Left Handed Powerchord Chart For Guitarists

Neal Beedie September 1, 2012 17

One of our readers who was recently digesting the LeftyFretz left handed chord diagram asked if I could produce a similar chart for powerchords.  I’ll take any excuse to fire up Photoshop so here you go my friend, for your viewing pleasure – the LeftyFretz left handed powerchord chart.

I’ve split the diagram into two parts; the top half illustrates the shapes in a chord chart layout, and the bottom shows the powerchords in tab format.  I’ve showed the five most common powerchord shapes – very simple to learn, and once you know them you have the knowledge play a chord anywhere on the neck.

You may also notice that for each shape two of the notes are red and one is blue.  Technically you can play a powerchord with only the two red notes, but for a little added ‘oomph’ add the optional blue note (the root octave) – it’s up to you.  I’ve indicated to play the chords using your first, third and fourth fingers but it’s also perfectly acceptable to use different fingerings – experiment and find out what works best for you.

Free Left Handed Power Chord Guitar Chart Lefty

The name of the chord is determined by the root note, which in the case of all of these shapes is the note you play with your index finger.  So for example the first diagram shows an F chord because in standard tuning the first fret on the low E string is an F.  Slide the entire shape up two frets and you’re now in G – easy!

Powerchords are also known as fifth chords and this is how you should name the chords when writing them down.  For example a G powerchord would be written as G5.  They’re called fifths because they consist of the root note and the fifth note of the major scale.

All that’s left to do now is crank up that distortion and rock out! ;)

Be sure to also check out our interactive left handed common chords chart!

17 Comments »

  1. GORDON ANDREWS December 24, 2010 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    Hi, This is a great site for L.H. guitar players. Your chord chart is excellent but I wish the diagrams were larger. Help me ! Gord

  2. Frank Sunsin September 14, 2011 at 10:37 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the left handed power chart, I play Right hand guitar Out side Down, Like Mr. Jimi Hendrix since I`m 9 years old I am 65 years Old, at that time we not have any Book, DVD, or method for Lefty, I Want Learn the Proper way, Can you Please tell me wich Method, DVD, Books,
    is better for my Self, I want Start from scrach, I born Lefty.
    Thanks;

    Frank Sunsin

    • Ducnan February 9, 2012 at 2:23 pm - Reply

      Hi Frank the book i would recomend is by HAL & LEONARD It,s called left handed guitar the complete method. Reference No ISBN 0-634-03008-6 I hope this gets you on the right track.

  3. Tom Mongold February 3, 2012 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    Hi….I have tried to print the left handed bar chord chart here and it will not print. Is there a printable version. I can’t seem to find it on your site. Thanks.

    Tom.

    • Neal February 3, 2012 at 2:40 pm - Reply

      Save the image to your computer and print it from there, or print this whole page from within your browser and keep the bits you need. Or open the image in a new window on it’s on and print that. I’m not sure what you mean by ‘printable version’ – it’s an image file and is therefore printable as is.

  4. How February 24, 2012 at 10:58 am - Reply

    Hi, i have just started playing guitar, with extreme difficulty, this site however has made my life a whole lot easier, thank you

  5. Steve EF-15 February 29, 2012 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    How… What really got me going with understanding the guitar, and why it works the way it does is a book called;
    THE GUITAR FRETBOARD WORKBOOK.
    http://www.amazon.com/Guitar-Fretboard-Workbook-Barrett-Tagliarino/dp/0634049011

    If you are just looking to strum some chords what you pick up here will do, but if you really want to learn, and understand the guitar I’ve never seen anything that beats this book.

  6. darin March 3, 2012 at 11:50 am - Reply

    just bought my first guitar, left hand fender. thanks for being her for leftys. need to lean a song by july, country, everybody i hang wit plays but me, i just seem to drink a lot of beer, what can i learn thats easy,

  7. drummerdrey April 19, 2012 at 9:11 am - Reply

    Thanks so much…. as a lefty drummer, this has been very helpful… frets are so very different than kicks and hi hats… HA

  8. richard dalby November 13, 2012 at 8:06 pm - Reply

    This is wonderful. Never seen so much help.
    I also need larger print.
    And complete info on all your LH materal.
    Thanks

  9. Ryan O'Rielly January 19, 2013 at 4:28 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the helpful hints and information. As a dedicated south paw, it’s hard for me to find good info on anything to do with the guitar, an instrument I’ve always loved and wished to play for myself. I’ve been through 2 crappy right handed guitars that had the strings flipped over, and one guitar class were I was the only lefty. The teacher ignored me until I quite. What a waste of money. I finally bought myself a dedicated left handed guitar that was built to be played left handed so that accompanied with your help, I might be able to finally do alright. Thanks a bunch. Ryan

  10. phil alberts January 27, 2014 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    Eddie ate dinomite good bye eddie

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