# CHORD INVERSIONS-BY BODOM

by bodom (Jul 10, 2007)

Hey me again. I'm going to talk a bit about chord Inversions and what they are. Before you read this you should have an understanding of how chords are made. I recommend reading my lesson on Keys then Chords.
Ok here we go. I showed you how to form a chord using the formulas e.g. Major = 1 3 5 and minor = 1 b3 5.
I'll use C Major as an example. So basically you just play the 1st 3rd and 5th notes of the Key of C to make a C major chord. But what about the order? What if you played the 3rd note first, then the 1st and 5th? Will this make a difference? Yes it does, it is still a C major chord but it sounds different. This is known as an Inversion.

Lets look at the typical C major chord that is played.

```E---|---|---| <--- Open string
|-C-|---|---|
G---|---|---| <--- Open string
|---|-E-|---|
|---|---|-C-|
X---|---|---| <--- X means do not play string
1   2   3   <--- Fret number
```

The first note played is the C note. So this is known as the Root position. (C is the root note in the C major chord)

But what if you played this chord instead?

```E---|---|---| <--- Open string
|-C-|---|---|
G---|---|---| <--- Open string
|---|-E-|---|
|---|---|-C-|
E---|---|---| <--- Play this string now
1   2   3
```

Now the E is the first note played. This is known as the 1st Inversion. 1st Inversion is when the 3rd is played first(when it is the bass note). This may be written as a C/E chord.

```E---|---|---| <--- Open string