Am chord inversions

Am/C and Am/E are the first and second inversions of the A minor. This means that the bass tone is shifting from A to C or E.


Am/C

  • Am/C chord diagram

Am/E

  • Am/E chord diagram

Try in chord progressions

Am - Am/C - C
Am/E - Em - G

Theory of the Am/C and Am/E chords

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

Chord construction

Am  x - A - E - A - C - E
Am/C  x - C - E - A - C - E
Am/E  E - A - E - A - C - E
Guitar versions of the chord

Notes in chord

Am  A - C - E
Am/C  C - E - A
Am/E  E - A - C
Only the order of notes differs

Comment

When stumble upon these chord names, you can choose to ignore the alternate bass note and just play the regular A minor. It will always sound ok, but it may lack some subtle harmonic additions.

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