Join Julian Velard for an in-depth discussion in this video Triad inversions, part of Music Theory for Songwriters: The Fundamentals.
- So far we've only looked at triads in a root position,…which means the root is the bottom or base note.…Since there three notes in a triad, they can have three…possible bottom or base notes.…Not only the root, but the the third and the fifth as well.…We call the triad with the third in the base the…first inversion.…The triad with the fifth in the base is the…second inversion.…All three of these have distinct sounds while retaining…the quality, major, minor, diminished or augmented,…of the triad.…
Let's discuss first and second inversions.…In the first inversion of a triad we play the chord with…a third as the bottom note, the root at the top and the…fifth is tucked in the middle.…Let's use a C major triad as the example, for clarity.…Root position of the C major triad is C E G.…(piano music)…The first inversion of a C major triad has an E…on the bottom, followed by a G…and then a C on the top.…
You'll notice when we play the first inversion, the triad…has a distinctly different sound than when in root position.…
Professional musician Julian Velard starts the course with the building blocks of harmony: notes, scales, intervals, chords, inversions, and basic chord progressions. He then goes into voice leading—showing how to move from one chord to another by changing just one or two notes—and reviews common song forms, from the familiar verse/chorus/verse of pop to the simple verse of the blues. At the end of each chapter, Julian explains the songwriting techniques shown in the chapter within the context of his own original commercially released songs.
- Understanding scales, intervals, and keys
- Triads or three-note chords
- Triad inversions
- Common major-scale chord progressions and cadences
- Voice leading
- Song form elements such as verse, chorus, bridge, hook, and more
- Using common song forms in songwriting
Skill Level Beginner
1. The Building Blocks of Harmony
2. Triads and Chord Progressions
3. Chord Progressions and Voice Leading
4. Song Forms
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