Power chords are symbolized with a 5. For example, G5, or C5. The 5, because the chord is using only the 1st and the 5th in the scale. Power chords use only 2 different tones, unlike all other chords that contain a minimum of 3 different tones. Power chords are actually just an interval between two tones. Most often are power chords played with the root note added an octave higher.
If you play normal chords in a song with a lot of distortion, it can create too much dissonance. Similarly, if you have a song with fast chord changes, it is often easier to use power chords to the fast part.
Power chords are not a substitute for proper chords:
Many guitarists get caught in the power chord trap. They learn to play power chords, but fail to learn the right chords. It is a big mistake. As I said, power chords are not real chords. When you are done with power chords, you should therefore turn your full attention to the real chords.
Let's analyze the E5 chord:
0. fret on the E string: E
2. fret on the A string: B
2. fret the D string: E
The deep-E is the keynote. B is the fifth in E major scale. The high E is also the keynote, played an octave higher.
Let's get started:
In the Soundslice player you see examples of power chords based on both the E and A string.
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