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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,


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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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