A chord inversions

A/C# and A/E are the first and second inversions of the A major. This means that the bass tone is shifting from A to C sharp or E. Both these chords are also referred to as slash chords.


  • A/C# chord diagram


  • A/E chord diagram

Try in a chord progression

A - A/C# - D - E
G - G/F# - A/E

Theory of the A/C# and A/E chords

Both chords consist of the notes A, C#, E. The difference is that the order of notes shifts. In the first inversion is C# the bass note and in the second inversion is E the bass note.

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