Power chords like A5 are guitar chords played with just two notes, the root and the 5th. The 3rd is left out of power chords, and because of this the power chord has neither a major nor a minor sound.

It’s not hard to learn power chords, and once you’ve learned one you know them all! In addition to the A5 you’ll learn here, there are also G5, D5, and C5.

Playing the A5 Chord

Like I said, only 2 fingers are needed here and you’ll only be strumming 2 strings. First place your 1st (index) finger on 6th string of the 5th fret. Stretch out your 3rd finger to reach the 5th string of the 7th fret. Your 2nd finger can take a break here.

Strum only the thickest 2 strings (strings number 5 and 6). The other strings will remain silent to give A5 its distinct sound.

Ready to try the A power chord yourself? Here’s what it looks like:

A power chord (A5)

How to Build Your Muscle Memory

Memorizing the A5 chord will be the quickest way to play it when you need to in a song. It just takes practice to teach your fingers the shape to make. One way to make it more fun and easy to remember this and 25 other essential chords is to download and print our free guitar chord flashcards.

Tips for Great Sounding Chords

Are your strings buzzing or muffled? Proper technique can help you solve many problems you may be having playing chords like A5:

  • Sit up straight in your chair and make sure your arms have room to move freely
  • Use the very tips of your fingers to press down the strings
  • Press down as close to the fret (metal bar) as you can
  • Place your thumb about halfway down the neck for support

For more tips, see how to make your guitar chords easy to play. Also, learn more about guitar chords for beginners including how to take the chords you just learned and move them around the fretboard for new and exciting sounds.