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Chords 103 : Inversions

Elvire Boelee, Pianist

Chords 103 : Inversions

Elvire Boelee, Pianist

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5 Lessons (22m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. The First Inversion

    • 3. The Second Inversion

    • 4. Third Inversion

    • 5. The project

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About This Class

This is the third course in my chord series. Inversions are essential when you want to play chords. Inversions make your chords sound more connected and more beautiful. They also make chord playing easier. 

I recommend watching this course only after watching chords 101 : the Major Triad, and chords 102 : The minor Chord. You can also watch this course if you already have knowledge of all minor and major chords but you don't know what inversions are.

After watching this course you will be able to play all inversions of all chords. You will also learn how to choose which inversion to choose when playing chords. 

Don't forget to upload a project in the project section. It will really help put the theory you learn in this course into practice. I personally give feedback on every uploaded project. 

Don't forget to follow me if you want to be notified when a new course is coming out. 

The final course in this series will be coming next month: Chords 104 : Special Chords.

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Elvire Boelee



I started playing piano at the age of 6 and basically I've never stopped. I started winning prizes in competitions at just 11 years old, and at 19 I started studying at the Prins Claus Conservatory in Groningen (the Netherlands). I received my Bachelor degree in Classical Piano, and I've been teaching at the Music School Kunst&Coo (Art&Co) since January 2014. There I'm teaching piano to a little over 30 students of all ages and levels. It's from my students that most of my ideas for my Skillshare courses come. 

