This week's blog will be relatively short, really aimed at more advanced players looking at delving into jazz, or at least looking to have some jazz influence in their playing.
A lot of the principles for learning these inversions are similar to those which I've outlined in learning the triad inversions:
1) Practicing them in one key
2) Trying this same thing with all keys
3) Practicing set chord progressions with as little movement as possible
4) Actually applying them to songs, in this case some jazz standards.
The 4 chord types that I'm referring to in this blog are:
It's important to note that these are NOT exhaustive lists, there are near infinite ways to play inversions of these chords but this is a great foundation and actually in most cases will be more than you really need.
Pro tip: The bass note in the inversion is obviously going to be very important as this not only dictates what type of inversion it is, but will also help you place the chord easily.
The real pro tip, however, is that you also memorise the note that sits on top of each inversion, whether it's root, 3rd, 5th or 7th. This will give you great control over which note in the chord to highlight and will be especially helpful for when we look at creating chord-melodies.