D7 chord inversions

D7/F#, D7/A and D7/C are the first, second and third inversions of the D7. This means that the bass tone is shifting from D to F sharp, A or C.


D7/F#

  • D7/F# chord diagram

D7/A

  • D7/A chord diagram

D7/C

  • D7/C chord diagram

Theory and information

All these chords consist of the notes D, F#, A, C. The difference is that the order of notes shifts. F# is the bass note in the first inversion, A is the bass note in the second inversion and C is the bass note in the third inversion.

Alternative fingerings

For D7/F#, also possible is 2X0212. D7/C can also be played as X30232, but the fingering in the diagram above without doubling of the D note on the 2nd string is generally more natural when D7 is the underlying context. Also notice that D7/C# is playable but will sound dissonant because of the clash between the C and C# notes.

Alternative chord names

D7/F# is identical with D7/Gb.
D7/C is identical with D/C.

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