Power chords

Discussion in 'Music, Theory, Tab and Such' started by bdbrown, Feb 29, 2016.

  1. bdbrown

    bdbrown Squier-Nut

    Dec 2, 2013
    Do you tend to play these chords with a two fingers , rather than how they are noted?

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  2. so1om

    so1om Dr. Squier

    Feb 10, 2010
    E with 3, 4
    F 1,3, 4
    G 1, 3, 4
    A 1
    B 1, 3, 4
    C 1, 3 4

    Sometimes I substitute me for him by using 2 for 3,4

    oh.. Sometime E, 1
    Last edited: Feb 29, 2016
  3. bdbrown

    bdbrown Squier-Nut

    Dec 2, 2013
    so use all 3 fingers. I have been all up and down neck with just 2 fingers...Makes some transitions hard....make chords easy

    Might be learning REALLY BAD HABITS huh?
  4. bdbrown

    bdbrown Squier-Nut

    Dec 2, 2013
    might be why I have trouble going from power chords to bar chords....??? :)
  5. jimbojo

    jimbojo Squier-holic

    Jun 30, 2010
    Rio Rancho, NM
    I pretty much play E and A (2nd fret) power chords with 1 and all others with 1 and 3
  6. Papa Joe

    Papa Joe Squier-Axpert

    Dec 12, 2009
    Swanton Ohio
    I think because of my back ground with bar chords, I tend to bar 2 adjoining strings a lot..Other wise usually 3 fingers..
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  7. Davis Sharp

    Davis Sharp Squier-holic

    Jan 7, 2016
    Maryland, USA
    I use one finger for the E and A and three for the rest. It's easier to fret two strings with my index finger than my ring finger.
  8. Acidhouse

    Acidhouse Squier-holic

    Sep 16, 2010
    Birmingham . . . Alabama
    I typically use all three fingers. It does make transition from power to barre a lot easier.
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  9. fuelish

    fuelish Squier-Nut

    Have never thought about it.... may fret with multiple fingers, but mute and play power chords with just a finger or two.....damn...one more thing I don't need to think about!!!!
  10. grizmit

    grizmit Squier-holic

    Jan 25, 2015
    I play 1, 3, 4 on E string chords, but it has become habit for me to play A string power chords with pointer and pinky because that's how I also play full barre A major shape chords.
  11. plangentmusic

    plangentmusic Squier-holic

    Jul 4, 2012
    I can honestly say I don't play any power chords in the positions suggested, except for the Em , which I'd "barre" with one finger.
  12. bdbrown

    bdbrown Squier-Nut

    Dec 2, 2013
    Great comments above... I do like playing (now this along in Rocksmith) with 2 fingers stuff, but there are songs on it that go from a power to bar and back....My 3rd and 4th finger are lazy and don't want to play chords..all right on solo's but .......
    Guess I need to change up my playing style now while I can...
    Still learning how is best for the next bit.

    Thanks for the help

    anything else would be highly appreciated
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  13. squierTony

    squierTony Dr. Squier

    Jul 4, 2012
    MAUD Oklahoma
    This is great info guys. Never fail to learn something new here.
  14. radiotech

    radiotech Dr. Squier

    Apr 23, 2014
    It really depends on the song.
    I RARELY use the 1/2 fingers for an A or E power chord (unless some Chuck Berry action is going on), more likely I'll use #2/3 or 3/4 fingers in case the "full" version or variation of the chord (or one near it) is required at some point. If it's something AC/DC-like, I'll bar the A/E chords with the # 1 finger alone (think "Dirty Deeds").
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  15. Ghostlyone

    Ghostlyone Squier-Nut

    Dec 21, 2015
    New Hampshire, USA
    I started off with two finger, precisely because it was easier. Found out it made doing other techniques more difficult. I had to retrain myself to use 1,2, & 4.
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  16. bdbrown

    bdbrown Squier-Nut

    Dec 2, 2013
    You guys are great. I am working now to do the correct fingering on power chords. It will be slow but I think it will make my playing better..
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  17. tazz3

    tazz3 Squier-Meister

    Aug 13, 2016
    East Islip ny
    Very nice thanks for posting
  18. fadetoz

    fadetoz Squier-holic

    Jun 29, 2011
    I pretty much never play a power chord with 2 fingers unless it's an open E or A D. If you play a G with 1 3 4 it's sounds more full. There are times when you just want the 1 3 but I end up fingering the full power chord anyway.
    It is easy to move to a bar chord too just add a little pressure but your hand is in place already.
  19. Nathan1709

    Nathan1709 Squier-Meister

    Dec 30, 2017
    It depends. I sometimes bar the fifth and the octave with my third finger but other times I'll use my third and fourth fingers. It depends on the song and what I have to transition to next.
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  20. TheKurdtz

    TheKurdtz Squier-holic

    Sep 13, 2017
    i'm trying to stop using my index finger and pinky exclusively (i'm trying to get better actually, even started to play whole songs without screwing up) i finally played guitar for the first time since new year's since i burned my hand pretty bad. it's like starting over all again