Inversions

Each and every chord in the world of music can be played numerous ways without changing the overall sound and character of the chord. These different versions of the chord are called inversions. Inversions are simply a reordering of the notes normally appearing in the chord. Lets refer to a standard keyboard to get a good visual understanding of what inversions are from a purely theoretical or text book viewpoint.

Creating Inversions On The Guitar

It is entirely possible to create the text book type inversions on the guitar. although they can be, at times, quite useful to very advanced and top level professional players they are generally not thought of as practical for day to day use. The diagram below shows two ways to play these theoretical or text book inversions on the guitar:

  1. In The Open Position
  2. In the Fifth Position

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Practical Inversions Of C Major On The Guitar

The animation below illustrates a practical way to play inversions, or variations of a C major chord up and down the neck. This is the professional guitarists system of playing in 5 logical, successive connected positions. I have written about 5 position thinking and the universal CAGED system at length in my 2 widely acclaimed books Guitar Chord Guru and Guitar Scale Guru.

Five Position Playing

The ability to play 5 logical, connected inversions of any give chord is essential to the development of top level playing. Use your copy of THE ULTIMATE GUITAR POSTER or pages 95 and 98 of Guitar Chord Guru to study and practice the 5 shapes of a C minor chord and a C 7 chord.

Once you have the 5 chords for C minor and C 7 firmly under your fingers, begin to play them up and down the neck in time. Try to think of what kind of interesting guitar parts you could add to existing or original songs. Instead of just strumming and strumming one plain old chord you may want to:

  • Use small bits of the chords, or one or two notes at a time.
  • Use all 5 shapes by sliding from the lowest to highest chord making a simple melody out of the highest pitched notes in each.
  • Jump from the highest down to the lowest for a stunning intervallic effect.
  • Use only the top two notes of two or three of the shapes for a funky highly rhythmic effect.
  • Create lead guitar licks using the 5 shapes.

The play along tracks below have a band vamping on a C minor chord and then on a C7 chord. There is no guitar on the tracks, leaving space for you to create interesting and rich guitar parts.

Practical Inversions Of G Major On The Guitar

The animation below illustrates a practical way to transpose the inversions studied just above to the key of G.

Five Position Playing; Sample Part In C minor

Below you'll see some parts written using the 5 basic chord shapes in our system. These shapes appear on your copy of THE ULTIMATE GUITAR POSTER and can be found on pages 95 and 98 of Guitar Chord Guru. As you study and practice the parts below relate all the chord fragments and single notes to one of the 5 basic chords shapes. This type of playing and thinking will prevent you from being stuck in the same old basic chord position and will enable to create really interesting and professional sounding parts.

The first example uses the 5 basic shapes of the C minor chord we have been studying to play a great sounding part over the C minor backing track found just above. If you are unclear about the 5 basic shapes of the C minor chord refer to your copy of THE ULTIMATE GUITAR POSTER or study them in Guitar Chord Guru.

 

The next example uses the 5 basic shapes of the C7 chord we have been studying to play a great sounding part over our C7 backing track. If you are unclear about the 5 basic shapes of the C7chord refer to your copy of THE ULTIMATE GUITAR POSTER or study them in Guitar Chord Guru.

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