Name this A chord

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  1. screefer

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    I was fooling around with Buddy Holly's simple but fun, "Well All Right", and when I went from the G chord 320033 to the A chord I came up with... 002255. Sounds kinda good but what would you call it, 6-string power chord??
     
  2. Teleguy61

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    It's an A chord with no III note in it.
    If you mute the 5th string in your G chord, you will have a G chord with no III note in it.
    These are very commonly used chords, since, having no III note, they are very open sounding, and leave a lot of harmonic room for the melody.
    Very useful chords, I use them all the time.
     
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    I don't know but it goes nice with C 032033 too.
     
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    Townshend uses that one a lot.
     
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    Indeed it do.
     
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    As @Teleguy61 says it’s an A with no third: generally written A5 (implying only root and fifth). As the OP says it’s really a power chord.
    Another nice one is the 6-string E5: 079900. (I learned that from watching Rush playing live back in 1983.)
     
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    I use that version of the A every chance I get. It’s a different voicing. As someone already said, Pete Townsend used it a lot. But you’ll here it all over. Mike Campbell (American Girl). Many others..,

    also, it’s portable. You can basically form it from any root 5 chord. Just reach that pinkie up there.
     
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  8. screefer

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    A5 she be!
    Thanks all
     
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    Father in law showed me that one
     
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    I seem to recall A5 making itself heard in "Won't Get Fooled Again."
     
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    Is that open d string ringing out?
     
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    A5 without the low E or A...
     
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    003233-032033-320033 is a typical Townshend progression
     
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    Try these...02245x (E) and 355033 (G). That G is used on The Doors 'Peace Frog.'
     
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    A5 is its name,
    power chord is it's game.
     
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    Here is a variation that I use more often, it's one note smaller but easier to more around

    -5
    -5
    -x
    -7
    -
    -

    And a more exotic version with the 4th, the function is still the same.

    -5
    -5
    -7
    -7
    -
    -
     
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    I think it's got to be A5/E
     
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  19. codamedia

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    Please mute that low E string... ;) The entire flavor of the chord changes if you let it ring because it puts an E on the Bass... a song like that wants the A on the bass.... IMO of course.

    Just because a guitar has 6 strings, that doesn't mean you play all six, all of the time.
     
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    Roger that but I am digitally challenged ( I'm using an APXT2) and my thumb isn't available to mute as it is busy clamping. The way I play the G-A change is to pluck the low G then strum and then pluck the A and then strum all six (stacked 5/1s). It seems that plucking the open A establishes the chord. As I like this "busy" chord, I could alternatively mute the low E with my thumb and play...x07650.
    Thanks
     
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