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Old 01-10-2013, 09:26 PM   #1
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Same chord or Different chord?

Ok lets say I have a D7sus 4 chord D (r) G (4th) A (5th) C (b7th)

Open D string

1st finger 1st fret B string

2 finger 2 fret G string

4th finger 3rd fret high E string

what if I played it like this?

2 finger D string 5th fret

3rd finger G string 5th fret

1st finger B string 3rd fret

4th finger Hi E string 5th fret

The lowest sounding note (on the D string) has changed from D to G but they have the same notes?

Would that be considered a different chord since I changed my bass note? Or is this considered a different voicing? or theres one more word thats not the same as "voicing" for playing a different type of chord the same...or the other way around maybe...I dont remember

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Old 01-10-2013, 09:39 PM   #2
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If anyone comes in here saying it's an inversion I will e-slap them.

To answer you, it depends on the context, learn about functional harmony and suspensions to get a better idea of this stuff.
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Old 01-10-2013, 09:44 PM   #3
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A chord is the same regardless of the order the notes are sounded. The root is not always in the bass. The chord tones are not always arranged the same.

Inversions are named depending on what the bottom note is. Voicings deal with how the chord tones are arranged.
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Old 01-10-2013, 10:05 PM   #4
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Yes! Inversions...that was the word I was looking for. I obviously have some studying to do. Thanks all for the feedback
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Old 01-12-2013, 04:23 PM   #5
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And not to forget enharmonic...however that's being called in English.
Like probably the most simple one being Em7 = G6 (and CM9 without the root...) and so on and so on.
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