Cm chord inversions

Cm/Eb and Cm/G are the first and second inversions of the C minor. This means that the bass tone is shifting from C to Eb or G.


Cm/Eb

  • Cm/E chord diagram

Cm/G

  • Cm/G chord diagram

Try in a chord progression

Cm/G - Ab - Eb

Theory of the Cm/Eb and Cm/G chords

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

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

Chord construction

Cm  x - C - Eb - G - x - x
Cm/Eb  x - Eb - G - C - Eb - x
Cm/G  G - C - G - C - Eb - G
Guitar versions of the chord

Notes in chord

Cm  C - Eb - G
Cm/Eb  Eb - G - C
Cm/G  G - C - Eb
Only the order of notes differs

Comment

When stumble upon these chord names, you can choose to ignore the alternate bass note and play the regular C minor. It will always sound ok, but it may lack some subtle additions to the sound. Notice that the version of Cm/G presented above is similar with the Cm barre shape with the bass note on the fifth string except that the sixth string has been included.

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