Tip on how to get more "colorful" powerchords
You could use your index to fret the 5th fret 6th string while muting all other strings:
[5 x x x x x]
Then fret the 7th fret 5th string with your ring finger and the 6th fret 3rd string with your middle finger:
[5 7 x 6 x x]
And then just hit the strings you want to get to his:
[5 7 x 6 - -]
This has to be one of the funniest threads ever.
Here's a chord: 1-3-5
Subtract the 3rd to get a cleaner sound for use with maximum distortion and you get:
a powerchord: 1-5
Put the 3rd back to get
"a more colorful powerchord": 1-3-5
Its all about voiceings, man (Did I spell that right? :lol: ). It's different from a normal a chord because you are subtracting the octave, thus making it more "colorful". 8)
Just trying to help, no need to get grumpy about it. :)
Are you suggesting something like this?
Having the fifth an octave or so lower? Though it would only work for that chord since something like:
Would be hard to fret. Sorry I'm kind of lost here. Which of these suggestions are for power chords again?
Its all about voiceings, man (Did I spell that right?). It's different from a normal a chord because you are subtracting the octave, thus making it more "colorful".
Just trying to help, no need to get grumpy about it.
I don't believe that helgi was getting grumpy, I think he finds the perspective somewhat unusual. :)
Most people start with normal chords and strip them down to powerchords, to fit in with distortion or a particular sound or whatever. You're coming from the opposite perspective that a powerchord is "normal" and normal chords are extra colourful.
By the way, a powerchord is not created by removing the octave from a normal triad - it's made by neutering it (you remove the 3rd, which is what determines major/minor). Many powerchord users have the octave as a "buffer" against sloppy picking - you'd normally play the root and 5th, they also finger the octave (on the next higher string), just in case the pick travels too far.
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To add to that: when playing powerchords with the root on the 5th string some people play the fifth on the sixth string:
D5 [5 5 7 7 x x]
This creates a buffer both ways and noone will ever care if your lowest note ain't the root since the lowest note will be played by the bass player anyway. I believe this was called the 'death chord' by spinal tap, which is hereby nominated for lamest musical term ever.
OWA: Yoyo was pointing out that his major/minor voicing lacked the higher notes the 'normal' voicings have.
[5 7 x 6 x x] vs [5 7 7 6 5 5]