Gm chord inversions

Gm/Bb and Gm/D are the first and second inversions of the G minor. This means that the bass tone is shifting from G to Bb or D.


Gm/Bb

  • Gm/Bb chord diagram

Gm/D

  • G/D chord diagram

Try in a chord progression

F - Gm/D - C

Theory of the Gm/Bb and Gm/D chords

Both chords consist of the notes G, Bb, D. The difference is that the order of notes shifts. B flat is the bass note in the first inversion and D is the bass note is the second inversion.

Chord construction

Gm/Bb  G - D - G - Bb - D - G
Gm/Bb  x -x - Bb - D - G - Bb
Gm/D  x - x - D - Bb - D - G
Guitar versions of the chord

Notes in chord

Gm  G - Bb - D
Gm/Bb  Bb - D - G
Gm/D  D - G - Bb
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 G minor. It will always sound ok, but it may lack some subtle additions to the sound.

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