What is the root note of a C major chord?
C, of course!
What bass note should you use for a C chord?
C!… or E…. Or G?
You get a choice. Often you’ll hear C in the bass of a C chord, but that isn’t the only option. An inversion or ‘slash’ chord is where you change the bass note. So a C chord could be in…
- The root inversion – C in the bass
- The first inversion – the 3rd, E in the bass
- The second inversion – the 5th, G in the bass
- The third inversion – The 7th, B (or possibly Bb) in the bass.
Here are some other good posts about chord inversions:
- 4 ways to write a bassline
- Quick songwriting tip – A Gospel Ending
- Quick Songwriting Tip – repeating a phrase a third higher
- Quick Songwriting tip – another standard chord progression
- Chromatic chords – A few options