Inverted Fifth Dyads (Two-Note Patterns)

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A set of two notes is called a dyad. If we invert a perfect fifth, or turn it upside down, by putting the root note on top, we get a perfect fourth interval. in example #55, we take an E5, which is E and B, and put the E on top and the B on the bottom.

You can picture this as part of an open E chord. Example #56 is a riff using the inverted fifth on the A and D strings over an E pedal.

By playing this perfect fourth on the first fret we get a very useful Eb5 in #57.

If we play the inverted fifth on the D and G strings, it can be seen as part of an open G chord in #58.

Example #59 uses the inverted fifth interval over an open A pedal.

On the G and B strings, it looks like part of an open D chord. Notice that the root is on the B string in #60.

The final riff (#61) combines all three sets of strings.

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