Guitar Power Chords Chart

All guitar players are invited to this guitar power chords chart. I provide a free printable chords chart on each page of this library...right click on diagram and select 'Print Picture...'

C5 Chord Chart

Alternative names: C5, C5 Power Chord, Gsus4

C5 Chord

Music Theory

The C5 guitar chord, a "power chord", is a very simple chord made up of 2 notes, the root(C) and the fifth(G). Since this chord lacks a third, it has no major/minor tonality. Power chords are popular because they are easy to learn and play. According to classical music theory, a "power chord" is technically not a chord but an interval. However, the term is accepted as a pop and rock music term, usually associated with hard rock, heavy metal and punk rock guitar styles. Check-out these acoustic rock guitar tabs where you can use these new power chords.

When you play a power chord in the open position, you have to be careful to mute the other strings so they do not ring out (see X on strings in chart above). Use your extra fingers to lightly touch the other strings, use your fretting fingers to smother the unnecessary strings, or just avoid hitting the unnecessary strings with your impact hand.

Power chords are useful because they can be moved anywhere on the neck to make a different power chord, as long as the relationship between the notes is the same.

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