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How to Play Power Chords For Beginners

Guitar power chords are one of the very basic but important chords for any guitarist to know.

You can use this versatile chord in any key and genre, but it’s mostly used in metal, heavy metal, grunge, punk and rock music.

The power chords are made up of the root note and the fifth, but can also be played with a third note, in which case you would use the index, ring, and pinky finger

Or use your ring finger to barre the two strings, this is if you want to use the three note power chord.

For the power chord with two notes, you would only use your index and ring finger. There are other variations but this is the most used ones, and would get you a long way.

To grip the chord, you place your index finger anywhere on the lowest (Low E) or the A string, and the ring finger on the string just below, but two frets further down the fretboard. This is the simplest guitar power chord.

It can also be done as shown in the image below, where you make your ring finger cover two strings, or use the pinky to fret the note right below your ring finger.

Guitar Power Chords Chart

guitar power chords chart
To use the two note power chord you would leave out the bottom note.

Example of Guitar Tabs Using Power Chords

basic guitar power chords

There are other power chords which are more similar to real chords. Kind of like regular chords with fewer strings stroked. You can learn more about it here

This is some power chord riffs you can play

Let me know in the comments below if you have any questions about guitar power chords, or maybe you have some tips to share.

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