Power chord



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Power chord
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power chord is a power trio playing power chords in the key of E. The power chord figure shows the score.

A power chord contains two different notes a fifth apart

The fifth in a power chord can be replaced by a fourth and any of the notes can be doubled or tripled.

A power chord progression is a type of two part parallel harmony.

The term, power chord, is used in popular music, less so in other types of music. A power chord is often played on an electric guitar and the sound distorted in some way such as in the overdriven guitar used in power chord.