Chord Progressions: Chord Inversion & Bass Melody

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One way to expand the musical possibilities of a chord progression is to invert some of the chords in order to create both harmonic interest and melodic movement in the bass line.

Enjoy this famous example, first, without chord inversion (all chords in root position)…

piano-ology-chord-progressions-chord-inversion-bass-melody-example-without-inversion


Now with some chords inverted, creating a linear bass line that descends smoothly and melodically through the changes…

piano-ology-chord-progressions-chord-inversion-bass-melody-example-with-inversion

BTW, do these changes sound familiar? If they ring a bell, please comment below!

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