F5 chord

F5 chords (F power chord) for guitar in different forms, including shapes with alternative bass note.


F5 chord diagram

The diagram shows a popular way to play F5, involving two strings. The root note is on the 6th string. The chord consists of the notes F and C.

Shapes without a double octave note

F5 power chords

F5 with a double octave


  • F5 in close position


  • F5 in close position

F5 alternative chords


  • F5/C

Theory and information

Try in a chord progression

F5 - C5 - G5

Chord names

F5 is also called F power chord. F5/C is an inverted version of the chord.

Notes in the chord

The notes that the F5 chord consists of are F, C.
When it's played with three notes the F note is duplicated on a higher octave.


Notice that since F5 is neither major or minor, it can function in many keys when it comes to progressions. For example, F5 - C5 - Bb5 (the F major key) and F5 - Ab5 - Bb5 (the F minor key).

Finger position

Index (1st) finger on 6th (thinnest) string, 1st fret.
Ring (3rd) finger on 5th (thinnest) string, 3rd fret.

Written in tab format (main version)

- - -
- - -
- - -
- - -
- 3 -
- 1 -

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