Introduction to Building Chords – Lesson 48

About Introduction to Building Chords – Lesson 48

Level: Intermediate

Introduction to Building Chords – Lesson 48

In this lesson we teach you how to construct chords.

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Papa Gates mentions “inversions” towards the end of the lesson. An inversion is a chord that doesn’t start on it’s “root” note. For example, if you are playing a C major chord but the lowest note in the register is an E, that would be an inversion because that’s the major 3rd of the chord, not the root.

There are a few different types of inversions. It all depends on which note you start on. If you start on the major or minor 3rd, it’s called a “first inversion”. If you start on the 5th of the chord, its called a “second inversion” and how about if you start on the 7th? Correct! It’s called a “third inversion”.

Don’t worry about applying this now, it’s just helpful to be aware of this for the future. However, for all of you that want to, please feel free to experiment with these as long as you don’t feel over whelmed or get frustrated!

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Ricky Isman
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Ricky Isman how to play the video ,my browser cant play it?
Ids Schiere
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Ids Schiere I've been calling inversions voicings. Guess I'must wrong with that. Also aren't slash chords basically different inversions?
Eva Den Hartog
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Eva Den Hartog I don't know if it's coming up an any of the other videos, but I would love to know how you apply these chords (sus2,sus4 etc) to the Scales! Do you just have to target the notes that differ from the regular chords, so instead of reaching for the G note in a G major chord, you target the A note in the Gsus2 chord. So then you have to play different scales right, because for a Minor chord you have to alter the Gmajor scale into the G minor scale. I know for example that for a Gsus(# 4) chord? (G,D,C# ), the G lydian scale plays over it pretty. well, and then I target the C# note. I hope this is making any sense 😉
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