Inverted chords are extremely useful. Working with inversions allows us to create better sounding progressions, since the bass is no longer stuck to jumping in parallel with the chord. This video explains the basic music theory of chords in first and second inversion, also called 63 and 64 chords respectively. In addition, we explore slash chord notation and 4 examples in full of how inversions can help us write more interesting and likable progressions.
The following videos are referenced in this lesson:
Writing Progressions in Major: https://youtu.be/M8eItITv8QA
Writing Progressions in Minor: https://youtu.be/j-j4g0ktPGw
Borrowed Chords: https://youtu.be/7IdttvJSedg
Analyzing George Harrison’s “Something”: https://youtu.be/wcG7G1Ixb6E
My song, Generations: https://youtu.be/5Z5Ljhbp3A0
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Probably! Only about 15% of this course is dedicated to the guitar, while the remaining concepts are taught in a way that can easily be applied to any other instrument. However, since all the theory taught is viewed through the lens of the guitar, it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you own a guitar before pursuing this course to finish.
This is not a course on guitar playing or technique, but on theory and songwriting. The only skills you are expected to know is how to read guitar tablature, and the absolute basics of guitar playing (how to fret a note, open chords, etc)
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