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)