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JBrackn

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what is a chord inversion?

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what is a chord inversion?

ChristopherSchlegel

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Originally Posted by: JBrackn

what is a chord inversion?

A chord inversion is a voicing of a chord in which the lowest note is not the root note.

Basic major & minor chords consist of the 1st (root note), 3rd (major or minor) & 5th scale degrees from their parent scale. Any chord can be played ("voiced") in a way that any 3 of those notes is the lowest in pitch.

If the 1st (root note) is the lowest, then it is a root position chord voicing.

If the 3rd is the lowest, then it is a 1st inversion chord voicing.

If the 5th (root note) is the lowest, then it is a 2nd inversion chord voicing.

I cover the basics of triads & inversions in this tutorial.

Introduction to Triads & Chord Inversions
https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=824

Hope that helps!

Christopher Schlegel
Guitar Tricks Instructor

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Originally Posted by: JBrackn

what is a chord inversion?

A chord inversion is a voicing of a chord in which the lowest note is not the root note.

Basic major & minor chords consist of the 1st (root note), 3rd (major or minor) & 5th scale degrees from their parent scale. Any chord can be played ("voiced") in a way that any 3 of those notes is the lowest in pitch.

If the 1st (root note) is the lowest, then it is a root position chord voicing.

If the 3rd is the lowest, then it is a 1st inversion chord voicing.

If the 5th (root note) is the lowest, then it is a 2nd inversion chord voicing.

I cover the basics of triads & inversions in this tutorial.

Introduction to Triads & Chord Inversions
https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=824

Hope that helps!

Christopher Schlegel
Guitar Tricks Instructor

Christopher Schlegel Lesson Directory

DraconusJLM

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Originally Posted by: JBrackn

what is a chord inversion?

They're the keys to unlocking the secrets of the entire musical Universe....

(or what Master of the Universe Schlegel said)

Six strings, but only four fingers. Twelve simi-tones, but only eight notes to an octive. Part of me thinks mathematicians should steer well clear of guitars.....

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Originally Posted by: JBrackn

what is a chord inversion?

They're the keys to unlocking the secrets of the entire musical Universe....

(or what Master of the Universe Schlegel said)

Six strings, but only four fingers. Twelve simi-tones, but only eight notes to an octive. Part of me thinks mathematicians should steer well clear of guitars.....