First Inversion Chords On Guitar: The Songwriter’s Secret Weapon

Author: Tommaso Zillio

How can you write something original that sounds different from other musicians? A good idea would be to not use the same old chords.

You can realize the magnitude of the problem if you realize that if you want to write a song in a key you have only 6 usable triads. For instance in C major you have: C, Dm, Em, F, G, Am.

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With just a handful of sounds, it’s clear that:

  • After a while you will start repeating yourself and
  • It’s hard to write something original

The solution is to find ways to use other sounds that work together well with the chords you already know. On of the songwriter’s secret weapon to do this is to use first inversion triads (even if you know what those are, I bet there are tricks in the video that you do not know yet…)

Adding first inversion chords gives you 7 new sounds to work with. Yes, it more than doubles your palette of sounds!

In the video below you will learn what first inversion triads are, how to play them on your guitar, and 3 different ways to use them on your own compositions:

Whew, lots of information here! Now that you know how to use first inversion chords, try using them in your music and share your experience with them in the comments!

About the Author

Tommaso Zillio is a professional guitarist and guitar teacher. Visit Tommaso’s site to know more about music theory for guitar and visit his YouTube channel for more videos

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