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Modal, Power or 5th Chords

Modal or Power chords are a great alternative to majors and minors. They only use two notes - the Root and the 5th - duplicated twice on the fretboard.
1 3 5
G B D
Power Chord Notes played frets (GDAE)
A AEAE 2200
B BF#BF# 4422
C CGCG 5533
D DADA 7755
E EBEB 9977
F FCFC 10,10,88
G GDGD 12,12,10,10
Above are the three notes for a Major Chord. Just taking G and D, missing out the third and repeating the notes twice - GDGD makes a Modal Chord. Because the third is missing, modal chords can't clash with either a Major or Minor so you can play them in place of either. They're usually easy to play and sound good accompanying other instruments. Left is a list of Modal/Power Chords using the same shape up the freboard.
OK, there's an advantage in the same shape being used up the fretboard, but the disadvantage is that you have to play high up the fretboard....... You can play inversions of the power chords to stay lower down. Right is a list of alternatives:
Chord Notes Played Frets
A AEAE 2200
B BF#BF# 4422
C CGCG 5533
D ADDA (inversion) 2055
E BEBE (inversion) 4220
F CFCF (inversion) 5331
G GDDG 0053
Chord Type Notes played frets
A Power AEAE 2200
B Power BF#BF# 4422
C Major (2nd inversion)
with repeated 3rd
GECE 0230
D Major (2nd inversion)
with repeated 5th
ADAF# 2002
E Power (1st inversion) BEBE 4220
F Major (1st inversion)
with repeated root
AFCF 2331
G Major with repeated root GDBG 0023
In practice, you can play a mix of 5ths and major chords if you want to stay in the same area of the fretboard. Typically, one plays the chords opposite (left) so if this is your common chord set for the 'Majors' you now know that they're a real mixture!