- In music, the verb invert means to move the lowest note in a group an octave higher.
- In this lesson, we will be inverting intervals.
- For our first example, let's invert a perfect fifth: C to G.
- To invert this interval, move the lowest note (the C) an octave higher.
- The result is a perfect fourth: G to C.
- Next, let's invert a perfect fourth: F# to B.
- Move the lowest note an octave higher.
- The result is a perfect fifth: B to F#
- Perfect intervals will always invert to other perfect intervals.
- Fourths and fifths will invert to each other.
- Let's invert a major third: C to E.
- Move the lowest note an octave higher.
- The result is a minor sixth: E to C.
- Let's invert a minor third: E to G.
- Move the lowest note an octave higher.
- The result is a major sixth: G to E.
- Minor intervals and major intervals invert to each other.
- Thirds and sixths invert to each other.
- Let's invert a major seventh: C to B.
- Move the lowest note an octave higher.
- The result is a minor second: B to C.
- Seconds and sevenths invert to each other.
- Finally, diminished and augmented intervals invert to each other.
- To demonstrate this, let's invert an augmented fourth: C to F#.
- Move the lowest note an octave higher.
- The result is a diminished fifth: F# to C
- Use this chart to quickly invert intervals.