Major triad inversions

The inversions of the major triad chord.

In the tables below the different inversions of a major triad are positioned on the guitar fretboard.

  • First inversion – interval: 1, 3, 5
  • Second inversion – interval: 3, 5, 1
  • Third inversion – interval: 5, 1, 3


It’s the root note that determines what the chord is. The inversions below can be moved along the guitar fretboard and it is the root note (that is all the [1]:s) that determines what the chord is.

See also intervals on the fretboard.

Inversions on the guitar fretboard

The inversions of the major triad chord type positioned on the guitar fretboard.

Major triad inversions string 1-3

Major triad inversions on the fretboard strings 1 to 3.

   *      *      *      *      *      *      *      *      *      *      *      *      *   
S1[5][1][3]
S2[3][5][1]
S3[1][3][5]
S4
S5
S6

Example triad inversions – strings 1 to 3

Example chord diagrams of major triad inversions on strings 1 to 3.

Major triad inversions string 2-4

Major triad inversions on the fretboard strings 2 to 4.

   *      *      *      *      *      *      *      *      *      *      *      *      *   
S1
S2[3][5][1]
S3[1][3][5]
S4[5][1][3]
S5
S6

Example triad inversions – strings 2 to 4

Example chord diagrams of major triad inversions on strings 2 to 4.

Major triad inversions string 3-5

Major triad inversions on the fretboard strings 3 to 5.

   *      *      *      *      *      *      *      *      *      *      *      *      *   
S1
S2
S3[1][3][5]
S4[5][1][3]
S5[3][5][1]
S6

Example triad inversions – strings 3 to 5

Example chord diagrams of major triad inversions on strings 3 to 5.

Major triad inversions string 4-6

Major triad inversions on the fretboard strings 4 to 6.

   *      *      *      *      *      *      *      *      *      *      *      *      *   
S1
S2
S3
S4[5][1][3]
S5[3][5][1]
S6[1][3][5]

Example triad inversions – strings 4 to 6

Example chord diagrams of major triad inversions on strings 4 to 6.

Major triads – all strings

Major triad inversions on the fretboard for all strings.

   *      *      *      *      *      *      *      *      *      *      *      *      *      *   
S1[5][1][3][5]
S2[3][5][1]
S3[1][3][5]
S4[5][1][3]
S5[1][3][5][1]
S6[5][1][3][5]