In order to play “pure triads” we must only strike three strings. To strike the C major chord in root, we must strike the chord as the 1st example of the above three. The 1st and 2nd inversions would then be the 2nd and the 3rd diagrams, as shown. Again, though not shown on these diagrams, many other such ways to play inversions may exist further down the neck.
For example, the chord 332xxx (E>e) would have the notes GCE with G as the bass note, making it a second inversion of C major at the 2nd position.
When we play an inversion of a chord, we do not change the chord per se. The sound of the chord remains nearly equal to the chord in root position – it only gets a bit shriller. Inversions may be looked upon as a way of moving the chords from one octave to another, quite like shifting a piece from an octave into another or just making the sound shriller.
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