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Jazz Piano Lessons: Two Handed Comping: Chord Inversions

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[MUSIC]
Let's talk a little bit about inversions
and making the most of the notes that
we're given in a chord like this.
[MUSIC]
There's the basic format of an F7 chord.
You've got your triad,
[SOUND] F, A, and C.
And you've got your 7th on top.
As we're gonna discuss,
this [SOUND] to me is not a great voicing.
[SOUND] Neither is that.
What I mean when I'm talking about
inversions is taking the chords in
a closed position,
which means we're not gapping them out.
We're not going [SOUND] like that.
They're all coming one after the next.
And if we take it and
put the bottom note on the top,
[SOUND] that's another
inversion of the chord.
Take the A, put that on top,
that's another inversion.
Now take the C, put that on top, and
then we're back to our original inversion.
So basically, by inversions,
what I mean to say is that there's
four positions of a four note chord.
The root position, the first inversion,
where we put the root from the bottom,
we put it on top.
The second inversion,
where we take the note
that was on the bottom of the first
inversion and put it on top.
And then do that one more time and
you get the third inversion.
We're going to work mostly in the next
couple of lessons on shaping and
varying the third inversion to
get our first two handed voicing.
So I'll see you for that lesson.
[MUSIC]