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talk about power chords. (electric guitar music) We’re gonna go through fifth and sixth string root power chords. We’re gonna talk about how to play two and three finger power chords. And finally, how to change frets. So make sure you’re in
tune, and let’s get started. Most chords have at least
three different notes, but a power chord only has two. Here’s a standard C. (electric guitar music) And now here’s a C power chord or a C5. (electric guitar music) We call it a C5, because
I’m playing the root, (electric guitar music) and the fifth of the chord. (electric guitar music) Now, you can play a power
chord with your ring finger (electric guitar music) or your pinky.
(electric guitar music) So both ways. (electric guitar music) With my ring finger. And with my pinky. (electric guitar music) Either is okay. Now, the spacing for a power
chord is always the same. It’s always the next string
over and two frets up. (electric guitar music) So, there should always
be a one fret space between your index and your third finger. Power chords have the
exact same fingering shape whether you play them with
the root on the fifth string or the root on the sixth string. Unlike other chords that change shape, depending on the chord. That’s why they’re called movable shapes. You can move it up and
down the fret board. Let’s take a look at some power chords. Here’s a C5. (electric guitar music) And this is called a fifth string root, because my index finger is playing the C on the A string or the fifth string. That’s the root of this chord. (electric guitar music) Here’s a G5 power chord. (electric guitar music) This is called a sixth string root, because my index finger is playing the root of this chord,
the G, on the sixth string. (electric guitar music) Now regardless of which
string the root is on, the fretting hand fingering
shape is the same. Here’s a C5. (electric guitar music)
For the fifth string root. G5, sixth string root.
(electric guitar music) Once again, C5,
(electric guitar music) fifth string root. G5, sixth string root.
(electric guitar music) Exact same shape in my fretting hand. Now the only difference
between sixth string root and fifth string root power chords, is that the lowest string on the guitar needs to be muted for the
fifth string root power chord. To do this, I’m using the
tip of my index finger. (electric guitar music) So, while playing our
C5, I’m using the tip of my index finger to
touch the sixth string to keep it from ringing. (electric guitar music) Here’s just the sixth string (electric guitar string plucking) You can hear it muted. (electric guitar music) Now, if I don’t mute
it, it sounds like this. (electric guitar music) It’s not what we want. So, make sure you touch the sixth string. Keep it from ringing. (electric guitar music) Now let’s take a look at
three finger power chords. So, to play a three finger power chord, you’re gonna place your
pinky on the same fret as your ring finger,
just the next string up. Let’s try that. Here’s a G5. (electric guitar music) And I’m gonna place my pinky
on the same fifth fret, but on the fourth string. (electric guitar music) Now we have three notes. (electric guitar music) Now, you might be wondering how
this could be a power chord, because I said earlier that power chords only have two notes. So, why am I playing three? Well, when you play the
note with your pinky, you’re playing the same
note that you’re playing under your index finger. It’s the root, up an octave.
(electric guitar music) That’s why they sound
the same, just higher. We add this note to a power chord to make the chord sound bigger or fuller. (electric guitar music) A lot of songs feature
power chords shifting from fret to fret. If changing frets on the same string, keep your fingers pressed and just slide. So, here’s a G5. (electric guitar music) And I’m a slide up to
an A5 on the fifth fret. (electric guitar music) Once more, G5, sliding to A5.
(electric guitar music) G5.
(electric guitar music) A5.
(electric guitar music) Let’s do this with a
three finger power chord. G5.
(electric guitar music) A5.
(electric guitar music) G5.
(electric guitar music) A5.
(electric guitar music) Now, if you’re changing strings, you wanna dampen all the
strings before you lift and move to the next one. So, let’s try that. (electric guitar music)
G5, going to C5. Sixth string,
(electric guitar music) going to a fifth string root power chord. Let’s try that with a
three finger version. (electric guitar music)
G5. Going to C5.
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G5. C5.
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