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Music Theory: Inversions

Jeffery Kunde

09:16

Jeffrey teaches that the inversion is playing the notes of a chord in a different order with all of the notes staying the same. He provides various examples.

Music Theory: Inversions

Jeffery Kunde

Inversion:
Playing the notes of a chord in a different order, all of the notes stay the same.

EX: C major chord (I chord in key of C)

C - “Root”

E - “Third”

G - “Fifth”

  • 1st inversion of a C-major chord: Put the “Third” on the bottom (E)
  • 2nd inversion of a C-major chord: Put the “Fifth” on the bottom (G)

EX: G major chord (V chord in key of C)

G - “Root”

B - “Third”

D - “Fifth”

  • 1st inversion of a G-major chord: Put the “Third” on the bottom (B)
  • 2nd inversion of a G-major chord: Put the “Fifth” on the bottom (D)

EX: F major chord (IV chord in key of C)

  • 1st inversion of an F-major chord: Put the “Third” on the bottom
  • 2nd inversion of an F-major chord: Put the “Fifth” on the bottom

Inversion: Playing the notes of a chord in a different order, all of the notes stay the same.

EX: C major chord (I chord in key of C)

C - “Root”

E - “Third”

G - “Fifth”

  • 1st inversion of a C-major chord: Put the “Third” on the bottom (E)
  • 2nd inversion of a C-major chord: Put the “Fifth” on the bottom (G)

EX: G major chord (V chord in key of C)

G - “Root”

B - “Third”

D - “Fifth”

  • 1st inversion of a G-major chord: Put the “Third” on the bottom (B)
  • 2nd inversion of a G-major chord: Put the “Fifth” on the bottom (D)

EX: F major chord (IV chord in key of C)

  • 1st inversion of an F-major chord: Put the “Third” on the bottom
  • 2nd inversion of an F-major chord: Put the “Fifth” on the bottom

EX: G major chord (I chord in key of G)

  • 1st inversion of a G-major chord: Put the “Third” on the bottom
  • 2nd inversion of an G-major chord: Put the “Fifth” on the bottom
  • Inversion: Playing the notes of a chord in a different order, all of the notes stay the same.

EX: C major chord (I chord in key of C)

C - “Root”

E - “Third”

G - “Fifth”

  • 1st inversion of a C-major chord: Put the “Third” on the bottom (E)
  • 2nd inversion of a C-major chord: Put the “Fifth” on the bottom (G)

EX: G major chord (V chord in key of C)

G - “Root”

B - “Third”

D - “Fifth”

  • 1st inversion of a G-major chord: Put the “Third” on the bottom (B)
  • 2nd inversion of a G-major chord: Put the “Fifth” on the bottom (D)

EX: F major chord (IV chord in key of C)

  • 1st inversion of an F-major chord: Put the “Third” on the bottom

  • 2nd inversion of an F-major chord: Put the “Fifth” on the bottom

- EX: G major chord (I chord in key of G)

  • 1st inversion of a G-major chord: Put the “Third” on the bottom
  • 2nd inversion of an G-major chord: Put the “Fifth” on the bottom