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[MUSIC]
Triad
root position and inversions fingering.
One of the muscular elements in all of
players is triads root position and
inversions.
So we learned in habits that a triad is
just a three note.
Chord.
So three notes that go together.
The root position is when the root, or the
name of the chord, is on the bottom.
So for example, C major chord.
This is root position, because C is at the
very bottom.
It's the lowest note.
[SOUND] So when we're talking about
inverting something,
it means to turn it upside down.
So we're going to invert this triad.
We're gonna take this C and invert it up
to here.
So we're playing the same three notes but
now.
The root of the chord is at the top and
we've turned it upside down one time so
that's called first inversion.
And we actually did that in Habits as
well,
so if you've done Habits you're very
familiar with this.
Now, in Players we had a second inversion
so we flip it upside-down one more time.
So we're gonna take this E.
That's the bottom note and now make it the
top note.
[SOUND] Same three notes, but now they're
again in a different order.
Now if flip it upside down again moving
this G up to here.
[SOUND] We're back to the position we
started with which is root position.
So our C is now again on the bottom.
So that's where the term root position and
inversions comes from.
So we're gonna take the triad, invert it
once, invert it twice,
till we go back to root position.
And then go back down second inversion,
first inversion, back to root position.
The nice thing about root position and
inversions is that the fingering is the
same for every single major and minor key.
So you don't have to learn new fingering
like you do for
scales depending on what key your doing.
So if you can remember this fingering and
do it correctly you're home free for
all of your keys.
The only tricky thing is, is that right
hand and
left hand fingering don't coordinate.
So as you begin players, you'll be doing
it hands alone, and hopefully get a good
habit in your fingering, so it's easy to
play once we get hands together.
But it can get a little bit tricky when
you do it hands together.
Let's just go through the fingering
though.
Starting with left hand.
Root position the three will be in the
middle.
First inversion, three, Second inversion,
two, root position three.
So it goes three, three, two,
three, two, three, three.
So, in the left hand,
the two only comes up when you're playing
the second inversion.
Now, fingering for the right hand.
So, root position is a three, then,
a two, three, and back to three.
So, going up and down,
three, two, three, three,
three, two, three.
So in the right-hand the two comes up, and
the first inversion, so
if you do them together you'll see.
If both threes go together, then right
hand two.
Then left hand two.
So they're different.
Then both together threes.
Left hand two.
Right hand two.
Both threes together.
So really watch your fingering.
Review this video.
And then make sure when you practice that
you're doing your fingering correctly cuz
like I said, every key is the same.
So if you do it correctly, it's really
easy.
If you do it hard [LAUGH] if you do it
incorrectly, it's a hard habit to break.
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