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Alex Feather
post Oct 17 2012, 05:45 AM
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Hi guys in todays video chat we will be talking about chord inversions
We will be using inversions from G major scale
The chords are
G major - A minor - F# diminished

What is chord inversion

A chord's inversion describes the relationship of its bass to the other tones in the chord. For instance, a G major triad contains the tones G, B and D; its inversion is determined by which of these tones is used as the bottom note in the chord.

A root-position chord Play is sometimes known as the parent chord of its inversions. For example, G is the root of a G major triad and is in the bass when the triad is in root position; the 3rd and the 5th of the triad are sounded above the bass.

There are 2 triad inversions:

In the first inversion of a G major triad , the bass is B—the 3rd of the triad—with the 5th and the root stacked above it (the root now shifted an octave higher), forming the intervals of a 3rd and a 6th above the inverted bass of B.

In the second inversion, the bass is D—the 5th of the triad—with the root and the 3rd above it (both again shifted an octave higher), forming a 4th and a 6th above the (inverted) bass of D.

We will be doing inversions on first 3 strings

G major

A minor

F# diminished

Why inversions are so important?

First of all it will help you to learn the neck better!

There are two ways to use inversions to ensure that they make sense in your chord progression.

Smooth out a jumpy bass line. If you’re looking for ways to make your bass move by step rather than by leaps of 4ths and 5ths all the time, an inversion can help. Let’s say that your progression is this: C G F C F G C. As you can see, that bass line jumps quite a bit by 4ths and 5ths. By using inversions, you can smooth that out: C G/B F/A C/G F G C. Any note after the slash is the bass note.
Provide a bit of variety if a chord is held for many beats. If you find that you’re song requires you to hold a C for 8 beats before moving on to F, you can play C for 4 beats, then move to C/E for 4 beats, before finally moving on to F. The inverted chord (C/E) allows the bass to move, and provides a slightly different texture, offering a bit of variety of sound.

In other words it will give you variety of chords octaves and voicing when you are playing solo or rhythm plus will help you understand neck in triads which is very important when you are trying to learn the neck!

I know it sounds complicated but I will make it very easy for you tomorrow! smile.gif
See you in the chat room at 4 pm!

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