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Free Sheet Music for Chord Inversions of Major Keys With Annotations and Figured Bass

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Chord Inversions of Major Keys

An important bit of knowledge to have in your musical skill set is the ability to recognize and play chord inversions. This article will cover the root chord and its' inversions in all the major keys.

Although written for a piano or keyboard in mind, the chord structures are an important concept for any instrument whether string, brass, or woodwind.

There are three sections which describe the chords of the white keys, the black keys, and then putting them all together. Some people like a little bite at a time, and some want the whole thing at once! Your choice.

For each section, the steps are the same. Be certain to view each thumbnail. If you have a printer, you can easily print out the thumbnails:

  • Click on thumbnail
  • (Possibly enlarge by using the magnifying glass + icon, if it shows up for you)
  • Save image as... to your desktop or downloads, then print from there

Note: The music images show up a lot better when they are saved off to your computer.

Major Triads on White Keys

This section contains two pages of sheet music for the major white keys.

  • The key is indicated in the first measure.
  • The inversions are written twice, one ascending and one descending.
  • The ascending portion has annotations in words, and the descending portion has figured bass.


Major Triads on Black Keys

This section contains two pages of sheet music for the major black keys.

  • The alternate keys are indicated in the first and fifth measure.
  • The inversions are written twice, one ascending and one descending.
  • The ascending measures are spelled in the "sharp" key
  • The descending measures are spelled in the "flat" key

Major Triads on Black and White Keys

Here we have the root triad of the major keys in both the black and white keys. You can see the combination of ascending and descending notes along with the alternate spelling of the black keys — one in sharps and one in flats.

Practice Makes Perfect

I hope this helps a beginning or intermediate student to see the relationships within chord inversions and between sharp and flat keys.

With practice, playing the piano (or any instrument) will bring extra satisfaction to you.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 The Sampsons

Comments

The Sampsons (author) from The Ozarks, Missouri on December 27, 2020:

Thank you very much, Reginald. I hope many people will find it useful.

Reginald Thomas on December 27, 2020:

Thanks for writing an interesting post. It is a great reference for any musician learning about three-note chords.