Power chords on the keyboard are formed with the first note (or root note) and the fifth note of its specific scale. These type of chords are not labeled as major or minor yet can take the place of a major or a minor chord. They are also used to relay a powerful and hard sound or feeling. These chords are often used in rock and pop music.
The most common way to play fifth chords are with fingers one and five (the thumb and the pinky fingers) of both hands.
Here is a list of fifth chords and the notes they contain:
C5 = C, G
C#5 = C#, G#
D5 = D, A
D#5 = D# A#
E5 = E, B
F5= F, C
F#5 = F#, C#
G5 = G, D
G#5 = G#, D#
A5 = A, E
A#5 = A#, F
B5 = B, F#
Minimoog is one of the most favored synthesizers, which first came out in the beginning of the seventies. This synthesizer was more convenient than Moog modular since it was very portable and well built and could easily be transported in tours. Also, since it was smaller it was also more affordable than the Moog Modular.
Like all of the synthesizers of its time, the Minimoog was monophonic which means that it could only play one note at a time. It was also unable to save settings.
The designer of the Minimoog and the Moog Modular was Bob Moog, hence the names of the keyboards.
People today are still searching for the unique sounds from the Minimoog. In 2002 Bob Moog released a newer version of the Minimoog that he called The Minimoog Voyager. This keyboard his 61 keys and has sensitivity to speed and after-pressure.
Check out the how the first Minimoog sounded:
More about the creator of the Minimoog, Bob Moog:
This is the new Minimoog – Voyager:
This is a fun video that presents some of the most popular keyboard riffs of songs from the 80’s.
The 80’s was a very good period of music; there was a lot of creativity and use of keyboards and synths. This is something that is missing from the most popular music of today.