How to Play Minor Chord Inversions in C on the Bass Guitar

Minor chord inversions on the bass guitar work on the same premise as major chord inversions. Here, you will be walked through playing the inversions for the C minor chord. You can use these same patterns for any minor chord inversion. In these examples, the octave is added 1to the C minor triad, so you play four notes — root, ♭ó3, 5, and octave (C-E♭ó-G-C) — rather than three.

Here, you see the C minor chord with the root C in the bass, or root position. This chord is spelled C-E♭ó-G-C. Begin with the C on the 8th fret of the E string, and be sure to keep your hand in position.

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To play the 1st inversion, find the 3rd of the C minor chord, the E♭ó. Position your middle finger on the E♭ó, which is on the 6th fret of the A string. Follow the grid in and play the C minor chord starting with the 3rd in the bass.

The chord is now E♭ó-G-C-E♭ó. E♭ó is in the bass, but C is still the root of the chord. No matter where you are or what chord you play, don’t lose sight of your root.

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For the 2nd inversion, find the 5th of the C minor chord, the G. The G is on the 10th fret of the A string. Follow the grid and keep your hand in position. Your chord is now G-C-E♭ó-G. G is in the bass, but C is still the root of the chord.

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