Ex­am­ple 1 In­ver­sions

Guitar Techniques - - Play: Chords -

Our first ex­am­ple shows how in­ver­sions can cre­ate more colour when play­ing chords and pro­gres­sions. The gen­eral idea here is that the first in­ver­sion of a triad (1, 3, 5) will have the 3rd in the bass, thus the or­der of the chord tones has been in­verted to 3, 5, 1. We call that ‘C over E’ or ‘C, with E in the bass’. A chord’s sec­ond in­ver­sion will have the 5th in the bass and so forth if more notes are in the chord. No­tice how the pro­gres­sion it­self is re­ally sim­ple (C F G F), with the first four bars be­ing a ba­sic I- IV-VIV se­quence in C ma­jor, fol­lowed by four bars that just move from the II to the V. But the added in­ter­est brought by that mov­ing ‘bass line’, stems com­pletely from us­ing in­ver­sions. Use your first fin­ger to barre the 12th fret in bar 9 (C/E) and the same fin­ger to barre all of the fol­low­ing tri­ads, which hand­ily use three notes within the same fret.

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