Unit 5: 7th Inversions
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What are inversions and how are they used?
An inversion is a chord with any other note of the chord but the root in the bass.
Inversions have many uses. For example:
7th Inversions are used is to create more variety when playing a single chord.
This comes in very handy when playing any song that sits on one chord for a while, like a Blues where you have one chord for 4 bars. Think about what piano players play. They don't just play the same static thing for 4 bars - they change up the voicing and move things around. Very few guitar players do that.
You can put yourself in a rare category of guitar playing by knowing 7th Inversions!
Another way inversions can be used is to create texture when 2 guitars are playing together. Each guitar can play a different voicing of the same chord rather than both guitarists playing exactly the same thing all the time.
There is a wide variety of sounds and textures that can be achieved this way -
But you have to know your inversions in order to know the possibilities!
A third use for inversions is to create smooth voice-leading from one chord to another.
When you play power chords and bar chords by moving the same chord shape around the fretboard your using what's called, "parallel voice-leading." That's the way most guitarists play. Using inversions when playing a chord progression creates a smoother, less jarring sound and causes the least amount of movement from one chord to the next.
Knowing 7th inversions will take your playing to a whole new level of musicality and open up sounds that set you apart!