Fifth Chords are Dyads (Two Note Chords)
Some people also call Fifth Chords “Power Chords”, but this is an inaccurate description.
Fifth Chords are neither Minor nor Major, as there is no ‘Third’.
There are two types of Fifth Chords – Open Fifth Chords and Barre Fifth Chords.
• The numbers on the following Charts indicate which finger to use (eg. ‘1’ indicates
the Index Finger), while an Open String is represented by ‘0’.
• The symbol ‘⊗‘ indicates that a string is muted by lightly resting the finger holding
down the note on the above string. So, in Figure 1.1 the second finger which is on
the 4th string is also resting against the 3rd string; even though you are still striking
the 3rd String as part of a six string strum, the 3rd String will not ring out.
• An ‘X’ indicates that the String is not to be struck at all.
• Figure 1.2 shows the positions of the two notes that produce an Open E5 Chord.
℘ DON’T get fixated on any one part you’re having trouble understanding, the whole
idea of Fifth Chords will become logical as you continually read over all the material.
E5 (comprised of the notes E and B)
©2012 Joses Gosper