Brad discusses power chords in this lesson. He explains what they are and teaches some of their moveable fretboard shapes. Finally, he gives you a sweet sounding power chord progression to play.
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The power chord consists of only two notes. Typically, the root note is played along with the note a fifth above it. For example, watch as Brad demonstrates the E5 power chord. The first finger plays the A string at the 7th fret. The third finger frets the 9th fret of the D string. This E5 power chord consists of the note E and the fifth above it, B. Many guitarists choose to finger the power chord another way. They find it more comfortable to fret the higher string with the pinky finger. This seems to be a common trend among metal guitarists.Chapter 3: (6:29) More Power Chords In the previous scene you learned just one possible way of playing a power chord. There are numerous possibilities when forming a power chord. Adding a different scale degree to the root can form a new power chord. For example, the note a minor or major third above the root is frequently added to the root to form a 2 note power chord.
Since the power chord consists of only two notes, many theorists argue that it is not in fact a “chord.” To be technical, the third must be present to form a “chord.” Since the third is missing, the chord has an ambiguous sound. This type of power chord is neither major nor minor in quality.
Turn on your distortion and compare the sound of this power chord to an E barre chord in the same position. What differences do you notice? Each chord works but has its own individual tonal quality.
1. Start with the basic E5 shape from the last scene. The low E string can be added to this shape to give it a heavier feel. Additional notes can be added to this shape. The pinky finger frequently frets the note E on the 9th fret of the G string. Also, the open B and E strings are available additions. This gives you a chord consisting of 3 E’s and 3 B’s!Try to formulate your own chord progression using some of the power chord shapes discussed in this scene. Experiment with moving them up and down the fretboard. In the following scene, Brad gets you started with a basic power chord progression. Chapter 4: (3:54) Power Chord Progression The chord progression demonstrated in this scene is in the key of E. The first four bars that comprise the first line should be repeated before moving on to the final four bars.
2. Lift the pinky up from the shape described in no. 1. The first finger now barres the 7th fret of the D string. This forms a power chord consisting of the notes E and A. This chord is frequently labeled as Esus4. This shape can also function as an “inverted” power chord. This means that the chord is functioning as an A5 power chord. However, the root note A is not the lowest note in the chord. In this case, the fifth (E) is the lowest note.
3. Start with the initial E5 power chord. Lift up the third finger and fret the 8th fret with the second finger. This forms the “tritone” interval. The subsequent note is a #4 or b5 above the root. This interval was thought of as evil and was subsequently avoided in medieval times. Now its evil sound is exploited by metal bands everywhere!
4. Now, combine the E note with C on the 10th fret of the D string. Fret this note with your pinky finger. C is a b6 or minor 6 interval away from the root.
5. Combine the root note with C# on the 11th fret of the D string. Fret this note with your pinky. C# is a major sixth away from the root E. This shape should seem familiar. It was used in the Shuffle rhythm for the 12 bar blues. This chord is referred to as E6 in the upcoming chord progression.
6. If you can, slide your pinky up one more fret. This forms a power chord consisting of E and D. D is a minor seventh (b7) above E.
7. Steve demonstrates the major seventh interval by sliding his pinky up another fret. However, it is much easier to play this power chord by fretting the 8th fret of the G string with the third finger. Mute the D string in between the two notes with your first finger. Stephen Carpenter of the Deftones uses and abuses this power chord shape in many of his songs.
In this Phase 2 series Brad Henecke will school you in the art of rock guitar. You will not only learn how to play some of your favorite songs in this series, but you will also learn how to create your own.
