Power chords!

02 Jan

Hi there,

For those who like to rock out there , power chords are great fun to learn and are used in millions of songs.

The essential shapes are below with root notes on the E and A strings. There are other shapes but these 2 are the most essential.

Power chords technically only have 2 notes , a root note + a Perfect 5th (which is 3 1/2 tones above the root) . If you were looking at some tabs these will be stated as A5, B5 etc.

Here a 2 examples of an F5 power with the root note on both the E and A strings.


When you are composing or learning songs you can choose between the 2 pitches of these chords.

To find out what power chords work best with other power chords you just simply use your usual major + minor formulas to get the notes then make them all power (5th) chords (apart from the 7th chord which is a Diminished 5th power chord)


TTSTTTS for the major scale – so G major would be  G5, A5, B5, C5, D5, E5, F#5 (b5)

1,2,b3,4,5,b6,b7 for the natural minor scale so G minor would be G5, A5, Bb5, C5, D5, Eb5, F5

So a power chord progression in G major could be G5, D5, E5 + C5 and one in G minor could be G5, Bb5, C5 + Eb5

Hope you’ve found this blog useful

You can find other excellent free tips via the Js Music School twitter feed @jsmusicschool @harvey_jsmusic

Many thanks



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Posted by on January 2, 2014 in CAGED chord system


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