Watch the Inversions online guitar lesson by Jason Loughlin from Focus On: Western Swing
Eldon Shamblin was western swing's rhythm guitar hero. His use of inversions keep Bob Wills band chugging and swinging hard. We'll look at how he uses inversions that give add movement and excitement to a chord progression. We'll focus on Maj6 and Dom7 chords. Some of the inversion we will use are not "true" inversions of the root chord but they are all common inversions used in western swing. Sometimes we will drop the maj6 or dom7. In some cases were even adding notes. When doing a first inversion of a dom7 we can substitute a min7b5 shape off of the 3rd to create Dom 9th chord.