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The power chord consists of the root note, the 5th, and the 8th. The root is doubled at the octave and the 5th is added (E, B, E for instance). This sound is “powerful” but ambiguous since the 3rd is absent. It is more pleasing to the ear to include the 3rd and 7th notes in a chord.

 

When I arrange music, I haven't chosen to use a power chord for years because to me they’re boring and not very musical. I don’t mean this in a condescending way, but as musicians progress in their ability, this chord voicing is avoided. In fact I rarely double the root unless it’s the melody note and I often drop the 5 out of the voicings I use in my arrangements.

 

A power chord is perhaps analogous to the word “aint.” Overused and not going away any time soon.

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Yes, they're very easy to play. I must confess that I use them sometimes but they sound much less powerful without a "fuzz" distortion.

This is true. I won't say I "never" use them but it is quite rare. I also don't prefer to double any notes with octaves in harmony.

 

I checked your profile and noticed you're a guitarist. You may benefit from a lesson I wrote a few weeks back on Drop 2 voicings

 

They really open up new avenues for creativity.

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Ya lost me there somewhere when you started talking technical like.......

I have heard of power chords, but have no idea what it means....

I play mostly by ear, and "follow" not read music.

I have a 12 string acoustic. ;)

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Ya lost me there somewhere when you started talking technical like.......

I have heard of power chords, but have no idea what it means....

I play mostly by ear, and "follow" not read music.

I have a 12 string acoustic. ;)

I love the sound of a 12 string.  They're great for strumming.  I don't want to come across as too techie (I've been transmogrified by programming). If you have a question, I'd be glad to answer you.

 

As I mentioned the E power chord simply E - G - E.

 

It’s the first note, the fifth, and the octave of a diatonic scale - sorry coulnd't resist. :P

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I've seen scales......

They are on the outside of many of the fish I've caught! :D

I "pick" my 12 for specials, but strum for Sunday school songs and hymns.
Not very well mind you :D

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A lot of rock and punk band use power cords. Especially the bands called a "power trio". I don't believe that this automatically means you can never play the cords. I guess it's just about how often you play them and for what purpose IMO.

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I've seen scales......

They are on the outside of many of the fish I've caught! :D
 

 

Yeah, and all this talk of power cords has me wonderin' where mine is?   :scratchchin:

 

But seriously, this is good stuff, if not done correctly it is dishonoring to the Lord.

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Dave, I recently installed a set of Elixir nanowebs on my 12 string. Strumming it is nice, but I like to fingerpick mine.

 

I'm not the fanboy type but Elixir nanowebs really are the best strings I've come across. They last longer than regular strings by a long shot and more importantly they have a great tone.

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I don't think a ukulele can play a 'power' anything, unless its electric. Though I have been considering teaching myself bass, and getting a Kala UBass, a bass ukulele. Yes, really. They come both acoustic/electric and electric.

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I'm not the fanboy type but Elixir nanowebs really are the best strings I've come across. They last longer than regular strings by a long shot and more importantly they have a great tone.



To perfectly honest I get the strings I can afford at the time with basically no regard to who made them.
I will keep my eyes open for these though with the double recommendation.

Actually I don't change my strings anywhere near enough.

By the way, my 12 is a "Fenix" and is about 18 years old.
It was not hugely expensive, but the tone and action is as good as just about any 12 I have played - although not as sweet as the best 6's I have played.
Also have an Ibinez 6 which I bought for my son, which I personally think plays nicer than it's price also.

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To perfectly honest I get the strings I can afford...


Also have an Ibinez 6 which I bought for my son, which I personally think plays nicer than it's price also.

 

Elixir are a few dollars more than some but I change strings far less because they're coated and they retain their "sparkle" much longer. If I'm doing a recording project, brand new Elixirs are a must. It's really not a Chevy vs. Ford thing. IMO, there is something unique about them that sets them apart.

 

All solid wood (no laminates) + Elixirs = really nice tone.

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