Fm chord inversions

Fm/Ab and Fm/C are the first and second inversions of the F minor. This means that the bass tone is shifting from F to Ab or C.

Fm/Ab

  • Fm/Ab chord diagram

Fm/C

  • Fm/C chord diagram

Try in a chord progression

Fm/Ab - Gm/Bb - Eb
Fm - Fm/C - Bbm

Theory of the Fm/Ab and Fm/C chords

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

Chord construction

Fm  x -x - F - Ab - C - F
Fm/Ab  x -x - Ab - C - F - Ab
Fm/C  C - F - C - F - Ab - C
Guitar versions of the chord

Notes in chord

Fm  F - Ab - C
Fm/Ab  Ab - C - F
Fm/C  C - F - Ab
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 F minor. It will always sound ok, but it may lack some subtle additions to the sound. Notice that the version of Fm/C presented above is similar with the Fm barre shape with the bass note on the fifth string except that the sixth string has been included.

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