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Cello Lessons: Chord Inversions

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After you spend a few lifetimes getting
really comfortable arpeggiating through
the core progression of Autumn Leaves,
we wanna start arpeggiating
from the chord inversions.
So what does that mean?
You've been arpeggiating up
from the root of the chord.
And in addition to arpeggiating
down from the root of the chord,
we're gonna wanna start arpeggiating
up and down from the third and
the fifth and the seventh,
all the other chord tones.
So I'm gonna give you a little
primer here on these inversions.
I'm gonna demonstrate the first four bars
of Autumn Leaves in first inversion,
which means that the bottom note
is gonna be the third, okay?
So here's the first
inversion of A minor seven.
Followed by the first inversion of D7.
G major 7.
then C major 7.
See if you can accomplish that for
the first phrase and
then apply this concept
of inversion to the rest of the tune.
Try and figure out all of the other chord
harmonies, starting from the third.
And of course, you'll wanna do
the same process we did when
we were arpeggiating up from the root.
Once you figure out all the notes,
I want you to put the metronome at 50 and
see if you can play through the whole
chord progression, arpeggiating up and
down from the third this time.
And then you'll work that
up with the metronome and
eventually be able to play that with
the guitar backing track in A Future Life,
maybe a few months down the road.
I wanna give you just a primer
on the second inversion and
also starting from the seventh.
So the second inversion is when the lowest
note of the arpeggio is the fifth.
And that's gonna sound like this
through the first four chords.
What's so great about learning
these inversions is even though it's
the same collection of pitches,
it has a very different feel
to it when you invert it,
and that's called a voicing.
Depending on which note is on bottom or
the voicing changes the feel of the chord,
so that's why we're practicing this.
Let me show you the chord,
starting from the seventh.
The first
four bars.
So, as you start working on these upper
inversions, it's gonna get easier and
easier because you're going to get really
used to the sound of each of these chords.
And so I want you to go down this road
after you're comfortable with the root.
And feel free to send me a video
submission at any time when you're working
on the thirds, fifths, or sevenths.
I wanna make sure that you've
got all the right chords and
arpeggios and that you're fingering
them in a comfortable way, and
that also we're still thinking about
a good swing feel and a smooth bowing.
And really I am nerdy enough that I
will never get tired of
hearing chord arpeggios.