Have you just started writing your first power chord guitar riffs?
Power chords are cool aren’t they? And they seem to fit in everywhere.
Well, there’s a reason for that, something I explain detail in this lesson on power chord theory.
The short answer to why power chords fit in easily more than major and minor (or other types of) chords is that they’re simple, and they’re made up of just two notes.
In fact, using strict music theory terms the power chord is not even a chord, but a dyad.
And while their simplicity makes them easy to use, playing a progression of power chords on guitar may soon become boring.
Unless you do something on purpose to make your power chord riffs more interesting!
Any of these 5 things you’ll learn in this lesson can be added to your power chord guitar riffs to make them stand out from just a monotonous sequence of chords.
1. Use Palm Muting Technique
You palm mute a chord by resting your right hand on the strings near the bridge of the guitar, while strumming the chord.
You should press enough to produce a different sound (more like chug-chug-chug-chug) from the chords, but not deaden them completely.
This is how a palm muting is notated on guitar tabs/standard music notation.
To play the power chord guitar riff above, apply palm muting technique only to the quaver notes, the ones that have PM written under them or fall under its bracket.
In this lesson on palm muting patterns I explore different ways you can milk this technique to make your guitar riffs more interesting.