Chord Inversions

A chord inversion is, in a nutshell, something that describes the role of the bass (lowest) note is a harmony. The notes of a chord can be “voiced” (arranged from lowest pitch to highest) by choosing the octave of each note, and so any “member” (root, third, fifth, seventh, and so on) can be the lowest.

  • Lessons on chord inversions on musictheory.net can be found here (triad inversion) and here (seventh chord inversion).
  • A tutorial on how to understand chord symbols (including the “slash” notation used to show inversions) is on this blog here.

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