Inverted Chords

author: GtrVieth date: 05/20/2014 category: chords

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Inverted Chords

So in essence, an inverted chord is simply a power chord that has the root note on the A string, and the fifth of the chord on the E string. For our purposes you can just think of it as an "extended power chord," if that makes things easier. 

The power chord is pretty handy when you're trying to get a thicker sound, and has been used widely in both metal and non-metal settings. For example, you remember those iconic chords at the beginning of Jimi Hendrix's "The Wind Cries Mary"? Those are inverted. 

Here is the basic shape of the inverted chord. Remember you can play this shape anywhere on the neck, as demonstrated in the few chords below:

E|-------------------------|
B|-------------------------|
G|--7----5----4----2----3--|
D|--7----5----4----2----3--|
A|--5----3----2----0----1--|
E|--5----3----2----0----1--|

You can also do some embellishments string for extra flavor, or mess with the shape for some cool dissonance.

For example:

E|--------------------------|
B|--------------------------|
G|--7—-8p7--------------4~--|
D|--7--7----------------4~--|
A|--5------5------------2~--|
E|--5---------5--3p0—2--2~--|

*With gain and palm mutes for an ultra-heavy sound)

E|------------------------------|
B|------------------------------|
G|--2----2----2----2----2----2--|
D|--2----2----2----2----2----2--|
A|--0----0----0----1----1----1--|
E|--0----0----0----1----1----1--|
Pm -----------------------------|


or

E|---------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------|
G|--7---7---7---7---7---4---4---4----2~--|
D|--7---7---7---7---7—--4---4---4----2~--|
A|--5---5---5---4---4---2---2---2----0~--|
E|--5---5---5---4---4---2---2---2----0~--|

Hope this brief tutorial was helpful!

By Daniel Vieth

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