First inversion

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The first inversion of a chord is the voicing of a triad, seventh chord, or ninth chord with the third of the chord in the bass and the root a sixth above it.[1] In the first inversion of a C-major triad About this sound Play , the bass is E—the third of the triad—with the fifth and the root stacked above it (the root now shifted an octave higher), forming the intervals of a third and a sixth above the inverted bass of E, respectively.

Root position, first inversion, and second inversion C major chords About this sound Play root position C major chord , About this sound Play first inversion C major chord , or About this sound Play second inversion C major chord . Chord roots (all the same) in red.
F major chord
First inversion F major chord: A,C,F.
First inversion (F6).
Second inversion F major chord: C,F,A.
Second inversion (F6
Third inversion F major chord: E-flat,F,A,C.
Third inversion F7 chord (F4
) About this sound Play .

First inversion of C major triad.svg

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  1. ^ Walter Piston, Harmony, fifth edition, revised and expanded by Mark DeVoto (New York: W. W. Norton, 1987): p. 66. ISBN 978-0-393-95480-7.