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CHORD INVERSION EXPLAINED: How to create smooth chord progressions

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Get instant access to my jazz piano ebook at:http://www.JazzHeroBooks.comLESSON NOTES:In this video I explain chord inversion. Inversion is the process of turning a group of notes (a chord) upside down. Inversion can be applied to any chord - just start rearranging the notes in that chord, by changing which note you have in the bass.Any chord can be inverted, and each inversion has its own unique sound. First I demonstrate chord inversion on a C major chord:C E G = C major root positionE G C = C major 1st inversionG C E = C major 2nd inversionThe same applies to a minor chord.INVERSION APPLIED TO EXTENDED CHORDS:Then I apply inversion to larger 4 note & 5 note chords. The more notes a chord has, the more inversions you can generate.C Eb G Bb = C minor 7 root positionEb G Bb C = C minor 7 1st inversionG Bb C Eb = C minor 7 2nd inversionBb C Eb G = C minor 7 3rd inversionI even go on to demonstrate a 4th inversion. To create a 4th inversion, you need a 5 note chord (at least).D C E G B = C major 9 4th inversion.In theory - this chord could me labelled as C major 9 4th inversion. But when you get to 4th inversions and beyond, the ear really interprets these more simply. It hears the D in the bass, and tries to make sense of the chord as some sort of D chord. In this case, the C major 9 4th inversion sounds more like a D7sus4 (because C major 7 played over D is a common D7sus4 voicing). At the end of the day - it's important to prioritize how the ear hears a chord, rather than what theory we can come up with using the brain.THE ONE RULE:The only thing that determines which inversion a chord is in, is the bass note:If the bass note is the root - the chord is in root position.If the bass note is the 3rd - the chord is in 1st inversion.If the bass note is the 5th - the chord is in 2nd inversion, and so on, regardless of how the rest of the chord has been voiced.SMOOTH VOICE-LEADING:Finally I explain the benefit of using chord inversion - smooth voice-leading.Voice-leading refers to how each voice in the chord (each note in the chord) moves to the next chord. Does each note move in big leaps? Or by small steps?Smooth voice-leading (which we all want!) is acheived by each voice moving by the smallest distance possible. If you were to play every chord in a progression in root position, you would probably have jagged voice-leading, which is disruptive to the listener (and difficult to play). Chord inversion can be used to create smooth voice-leading for any chord progression. You don't have to invert every chord, usually just one chord for every 2 or 3 chords is enough.Support the making of future videos by donation:https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=53BUGLLGM8YDJConnect with me on Facebook at:http://www.facebook.com/JazzTutorial

Язык: Русский
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