I've been drawing since I can remember. After choosing the Conservatory over Art school, art has been a little on hold, but I've recently started up my dream of trying to improve my art skills so that I'm able to depict all the stories and images music gives me.&... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Hi and welcome to chords 103 inversions. My name is LV overlay, and I'm a dish concert pianist and teacher. In this course, I'm going to explain to you what inversions are, why you need them, and how to play them. Before watching this course, please make sure that you've watched chords 101 and cores 102. You can also watch this course if you already have knowledge of all major and minor cores, but you don't know what inversions are. I wish you a lot of fun in this third part of my chord series. See you in the first lesson. 2. The First Inversion: Hi and welcome to the first lesson. In this lesson, we're going to explore the first inversion. Now in my previous chord courses, chords 101, the major chord and chords 100 to the minor chord. We explored the root positions of the major and minor courts. A root position is this. This is our root position. This one is for the minor chord, C minor. This one is repositioned for the C major chord. Right position is exactly the position I explained in the first two courses. It means having a third on top of the third. That's our root position for any chord. So in both inversions, both the first and the second inversion, you will play the same note. You will pay the seeing the name and the gene. You'll just pay them in a different order. The first diversion takes this lower sea and puts it above your E and G. So instead of playing C first, you're going to pay the sea last. That's why it's called an inversion. You put the first load, laugh. So in other words, this is the first inversion. You have the third and then you have a fourth. Let's take a look at that one more time. We have the root position of a major chord, C major. And we're going to pay the first inversion to play the first inversion, you're gonna take the first node that debate the sea, the lowest smelt. And you're gonna put it hop. So you're still playing the same note. You're just paying them in a different order. You're paying B, G, C. This is our first inversion. And so the same for a minor chord. Now, play R, C minor. This is root position because we have a third on top of a third. Now we're going to play the first inversion, which means again, we're going to take this C, we're gonna put it up, which means first inversion of c minor is E flat, C, which means we're still playing the same notes, the C, E flat, and G, except for we're paying them in a different order. Now let's do one more. And after that, I want you to find a few first inversions yourself. Let me think. Ok, let's do a major. Meanwhile, if you want to test yourself, pause the video and look for a major yourself. In that way, you can test how well you know your chords are ready. Here's are a major chord. Here we have a large therapy and small third, major third and a minor third. This makes up are a major triad and this is root position. Now let's try the first inversion. That means the lowest note is going to go up. So instead of paying the a as the lowest note, as we did here in the root position, C has become the lowest note and the a has become the upper note, the highest note. So we're still playing the same notes, a C-sharp. We're just playing them in a different order. Let's try, try a minor now is well, a minor. So are similar of course, but without the C-sharp because first we need a small third, and after that we need a big third and major third, minor third first, then followed by a Major third. So the first inversion, we're paying root position. Now as you see first inversion, we're gonna turn that a. We're going to put it on top, which means we're starting with and see the E and M. Okay, so this is the first inversion. What I want you to do now is I want you to go and find a few first inversions of all ports that you already know. After you did that, after you practice a bit and you experimented a bit, I'll see you in the second lesson in which we are going to explore the second inversion. 3. The Second Inversion: Hi and welcome to the second lesson of my inversion course. In the first lesson, we discussed the first inversion. I'm going to repeat it one more time real quick. For you. You have C major root position, and then we take the lowest note, the C, we put it up, which means we're starting on our second note of the root position. You see we're starting on the and maybe you're already going to know what I'm going to say, cuz I'm gonna do the exact same thing as I did with the first inversion. This note that e, we're going to put on top of our core. So we're going to start with the final knowledge of art room physician, this was our root position. The g is the highest vote. The final note, we're going to start with it, then are going to pay the sea, and then we're going to pay the E. This is the second version of C Major. Now we can play them altogether. We have their blood position. We would the lowest up on high to get in first inversion. Now we put the lowest up on high again to get to our second version. If that went a bit fast for you, I'll do one more time. We have our root position, which always two thirds on top of each other. Then if you want to get to the first inversion, just put that lowest Node.js. And if you want to get to the second inversion, now, just put this e, the lowest note now from the first inversion, put it up on top, which means this is the second inversion. If you want to go straight from the root position to the second inversion, remember, you have to start on the last note of your triad. G. Always on the upper note, start there, put your thumb there, and I'll remember what other notes are you paying? Your Anna? Of course you have to pay the C and the E. So if you want to move straight from root position, and you don't want to first find the first inversion before you can find the second. Just remember, second inversion starts on the uppermost note, on the highest note of your root position. Start there, put your thumb there, then go, you pay the two other notes of the chord in second inversion. And let's do that with a minor chord. Let's pick now this time a different chord then C minor because it's going, it's, it's too easy. So let's pig F-minor instead. Minor chord, which starts with a minor third and followed by a major third, or F-minor root position, nal. Let's actually jumped straight into the second inversion now without trying to find the first inversion first. So in order to do that, we find the uppermost node. We play there and put our thumb there. And the other tune Also the F minor chord or the F and the a flat. One final way to find your second inversion, if you're already really good at finding intervals, all you have to do is find a fourth. So this is a force, and after that, it is your third again. So if you have a minor chord, you'll be finding a minor third. If you have a major chord, you'll be finding a major. Remember this is not an aversion of C right now on thing in a version of F major. How do I know that? Because this is my second inversion because we haven't fourth and we have a third second inversion always starts on the highest SNOMED. Remember, so this is actually from the F-Major chord when I was being now, even though it starts on the sea, and you might be tempted to think, oh, this must be a C major chord. No, no, no, the second inversion from C major. This because our, I hope I'm not going too fast for you, but this is the second version because second derivative starts on the highest note. Which means that if you want to find the root position here, you just put your pinky on the highest note and go back. So I hope I didn't make it too complex for you there, but just go ahead, go around and play with this yourself, trying to find first the few second inversions and afterwards trying to find some first second inversions. And lastly, trying to make accommodation between root position, first inversion and second inversion. After you've been around a little bit, I'll see you in the next lesson in which we are going to explore actually, why do we have inversion as why do we need to learn them and how do we use them actually when we're playing a song. Okay, good luck with your practice and I'll see you in the next lesson. 