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In this lesson we will take a brief look at some Power Chords. You can find a little bit more in my Power Chord lesson, and some other application of the same chord progression in the lesson A Green Onion After Midnight will Change the World, both in my Chord Progression series (The lessons are overlapping).

Muddy Waters or McKinley Morganfield that was his real name, grew up in the Mississippi Delta. But he moved to Chicago, and the music moved with him. He was discovered by the musicologist Alan Lomax in 1941 and became one of the giants of the blues. His playing shows the development from the Delta to the City. The example is based on some of his riffs, with the chords E(5) - A5-G5-E(5). Listen to Hoochie Coochie Man and Mannish Boy for two examples. And repeat the The "Hoochie Coochie Lick" in the first lessons in this series, if you do not remember it.

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The 5-chords are often called power chords. Strictly speaking, they are not proper chords, as they have only two notes, the root and the fifth. It means that they are neither major nor minor, and have some kind of an open, unsettled sound. Listen to E5, E and Em, and listen to the difference made by the third.

When playing G5 as shown in the diagram, you have to damp out the 5th string. You do this by left hand damping, meaning that you rest one finger on the string to prevent it from ringing. It is indicated with an X in the diagram.

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