If you remember all there is to inverting triads, inverting seventh-chords should be no problem at all. On the other hand, if you still have trouble with inversions – I suggest you look over past posts before starting with this one.
As mentioned in the past, inverting a chord is like reordering the chord members… but this time, a note besides the root is in the bass.
Whereas a triad had three different inversions (one for each chord member), a seventh-chord will have four different inversions:
- Root Position – where the root is in the bass; noted with a “7” symbol
- First Inversion – where the third is in the bass; noted with a “6/5” symbol
- Second Inversion – where the fifth is in the bass; noted with a “4/3” symbol
- Third Inversion – where the seventh is in the bass; noted with a “4/2” symbol
These inversions can be noted with Roman numerals (below the staff) or in lead-sheet notation (above the staff):
Try writing various seventh-chords, identifying them, and then inverting them. Also, listen to how each of the inversions sound.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read! Feel free to comment, share, and subscribe for more daily tips below! Till next time.