power chord

noun

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, "Why Christian music's biggest stars refuse to change their tune for the Trump era," 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, "A Revelatory Performance by the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra," 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, "For the real Bohemian Rhapsody, stream the best recorded Queen concert this weekend," 2 Nov. 2018 Minus a few rocking power chords, the cover is initially identical to the original. Mackenzie Cummings-grady, Billboard, "Weezer Releases Cover of Toto's 'Africa' Following Social Media Campaign: Listen," 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, "Weezer Performs Viral Hit 'Africa' On 'Jimmy Kimmel' With Cameo From Toto's Steve Porcaro: Watch," 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, "The Weekender: Kennedys, Wallendas, and Nervous Eaters," 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, "Get your act together: 10 must-see artists at Lollapalooza," 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, "Fall of Gibson: Where have all the guitar heroes gone?," 7 May 2018

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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 17 Jan. 2021.

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