How to Play Power Chord Riffs | Heavy Metal Guitar


I like to talk about some power chord riffs.
There are many different variations on power cord riffs, different keys, different chords.
Let’s look at a few different chords, let’s start with the G chord. Now this one is a
little more common amongst hard rock groups rather than all out heavy metal groups. So,
a lot of us learn the G chord like this. [plays chord] But as a power chord, first thing you do is
you take the second string, play that at the third fret. [plays chord] Alright, now notice
I’m taking this note out. I’m skipping it so it’s all I have are roots and fifths of
the chord, that’s the essential ingredient for a power chord. So now I have this [plays
guitar] So immediately I think of groups like AC/DC and Guns and Roses. From there I might
go to a D chord [plays guitar] I might go to a C chord [plays guitar] Okay. More common in heavy metal, is the E chord.
Now I might play an E chord like this, this is just a power chord [plays guitar] This
is very different from the way a lot of us learn E D chord originally, initially we learn
it like this. [plays guitar[ But playing it with index finger gives you the chance to
move it around and create riffs based on the power chord, so by simply releasing it. [plays
guitar] Alright, I get a D power chord. Going up a half step I get an F power chord [plays
guitar]. I could switch off with the middle two strengths
it gives me a G power chord, that’s all I need are the roots and fifths [plays guitar].
Or I could slide up from the F to the G on the same strings the fourth and fifth [plays
guitar]. Now, watch what happens when I play around with that with full distortion [plays
guitar]. Alright, so I ended up on an F chord at the
first fret. The cool thing about this is you can move this anywhere. So if I take an F
sharp, alright this is just a power chord at the second fret, F sharp [plays guitar].
I can pretty much do all the same things, I can go down a whole step. I have an E, the
whole time I’m keeping this little note. I’m keeping this root, I can play a G, an A, a
B, B flat. So if I switch off between those with full distortion, it sounds like this
[plays guitar]. Alright, I hope you’ve enjoyed this lesson
on power chord riffs.