Lesson #3: Chord Inversions for the I, IV and V Chords in C

Slide18questionmarkWhat is a chord inversion? A triad is inverted when a note other than the root is acting as the bass note. Two inversions are possible: the third as the bass note or the fifth as the bass note. When the root is in the bass the triad is said to be in root position. When the third is in the bass the triad is in first inversion and when the fifth is in the bass the triad is in second inversion.

 

I know that sounds like a complicated mess, so let’s see if I can make that easier.

Download the chord inversion charts: click here

What my chord inversion video to get a better understanding of chord inversions and to play along.

practice_perfectPractice Tips

  • Practice right hand first
  • Second practice the left hand
  • Follow the fingering for each chord in the video. This will make you playing smoother
  • Try grouping three chords together using the different inversions for easy play
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