L6: First Inversion Grandmaster

What you Need to Know

  • Up to this point we’ve worked with chords in their lowest positions on the fretboard. Now we’ll start learning those same chords in higher inversions ‘up the neck.’
  • The inversions will be notated in a form of ukulele chord shorthand that gives fret positions through a sequence of four numbers. In this system the open strings GCEA would be notated 0000 (a C6 chord). Some other chords you already know: 0003 = C, 2010 = F, 0232 = G, etc.

Inversions for this level (in order of the descending circle of fifths):

  • C 5433, Cm 5333, C7 3433
  • F 5558, Fm 5543, F7 5556
  • Bb 7565, Bbm 6564, Bb7 3545
  • Eb 3336, Ebm 8666, Eb7 3334
  • Ab 8886, Abm 8876, Ab7 5646
  • Db 6544, Dbm 6444, Db7 4544
  • F# 6669, F#m 6654, F#7 6667
  • B 8676, Bm 7675, B7 4656
  • E 4447, Em 9777, E7 4445
  • A 6454, Am 5453, A7 2434
  • D 7655, Dm 7555, D7 5655
  • G 7775, Gm 7765, G7 4535

CHALLENGE

Earn your First Inversion Grandmaster patch by demonstrating the four following chord sequences, each in a different key, using the inversions listed above.

  • I–vi–IV–V7 (The 50’s Progression)
  • I–V–vi–IV (The Pop-Punk Progression)
  • I–V–vi–iii–IV–I–IV–V7 (Pachelbel Progression)
  • I–vi–ii–V (The Jazz Progression or subsititute for The 50s Progression)