C chord inversions

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


C/E

  • C/E chord diagram

C/G

  • C/G chord diagram

Try in a chord progression

C/E - F - G
G - C/G - G

Theory of the C/E and C/G chords

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

A comparison between the main C major and the two inversions can be seen below.

Chord construction

C  x - C - E - G - C - E
C/E  E - C - E - G - C - E
C/G  G - C - E - G - C - E
Guitar versions of the chord

Notes in chord

C  C - E - G
C/E  E - G - C
C/G  G - C - E
Only the order of notes differs
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