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Chord Inversions: More Up & Down

 

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Chord Inversions: An Introduction

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

In this example let's play a whole chord progression involving three chords - A, D & E major chords. Let's start with an A major chord in root position (low to high 1st, 3rd, 5th). We move from this chord down to an E major chord in first inversion. We move down again to a D major chord in first inversion. Finally we move down once more to an A major chord in second inversion.

The entire progression moves DOWN!

Next we'll make the progression go UP as an "answering phrase" to counteract the first phrase moving DOWN.

We start with the same A major chord in root position. But we move up to a D major chord in second inversion. Then up again to an E major chord, also in second inversion. Finally we move up once more to an A major chord in first inversion.

Learning & applying chord inversions is crucial in understanding how to make those "fretboard shapes" you know as chords into expressive music!

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