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D chord = D Fsharp A (1 3 5)

In a D/Fsharp chord, the Fsharp note used in the bass is already part of the chord. This is called an inversion. Looking at a D chord in it's most simple 3 note form, there are 3 ways that you can arrange the notes. With D as the lowest note, then Fsharp and A stacked on top, this is called a root position chord. Flip the D on top, you have what is called a first inversion chord....the 3rd is the bass note. If you take a first inversion chord and flip the lowest note (Fsharp) on top, this is called a second inversion chord. Regardless of what inversion a D chord is in, the root of the chord remains the same.....D.

D chord inversions

On the guitar, chords will not usually be played using only 3 notes and neatly stacked on top of each other. But the terms regarding the lowest sounding note in a chord are the same.

D = root position chord  (root in the bass)
D/Fsharp = first inversion chord  (3rd in the bass)
D/A = second inversion chord  (5th in the bass)

* note: There is the possibility of a 3rd inversion for 4 note chords. For example a D7 chord will have the notes D Fsharp A and C. If the C is in the bass, this might be considered a third inversion D7 chord (D7/C).


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