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Rock Guitar Lessons: Power Chord Syncopations

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One, two, three, four.
What a fantastic sound that is, and
that is the sound of a power chord.
And the power chord is this.
You just need two notes, the root and
the fifth to make a power chord.
And what is the fifth?
We know what the root is.
[SOUND] Only if you get a fifth is count
up in a major scale to five.
One, two three, four, five.
And there we have the fifth.
If you want to for extra bonus power chord
points, you can put.
An octave on top, and I'm doing that.
And there's just there's
no other intervals in there to cloud up
the power of a power chord.
There's no third, no seventh, no ninth.
Just straight ahead power rock alright
now I'm going to put this in a few
different keys.
This one we had our roots on the A string
I'm fretting that note the B the next one
uses the open A.
Just transposing the whole thing down and
using the open A string.
then the next one is using the open D
string, a D power chord.
And then.
using a regular old E major I'm adding a
One two three.
For the first time.
So we have 3 power chords.
And an E major.
And we also have a lot of syncopations in
here and
again syncopations are the accents that
fall between the main beats.
So I'm gonna stomp my foot on the one,
two, three, four.
If I go one, Two, three, four, those are
the down beats, and if you, play along
with that.
That'd be playing right on the down beat.
But I want some of these accents to be in
And I'm gonna demonstrate that just by
playing in between.
You know.
In between those beats.
And it's called a syncopation.
And usually those end up being an
Let's see if that theory holds
true for this song.
I guess both the A chord and the D chord.
Are syncopated and they're both played
with an upstroke.
So we go, let's see, it'll, the,
the first chord will be a down after that
we have three ups in a row.
So down, up, up, up.
And actually even a fourth up.
It, it'll, there's four up strokes in a
So it would be.
Down, up, up, up, up, down.
Down, up, up, up, up, down.
And this should feel natural anyway.
I'm probably telling you more than you
needed to know.
But just in case, this is really
To get those with the right feel.
Now again, we're slow enough where we can
get away with going
all downstrokes and even all upstrokes.
But we really want to get into the
rhythmic grid of the strum.
That's going to keep the grove.
And also in the future allows to play
things much faster because it stays in
that groove.
One, two, three, four.
All right,
and if you can, on that last chord, put
your arm in the air,
because it just feels good
Let's see I'm doing down,
I'm going to do up down.
It's good to plan that out.
You gotta know which direction to go if
you're going to do a big move like that.
Three, four.