power chord


Definition of power chord

: a combination of two tones consisting of a root and its fifth that is often used in rock music

Examples of power chord in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An electric guitarist unleashes a series of triumphant power chords as fans hold their smartphone cameras aloft, the glowing screens dotting the darkened concert hall like fireflies. John Blake, CNN, 15 Oct. 2019 Brahms is also the primordial master of classical rock and roll, with his jagged and rhythmically obsessive power chords, and Langrée had the string section slash its way through such passages with strokes of an appropriate near-violence. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 31 July 2019 But all that music really came to life in concert, thanks to Mercury’s big voice and powerful strut, coupled with May’s hooky power chords and symphonic solos. Noel Murray, The Verge, 2 Nov. 2018 Minus a few rocking power chords, the cover is initially identical to the original. Mackenzie Cummings-grady, Billboard, 29 May 2018 Cuomo shredded through his power chords with a big grin on his face and decimated an awesome guitar solo before tackling the final chorus. Mackenzie Cummings-grady, Billboard, 13 June 2018 This band is nothing short of a national treasure, deftly able to smash politics, poetry, and power chords into a severe beating that feels like a warm hug (and proceeds to hang out on the couch of your cochlea for a few days afterward). Michael Andor Brodeur, BostonGlobe.com, 5 Apr. 2018 By themselves, Baldi’s lyrics become a poem about the hardship of moving on, but add some catchy power chords and jubilation takes over the dismay. Efrain Dorado, RedEye Chicago, 31 July 2017 Popular music is more diverse and eclectic than ever, driven as much by synth musings and syncopation as power chords and soaring solos. Patrik Jonsson, The Christian Science Monitor, 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of power chord

1977, in the meaning defined above

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“Power chord.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/power%20chord. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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