Fifth Chord Family (Lesson 23)


C5 dyad with octave

C5 dyad with octave

Fifth chords or fifth chord dyads are often referred to as “power chords” and annotated with the chord’s root and the fifth F5 (these should not be considered or mistaken as dominant chords). Fifth chords only contain the root and the fifth, though they are often doubled with higher octave of the root (R-P5-8th or octave).

Technically, these are not chords because they don’t contain three different intervals. However, these are undoubtedly the most common chords in contemporary rock.

Continue to Lesson 24: Inverted Chord Family