Join Tricia Woods for an in-depth discussion in this video Triad inversions, part of Beginning Blues Keyboard.
- Before we play through our 12-bar progression,…let's talk about triad inversions.…In addition to playing a triad in what we call…root position, one, three, five,…we can also flip it over.…We can put the third on the bottom,…having then three, five, one.…We call this first inversion.…Or we can put the fifth on the bottom,…having five, one, three.…This is the second inversion.…When we play chords in the blues,…we want to be able to play them in any inversion.…
This allows us to create what we call good voice leading.…Let me show you what I mean.…To move from a C triad in root position,…(arpeggio)…to an F triad in root position involves a big jump.…None of the notes or voices in the C chord…can move slowly and melodically to the F chord…because they're too far away.…Now, look what happens if I take my C chord…and put it in first inversion.…I'm going to have E on the bottom, G, C.…
Now when I move to the F chord,…I can put it in root position, F, A, C.…And my top note has stayed the same, C.…In addition, my two voices in the chord, E and G,…
Note: This course was created and produced by Alfred Music. We are honored to host this training in our library.
- Labeling the chord and triads
- Triad inversions
- The blues scale and the major pentatonic scale
- Playing off the dominant chord and dominant bass line
- Dominant chord inversions
- Playing off the triad
- Blues fills
- Endings and introductions
- Boogie-woogie bass lines
- Cycle of 5ths and the 6th chord
Skill Level Beginner
1. Blues Harmony
2. Blues Melodies
3. Dominant Chords
5. Turnarounds, Endings, and Introductions
Boogie-woogie bass lines4m 12s
7. Advanced Harmony: Slow Blues
Next steps1m 40s
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