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Root 5 bar chords or power chords. Guitar chords on the A string.
In this chapter I would like to explain the Root 5 bar chords. This chord is
determined by the note on the 5th string. This bar chord is movable and enables
you to play all of the major chords along the A string. These chords can be used as power chords as well.
The first two pictures to the
left, show the A major chord in the open position. The next picture
shows the A chord converted into the root 5 bar chord.
If your index finger is positioned on the 3rd fret, it would be the
C major chord. This is because the note on the A string 3rd fret is
the C note. If you slid this fingering to the 5th fret, it would be
the D chord. If you slid it to the 7th fret, it would be the E chord
and so on all along the A string. This is a very important chord and
one of the most popular played.
The Low E string is not played with this type of chord. Notice how
my thumb lays over the Low E string to mute it so it won't sound.
However, in heavy rock you can use the Low E string and play these
These are very important guitar chords and should be learned. Play this chord
in every position along the fret board. Remember the chord is determined
by the note on the A string 1 finger.
This chord can easily be converted to the A5 chord or root 5 chord.
The A5, G5, C5 and so on are used in rock music. Leads are very easy to
play over the root 5 type chords. You can write some heavy music using
these chords in your songs.
Look to the left and notice how
the C chord has now been converted to the C 5 chord. This was done by
removing the E note. Now you are playing just the C and G notes. Look at
the illustration below. This could be considered as the C5 power chord. Popular guitar chords used in Rock.
You play the C and G notes only.
You can move this chord in different places to play other chords too.
Notice it is a C5 chord because of the C note 3rd fret A string. If you
moved this same fingering to the D note 5th fret A string it would be
the D 5 chord. Look below.
This is now the D5 chord. Notice
the D note 5th fret, A string. Move these chords around the fret board
and put some rhythms together. You can now use the Am or A5, C major or
C5, D5, and G 5 chords in the Am pentatonic leads. You can also use E5
and Em, since this chord is in the key of C major. D5 power chord.
Play this rhythm to rock out.
Here is a rhythm using the A5,
C5, D5 and G5. Practice this until you can play in by memory and then
come up with a few of your own.
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