C5 chord

C5 chords (C power chord) for guitar in different forms, including shapes with alternative bass note.


C5 chord diagram

The diagram shows a popular way to play C5, involving two strings. The root note is on the 5th string. The chord consists of the notes C and G.

Shapes without a double octave note

C5 power chords

C5 with a double octave


  • C5 in open position


  • C5 in close position

C5 alternative chords


  • C5/G chord diagram XX55XX


  • C5/G

Theory and information

Try in a chord progression

C5 - E5 - A5

Chord names

C5 is also called C power chord. C5/G is an inverted version of the chord.

Notes in the chord

The notes that the C5 chord consists of are C, G.
When it's played with three notes the C note is duplicated on a higher octave.


Notice that since C5 is neither major or minor, it can function in many keys when it comes to progressions. For example, C5 - G5 - F5 (the C major key) and C5 - Eb5 - Bb5 (the C minor key).

Finger position

Index (1st) finger on 5th (thinnest) string, 3rd fret.
Ring (3rd) finger on 4th (thinnest) string, 5th fret.

Written in tab format (main version)

- - -
- - -
- - -
- 5 -
- 3 -
- - -

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