Major triad arpeggio exercises - II inversion

Hi everyone, and welcome back to another lesson about major triads. 


Now that you know the different options to play the II inversion of a major triad in the key of C (check the previous lesson here), it’s time to play some exercises over the circle of fifths. In terms of major scale degrees, the pattern of a II inversion is V-I-IIImajor, and is based on the same concept as the I inversion: while the root is still the note generating the arpeggio, the fundamental, i.e. the lowest note, is represented by the V note of the chord. 

Let’s take as an example our C Major triad: in root position, C is the root, being the note that generates the chord, and the fundamental at the same time, being the lowest note of the arpeggio. 

In II inversion, C is still the root, being the note that generates the arpeggio, but the fundamental is the G note, being this the lowest one. 

After this refresher about the difference between root and fundamental, let’s play the major triad II inversion over the circle of fifths. 

1.3.a - II inversion ascending (V-I-III)

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Next, we will play the descending II inversion.


1.3.b - II inversion descending (V-III-I)

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And lastly, we will combine the previous two exercises, playing ascending and descending.


1.3.c - II inversion ascending and descending (V-I-III – V-III-I)

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With the previous three exercises, you learned to play the II inversion of major triads in every key! As always, if you can’t play the previous exercises all at once, feel free to practice one or two keys at a time, until you are comfortable to move on to the next ones.

Also, if you want to practice the previous exercises using different rhythmic patterns, refer to the I inversion exercises to replace the quarter note with different rhythmic divisions. As always, I recommend to use the previous exercises as a tool to expand your knowledge of the fretboard.


Take your time to absorb those positions, referring also to the previous lesson about fingerings to play these same exercises with different positions.

Thank you for reading and happy practice! 

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