As a worship guitarist, have you ever been faced with a chord that seems impossible to play?
Imagine the situation – you’re comfortably strumming along with a typical song that goes G, C, Em, D, and then out of nowhere pops an Eb minor add 13 sus 26 half demolished. What do you do?
One helpful ‘cheat’ method around playing a chord like this is to play a ‘power’ chord instead. Power chords are really common in rock music and if you have grown up as a lead guitarist you will already be very familiar with them. However, if you mainly play regular open chords then learning about power chords can open up a whole realm of new playing possibilities for you.
The simple thing about playing power chords is that you only need to learn one chord shape. This shape is then used in different places on the guitar neck depending on which chord sound you want. The only thing that changes is the name and position of the chord, not the shape of the chord.
Yes! Just one chord shape, and you can place that one shape in loads of different positions all over the guitar neck to find whichever power chord you need. Let’s take a look at the shape described as a “G Power” otherwise known as a “G5 chord”.
So, 1st finger (index), string 6 (low E string), fret 3, do nothing with your second or middle finger and then place fingers 3 and 4 (ring and little) on strings 5 and 4 (A and D). Read More