Power chords 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.

Power chords are quite easy to learn – once you know one, you pretty much know them all! In addition to the D5 you’ll learn here, there are also G5, A5, and C5.

Playing the D5 Chord

Start the D power chord on the 5th fret by putting your 1st (index) finger on the 5th string. The only other thing to do is put your 3rd finger all the way on the 4th string of the 7th fret. (Your 2nd finger can take the day off.)

Strum only the 4th and 5th strings. It may help to mute the 6th string with your thumb to make sure it doesn’t ring out with the rest – just gently rest it on that thickest string so it stays nice and quiet.

Here’s what that D5 chord looks like for easy reference:

D power chord (D5)

How to Build Your Muscle Memory

Memorizing the D5 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 D5:

  • 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.