The Power Chord. It’s a rock guitar staple.
It’s not “lady-like.” It’s not complicated. But it’s a great place to start, and you can’t rock properly without it. It’s not particularly pretty but it gets the job done, and once you master it, you can play literally anything.
When I took up guitar, there was no pussyfooting around with an acoustic. It’s easy to make guitar more complicated than it has to be, and get fancy with the chords. I didn’t start with Kumbaya or the lovely strumming of full chords under a tree in a dress (that’s just what I picture, hah). Rather, I got a Squier Strat-in-a-box and learned one, and only one, hand position: the power chord.
The quick music theory behind a power chord is that it contains only three notes: the main note, the fifth, and an octave of the main note. As I said, it’s not a complicated chord and the guitar has many possibilities, yes, but this one is clear and to the point. Maybe that’s why it’s the only guitar chord with that title.
In life, it’s easy to make things more complicated than they have to be. Whether it’s parenting or a new job or just taking on something outside our comfort zone, sometimes we feel like we have to learn all the fancy ins and outs of said thing, and it expands in our minds and feels big, complicated and hard. And we can get discouraged.
It’s the same with our own power. It’s easy to over-complicate asking for what we want and feel like it is a struggle to take the reins of our destiny and life. Yet the older I get, the easier and simpler it is to lay my cards out and state my case, and own my power.
If we simplify and focus on the honed-down power, the central heart of strength, and the general idea, we can get through lots more in life in a powerful way, just as with the guitar power chord. There’s plenty of time for mastery down the road. But being clear, simple, and rocking with a core of power is- well, powerful.
Seizing that power in your own life does NOT have to be complex. When we start with the guitar power chord, we first learn the position and we practice it. For our power exercise, this translates to adopting a simple repetition when we go to bed at night, and repeating our own “power chords” as we fall asleep.
When I began playing, my friend and counterpart who was also learning had her own non-traditional finger position. Instructor-type people were always telling her it was “wrong.” But how can something that worked for her be wrong? It worked for her and it got the job done, and that was all that mattered. My current guitar teacher says the same to me now: use the position that works for you.
So adapt the following to what suits you. Adjust the time, the amount, and the powerful repetitions to work for you.
Here are some to start with, but add whatever you need. But remember: Keep it simple. Keep it repetitive. A few ideas are to do it while you fall asleep at night (what I usually do), or meditate on it when you wake up in the morning. Sometimes I do it driving. But whatever the case, I have been repeating my power chords and I am, no doubt, feeling the positive, strengthening effects in my own life- more on that next week!
- I am clear and ask for what I need in life.
- I exude strength and power.
- I attract opportunity and _____ (whatever you want to attract: love? money?)
- I have the ability to rise above anything that could get me down.
- I am a harmonious, smart, strong person.