Study Piece | Power Chords (5 chords)

Hi all,

Last time we looked at power chords and how to play them using a simple two fingered shape.  This lesson we are going to look at finding power chords using the chromatic scale.  After this you will be given a piece to play, along with a chord chart to read.

Note – You will need to have a good understanding of the prior lessons before you read this one.

Let’s get started…

Finding the chord

Below we have a G5 power chord.


The index finger in the diagram above is playing the note G – 3rd fret on the E string. Because G is the note that the chord is named after, we will call it the root note.

On the diagram below, the red note is the root note, which in this case is the 3rd fret on the E string – G.



To confirm this, look at the chromatic scale below and count up 3 notes from E…

So, we know that the above chord is a G power chord – or G5 as it’s properly known.


  • Play the chord above – you can hear it here: [G5]

Don’t just take my word for it…
This example is from the last power chords lesson.  Play each one and locate the root note.  Confirm it matches up to the name of the chord by using the chromatic scale.

  • Tip – remember to count up from A on the A string and D on the D string…


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Study piece

I have written a short piece for you to practice playing your power chords to.
There is no TAB, just a chord chart, so you will need to go through and find the power chords using the chromatic scale first!


  • – The symbols shown here are ‘repeat bars’. Repeat Bars These mean that you play anything in between them twice (repeat once).  So, in this example you will play bars 1 – 8 and then go back and play bars 1 – 8 again before moving on.
  • The symbols beneath the chords are rhythm slashes.  We haven’t discussed these yet so you don’t need to worry about them right now but do take a moment to look at them so they are familiar later on.

Download the tracks/chart here:

[Power Chords]
[Power Chords NO_Guitar]
[Chart – Study Piece Power Chords]

You can download the chart with TAB here in case you get really stuck – but only use this as a last resort!

[TAB & Chart_Study Piece]


Need help reading the diagrams? Read the guide here.

Happy playing!


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