Power 5 – Chords
Power 5 Chord
The power 5 chord is simply the major chord with the 3rd note removed.
It is simply the root note and the 5th note.
Let’s use the C major chord to show this:
You can use MusicWheels™ to discover all the other power 5 chords and their notes.
A chord is made up of notes based on the intervals of the major scale.
The power 5 chord formula is 1-5 (i.e. the Root and 5th notes of the major scale).
You can also play the Power 5 chord formula as:
1-5-1 (i.e. the Root, 5th & Root), the 2nd root note is one octave higher than the 1st root note.
Power 5 Chords - Across the Fretboard
The diagrams below show the generic shapes for power 5 chords.
The red note is the root note of the chord, for example:
– if you wish to play the A power 5 chord then the red root note will be the note of A
– if you wish to play the D power 5 chord then the red root note will be the note of D and so on.