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Day 1: Major Scales
Day 2: Minor Scales / Blues Scale
Day 3: Whole Steps, Half Steps & Intervals
Day 4: Major Chords & Minor Chords

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 Day 5: Chord Inversions
 Day 6: Seventh Chords
 Day 7: Blues Chord Progression
 Day 8: Scales & Chords
 Day 9: Ear-Training
 Day 10: Playing in every key

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Lesson 5: Chord Inversions

In the last lesson 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!

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More Music Theory Piano Lessons

Major Scales Music Theory
Minor Scales / Blues Scale Theory
Whole Steps, Half Steps & Intervals
Major Chords & Minor Chords
Piano Chord Inversions
Piano Seventh Chords
Blues Piano Chord Progression
Piano Scales & Piano Chords
Piano and Keyboard Ear-Training
Playing in Every Major Piano Key
Common Musician Questions P1
Common Musician Questions P2
"4 Steps to Playing Most Songs"


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