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Basic Inversions of Major Chords

Christopher Sung (9641) · [archive]
Style: Acoustic/Folk · Level: Intermediate · Tempo: 120
Pages: 1 2 3 4 5

One of the benefits of using 1st inversions of chords is that you get better movement between your bass notes. The sequence below is a classic example of this. Our progression is C - G - Am. The bass notes for the C and the Am are 3 frets away from each other. In between them is our G chord. Instead of having to play our bass note for the G chord on the 6th string, it turns out that the bass note for the G in 1st inversion is a B, and it lies smack in the middle of our C and Am. So, by using the 1st inversion for the G, you get bass movement that goes C-B-A in mms 3-4, which is much smoother than C-G-A movement in mms 1-2.
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