
  92. but then ,
    so there's three notes dead.
  93. And the top three completely muted.
  94. It's really important.
  95. Otherwise the shape is pretty cool.
  96. It's OK to have that finger
    extended off the fretboard.
  97. The 2nd finger kind of sits up like that.
  98. And sometimes it sits down like that,
    it doesn't really matter.
  99. The important thing is
    that the 1st finger is doing those mutes.
  100. So you've got the mutes happening
    and you've got the shape happening.
  101. The next thing that you need to do
    is start to practice
  102. a little bit just moving
    that shape around a little bit.
  103. Now there's a really common kind of riff
    that you can use for this.
  104. Which is the 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'
    kind of chord progression.
  105. Now I'm gonna show, this isn't
    the way to play it off the record.
  106. This is just an exercise
    for you to get used to it.
  107. Now, to get used to the Power Chords
    and keep them moving around.
  108. Now, remembering what I said
    about how important it is
  109. to keep those thin strings muted,
  110. I mean
    if you wanted to be really careful
  111. you could make sure
    that you only pick those three strings,
  112. the thickest three strings
    that the fingers are on for the Power Chord.
  113. But let's face it, if you're doing a gig,
  114. especially playing like a rock gig
    like Foo Fighters or Nirvana,
  115. and whatever.
  116. You don't want
    to be sitting there staring at your guitar,
  117. and checking out the picks, there's gonna be like
    hot chicks to look at,
  118. and stuff, you know it's not,
    you don't wanna be staring like this.
  119. So it's really important
    that you get to the point,
  120. so you can really,
    like this hand, your strumming hand,
  121. can, bash all of the notes
    and it doesn't matter,
  122. and it just, it keeps the Power Chord
    nice and clean.
  123. So if we use our
    'Smells Like Teen Spirit' as an example,
  124. this has only got four chords,
  125. and this isn't the way
    that they play it on the record.
  126. This is just an example for you
    to get your chords moving around.
  127. I will be doing a lesson
    on this song really soon.
  128. Cause it's a rocking song,
    and it kicks ass for learning Power Chords.
  129. But.
  130. It's got the, the basic chord progression
    is just going (plays) F#, B to A to D.
  131. Now, I'm gonna call out
    what frets they are on,
  132. but, I want you to check out
    on my website,
  133. there's a little chart that shows you
    where the different Root notes are.
  134. Cause all your doing is
    moving that one Power Chord shape,
  135. up and down, and changing the Root note,
  136. which is the lowest note of the chord
    in this case.
  137. So, F# is at the 2nd fret.
  138. B is at the 7th fret.
  139. A is at the 5th fret.
  140. And D is right up at the 10th fret.
  141. Now even if you just do
    two strums on each one,
  142. then it kind of sounds pretty meaty
    if you're playing the chord nice,
  143. making sure that you get
    those, muting those extra strings.
  144. That's the most important bit there.
  145. So if you've checked that out, this
    out as a kind of a sequence,
  146. just to get used to your Power Chord,
    and get used to your mute,
  147. and I'll show you a better way to play it
    in the Power Chords Pt. 2.
  148. but try and get
    these ones down first.
  149. So, just to show you here again,
    so this is going from,
  150. F# - B -A - D.
  151. . . .
  152. There you could add in,
    if your competent at rhythm guitar,
  153. and you want to try
    and do the rhythm for it
  154. . . .
  155. That was a funny
    wobbly ending from me, but anyway.
  156. So, that's just an execise for you.
  157. There's loads and loads of other songs
    that you could use to practice this.
  158. A good one that springs to mind is
    All The Small Things by Blink 182.
  159. That's only using the
    Power Chords of C, G and F.
  160. Which is 8th fret, 3rd fret and 1st fret.
  161. Again, they don't play it
    exactly like that,
  162. but that's not a bad way
    of practicing it.
  163. Starting with a C - G - F - G.
  164. (plays) back to the C and down to F
  165. . . .
  166. It's a really straight forward little riff
    and it only uses those 3 chords.
  167. Maybe you should transcribe it yourself.
  168. It might not be a bad plan.
  169. Anyway, so,
    have a muck around with those,
  170. make sure that you
    get the technique right.
  171. Don't forget to check out
    where the Root notes are on my website.
  172. And I'll see in a little
    bit for Power Chords Pt. 2.
  173. See you dudes.
  174. (Tassie Devil singing.)