Chord inversions - triads
Since a triad has three notes, it can be played in three different positions or inversions:
root position - 1st inversion - 2nd inversion
Below is an example of how a C chord is played with each inversion:
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Chord inversions - 7th chords
Since a 7th chord has four notes, it can be played in four different positions or inversions:
root position - 1st inversion - 2nd inversion - 3rd inversion
Below is an example of how a C7 chord is played with each inversion:
7th chords - chord inversions - sus chords
extended chords - diatonic triads - diatonic 7th chords
primary chords - secondary chords - secondary dominants
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