Guitar Power Chords

I going to break away from open chords now and introduce you to power chords. These chords are very easy to play, probably easier than what you've learned in other lessons. Power chords give you the heavy sound, most of the time you will hear them on an electric guitar with distortion.
Please note, videos will be added, but currently do not exist for this specific lesson. My apologies!

|-------|   1st String
|-------|   2nd String
|-------|   3rd String
|--4----|   4th String
|--4----|   5th String
|--2----|   6th String

Part 1:
Play the chord:
1. Place your 1st finger on the 2nd fret of the 6th string.
2. Place your 3rd finger on the 4th fret of the 5th string.
3. Place your 4th finger on the 4th fret of the 4th string.
4. Strum down from the 6th string, do not play bottom three strings.

These chords are easy to play, once you got the example try moving up and down the neck of the guitar still playing the chord from the sixth string. For example, play the chord above then play it from the 3rd fret, 4th fret, etc.


Part 2 (blesson9p2.wav):
Play the chord:
1. Place your 1st finger on the 2nd fret of the 5th string.
2. Place your 3rd finger on the 4th fret of the 4th string.
3. Place your 4th finger on the 4th fret of the 3rd string.
4. Strum down from the 5th string, do not play bottom three strings.
This is just like above except you're playing it on the 5th string. Don't play this chord by taking the time to look down at the strings and place the pick between the fifth and sixth string. Here's the trick: mute out the 6th string by resting your middle finger on the 6th string. Do NOT press down just let your middle finger rest on it.

Lesson 9 Part 3 - Smells Like Teen Spirit Intro/Chorus (Optional)


This is the intro & chorus to "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana on the album Nevermind. This simple riff ended up revolutionizing music in the early nineties. This riff is good practice for power chords, muting and timing. Beginners may find the timing a little tricky at first but stick to it and you'll get it.

The song itself the riff above is played without distortion for the first time in the beginning. It then repeats with distortion and for the rest of the song is played with distortion.

To hear the sound file you will need to click on the link above. This will open a new window. In the new window at click on the Nevermind link. This should take you to product detail page, scroll down until you see "Listen to Samples" - click on Smells Like Teen Spirit. The sample at starts off with the chorus, shown above. Also note, you will have to have real player to listen to it.

Lesson 9 Part 4 - Palm muting
E|---------------------------------------------------| 1st String
B|---------------------------------------------------| 2nd String
G|---------------------------------------------------| 3rd String
D|--4--4--4--4--4--4--4--4-/-6--6--6--6--6--6--6--6--| 4th String
A|--4--4--4--4--4--4--4--4-/-6--6--6--6--6--6--6--6--| 5th String
E|--2--2--2--2--2--2--2--2-/-4--4--4--4--4--4--4--4--| 6th String

Part 4 (blesson9p4.wav):
Palm muting is a simple technique that will deepen the sound of power chords and shorten the sustain of the notes. To palm mute: gently rest the pinkie side of your picking hand (the hand that holds the pick) accross the strings just above the bridge. See the picture for an example.

Remember to be gentle the more pressure you apply the deeper and less sustain you will get.

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