4. Third Inversion: Hi, and welcome to the third lesson of this course about inversions. In the first, second lesson, we've learned the first second inversion. That means that you now know that we have three different ways of playing a chord. If we take C Major, we have the position. You have the first inversion, and we have the second inverter. These are all different ways to play the same court. These are all C-Major. Well, you might think, why do I need to know this? Well, very simple. Playing. Only root position is first of all, sorry. That will require a little jumping. And it kind of sounds would be awkward if you combine root positions with the inversions, is going to mix together the sound really, really well. That sounds a bit abstract, but I'm going to show you so you'll understand. Last course in the minor, in the minor chord scores, of course 102. We actually played all of me a little bit with courts. We had, we knew the major chords within the minor chords, which meant that we could play the song. Just to remind you, we had a almost unnatural to play without convergence for me. So I really need to think if I want to show you all. So we had the refrain of all of mu hat of G-Major. Then we had an E minor and we had an main liner. And we had it D-Major. Going back to Jim, G-Major. Like I said, it's feels almost unnatural for me to play roof positions. I'll show you how this is going to look and sound with inversions. So we're going to have the G-Major. But I'm playing an inversion. We're going to be root position E minor. And then again, pain liner vector, root position d-major. And to an incomplete G-Major inversion, which you can also make complete if you like. But if you don't want this one in the melody, if you don't want this one on top. Like I said, it's all about how the sound mixes. You know, I liked to finish mine. Sounds more final. Sounds more like it's still going somewhere. So this is what inversions do. They make your sound mix real, real nice. They make it sound natural, as well as actually being really natural for my hands. I'll show you once more. The root position is jumping around a lot and doesn't sound connected. You see, sounds like some reports. If you go and you mix inversions with root positions, you have a very logical sounding melody. So not only is it easier, you are also creating music. You're creating music that flows instead of music that jumps around and has no connection. So how do we actually go from root positions to learning inversions and then applying them in a song. Well, my favorite way I know I jot you The first inversion, second inversion. But actually myself, I don't really think too much about playing first. And I think first and I'm doing second. No, no, I'm just playing the chords that are closest to each other. So here if I need to go to A-Minor No. I'm just trying to find the closest a minor to where I am. I know that this is a minor, but I have to jump quite, quite long for that. I told that this one is the closest. I could have also go here for this, but I want to keep my melody. I want to keep it not too high. So I don't want melodic notes in my pinky. I want the melody going down and not up. So that's why I choose for this. But either way, either right or good. And you can also choose from as one. In other words, I don't think too much about which inversion I'm going to use. More, use my ears and of course my knowledge, because I know that I have three different ways of playing a minor, which means that I can either truth is one, I can choose this one more, I can choose this. And then it's all about choosing which one comes more natural to you. Like I said, I wanted a downwards going line, which is why I choose for the inversion. Let me see which one did I? Two is actually I know why I chose for the first inversion. First. But maybe you prefer the second inversion. And if we go from our A-Minor is nice, we can just take root position D major because we're right next to it, right? Why would we try to go? We could. That's not the problem up to you. But I like also the root position here. It sounds really nights. It's about sounding out which you like, listening. Even record yourself, listen. What do you like better? And also what is more comfortable? That's more comfortable then. Oh sorry. It's more comfortable than jumping there. So it's a combination. What's more comfortable and what sounds the best or in your ears, what sounds the best. In order to find these inversions, of course, you do need to really have a good knowledge about what you're a minor consists of. If you if you're not sure which notes make up you're a minor, you're gonna get lost and finding during versions. I remember very little time ago when I was finding my inversions. Like I mentioned before, I felt everything by ear before I studied in the conservatory. But when I was looking for them, I remember this being quite a challenge. So if you are facing this challenge, if you keep forgetting which tones make up your, your chords, don't, don't worry too much, right them down. Make sure that you have them with you when you're practicing your chords, you can always write down C major, just CEG, just help you trigger your memory is not a program at all, is really just about doing it. Often. Getting used to how they sound, getting used to how they feel, and about learning by heart which tones are, which chords. So, yeah, it's just about practicing a lot, I guess. But as super fun, you can do so many things with chords. I mean, grabbed your friends, If I'm sure some of your friends, bane instrument or seeing, it's super fun. Let them do their thing and try to accompany them. It's, is really going to be fun. That's all for this lesson. In the next lesson, let's talk about your project. 5. The project: Hi, and welcome to the last lesson of this course about inversions. I'm very happy to be sharing this course with you because I know is going to give you so much progress and so much fun in your piano playing, in your cord thing, of course. And it's going to be so versatile for you. You're going to use it a lot and I'm just very happy that you watch so far. You know, I'm really proud of you and that you watched until now, but I'll be even proud or if you practice really hard. And I think one of the great ways to have a nice goal in mind to practice for something is to oppose the project. Not only because it gives you a reason to practice, but also because I'm so interested to see what you, how your progress is. I'm so interested to see that. And also I think because I will give you feedback and I just think that is so useful to get some personal feedback. So by all means, if you, if you want to please upload a project, let's first go through real quick just what we went through and what we learned in this course. So this course is the third in the series of the 101 chord courses. In our first course, we discovered all the major chords in, as we now know, it's called root position. We now know that the second course in the minor chord course scores 102. We discovered all the minor chords and as we know again now we know we discovered, own them in root position. And now in this course we discovered that you can play one chord. You can extra played in three different ways. You can play it in root position. You can play it in the first inversion, and you can play it in the second inversion. Now we will learn that these inversions are super useful and very beautiful, so that you can not only, not so much with your chord playing, but you can also mix your notes. Your mixture sounds really well and you can really control the melody. You can really control what you're hearing instead of just jumping to do pores, which sounds kind of disconnected. Now of course, you need to practice real hard in order to, for this information to be really useful to you. There's always such a huge gap between theory and practice. And please don't feel discouraged if it's gonna take you awhile. It takes everybody awhile, you know, but just have fun doing it. And I really would advise you to share this with your friends. I mean, I'm sure you know, people that maybe in the family or maybe friends that play or sing or play an instrument. And I think it's really nice maybe donald, just a sheet from engineers. You can find like pretty much all cords sheets. You can find them so easily and have a go together. Always even more fun together. So give that a goal. And by the way, if you do something together and you would upload it in your project section. So I can see I would be absolutely so, so happy. So for your project, I would really love for you to play a few lines of chords in their inversions. So just as I showed you a few lines of all of me, just make a few, few courts, connect a few chords by playing inversions. So remember you mix up your positions and your first second inversions. And if you don't know exactly which version you're playing, that's also alright, as long as you know that you are playing the correct chords. Now, if you're a bit shy of the camera, which I can totally understand I am to you can just put your smartphone just next to your next year piano, you know, just right in the corner. And and, you know, nobody can see your face. And you can also upload it to YouTube on a, I think it's called unlisted so that nobody can find it except me and your fellow skill share users. So I'm really hoping that tool upload a project not only for your benefit, but also because I would love to see how you're doing. Honestly, one of my greatest joys being a teacher is to see the progress of my students. It makes me so immensely proud. I think that's all for now and I think we're going to have one more course after this in our CTE course series, which is going to be about special courts. We've got the basics, we got the inversions. And I think in the next course, it's time to learn some special cores to spice things up. Thank you so much for watching. I hope to see your project. And if you actually want to get to alerted when the next course is coming out, you can follow me and you'll get an email when I come up with the next course. Ok, thanks for watching. See you next time.