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identify the key of an inverted chord

Posted by Bob 
identify the key of an inverted chord
December 13, 2006 05:51PM
Is there a way of looking at a complex inverted chord and know what the name of the chord is? For example in a simple inversion of C chord, EGC, the space on the staff in between the G and C enables you to say look above the larger space, and the note just above this "large" space is C, which is the name of the chord. This example is so simple you don't need this "space" gimmick to name the chord, but is there a way to identify more complicated chords? Take 1st inversion of BM7 DFACE. Outside of just knowing what this is, is there a "trick" to identify this as a BM7 chord. Thanks, Bob
Re: identify the key of an inverted chord
December 14, 2006 09:32AM
There might be more tricks I don't know about -- but you can use the spacing with almost any chord that's basically stacked thirds (like your example). Put the notes into closed spacing if they're spread out, and just keep flipping the notes on top to the bottom until the thirds are stacked nicely... and if there's just no way (not every chord is stacked thirds!), then just do what matches up best and see what's left.

Perhaps other readers will have more tips...?

Re: identify the key of an inverted chord
October 09, 2007 06:50AM

the key of any chord is the root, or doh, one does not need to calculate simple chords -however, one could have a more difficut time figuring more complex chords,Eg. The chord-F#,A, C,E could be a F#m7b5, or a D9, the best way to differentiate between two chords like these is to simply make the respective roots (F# and D) the Bass notes in the music. there are no rules governing how one chooses what order a composer shall invert the notes of a chord in!. One could have the notes of a 5 note chord spread in triplicate all over many piano keys hope this helps
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