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Inversions Of 7th Chords

Justin Harding (1760) · [archive]
Style: Theory/Reference · Level: Advanced · Tempo: 120
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Welcome everybody.

I've found that there isn't very many places on the Internet dedicated to 7th chord inversions, for guitarist at least.
In fact, I've been looking for quite some time, and I've found it very hard to actually find a good place to recommend to people who are learning inversions of 7th chords. So, I've decided to make my own lesson page here on Wholenote, where I can show you SOME of the combinations used for inversions of seventh chords. Inversions of 7th chords are very handy because they'll help you map out the fretboard and help you "see" all the chord tones, over the entire neck. This'll become extremely handy when you want to improvise over changes, and it'll help you when you are voice leading chords. Anyways, I'm not going to explain what inversions are in this lesson, there are PLENTY of good sites and pages that address that, you won't find a problem finding any, just search here on Wholenote, or even on Google.


This lesson will be more of a place of reference for you to learn some more chords for your vocabulary. If you don't understand what inversions are, do not attempt to learn these chords. Make sure you actually understand how inversions of chords, how and why they work, and THEN, and ONLY then, consulate this lesson page to find and use these inversion shapes (of the standard 7th chords).

Start using these chord inversions in tunes, and progressions once you feel comfortable with them. Pick a standard, such as All of me, or All the things you are, etc, and try to use these chord inversions in place of the chords you would normally use. Try and get the voices of each chord to flow with each other. For example, try using a 2nd inversion of Cmaj7 leading into the 1st inversion E7 for the first two chords of "All of me". Notice how the bass note would go from G (5th of Cmaj7) to G#(3rd of E7), instead of C (Root of Cmaj7) to E (Root of E7).

Anyways, I suggest you learn all of these chord inversions, and come up with some of your own. It will come in handy for comping, and for finding chord tones on the fly.

Enjoy!