David Hodge

Since joining Guitar Noise in 1999, David has written over a thousand articles, lessons, interviews and reviews here. He also serves as the site's Managing Editor, supervising all content in addition to the continued writing of his own lessons and articles. And if that wasn't enough to keep him busy, David is also the author of seven instructional books, the most recent being Idiot’s Guide: Guitar Theory.

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  1. Paul
    April 7th, 2014 @ 1:15 pm

    Another great article. I think a lot of folks sometimes overlook the importance of muting the strings they are not using. it’s probably because they are so concerned about getting the power chord – we tend to forget the silent part of the chord. This is especially important with power chords, because they’re usually “heavy” by nature, so if you don’t do a great job of muting what you’re not using, then you’ll hear a lot of noise and unwanted harmonics, etc.


  2. Victor
    May 29th, 2014 @ 3:49 am

    Great article!

    Power chords were the first thing I learnt on guitar. It was great to go back to power chords with a better theoretical understanding and I really enjoyed reading about the different voicings because it actually makes sense to me now but it wouldn’t have a couple years ago.

  3. nuella
    June 2nd, 2015 @ 4:03 am

    this is like the best guitar site ever.. i never understood the power chords till this lesson.. please it might sound wierd but pleeeaaassee when are the power chords applicable

    • Kevin
      July 13th, 2015 @ 11:02 am

      If you are playing a rythm guitar section, they are really useful. I use them mostly as chorus, and pre chorus buildups. While I precision play solos and intros. In rock music they are used a lot by the rythm guitarist. You don’t usually have to play a normal chord. If the music sounds a little heavier than its probably mostly power chords.

    • Val
      March 11th, 2016 @ 12:22 pm

      100% same with me :)

  4. MiniMick
    September 5th, 2016 @ 7:35 am

    Awesome article! As a beginner at playing guitar, mostly all I know right now are power chords. It’s great to have a little theoretical background and to know some more ways to play them. Thanks a lot!

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