BASS LINES by Jaime David Vazquez – “Grooving the Inversions”…
Hello bass players and fans of bass playing! Welcome to BASS LINES – “Grooving the inversions.”
According to the definition of global.britannica.com, inversion (in music), is the rearrangement of the top-to-bottom elements in an interval, a chord, a melody, or a group of contrapuntal lines of music. The inversion of chords and intervals is utilized for various purposes, e.g., to create a melodic bass line or (with certain chords) to modulate to a new key.
To invert a chord or an interval is to rearrange its notes so that the original bottom note becomes an upper note.
Fig. 1 – An example with the C chord in Root Position (C-E-G); 1ST Inversion (E-G-C) and the 2nd Inversion (G-C-E).
Fig. 2 – A latin fusion groove using the Root Position and the 1ST Inversion:
AMaj7 – Root Position
E/G# – 1ST Inversion
GMaj7 – Root Position
DMaj7/F# – 1ST Inversion
Fig. 3 – A rock bass line using the Root Position and the 2nd Inversion:
Ab – Root Position
Cm/G – 2ND Inversion
Fig. 4 – A very interesting 6×8 groove using the Root Position, the 1st Inversion and the 2nd Inversion:
Dm7 – Root Position
Gm/D – 2ND Inversion
Gm/Bb – 1ST Inversion
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