Guitar Power Chords

Power chords are guitar chords using the 1st and 5th notes of a scale with the root note repeated an octave, and are also referred to as 5th chords. Power chords do not use a Major or minor 3rd note giving these chords a different sound than major or minor chords.

Power chords are movable chords and can be played up and down the neck of the guitar. The guitar chord diagrams below show how to play power chords on each group of strings.

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