INVERSIONS FOR PIANISTS AND SINGERS

If you’ve been playing the basic chords, now it’s time to take it to the next level and play like a pro by using inversions. Inversions allow you to create more variations of sound by changing the order of the notes being played. Let’s begin with an easy chord, the C chord. The chord C chord in root position with C, E, G (and C is the root). Now, let’s put the same three notes in a different order (inversion #1) E, G, C (the root note is last now). Let’s move them around one more time (inversion #2) G, C, E (the root note is now in the middle). It’s the same three notes played three different ways: the root, inversion #1 and inversion #2. You can do this with any chord. Lets look at a G7 (Root Position) G,B,D,F and move the notes around with only three of the notes B,G,F or D,G,F. You can use all four notes or you can use two or three. There are so many variations you can choose. You can play the chords blocked (all at the same time), broken (notes played separately) or many other ways.

Here is another way to understand inversions from a singer’s standpoint. Remember the movie “The Sound of Music,” there is a song that Julie Andrew’s sings called “Do, Re, Mi” and the melody has: Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do which is also called Tonic Solfa. Think of the note C as “Do”, the note D as “Re”, the note E as “Mi”, the note F as “Fa”, the note G as “So, the note A as “La”, the note B as “Ti” and up to the next C note as “Do.”  If we played or sang Do, Mi, So, that is your basic (root positioned) of the C chord. If we change the order to Mi, So, Do we have the 1st inversion of the C chord. If we look at the 2nd inversion of the C chord, it would be So, Do, Mi. Whether you are playing the chord inversions on the piano or singing harmonies with chord inversions, the music will sound beautiful with the inverted chords. Bands and choirs use this method for creating beautiful harmonies.

JOKE FOR THE DAY:

Why couldn’t the athlete listen to his music?

Because he broke the record!

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