What exactly is meant by inversion?

I have been looking at scale shapes, and though I found a C harmonic minor scale, I found that it came in several different inversions, so what is meant by that?

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An inversion is when the key note of a scale or chord is not the lowest note played.
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um inversion means opposite

Why did you even bother?

TS: You'll usually hear the word "inversion" mentioned in the context of chords, meaning that the root of the chord has been moved to an upper voice. There are three inversions of chords and they look like this using a C7 chord as an example:
Root position: C E G Bb
First inversion: E G Bb C
Second inversion: G Bb C E
Third inversion: Bb C E G

Note that the third inversion uses the seventh in the bass, so triads only have two inversions in addition to their root position.
If you're talking the veriouse inversion such as dorian b2, Lydian#5, Mixolian b6..ect
Maybe you see seven ?
They're modes of the scale. The one I'm looking at or listed is for the melodic minor.

You know..C to C, D to D.

bascally what Smiley did with the chords

The intervals of the melodic minor is different from the diatonic (major) scale.

That's why you get these names such as Aoelian b5

You play the aoelian with the 5th flat so it'll match with the melodic minor

Hopfully the diagrams you're looking at has the root listed on them
Last edited by Ordinary at May 16, 2008,
Generally a chord in which the root note is not the lowest note. C major as GCE(as opposed to CEG) is the second inversion.