Understanding chord inversions: Composing a successful 4-chord chord progression

In this lesson, you will learn all about inversions - how and why do we play the pitches of a chord in a different order. You will explore voice leading and the importance of moving smoothly between chords, and this will culminate in you crafting a chord sequence with inversions and excellent voice leading.

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Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

Before we start this lesson, let’s see what you can remember from this topic. Here’s a quick quiz!

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Q1.What is structure in music?

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Q2.What do you call the catchy section of a song that repeats, with the same lyrics each time?

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Q3.What do you call the sections of a song that repeat, with different lyrics?

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Q4.What do you call the beginning of a song or piece of music?

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Q5.What is the correct order of a typical song structure?

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Q6.How would a band play in time together?

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Q7.What is balance?

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Q8.How could balance be addressed before the performance?

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Q9.When might the bass guitar play louder in a piece?

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Q10.How would someone in a band know what to do?

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Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

Before we start this lesson, let’s see what you can remember from this topic. Here’s a quick quiz!

Question 1

Question 2

Question 3

Question 4

Question 5

Question 6

Question 7

Question 8

Question 9

Question 10

Q1.What is structure in music?

1/10

Q2.What do you call the catchy section of a song that repeats, with the same lyrics each time?

2/10

Q3.What do you call the sections of a song that repeat, with different lyrics?

3/10

Q4.What do you call the beginning of a song or piece of music?

4/10

Q5.What is the correct order of a typical song structure?

5/10

Q6.How would a band play in time together?

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Q7.What is balance?

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Q8.How could balance be addressed before the performance?

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Q9.When might the bass guitar play louder in a piece?

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Q10.How would someone in a band know what to do?

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How can chord sequences be like a puzzle?

Don’t worry if you get a question wrong! Forgetting is an important step in learning. We will recap next lesson.

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Q1.How can you work out a triad on a keyboard?

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Q2.How do we label the three notes in a triad?

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Q3.What is an inversion?

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Q4.Which of these is an F major triad, in inversion?

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Q5.What is one benefit of playing chords in inversion?

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Q6.What is voice leading?

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Q7.What two notes do A minor and C major triads have in common? Use the keyboard to help you.

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Q8.What note of the F major triad would you change to make the chord into a D minor triad? Use the keyboard to help you.

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Q9.When you decide on your inversions to make good voice leading, what is the main thing you need to consider?

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Q10.What would poor voice leading sound like?

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This quiz includes images that don't have any alt text - please contact your teacher who should be able to help you with an audio description.

Quiz:

How can chord sequences be like a puzzle?

Don’t worry if you get a question wrong! Forgetting is an important step in learning. We will recap next lesson.

Question 1

Question 2

Question 3

Question 4

Question 5

Question 6

Question 7

Question 8

Question 9

Question 10

Q1.How can you work out a triad on a keyboard?

1/10

Q2.How do we label the three notes in a triad?

2/10

Q3.What is an inversion?

3/10

Q4.Which of these is an F major triad, in inversion?

4/10

Q5.What is one benefit of playing chords in inversion?

5/10

Q6.What is voice leading?

6/10

Q7.What two notes do A minor and C major triads have in common? Use the keyboard to help you.

7/10

Q8.What note of the F major triad would you change to make the chord into a D minor triad? Use the keyboard to help you.

8/10

Q9.When you decide on your inversions to make good voice leading, what is the main thing you need to consider?

9/10

Q10.What would poor voice leading sound like?

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Lesson summary: Understanding chord inversions: Composing a successful 4-chord chord progression

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