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Jazz Bass Lessons: Arpeggios: Basic Inversions - C Major

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[MUSIC]
C major, root position,
would have a root in the base, remember.
[MUSIC]
Let's make sure we have our C in tune.
So root position is literally just
[SOUND] one, three, five of the chord.
So that's the root, [SOUND] which is a C,
the third of the chord is an E.
[SOUND] And there's an open G so,
[SOUND] and
a good fingering is four, two, open.
So just roll back and forth on that a
little bit and just get that in your ear.
You've probably heard
this sound all your life.
[MUSIC]
Okay?
Now, there's also a first inversion.
That's when we started in
the third of the chord.
[MUSIC]
So now we have,
[MUSIC]
so that's one on E, open G.
[SOUND] There's a C.
Make sure we have that,
so here's root position,
[MUSIC]
and here's first inversion.
[MUSIC]
Now, normally,
the second inversion is gonna go higher,
but
we're not gonna cover those positions yet,
so we'll go back down lower.
We'll put the G,
[SOUND] which is the fifth of the chord,
normally we would go higher.
We're gonna bring it down an octave and
play the fifth.
[MUSIC]
And the root, and the third.
This is called second inversion, where the
fifth of the chord is put on the bottom.
[MUSIC]
So you have one three five,
three, five, octave, and then five,
three, five, root three, sorry.
So that's C major.
[MUSIC]