Power at Your Fingertips

One of the Easiest Ways to Start Playing Guitar

When I was teaching guitar classes at the university level, I came up with a relatively easy way for people to start playing chords right away. It involves the use of open position power chords requiring only one fretting hand finger. Shown below is Rock 101, a document which lists these power chords in the upper left corner. They are E5, A5, and D5. (There is a lot of other useful information on this sheet, but we're going to concentrate on open position power chords in this article.)

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Rock 101 copyright Jeff Anvinson www.jlamusic.com

Now let's use these three chords in some simple exercises called Power at Your Fingertips. This music is pictured below. Notice that only three chords are used: E5, A5, and D5. You can listen to the audio clips (found below the picture) to hear what they should sound like when you play them.

Jeff Anvinson, owner/operator of JLA Music

Click here to get a pdf version of the sheet below. Please don't distribute this pdf by photocopying or posting it on the internet. You may print out one copy for your own use. If you know someone who wants a copy, simply refer them to this website. Please help me protect my intellectual property by respecting my rights.)

Power at Your Fingertips copyright Jeff Anvinson www.jlamusic.com

Exercise Number One

Exercise Number Two

Exercise Number Three

Exercise Number Four

Exercise Number Five

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