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Chord Inversions: An Introduction

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One of the most important things to learn about using inversions as different chord voicings is that you can make music go up OR down pitch-wise using a different inversion voicing.

In this example let's start with an A major chord in root position (low to high 1st, 3rd, 5th). We move from this chord down two frets maintaining the same shape. This results in a G major chord in root position. In the next measure we start again with the A major chord in root position.

But this time let's add some variation!

In order to create a bit of interesting variety we use a G major chord in first inversion (low to high 3rd, 5th, 1st). This makes the melody DOWN down the first time, then UP the second time. All while using the same two chords both times!

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