Getting Started with Power Chords

Learn, practice, and perform your way to learning power chords on your acoustic guitar using our unique teaching method.
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  • Lectures 27
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 12/2015 English

Course Description

Though not required, if you are a beginner, we recommend taking the "Getting Started on the Acoustic Guitar" course before taking this one.

Do you want to play powerful sounding notes on your acoustic guitar? Power chords are the answer. They are very easy to play and get you sounding awesome in very little time.

Welcome to the musendo acoustic guitar series. We use a simple but effective process by which you will learn a technique, then we will practice it along with you to building a strong foundation. Finally we will give you opportunities to play along with real music so you can show off your new skills!

All of the teaching material for our lessons was created by leading music pedagogues based off of curriculum used by the Sibelius Academy and other Finnish university music programs.

By the end of this course and with lots of practice, you should feel comfortable playing power chords which should help you to build a solid foundation to play very popular music.

What are the requirements?

  • Though not required, if you are a beginner, we recommend taking the "Getting Started on the Acoustic Guitar" course before taking this one.
  • A regular six string guitar is required for the course (acoustic preferred but electric will work too).

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Get powered up using two and three note power chords
  • Understand power chords in the the open
  • Transitioning skills
  • Getting down with 12 bar blues

What is the target audience?

  • This course has been designed from the ground up with the beginning guitar student in mind.

What you get with this course?

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Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
01:55
Let's get to know more about Sven.
00:43

Let’s review what we will learn throughout this course.

01:15

What is a power chord, and why it’s called that. Let’s explore that together.

Section 2: 6th String Power Chords
04:01

Now we can look at how to play a power chord. Our first power chord has its root on the 6th string. Let’s look together at what that basically means. (Correction: Pink = Pinky)

00:56

Let’s practice moving our power chord on the 6th string, back and forth from the 7th to the 5th fret. Just follow along.

03:21

Let’s practice moving our power chord on the 6th string, back and forth from the 7th to the 5th fret on top of a backing track. This will help us prepare for our upcoming performance!

01:46

Just play your 6th string power chord, alternating between the 7th and 5th frets. I’ll play some nice rhythm guitar to back you up. Don’t get too caught up on being perfect, this performance is to just get you used to playing with a backing track.

Section 3: 5th String Power Chords
03:13

We can now move our power chords down to the 5th string. Let’s see what that sounds like.

02:34

Let’s prepare for our upcoming performance by moving our power chord on the 5th string, back and forth from the 7th to the 5th fret. Just follow along.

03:00

Let’s continue practicing. Just play your 5th string power chord, alternating between the 7th and 5th frets. Just follow me.

02:06

Are you ready? Let’s perform with a backing track. Just play your 5th string power chord, alternating between the 7th and 5th frets. I’ll play something else.

Section 4: 7th, 10th, and 3rd Frets on E
02:13

In this lesson we are going to learn to move between the 7th, 10th, 3rd frets on the 6th string. Just follow along.

01:52

Let’s practice moving between the 7th, 10th, 3rd frets on the 6th string to a backing track. Just follow along with me.

01:31

Wow we’ve come really far! Let’s perform moving between the 7th, 10th, 3rd frets on the 6th string to a backing track. I’ll back you up while playing something different.

Section 5: 7th, 10th, and 3rd Frets on A
03:34

Let’s learn how to move between the 7th, 10th, 3rd frets on the 5th string. Just follow along.

03:37

Time to practice moving between the 7th, 10th, 3rd frets on the 5th string. Just follow along.

01:42

Let’s get to our performance! Just move between the 7th, 10th, 3rd frets on the 5th string while I back you up along with the backing track.

Section 6: Open E and A Power Chords
04:45
On to some new power chords. Now we will learn what an open power chord is. We will learn about open E and A, and also how to move around the fretboard playing different power chords.
02:45

Now we will learn to mix some of the power chords around to create a new pattern. We will go from open E to the 5th fret and then to the open A. We will also learn a new counting pattern where we will change on 1 and 3 beats. Just follow along.

04:12

Let’s continue practicing our open chords with our new timing so we can be ready for our upcoming performance. Just follow me. You can do it!

01:40

Time to perform what we learn with our open chords and new timing. You play your part, I’ll play mine. Let’s jam!

Section 7: Blues in A, D, and Open E
05:33

Let’s learn to play the blues with our power chords, A, D, and Open E.

02:45

Practice playing the blues with our power chords, A, D, and Open E in our new timing of 1 and 3.

02:16

Time for our very first blues performance! Remember use the D, and Open E in our new timing of 1 and 3. I’m gonna be your backup blues player. Let’s have some fun!

Section 8: 3 Note Power Chords
05:21

Let’s learn how to make our power chords more powerful, just add another note which is an octave higher. All it takes is just one extra finger!

03:44

Let’s look at 3 note power chords with a backing track. Just follow along if you like and have fun!

Section 9: Course Review
01:19

Let’s review all of the great things we learned in this course! Remember keep coming back to these lessons to help you practice, and don’t forget to have fun!

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