Guitar Power Chord Chart

Although Power Chords in their foundation consist of only 2 tones (the root note and the fifth), for more impressive sounds in this guitar power chord chart, the root note is used twice: the first in the base location and the second one octave above it.

If you'd like to get a basic, 2-note power chord, just skip playing the 3rd highest note on a diagram.

Download printable power chord chart (PDF file)

C5
C power chord
C5
C power chord (alternative position)
C#5 / Db5
C sharp power chord
C#5 / Db5
C sharp power chord (alternative position)
D5
D power chord
D5
D power chord (alternative position)
D#5 / Eb5
D sharp power chord
D#5 / Eb5
D sharp power chord (alternative position)
E5
E power chord
E5
E power chord (alternative position)
F5
F power chord
F5
F power chord (alternative position)
F#5 and Gb5
F sharp power chord
F#5 and Gb5
F sharp power chord (alternative position)
G5
G power chord
G5
G power chord (alternative position)
G#5 and Ab5
G sharp power chord
G#5 and Ab5
G sharp power chord (alternative position)
A5
A power chord
A5
A power chord (alternative position)
A#5 and Bb5
A sharp power chord
A#5 and Bb5
A sharp power chord (alternative position)
B5
B power chord
B5
B power chord (alternative position)
LEGEND

The numbers in the circles illustrate comfortable fingering for the fretting hand, remember that the numbering begins from the index finger (1) to the pinky (4).

x - means this string shouldn't be played (avoid picking this string).

o - means open string, you do not press this string with your fretting hand's fingers, only pick it with your picking hand; also watch that the fingers do not touch it somewhere on the fingerboard, otherwise it will sound muffled.

If you don't understand how to read guitar chord diagrams, here is the detailed tutorial.


You can see that each power chord has the same simple structure:

  • the base root note located on the lower string,
  • the fifth on the next string, shifted 2 frets towards the bridge,
  • another root note that stays at the same fret as the "fifth" on the nearby string,

What actually changes from chord to chord is their locations on the fingerboard. So you can easily figure out any power chord without looking into the chart if you know where the base root note stays.

Here are the notes on the A and E lower string:

Note that power chords on the higher strings have a slightly different structure.

power chords on higher strings
P.S.

The power chords can be a great starting point for composing rock and metal guitar riffs.

You can just play around different power chords and sooner or later you might notice that some progressions of chords sound well.

As an example I took this progression:

C5 → → E5 → → C5 → → D5 → E5

After you have found something that sounds interesting to you, you can try playing it with different picking styles and rhythmics, check out these picking ideas as a starting point, and stick with something catchy. That's all, the riff is done ;)

Here's my example riff:

Of course you might need to change the rhythmics, intensity of playing, muting here and there to make a riff sound more alive.

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G-Han Says
August 28th, 2011 at 6.10 PM

is there a c power chord?

electric-fire Says
September 1st, 2011 at 10.07 PM

Yes, it is the first chord in the chart, the C5 chord

G-Han Says
September 2nd, 2011 at 1.57 AM

no not c5, c?

electric-fire Says
September 2nd, 2011 at 2.32 AM

just "C" means the "C major chord"

e) 0
B) 1
G) 0
D) 2
A) 3
E) x

C power chord = C5 chord

e) x
B) x...
G) 5
D) 5
A) 3
E) x

Birray Says
December 28th, 2011 at 3.23 PM

why do we put the number after some chords?

Dhruva Says
February 22nd, 2012 at 10.02 AM

dude this numbers tells us how that chord is being created.. for example in the case of 5ths (i.e. power chords) key note is played along with its relative fifth from its major scale.. for example in case of c5 the key note is c and g is its relative 5th so to make c5 u would play c and g together

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