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How to implement inversions on the guitar?

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Dear fellow guitar players,

 

For the last years I’ve been struggling with implementing inversions in the songs I play. Especially choosing which inversions to use when. With the piano it is seen as best practice in general to use inversions that are near the chord you’re already playing. On the guitar I’ve never encountered any charts that show different chord combinations that you could use together best.

 

Do you know of certain books/resources that show good practices of which inversions to use together?

 

I understand that some of you may say I have to learn to think for myself, but my experience is that this works best when you’ve had some good examples.

 

Kind regards,

Tijs

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Pianos have charts that easily move across the keyboard because the layout allows for the same chord shape to produce the same chord/chord inversion anywhere on the keyboard.  In other words, the relationships between the locations of notes, and the distance between notes, is constant on a keyboard.  When you look at the guitar, those sort of charts simply won't apply.  That gives each player the ability to snear at the other over the way they must think about their playing.   

 

What sort of music are you playing?

 

Are you doing only rhythm work?

 

Are your inversions meant to allow for melody lines also? 

 

Can you give us a few examples of the chords you might use in a typical progression?  

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Do you mean if you're playing an A such as  xxx655 and the next chord calls for a D 

you can play it in 1st position as xxx232 or even closer would be xx777x ? (exact same voicing)

xxxx775 is also right there but not an inversion by definition where as xxx0232 is.

 

No charts that I know of but I can easily see what I just described by knowing Plane Talk.

 

 

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