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Chord Inversions

  • Major/minor triad inverted chords are labeled:
    • First inversion:  I6
    • Second inversion: I 6/4
  • Inverted seventh chords are labeled:
    • First inversion I 6/5
    • Second inversion I 4/3
    • Third inversion I 4/2

Chord Inversions

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Lesson Objectives 0:07
  • Root Position Triad (5)/(3) 0:15
    • Root Position G Major
    • What the 5 and 3 Represent
    • Figured Bass
    • Listening to the I Chord
    • No Need to Write 5/3
  • First Inversion Triad 6/(3) 2:22
    • Why We Write the 6 but Omit the 3
    • What First Inversion Means
    • Listening to the I6 Chord
  • Second Inversion Triad 6/4 4:21
    • Fifth Note Becomes the Root
    • What the 6 and the 4 Represent
    • Listening to the I6/4 Chord
  • Root Position Seventh Chord 7 6:47
    • I7 Represents a Seventh Chord
    • Listening to the I7 Chord
  • First Inversion Seventh Chord 6/5/(3) 7:45
    • Moving the Tonic to the Top to Create a First Inversion Seventh Chord
    • Explanation of Notation 6/5
    • Listening to the I6/5 Chord
  • Second Inversion Seventh Chord (6)/4/3 11:14
    • Moving the Tonic and Submediant to the Top to Create the Second Inversion Seventh Chord
    • Explanation of Notation 4/3
    • Listening to the I4/3 Chord
  • Third Inversion Seventh Chord (6)/4/2 14:08
    • Moving the Tonic, Submediant, and Dominant to the Top to Create a Third Inversion Seventh Chord
    • Listening to the I4/2 Chord
  • Example 1: A Major Root Position 15:47
  • Example 2: A Major First Inversion 16:03
  • Example 3: A Major Second Inversion 16:25
  • Example 4: V7 17:48
  • Example 5: V6/5 18:27
  • Example 6: V6/4/3 18:59
  • Example 7: V6/4/2 19:38