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Brad covers the second pattern for both the minor blues and minor pentatonic scales.Length: 9:07 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
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This great lesson covers the 3rd fretboard pattern of the minor pentatonic and minor blues scales.Length: 7:19 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
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Brad covers the fourth pattern of the minor pentatonic and minor blues scales.Length: 8:28 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
In this lesson Brad demonstrates how to play the Beatles song "Daytripper."Length: 15:21 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
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Brad covers more advanced harmonic techniques such as harp harmonics, pinch harmonics and tap harmonics.Length: 16:10 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
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Brad continues his discussion of the modes. You will learn the Lydian mode in this lesson.Length: 9:27 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Brad explains the Mixolydian mode and its practical applications.Length: 10:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Continuing with his modal lessons, Brad Henecke teaches the Aeolian mode.Length: 9:09 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
The final lesson in our modal series covers the Locrian mode.Length: 9:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
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Brad Henecke demonstrates some cool blues licks.Length: 17:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Brad Henecke provides an alternate way of comparing modes and scales.Length: 8:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
In the last lesson, Brad Henecke compared some scales that are major or dominant in quality. Now, he repeats this process with minor scales.Length: 7:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
This lesson is all about 1 string scales. Learning scales on 1 string is essential to your knowledge of the fretboard.Length: 8:34 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Brad demonstrates a one string version of the Ionian mode. This lesson demonstrates the importance of horizontal scales.Length: 7:27 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Brad continues his discussion of single string scales. He explains how to play the Aeolian mode across a single string.Length: 4:11 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Brad explains how to locate octaves within scale patterns. He demonstrates a cool lick that involves playing simultaneous octaves.Length: 7:07 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Brad explains how to use octaves in the context of an exercise. Octaves can also be used to build effective licks.Length: 5:18 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Brad introduces the harmonic minor scale. He explains how it can be applied to the solo break in "Sweet Child O' Mine."Length: 7:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Brad Henecke provides valuable tips regarding the process of learning songs by ear.Length: 23:00 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Improve your ear training by playing "The Tone Is Right" with Brad Henecke.Length: 29:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Brad Henecke explains diminished chords and provides a fun diminished arpeggio exercise.Length: 19:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Brad Henecke addresses time signatures.Length: 10:00 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Brad Henecke explains the construction of diminished seventh chords. He also provides a diminished chord exercise.Length: 10:30 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Brad Henecke introduces open G tuning in this lesson.Length: 23:50 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Brad Henecke introduces drop D tuning in this lesson. He explains many advantages of this tuning.Length: 12:57 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Brad Henecke teaches the G major pentatonic scale. He demonstrates all 5 patterns and explains how they can be transposed to any key.Length: 22:50 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
In this lesson Brad Henecke talks about changing the pentatonic/blues scales with each chord in a chord progression.Length: 11:08 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Brad will show how to use the Mixolydian scale with a blues chord progression.Length: 6:56 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
This lesson is all about gear and effects. Brad begins his discussion with power conditioning and removing hiss from your amplifier. He progresses to discuss a plethora of effects pedals. Brad explores...Length: 52:48 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
In this lesson, Brad Henecke introduces the wah pedal and demonstrates its many applications.Length: 15:53 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
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Brad Henecke was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on May 5th of 1963. He has been a fan of music for as long as he & his family can remember. You could always find him running around the farm wailing on his cardboard guitar, pretending to be a member of the rock band KISS. Additional inspiration came during his first concert when he got the chance to see Boston & Sammy Hagar in the early 1970's.
This opened up a whole new world of rock and roll music for him; his parents noticed his growing interest in music and enrolled him into guitar lessons when he was 13.
From there he jumped into two years of lessons at a local music store in Cedar Rapids. After discovering Eddie Van Halen, Brad knew that the guitar would always be a part of his life. He took his love throughout the city as he played as a pit musician & jammed at parties for friends.
This made him thirsty for more. He enrolled classes at Kirkwood Community College & also took lessons from the one & only Craig-Erickson (www.craig-erickson.com).
His love for music landed him a gig opening for Molly Hatchet in Cedar Rapids with a band called "Slap & Tickle". He has also played in the Greeley Stampede show for quite a few years with "True North".
Brad is currently playing in Greeley, Colorado with a rock band titled "Ragged Doll". They play a wide variety of music with an emphasis on classic rock from the 60's to present, with Brad playing electric guitar in the five piece lineup.
He currently jams on his all-time favorite guitar: a Paul Reed Smith Custom 24. Beyond guitar, he plays also plays drums & bass guitar. He has also been known to thrash a banjo from time to time. He is still actively playing & passing his 31 years of playing experience on to others (you!).
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