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Gibson Acoustic J-180EC Special Acoustic-Electric Guitar, Ebony
The Gibson J-180EC Special Acoustic-Electric Guitar is arguably among the best-sounding, highest-quality acoustic-electrics ever made. Features a solid spruce top, maple back and sides, mahogany neck, and sculpted rosewood bridge. It’s spectacular to behold, and the onboard pickup and controls make its sweet sound easy to enhance. Includes Gibson hardshell case.
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|Learning Guitar – Lesson Four|
|Part 3: Power Chords|
In order to learn power chords effectively, you’ll need to really understand the names of the notes on the neck of the guitar. If you glossed over that page, you’ll want to revisit it, and learn it well.What a Power Chord Is
In some styles of music, particularly in rock and roll, it’s not always necessary to play a big, full sounding chord. Often, especially on an electric guitar, it sometimes sounds best to play two or three note chords. This is when power chords come in handy.
Power chords have been popular since the birth of blues music, but when grunge music started to rise in popularity, many bands chose to use power chords almost exclusively, instead of more “traditional” chords. The power chords we are about to learn are “movable chords”, meaning that, unlike the chords we’ve learned so far, we can move their position up or down the neck, to create different power chords.
The power chord contains only two different notes, the root note, and another note called the “fifth”. For this reason, power chords are referred to as “fifth chords” (written C5 or E5, etc). The power chord does NOT contain the note which traditionally tells us whether the chord is major or minor. Thus, a power chord is neither major nor minor. It can be used in a situation where either a major or a minor chord is called for, however. Take a look at this example of a chord progression:
Cmajor – Aminor – Dminor – Gmajor
We could play the above progression with power chords, and we’d play it as follows:
C5 – A5 – D5 – G5
As you begin to play power chords, you’ll note that they work well in certain circumstances (in rock music on electric guitars for example), and don’t work well in others (eg. in folk songs played on acoustic guitar).
Power chords on the sixth string
Take a look at the diagram on the left… note that you do NOT play the third, second, and first strings. This is important, and if any of these strings ring, the chord just won’t sound very good. You’ll also notice that the note on the sixth string is circled in red. This is to denote that the note on the sixth string is the root of the chord. This means that, while playing the power chord, whatever note is being held down on the sixth string is the name of the power chord. For example, if the power chord were being played starting on the fifth fret of the sixth string, it would be referred to as an “A power chord”, since the note on the fifth fret of the sixth string is A. If the chord were played on the eighth fret, it would be a “C power chord”. This is why it is so important to know the names of the notes on the sixth string of the guitar.
Power chords on the fifth string
If you can play the power chord on the sixth string, this one should be no trouble at all. The shape is exactly the same, only this time, you’ll need to be sure you don’t play the sixth string. Many guitarists will overcome this problem by lightly touching the tip of their first finger against the sixth string, deadening it so it doesn’t ring.
|Learning Guitar – Lesson Four|
|Part 2: Notes on the Neck|
So far, most of what we’ve learned on the guitar has been focused on the bottom few frets of the instrument. Most guitars have at least 19 frets, so you can see by only using the first three, we aren’t using the instrument as effectively as we could. Learning the notes all over the guitar fretboard will be the first step we will need to take in order to unlock the instrument’s full potential.The Musical Alphabet
Before we begin, it is very important to understand the way the “musical alphabet” works. It is similar in many respects to the traditional alphabet, in that it uses standard letters (ABC’s). Where it differs, is that in the musical alphabet, the letters only progress up to G, upon which, they begin again at A. As you continue up the musical alphabet, the pitches of the notes get higher (when you go past G up to A again, the notes continue to get higher, they don’t start at a low pitch again.)
This is an illustration of the musical alphabet. The ties between the notes B and C, and also between the notes E and F, reflect the fact there is NO “blank” fret between these two sets of notes. Between ALL OTHER notes, there is one fret space. This rule applies to all instruments, including piano. If you are familiar with the piano keyboard, you will know that there is no black key between the notes B and C, and also E and F. But, between all other sets of notes, there is a black key.
From guitar lesson two, you’ll remember that the name of the open sixth string is “E”. Now, let’s figure out the other note names on the sixth string. Coming after E in the musical alphabet is, of course, F. Using the above summary, we must remember that there is no blank fret between these two notes. So, we know that F will be on the sixth string, first fret. Next, let’s figure out where the next note, G, will be located. From the summary, we know that there is a blank fret between F and G. So, the note G will be found on the third fret of the sixth string. After G, in the musical alphabet, comes the note A again. Since there is a blank fret between G and A, we can surmise that A is on the fifth fret of the sixth string. Continue this process all the way up the sixth string. You can check the diagram to the left to make sure you are correct. Remember: there is also no blank fret between the notes B and C.
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