• Chord Inversions… The Basics!

    in Chords & Progressions,Theory

    In other lessons we studied “major and minor chords.”

    These three-toned chords are what we call – “Triads.”

    Principle: The # of tones (notes played) equals the # of ways the chord can be played.

    The above statement describes what we call “inversions.”

    3-toned = Triads
    4-toned = Seventh
    5-toned = ninth
    6-toned = eleventh
    7-toned = thirteenth

    For example, the (C13 chord) has 7 tones so it can be played literally 7 different ways.

    In this lesson ,we will study the inversions of a “triad.”

    Since a triad is three-toned, it can be played three different ways: the “root position”, the “first inversion”, or the “second inversion.”

    #1: If the Root (chord name) is the lowest tone of the chord, the chord is said to be played in “root” or “fundamental position.”

    #2 If the Third (3) of the chord is the lowest tone played, it is said to be in its “first inversion.”

    #3 If the Fifth (5) of the chord is the lowest tone played, it is said to be in its “second inversion.”

    For example, in (C major), the root position of a (C major) chord is:

    (C) – (E) – (G) — C (or the root) is played on the bottom

    First Inversion: (E) – (G) – (C) — (E), the (3) degree of (C major) is played on the bottom.

    Second Inversion: (G) – (C) – (E) — (G), the (5) degree of (C major) is played on the bottom.

    Try learning the 3 inversions of all 12 major chords!

    —- In our 300-pg workbook, the inversions of seventh, ninth, eleventh, diminished, dominant, and thirteenth chords are also studied. Read more about the 300-pg course by visiting:


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