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View Poll Results: 2 string or 3 string powerchords?
2 string powerchords! 8 19.51%
3 string powerchords! 5 12.20%
I switch it up sometimes! 28 68.29%
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Old 2006-11-30, 04:08
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I use 3 strings most of the time. I only use 2 strings if I play a sixth after the powerchord (which means that after playing A/E at thesame time, I then switch to A/F, where the F is right above the E).
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Old 2006-11-30, 04:19
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3 if speed/difficulty is not an issue;
2 only if speed/difficulty is an issue.

For inverted power 'chords' like:

--------
--------
--------
---5----
---3----
---3----

I'll always go with 3.
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Old 2006-11-30, 06:29
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Almost always 3
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Old 2006-11-30, 06:38
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For inverted power 'chords' like:

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---5----
---3----
---3----

I'll always go with 3.

When I play inverted chords I use four strings.
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Old 2006-11-30, 15:28
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wouldn't technically an inverted power chord be

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Old 2006-12-01, 04:46
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No, that would be a D minor. That is only a mirrored powerchord.
An inversion means that you change the bass note. So a clean chord with a note, a third (major/minor) and a fifth (perfect, augmented or diminished, depending on the kind of chord you want to play) has a custom manner (which means the root of the chord is the bass note) and two inverses (with either the third or the fifth note as bass note). On guitar playing a C major:

|-0-------------------------0---------------------------------------------------------0----------------------------------------------------------|
|-1-------------------------1---------------------------------------------------------1----------------------------------------------------------|
|-0-------------------------0---------------------------------------------------------0----------------------------------------------------------|
|-2-------------------------2---------------------------------------------------------2----------------------------------------------------------|
|-3-this is a custom manner-3-this is the first inverse (with the third as bass note)-3-this is the second inverse (with the fifth as bass note)-|
|---------------------------0---------------------------------------------------------3----------------------------------------------------------|
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Old 2006-12-01, 10:38
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Mix it up.

3-finger chords for sustaining/slow parts or basic crusty/grindy shit.

2-finger chords for anything that requires fast changes, because the listener gets the point of what I'm trying to play, they don't need to hear that 3rd string if I'm thrashing out.
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Old 2006-12-02, 09:08
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i switch it

honestly in a riff i try to do both but for intros or whatever mostly 3
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Old 2006-12-02, 13:01
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2 most of the time...just learned that way...i think the funniest power chord is the "super" power chord...or at least that is what I call it.

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that stuff cracks me up...

yeah...


thats what you would use for a drop tuning chord:

----5----
----3----
----3----

now when you did it like you did. were u drop tuned?
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thats what you would use for a drop tuning chord:

----5----
----3----
----3----

now when you did it like you did. were u drop tuned?


The way RapeAndRuin showed it the first time is called a 9th power chord. One band I know that's used it alot is Carcass.
In drop tuning, that would be how you'd play it. A regular dropped chord would just be barred across the fret.
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What would you fellas call this ugly chord?

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--3-------
--2-------
--1-------

Like you know, hate eternal and shit.

Thanks for mentioning "inverted chords", I've been always trying to figure out what the name to those chords were.
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Yeah, you could call that 'inverted' power chord a 4rth power chord, since it's based on the 4rth and not the conventional 5th.
As for that shape, Soeru, I'd call that a diminished power chord. One of my favorites!
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Old 2006-12-02, 15:04
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It is indeed a diminished powerchord. I would also call it 'SataniChord', because it is based on the diminished fifth, which was the satanic interval in the Middle Ages. It is indeed ugly, but one of my favorites.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Sycophant
3 if speed/difficulty is not an issue;
2 only if speed/difficulty is an issue.

For inverted power 'chords' like:

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---5----
---3----
---3----

I'll always go with 3.
Funny thread; things like this help me take a look a facets of my playing I'd never consider dissecting before.


I love inverted power chords, they seriously almost cancel the need to detune your guitar. Most people think you are playing a seven string if you do really chunky palm mutes on inverted power chords in the first, second, and third position on a standard tuned guitar.
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Old 2006-12-02, 17:54
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I use two strings.
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Old 2006-12-02, 20:37
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Hell yeah inverted powerchords sound amazing on 7 strings, go listen to Morbid Angel's "Nothing is Not". I finger the inverted ones the same as I finger octave chords, with my index(barring the A string) and pinky.

Why is it called diminished?

Haha funny thing is I've been playing for a long time and know how to do tons of complex shit yet I don't know the names of simple chord shapes. I'm a "visual" player.

Edit:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tritone

Diminished chord info.^
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Old 2006-12-04, 04:36
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Because it is a diminished fifth. I MOTT play them with three fingers, but I mix it up with two or four fingers.
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I switch up, but if im in dropB i find my self using the 3 string more.
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Old 2006-12-06, 03:36
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If you play in a drop tune and you use two strings, then you are a n00b. When I use drop tunes (which is only on songs written for drop tunes), sometimes I use five strings powerchords. But then I do not do inverted powerchords, unless I am playing a song that sounds 'awful' without.
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Old 2006-12-06, 06:17
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If you play in a drop tune and you use two strings, then you are a n00b...


Or you have extremely tiny ass stubs for fingers. Fuck, I just can't figure out how you can do a dropped tuning chord and NOT pick up all bottom three strings with the barre.
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