Announcement: GuitarControl.com releases “Guitar Lesson on Power Chords - How to Play Power Chords on Guitar”

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GuitarControl.com released a new video guitar lesson from GuitarControl.com instructor and creator Claude Johnson. In this guitar lesson, now available on YouTube.com, Claude Johnson teaches a lesson on power chords.

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A power chord is neither major nor minor, sometimes they are called a fifth chord since it uses the fifth degree of the scale

“A power chord is neither major nor minor”, says Johnson, “sometimes they are called a fifth chord since it uses the fifth degree of the scale”. Claude demonstrates how to play a power chord by demonstrating A5 as follows; 5th fret of the 6th string with first finger, which is the first note of the major scale or root note, 7th fret of the 5th string with 3rd finger, which is the fifth degree of the major scale and 7th fret of the 4th string with 4th finger, which is the eighth degree of the major scale and is one octave higher than the root note. Johnson continues by performing some very recognizable riff’s from rock and metal songs that use the power chord, including the riff from Smells like teen spirit from Nirvana. More lessons like these can be found in the Ultimate Beginners Guitar Course available at GuitarControl.com.

A Power Chord on guitar is a two note chord consisting of the root note and the perfect fifth of the major scale. Sometimes called the fifth chord, these chords are a key element of rock music.

The major scale, aka the Ionian Mode, is a seven tone diatonic scale that is widely used in western music. The eighth duplicates the first at double its frequency so that it is called a higher octave of the same note, which its name is derived from Latin "octavus", the eighth.

Claude Johnson
Claude Johnson, a native of Philadelphia PA, began playing guitar in 1990 after being inspired by players like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughn. He is the creator of GuitarControl.com and has helped 1000’s of people to learn to play the guitar with his critically acclaimed instructional DVD courses, all available at GuitarControl.com

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