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Ok here we go. I showed you how to form a chord using the formulas e.g. Major = 1 3 5 and minor = 1 b3 5.
I'll use C Major as an example. So basically you just play the 1st 3rd and 5th notes of the Key of C to make a C major chord. But what about the order? What if you played the 3rd note first, then the 1st and 5th? Will this make a difference? Yes it does, it is still a C major chord but it sounds different. This is known as an Inversion.
Lets look at the typical C major chord that is played.
The first note played is the C note. So this is known as the Root position. (C is the root note in the C major chord)
But what if you played this chord instead?
Now the E is the first note played. This is known as the 1st Inversion. 1st Inversion is when the 3rd is played first(when it is the bass note). This may be written as a C/E chord.
What about this chord?
Now the G is the first note. This is known as 2nd Inversion because the 5th note is in the bass position. This may be written as C/G chord.
There you go! Now you know what Inversions are. So if someone asked you to play a C/E chord you know that it is just an Inversion of the C major chord. Its just a C major chord with an E as the bass note.
wow! you just made a whole lot of sense...ive been trying to figure these things out forever...unfortunatly...these inversions i already know...could show me some more complicated ones like....dominant 7th inversions?
The dominant 7th inversions work in the same fashion. Just switch up the base notes and you have an inversion.
really? sweet...thanks man...appreciate it big time!
When the M7 interval is the lowest note on the chord, it is the 3rd Inversion.
Yeah I didnt mention the order. First inversion is the third in the base, second is the fifth and tird is the 7th.
Yea, great job on explaining this lessons and your other ones. I just recently found this site and it's really a great tool for a guitarist. I noticed that some of these postings are pretty old and it looks like bodom isn't doing new lessons anymore. But, if you still check this site out I hope you do more lessons in the future. You really make it very simple and clear to understand.
yeah his lessons are great, very easy to understand.
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