L8: Third Inversion Grandmaster

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Inversions below are 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.
  • Diminished-seven chords are added in this unit with first and second position inversions.
  • Major-seven chords are also added with first and second position inversions.

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

  • C 5433, Cm 5333, C7 3433, Cm7 7566, Cdim7 2323 or 5656, Cmaj7 0002 or 4433
  • F 5558, Fm 5543, F7 5556, Fm7 5546, Fdim7 1212 or 4545, Fmaj7 2413 or 5557
  • Bb 7565, Bbm 6564, Bb7 3545, Bbm7 3544, Bbdim7 0101 or 3434, Bbmaj7 3210 or 3555
  • Eb 3336, Ebm 8666, Eb7 3334, Ebm7 6666, Ebdim7 2323 or 5656, Ebmaj7 3335 or 7766
  • Ab 8886, Abm 8876, Ab7 5646, Abm7 4646, Abdim7 1212 or 4545, Abmaj7 0343 or 1333
  • Db 6544, Dbm 6444, Db7 4544, Dbm7 4444, Dbdim7 0101 or 3434, Dbmaj7 1113 or 5544
  • F# 6669, F#m 6654, F#7 6667, F#m7 6657, F#dim7 2323 or 5656, F#maj7 3524 or 6668
  • B 8676, Bm 7675, B7 4656, Bm7 4655, Bdim7 1212 or 4545, Bmaj7 3322 or 4666
  • E 4447, Em 9777, E7 4445, Em7 4435, Edim7 0101 or 3434, Emaj7 1302 or 4446
  • A 6454, Am 5453, A7 2434, Am7 2433, Adim7 2323 or 5656, Amaj7 1100 or 2444
  • D 7655, Dm 7555, D7 5655, Dm7 5555, Ddim7 1212 or 4545, Dmaj7 2224 or 6655
  • G 7775, Gm 7765, G7 4535, Gm7 3535, Gdim7 0101 or 3434, Gmaj7 0222 or 4635

CHALLENGE

Earn your Third Inversion Grandmaster patch by demonstrating the following standard Jazz ‘diminished-seven substitution‘ chord sequence, in three different keys, twice each: play through the first time in first position inversions and then a second time in second positions. Alternately, you can play the progression once, switching positions for each chord mid sequence (a common technique in Jazz comping).

  • Imaj7–#idim7–ii7–biiidim7–iii7–VI7–ii7–viidim7–Imaj7
    In the key of C this would be: Cmaj7–C#dim7-Dm7–Ebdim7–Em7–A7–Dm7–Bdim7–Cmaj7