If you play any kind of rock/metal/punk/hardcore guitar, then power chords are your bread and butter. But many guitarists never venture past the typical root/5th type – when there are a lot more to choose from to make your riffs better!
In the above video, I take you through 12 more types of power chords that you can work into your guitar parts to make them more interesting and exciting. I suggest you pick one or two that sound cool to you, and learn how to play them on your guitar – don’t feel like you need to memorize all of them. Just see if any of them jump out at you and you’ll probably find a use for them in your music.
This video was sponsored by the new Fender American Professional II series guitars like the Strat I used in the video, and you’re hearing it through a Revv G20 amp.
So without further ado, here are the 12 shapes, both in standard and drop tuning:
1. Major 6th
3. Major 3rd
4. Minor 3rd
5. Major Triad
6. Minor Triad
7. 3rd Inversion Dom7th
8. Minor 7th
9. Major 7th – Version 1
10. Major 7th – Version 2
Here’s the first video I put out about different power chord types – between these two videos, you’ll have an arsenal of 24 new ways to spice up your riffs: