This lessons assumes that you’ve already completed the lesson on Open Chord Comping. If you haven’t already done so we suggest you at least take a quick look at that lesson here.

In this lesson we will be playing our simple 12 bar blues again but this time using the common power chord, also known as the 5 chord. If this is your first time playing a power chord take a look at the chord descriptions for E5, A5 and B5 below for more details on how these chords are played. Pay special attention to how many strings are being played, each chord should only have two strings. Muting the remaining strings can be done by leaning your fingers gently against unused strings. Muting strings can be tricky, if you need further help examine this lesson.

As before we will be adding more interest into this progression by learning some simple comping figures on the next page.