Stacked 5ths With Inversions

Let's get into a gorgeous sounding technique building chords using 5ths and inversions. But, you say most chords already have a 5th in them. Even power chords do that. True, but what happens if you add another 5th? You get a stacked 5th. An example; the 5th of A is E, the 5th of E is B. Put them together and you have a stacked 5th. They can be played as chords (we'll get to that soon), but they can sound awesome played as arpeggios, played as individual notes. Here's a short chord progression that demonstrates this. Depending on the instrument you play it might be good to start this lesson by actually playing the piece. Go on.... Done?... Cool. Now let's analyze it.

stacked 4th and 5th exercise

First up you'll notice two chord variations. The chord boxes are the exact chords of what is scored. That's what we're focusing on. However, if you play full chords by filling out the missing notes from each triad (including the extra notes above) the chords underneath are what you'll get. And, that is actually subjective because the first chord could quite easily be a Major chord not a minor as indicated. Let's not go there today but depending on your musical level you can go all creative and develop a different chord structure.

Next up is the root notes of each chord. They are indicated by the green arrows. The root note is not the first note of each chord. As mentioned above you could create full chords based on the notes above - great if you're a jazz or classical player. If you are in the rock department then you'll need your bass player to lay something down that drives home the root notes of each chord to achieve the boxed chords.

Lastly, we're going give you the breakdown of each chord as scored above. We hope that you'll not only develop playing technique, but be inspired creatively too! Think about chord structure in the way we outline below because this lesson is less chordal theory and more how notes are 'stacked' on each other, IE: they are not directly linked to the root note but rather related to the note that proceeds it. That said each note does flow through a logical, musically accurate path back to the root note.

D(no3) - A (inverted 5th), D (root), A (5th). Asus2 - A (root), E (5th), B (5th of E). Dsus2 - D (root), A (5th), E (5th of A). Csus2 - D (inverted 5th of G), G (inverted 5th of C), C (root)

Have fun!

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