#1
E - x
A - x
D - x
G - o
B - 1
e - o

My dad recently wanted to learn a bit of guitar, so I've been helping him a bit, as well as this beginner book he got, which tells him that this string of notes is a C chord. I was confused, cause C isn't the base note, but it is a 1-3-5 chord for an open C. Wouldn't this be along the lines of C/G or something like that? Sorry, this is probably an insanely n00b question, but I thought I knew chords pretty well, and this is screwing with me.


Long story short... Why is that considered only a C chord?
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#2
Yes it would be considered a C/G, since the G is the lowest note, but you're a bit ahead - the book is just trying to show that a C chord contains those three notes, so that is a C chord.
#3
it's a c chord, but in the 1st inversion.
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#4
its actually the second inversion of c
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#5
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it's a c chord, but in the 1st inversion.

What do you mean by the 1st inversion? How do you invert a chord?

EDIT: So it's the second inversion? What does this mean? I'd like to know, I read up on that whole FAQ thing to chords, but didn't see anything about inversions.
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#8
So if you play a chord (C for example) and you're still using the 1-3-5 formula, simply moving the 5th to your bass note, it's still a C, just inverted? However, if I were to use, say a note not within the basic major for C, it would be a C/D for example, if I chose to throw the D in?
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#9
right, say you've got a major triad '135' if you put the notes in this order '351' then its the first inversion of the chord, then if you put the notes in this order '513' then thats the second inversion of the chord.

so C major for example is CEG, so the first inversion would be EGC whilst the second would be GCE.

EDIT: when i say in order i mean from low to high
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#10
Alright guys, thanks a lot. I didn't know you could invert a chord like that while keeping the same name.
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#11
also, when people talk about inversions it's normally just with a triad. however, with a full chord it's a / chord

C second inversion:

0
1
0
-
-
-


C/G:

0
1
0
2
3
3