MASTER ROCK POWER CHORDS
Module ID: BCPC
Welcome to Master Rock Power Chords!
This is a collection of 14 tracks you can play along with to master you Power Chord playing... well by master I mean get the basics under your fingers! ;) It starts very very easy and I used it many times as a mini-course for complete beginner teenagers who would not learn regular songs because they were too into metal, would not learn chords, but wanted to rock...
Each track is between 40-60 second long, included for each track is a PDF chart and tracks, one of the full band and then a version minus the power chord guitar part to jam along with.
The tracks start very easy, with just a few open power chord grips and then gradually progress to playing both Root 5 and Root 6 Power Chords and Palm Muting. Information on playing these chords and techniques is all found in the beginner's course on my website. The most relevant lessons are:
You will also be reading chord charts - which is a great skill to learn - there is TAB as well of course.
You can use 2 or 3 note Power Chords as you like. As this was aimed at complete beginners I show just two note Power Chords in the TAB, but more advanced players should try the 3 note versions!
Note that you must be signed in to access the PDF charts! Some things you will see on the charts:
P.M - Palm Mute
SIM. - Similar - continue in the same way...
./4/. - Repeat the last 4 bars
./2/. - Repeat the last 2 bars
History of these tracks
This set of tracks was made way back in 2003 and was used in a downloadable program that had a fretboard that showed where to put your fingers and stuff. It didn’t really sell too well and was released from copyright around 2010 and I started selling it as Master Rock Power Chords. Come 2018 and I don't think the production values are what they should be, but figured it's still just as fun, so decided to give it away for free :)
The guitar sounds were all my Red Fender Strat into a Line 6 POD (the first bean shaped one) into an old Mackie 1604 desk. I was just learning about drum programming and did all that in Logic Audio - I’m sure I’d do a better job of the mix now too - but I can’t find the original files, so we live with what we got eh!
Only 3 of these tracks are available to people who are not signed in. Joining the community is free - just click the "Join For Free" link at the top of the page! :)
MRPC 1: We Rock
Very easy rock tune using only A, D and E open Power Chords with only one strum per bar. Emphasis on correct finger placement (near the fret) and that only the two cor...
MRPC 2: In The Bar
Still very easy, introduces 2 strums per bar (minims), so two beats on each chord sometimes. Make sure that the only strings ringing out are the ones you want - and ...
MRPC 3: Country Rocks
Country Rocks introduces Quarter notes - playing on each beat. Easy repetitive chord progression so you can focus on the rhythm playing as this is the first time the...
MRPC 4: Space Eights
Now we’re using 8th notes. Easy chord sequence again so that the rhythm can be the focus while also developing chord changing skills too. The rhythms are the same...
MRPC 5: Watchtower
Now we’re looking at “closed” (means no open strings) Power Chords with 6th string root. Emphasis is on learning the names of these chords and their root notes, f...
MRPC 6: I Told You No
This track aims to develop 8th note use - now you have big jumps to make and need to learn to keep the rhythm steady even when the hand is in transit, trying to keep...
MRPC 7: Chuggin
Now we introduce the Palm Mute (PM). You need to experiment with how much pressure you apply with your palm mute and how far onto the strings you place the edge of y...
MRPC 8: Metal Maiden
Now we have a Stop Mute (SM) which is when you bring the outside of your picking hands palm down on the strings about 5cm or more from the bridge to create a dead st...
MRPC 9: High Five
Now we introduce the 5th string root Power Chord grip and it’s real important that you get that 6th string muted with the tip of your finger! That is the most import...
MRPC 10: Tom's Thumb
Now we bring in the Palm Mute and Stop Mute with the 5th string root chords. Easy peasy. Download the RP-010 PDF in the right-hand column (blue box, under the ad)...
MRPC 11: Drive
Develops 5th and 6th string use and uses stop mutes to help transfer between strings. This is a great one for crossing from 5th to 6th string which is the technique ...
MRPC 12: Going Down
Introduces chromatic root note movement. You should know your note circle by now, and your sharps and flats - if you don’t go check them out again in BC-152. Play...
MRPC 13: Rough Morning
Develops chromatic chord use, you should be learning all the chord names and the names of all of the root notes in the first seven frets at least. This is a really i...
Master Rock Power Chords
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