Tag: power chord Archives - Jim Bowley

April 16, 2014

Power Moves with Power Chords

If you wanna rock, the mighty power chord is one of the first things you need to learn.

But although power chords are usually considered beginner (read: easy) shapes, things can get a little dicey when you need to move them quickly from side to side.

These lateral shifts are very common in the rock repertoire, so it’s a technique that’s definitely worth studying and developing. Here’s just a short list of songs that require fast and accurate power chord moves:

“Iron Man” by Black Sabbath
“Layla” by Derek and the Dominoes
“You Really Got Me” by Van Halen
“Seven Nation Army” by White Stripes
“Enter Sandman” by Metallica
“Vertigo” by U2

Why do we so easily seem to lose our positioning, miss the frets and generally get jammed up with these simple shifts? (more…)

August 9, 2011

Chord Inversions for Cool Kids: The Low Five

graphic of chord inversions low five

If I told you that there is a guitar chord concept which gets very little attention, but will teach you something valuable about chord construction – and at the same time make your guitar playing generally more awesome – you’d be pretty interested, wouldn’t you?

I would too!

Well, wait no longer, my friends. That super-cool concept is…drum roll, pleasechord inversions!

Specifically, I’m talking about what trained musicians often call 2nd inversion chords, or chords where the 5th note of the scale is played as the bass note, below the root note.

Sounds exciting, am I right? (sarcasm alert)

Okay, so it’s not the sexiest-sounding topic. But it does produce some very cool results when used at just the right time. (more…)

Jim Bowley is a professional guitarist, teacher and blogger. A native of Baltimore, he has over 30 years of playing experience and an advanced degree in Music Education from Towson University. Jim lives in Bel Air, MD where he maintains a thriving private lesson studio and performs with his band, Remains of Radio.

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