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Chord inversions chart

Discussion in 'Tab, Tips, Theory and Technique' started by ponce, Aug 9, 2019.

  1. ponce

    ponce Tele-Afflicted

    Dec 21, 2011
    Does anybody have a link to the chart of the most common chord inversions for a guitar? I'm kind of stuck in the usual 'cowboy' and barre shapes.:oops:
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  2. Larry F

    Larry F Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

    Nov 5, 2006
    Iowa City, IA
    Mickey Baker's book is the most practical and essential for jazz. Ted Greene is well known for his book Chord Chemistry, among others, in which he documents all manner of chord types and fingerings.

    Speaking as a classical musician, the term inversion denotes which part of the chord (root, 3rd, 5th, etc) is in the bass. That's it. As long as, say, E is in the bass of a C chord, then the chord is in first inversion. If the 5th is in the bass, it is in 2nd inversion. Inversions get more interesting with seventh chords.

    I'm not sure of a better term for inversion, as guitarists mean it. I think they are referring to voicings or fingerings.
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  3. Verne Bunsen

    Verne Bunsen Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 29, 2008
    Sonoran Desert
    I have these that I made myself, I personally find them invaluable! They are based on 7th chords built off of the 6th, 5th and 4th strings.

    Attached Files:

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  4. klasaine

    klasaine Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Nov 28, 2006
    Los Angeles, Ca
    These are what I hand out to the guitar players when I clinic/coach at high schools, middle schools and even some colleges (depends on their level).
    The first page shows the most common shapes with the roots on the 6th and 5th strings. "X" means they're moveable. An open circle 0 = optional note. Hopefully you can see how most of them are related to the barre positions.
    The second page places (most of the time) the root on the 4th string and it's designated by a dot inside a circle. *These pages have evolved over time. Yes, I should probably re-do them. There are little written notes on each page to help.

    Chords1.jpg Chords2.jpg

    Obviously this is not comprehensive. This also has nothing to do with CAGED - which will inevitably come up. This is just a shape, grip or fingering 'cheat sheet' for triads, 7th chords, extensions and alterations.
    I chose voicings that aren't super difficult to finger. Beginner to intermediate level.
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