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Piano Chord Inversions

Understanding Piano Chord Inversions–: Learn how to rearrange the notes!

Piano Chord Inversions – The construction of Major and Minor chords that we discussed in the earlier lessons focused on the root position i.e. the lowest note was the same as the name of the chord.

But you don’t always have to play a chord in the root position. You can rearrange the notes of a chord in a different order. When you do that, the chord is said to be “inverted”.

Example

The notes of C Major chord, played in the Root position, would be C E G.

Now this same chord can be played in different inverted forms.

E G C – First Inversion

G C E – Second Inversion

As you can see here, the C Major chord can also be played in two inversions.

Uses

So what is the use of knowing chord inversions? The most important use is that you can easily move from one chord to another, with minimum shifting of your hands. For instance, if you have to move from C Major chord to A Minor chord, you only need to move one note. Let us see how!

C Major (Root position) – C E G

A Minor (First Inversion) – C E A

So you can clearly see the advantage of using chord inversions here – minimum hand movement! Now you need to go back and learn the inversions for all the Major & Minor chords :)

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