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August 9, 2011

Chord Inversions for Cool Kids: The Low Five

graphic of chord inversions low five

If I told you that there is a guitar chord concept which gets very little attention, but will teach you something valuable about chord construction – and at the same time make your guitar playing generally more awesome – you’d be pretty interested, wouldn’t you?

I would too!

Well, wait no longer, my friends. That super-cool concept is…drum roll, pleasechord inversions!

Specifically, I’m talking about what trained musicians often call 2nd inversion chords, or chords where the 5th note of the scale is played as the bass note, below the root note.

Sounds exciting, am I right? (sarcasm alert)

Okay, so it’s not the sexiest-sounding topic. But it does produce some very cool results when used at just the right time. (more…)

Jim Bowley is a professional guitarist, teacher and blogger. A native of Baltimore, he has over 30 years of playing experience and an advanced degree in Music Education from Towson University. Jim lives in Bel Air, MD where he maintains a thriving private lesson studio and performs with his band, Remains of Radio.

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