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Power Chord Shapes
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There are five primary "Power" Chord Shapes which are based on the open-position "A", "C", "D", "E", and "G" chords. The fingering diagrams for these chords are presented below. The most widely used chord shapes are the "A" and "E" Forms. There are two and three string Power Chord variations. To play the two string variations, omit the octave notes designated in Blue. Power Chords, like all moveable chord shapes, get their chord name from their Root note (shown in Red below). For example, if the "A" Form Power Chord shape below is played at the first fret it would be an "Bb5/A#5" chord. At the third fret, it would be a "C5" chord and at the fifth fret, an "D5" chord. Remember that like a clock, the notes repeat at the 12th fret. To find the notes on a fretboard, click on the Fingerboard Lesson to the left.

"A" Form
--|---|---|-x-|---|--
--|---|---|-x-|---|--
--|---|---|-3-|---|--
--|---|---|-2-|---|--
--|-1-|---|---|---|--
--|-x-|---|---|---|--

Variation

"C" Form
--|---|-x-|---|---|--
--|---|-2-|---|---|--
--|-1-|---|---|---|--
--|---|---|-x-|---|--
--|---|---|---|-4-|--
--|---|---|---|-x-|--

"D" Form
--|---|---|---|-x-|--
--|---|---|---|-4-|--
--|---|---|-3-|---|--
--|-1-|---|---|---|--
--|-x-|---|---|---|--
--|-x-|---|---|---|--

"E" Form
--|---|---|-x-|---|--
--|---|---|-x-|---|--
--|---|---|-x-|---|--
--|---|---|-4-|---|--
--|---|---|-3-|---|--
--|-1-|---|---|---|--

"G" Form
--|-x-|---|---|---|--
--|-x-|---|---|---|--
--|-1-|---|---|---|--
--|-1-|---|---|---|--
--|---|---|---|-x-|--
--|---|---|---|-4-|--


[ Red=Root; Blue=Optional; 1=Index; 2=Middle; 3=Ring; 4=Pinky
x=Don't Play; If No x,1,2,3,4=Play Open String ]

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