More inversions…rootless fun, clusters and function


Hiya, hope you’re all keeping well. This week I figured we’d have a bit of a look at some more inversions…rootless chords this time … and put them through the wringer to arrive at a few new sounds.


The chord I’d like to start out with is this voicing on the top 4 strings



It’s commonly used as a G13 chord, sometimes the root is played on the low E string (3rd fret) , but it doesn’t need to be. For today, we’re gonna leave this voicing rootless. Let’s have a look at this voicing and see what notes are in it, from lowest to highest it, has an F ( mi7th) , a B (  ma3rd) , an E ( 13th) and an A ( 9th) . This voicing has 2 notes which are defining notes of a dominant voicing (the ma3rd and mi7th, B and F respectively) and 2 extensions (the 9th and 13th, A and E respectively).


Let’s try inverting this voicing, staying on the top 4 strings




You get some very interesting sounding voicings, because the 4 notes can also be grouped into 2 sets of 2 adjacent notes  A & B ( 9th and ma 3rd ) and E & F ( 13th and mi7th ).  At first, some of these voicings may sound dissonant and will take some close listening to get used to, but these could all be used for G13…though a lot will depend on circumstance ( avoiding top note clashes) but with a dash of ‘taste’, they’re all usable. 





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