Chord Change Formula 9: Chord Inversion Method

Chord Changing Chord Inversion Method 132 (R21)

How to use the Rockmaster Chord Changing Chord Inversion Method 132 (R21) to change chords

Chord Changing Chord Inversion Method 132 (R21)

Chord Inversion Method 132 (R21)

The Chord Inversion Method 132 (R21) gives you the least
amount of hand movement when changing chords.

The Chord Inversion Method 132 (R21) is based on the
inversion of the Tonic Chord in each key.

For the purpose of this illustration we will use
inversion and position interchangeably.

Root          1st pos/inv           (Root at the bottom)                         X-X-X

1st inv       2nd pos/inv              (Root at the top)                 X-X- –X

2nd inv      3rd pos/inv            (Root at the middle)                X- –X-X

If the Tonic Chord is a 1st pos/inv chord, use the
following inversions for all chords:

I        II      1st pos/inv

III      IV    3rd pos/inv

V        VI     2nd pos/inv

VII               1st pos/inv

If the Tonic Chord is a 3rd pos/inv chord, use the
following inversions for all chords:

I        II        3rd pos/inv

III     IV       2nd pos/inv

V        VI       1st pos/inv

VII                 3rd pos/inv

If the Tonic Chord is a 2nd pos/inv chord, use the
following inversions for all chords:

I         II         2nd pos/inv

III      IV        1st pos/inv

V        VI         3rd pos/inv

VII                   2nd pos/inv

Four-note chords have four inversions.
For four-note chords, use the triad portion of the
chord to determine the inversion.

Chord Inversion Method 132 (R21) Table

 

Chord                                  I         II         III         IV         V         VI         VII

Pos/Inv (Primary)             1         1          3           3           2          2           1

Pos/Inv (Alternate)                      3          1           2           3          1           2

 

Chord                                    I         II        III         IV          V         VI       VII

Pos/Inv (Primary)               3         3          2          2            1          1         3

Pos/Inv (Alternate)                        2          3          1            2          3         1

 

Chord                                     I        II         III        IV         V         VI        VII

Pos/Inv (Primary)                2         2          1          1          3        3           2

Pos/Inv (Alternate)                         1          2          3          1         2          3

 

Finger Position                     B         B         M         M          T        T          B
/                                                1         1          3           3           5        5          1
Finger                                     T         T          M         M          P        P         T

Finger Position                   B,    M,    T – Bottom, Middle, Top

Finger                                    T,    M,    P – Thumb, Middle, Pinkie
Finger                                            I*

* For 2nd position/inversion chords use the index finger (I)
instead of the middle finger (M).

You may use the same position/inversion for adjacent chords.

The position/inversion of the adjacent chord is also
the alternate position/inversion.

Chord Inversion Method

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