Piano Chord Inversions (With Full Video Transcript)
I’m glad you’ve clicked on this post. I’m about to share my tips with you on how and why to use piano chord inversions.
Now, you might not know what that means, or maybe you’re a bit hazy on how to incorporate inversions into your piano-playing. But never fear – from here on I’m going to break this topic down into a few simple components. Let’s get started!
What on Earth are Piano Chord Inversions?
Although they might sound a little intimidating, in reality piano chord inversions are just like simple upgrades you can make to basic chords. In fact, playing inversions is really just about rearranging notes that you would have played in a “normal” chord anyway.They are certainly nothing to be afraid of!
First and foremost, here’s my video about piano chord inversions: Click here. Okay – now you know what a piano chord inversion is. It’s time to look at the two biggest reasons you should incorporate them into your playing. Ready?
Reason #1 – A Simple Way to Upgrade Your Sound
In case you haven’t noticed yet, I am all about keeping things as simple as possible. Here’s the great thing about playing inversions: without a lot of extra work, you can add variety to the way that you express different chords.
So instead of being restricted to playing any given chord repeatedly throughout a song, you gain some options about how to present that chord – and it’s a relatively foolproof method. Wherever you see a chord, you have complete freedom to pick between its different inversions. This is a great, low-risk way to add a lot of interest to your sound – and you can use inversions again and again!
Reason #2 – Piano Chord Inversions Can Simplify Chord Switching
Of course, if you’ve already started learning, you know that it takes a little time to master switching between chords. That’s perfectly natural, and you definitely will get better at landing on the right chords as you practice. But playing a piano chord inversion can sometimes make it easier to get back and forth between different chords in a song.
You already saw an example in my video about how inversions can streamline your chord-switching. And I’m sure you’d agree any technique which makes your life easier without sacrificing results is a good thing! Inverting your chords definitely falls into this category.
Time to Try It Out on Your Own!
Start small: pick a chord that you already know in its root form, and figure how to invert it. The technique will work for any chord, so don’t worry about which to choose!
Remember, there are two combinations that you can use to invert any chord. Feel free to switch it up, but just make sure that each inversion also includes the same notes that form the root chord. I recommend you practice switching between one root chord and its inversions for a while before trying it out with others.
Finally, one last thing: if you haven’t already, grab a copy of my free 5-day workbook. It covers several other great introductory tips to help you get started with the piano. And don’t forget to let me know how your first time playing a piano chord inversion went!
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