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A Chord Inversion really refers to how a chord is played, rather than to a type of chord itself.  Specifically, it generally speaks to which note is highest in tone of the notes of the chord played.  The term chord inversion is also often used for keyboard instruments - although logically the term could be used for any instrument that can play more than one note at the same time.

To give you an example of a chord inversion, let us consider a C Major chord played on a keyboard instrument.  The normal notes of such a chord would be the 1st, 3rd, and 5th notes of the C scale, or C, E, and G.  So the so called "normal" way of playing this chord, would be to play the C note the lowest in pitch, the E a little higher, and the G note the just a little higher than the E.

However, you will notice that if the notes of a C Major chord are C, E and G, then there are two other ways of playing that chord.  One could also have the E note the lowest pitch, the G note next higher, and the C the highest.  We would call this form of the chord the first inversion of it - since we have inverted one note - the C - to a higher position.  Similarly, if we played the G note the lowest, the C next higher and the E higher than either of those, that would be a C major chord, second inversion.

Musicord Software Note

The Musicord Software shown below for Windows, shows possible alternate chord inversion using a lighter gray color.  To use those chord inversions, one would just substitute a higher pitched lighter gray color for a lower pitched darker gray color.


Now Available !  Musicord Version 3 software for Windows
Shows chords and chord fingerings for
Keyboard and many stringed instruments

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