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 simple to learn – once you know one, you know them all! In addition to the G5 you’ll learn here, there are also D5, A5, and C5.

Playing the G5 Chord

Like I said, you’ll only need 2 fingers to play this chord, and your 2nd finger even gets a rest.

Place your first finger on the 6th (thickest) string of the 3rd fret. And stretch your 3rd finger over to the 5th string of the 5th fret.

Strum the thickest 2 strings (strings 5 and 6) and ignore the rest. You’ve just placed the G power chord!

Here’s what G5 looks like, not too hard after all:

G power chord (G5)

How to Build Your Muscle Memory

Memorizing the G5 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 G5:

  • 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.