Previously, we have talked about triads. To remind ourselves:
A triad is a chord built on three different pitches where each of the pitches from lowest to highest are a musical interval of a third apart.
On any staff, a triad can be written with all the pitches being on a line, or all being on a space.
Now, we are going to talk about inversions, which is similar to when we invert a harmonic interval – we take the lowest pitch and raise it up an octave so that a different chord member becomes the lowest pitch.
NOTE: the new lowest pitch does not become the root.
Likewise, you can invert in a reverse process where you take the highest note in the triad and lower it down an octave.
When the third is in the bass (lowest position), we say that the triad is in first inversion. As for when the fifty is in the bass, we say that the triad is in second inversion. We will take soon on how to indicate with other forms of notation about writing inversions.
Try writing a variety of triads in their possible inversions. Play them, too!
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