Hey Jacques Hopkins here and in this video I’m gonna teach you all about inversions on the piano and specifically I wanna tell you the 2 reasons why you’d ever want to use them. So let’s go and jump over to the keys and learn about inversions.
So first of all, what is inversion? Let’s first of all take C major chord and play in its root position which is 1 2 3 4, 1 2 3. Here’s C major in its root position and by root position I mean it is not inverted. Now when we inverted that means that we’ll take the notes and put them in a different order. So we have a C, an E and a G that makes up our C major chord, if you play a C E and G anywhere in your keyboard, that’s still a C major chord it’s just inverted. So for example, that’s a C major chord, and that’s a C major chord, that’s also a C major chord. The technical terms of these inversions would be, that’s where position not inverted, this is first inversion and this is second inversion. I few play in this order G C E even if it’s down here that is still the second inversion of C major but those technical terms like first inversion and second inversion are as important as just understanding that if you’re playing those three notes of the chords, it’s still the same chord it might just be inverted.
Now there’s two reasons that we would ever want to use these inversions. The first reason is that it can make our song sound better and the second reason is because it can make easier to play. So those are two really great reasons to actually use inversions when you’re playing. So let me give you the example with Photograph by Ed Sheeran. It starts out in the D major. So we’ll play our D major, and then the very next chord is B minor. D major, B minor. Well what if we invert that D major because if you really look at it, if you’re going to D major to B minor, they share 2 of these acts the same notes. So why would we move our hand all the way from here to down here when we could just leave our hand in a position that can just play those 2 notes easily with both chords. So what we’re going to do is we’re gonna invert our D major down to this and play it like that so it’s easy to switch from D major to B minor. See how we did that from D major to B minor. Continue it to the song.
Alright! So that was a bit about inversions. If you want more simple piano lessons from me, I got a free eBook waiting for you. Just click the image of eBook on this video or click the link in the description below.