Root position

When the root note is the chord lowest note, the chord is in root position:

First inversion

If the third is the lowest note, the chord is in first inversion:

NOTE: Add the slash and lowest note name to indicate inversion (/E).

Second inversion

If the fifth is the lowest note, the chord is in second inversion:

There are other methods for specifying chord inversions. See baroque chord symbols in the Reference section



  

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