power chord

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power chord

n.
A chord formation consisting of only two notes, usually the root and the fifth degrees of the scale, commonly used in rock music.
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As the Tardis would spin through space we could hear these great power chords - Smoke on the Water or something like that.
A philosopher-artist and divine comedian beholden to no one, Pettibon galvanized youth rebellion with his pen-and-ink power chords.
Limited Tenders are invited for Power Supplies With Power Chords
Depuis le 25 novembre 2015 et jusqu'au 27 mars 2016, soixante-dix diamants mandarins ont elu domicile au Carre d'art contemporain du Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal, s'ebrouant, y allant de piaillements, d'envolees ou de power chords.
Show stealer Embrace Another Fall blows in on a desert wind before the thunderclap of power chords and a cameo vocal from Julie Murphy.
eir self penned single "Wait For Me" is just superb, it's all so very mature, from Ellis's power chords to Ella's immaculate vocals, with Louis and Georgina providing a rhythm section to die for.
With themes of rebellion set to simple punk power chords, Joan Jett remains unvarnished indeed.
The song escalated from simple, intertwining lines to heart moving power chords.
It does not interfere with any of the electronics behind the knobs it is saving or recalling, and requires no additional power chords or wiring.
But he delivers power chords with a sarcastic snarl over the mike.
The music, likewise, rides that line between muscularity and accessibility, such as when the power chords give way to more delicate guitar work at the beginning of "Hemorrhage.
The audience was worked-up into a lather by an hour-long opening session with Anneke van Giersbergen, with the former lead singer of The Gathering and her metal accompanists driving the crowd crazy with their remarkable power chords.