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    What is the equivalent to the 80's power chord?

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    I was just pondering this yesterday and I was curious what other guitarists thought.

    If I had to use two words to describe guitar playing in the 80s, it would be "power chord." I mean, everybody from Motley Crue to Poison to Ratt to Quiet Riot utilized power chords in almost every song.

    So I started wondering if there was some chord formation or style in today's music that is so ubiquitous that it is analogous to the power chord in 80s music.

    The closest I could come up with is the octave chord (for lack of a better name)... you know... the power chord minus the 5th:

    E------------------
    B------------------
    G-------------7---
    D----5--------x---
    A----x--------5---
    E----3------------

    It seemed to be popular in the 90s-- possibly due to Dave Navarros work in Janes Addiction. And you do hear these chords in today's music fairly often.

    What say you?

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    Hhahahhhahhahahhahahhhhaaaaa!!!!! Nothing matches the power of the POWER CHORD! BWWWAAAA!!!!!
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    Yes you do.

    listen to Foo Fighters or Smashing Pumpkins..

    Particulary Foo Fighters - Everlong and even more so Smashing pumpkins - cherub rock

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    lol.. two fingers and your are a rock star!

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    Octave chords are 2 fingers too...or is that what you meant?

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    id have to agree, and say power chords are really big...it seems no bands today have talent anymore, hardly any use open chords, and if they do, it's an open E...

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    two fingers?!!! bah!, I drop tune the E and then I can play with ONE! finger. I like to play with the middle finger cause it shows attitude!

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    The 90's was all about drop D tuning, obviously, no news there.

    I think the trend of songs in E where there is no 3rd, and the B and high E string drone through all the chords has become a signature sound of today.

    --E(no3)---Bsus/E------A2---------C#m-----CMAJ7

    E---0---------0---------0-----------0---------0
    B---0---------0---------0-----------0---------0
    G---9---------8---------6-----------6---------5
    D---9---------9---------7-----------6---------5
    A---7---------7---------0-----------4---------3
    E---0---------0---------X-----------X---------X

    I can think of songs by Jars of clay, Sixpence None the Richer, Delerious, Goo Goo Dolls, and more that use this.

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    Good call! I think you may have the winner! I can think of several songs using those style of chords.

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    Originally posted by Scottgman
    Good call! I think you may have the winner! I can think of several songs using those style of chords.
    Thank you Gman! (Bows low) Thank you vermuch!

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