Review – Power Chords Course


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So, that’s it for this basic introduction to power chords.

Review – Power Chords Course

We’ve covered the shapes of G5, C5, D5 and E5 power chords. These are the four most important, and most used together chords in songs. Songs of all sorts, actually. And certainly in praise and worship songs in the key of G.

We’ve learned some Rock Rhythm Techniques

To help us with our rhythm playing, we’ve covered the ‘Palm Slap‘. This allows us to stop a chord sound abruptly. This enables us to play ‘choppy’ rhythms. And create silence between songs.

We’ve covered the Palm Muting eighth notes ‘Chugs‘ technique. This gets us some versatility into our playing. It lets us play hard and soft.

We’ve learned four Common Chord Patterns

We explored a couple of popular patterns and combinations of these chords, as they appear in real songs.

  • 1 chord (G5)
  • 1 – 4 – 5 (G5 – C5- D5)
  • 1 – 6m – 5 – 4 (G5 – E5 – D5 – C5)
  • 1 – 5 – 6m – 4 (G5 – D5 – E5 – C5)

We’ve played a complete Rock Praise Song

We’ve also put it all together in a verse and chorus. We used the effective technique of making the verse a bit quieter, using one of our chugs techniques. Just like you would do in a real song. Our practice track is based on the fantastic praise song ‘One Way‘ by Jonathon Douglass and Joel Houston, Hillsong. Highly recommended to use this with your team.

Final Tips

My final tip to you would be just to keep practicing with the mp3 backing tracks.

It’s good to practice to the tracks because you will learn timing with those. They are all done accurately to click tracks.

Practice a little bit often. A few minutes a day every day is better than a four-hour ‘marathon stint’ every month. If you do this, you’ll find that you will internalise all the movements, and how you hold your fingers, and how you work with your body. You’ll find that just happens a lot more quickly and easily.