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Miles Walker
Jul 26
Inversionist
I've started getting a lot better at inversionist, and I put it down to a change in approach - I've done a search and a couple of these have been mentioned by Cuantas Vacas and others in different comments I think, but I thought I'd summarise what I've found most helpful. Bear in mind I'm only on level 19, but I've definitely had a step up in level success rate with this approach - and one which feels like I'm actually learning rather than fluking it or winning through trial-and-error with the help of an instrument or chord tool:

1) Write out chord intervals:
for each new chord type presented, I write out the expected intervals between each note of the chord including the first note repeated on top. So a major triad would be: M3, m3, P4 (intervals between 1, 3, 5, 1). I figure by constant reference to these intervals they'll start to become internalised.

2) Sing the notes you hear:
I try and sing the lowest note if I can recognise it, then try and sing the next notes in the chord. I refer to the interval pattern written down to try and figure out the inversion*. If the notes are too high to sing, try whistling them. If I can't recognise the bass note (I frequently can't either because of the instrument timbre or notes being closely spaced), then I start from the top note and work my way down. I try to sing all the notes of the chord in turn to firm up my choice - and if I'm still uncertain, I use one of the hints (traffic cone).

3) Always keep a finger over the c key:
Even if I get the correct answer, it's helpful to press the c key to get the spread chord played. I sing the notes as they're arpeggiated to check I didn't just fluke the answer. I always press the c key if I get it wrong.

*Bear in mind this requires already knowing intervals pretty well from departurer/lander/intervalis.

I'm hoping that over time instead of singing out loud I'll be able to sing the notes in my head and memorise the note intervals inside the chords without reference to them written down... Anyway I hope this helps somebody, and if not I apologise for the textual diarrhea!..
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Thomas Folks
Jul 26
Thanks @Miles Walker. As someone who is still struggling with inversions (getting stale and ripe on only Level 10), it’s very useful to hear what’s working for other people. Sounds like you’ve got a good system if you’re up to level 19! I have also never tried using the C key. I use Tonegym a lot on my IPad and have to research if it’s possible to bring up a keyboard when using the app.
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Miles Walker
Jul 26
@Thomas Folks you should see a set of scales to click on the bottom right during the game which does the same thing on mobile devices!
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IAN TANG
Jul 26
What is the c key? I can't find it. C on keyboard does nothing
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Josh Keisler
Jul 26
@IAN TANG Once you have finished a question in certain games including Inversionist you have about a two second window to either click the scales in the bottom right or click 'C' on your keyboard to 'Compare Answers'. If it's not working for you on a PC that's strange because I use that feature every workout.
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@IAN TANG and @josh Keisler, My C key doesn't work either. I've never seen any functionality like this on a PC. And, how did you know to use the C key. I have not seen a page that shows what all the keyboard shortcuts are. Thanks!
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Miles Walker
Jul 27
I didn't know either until I noticed the scales... Then hovered over them and it says Compare answers - C key. Just to be clear here's a picture too. I always play on Chrome - Windows desktop or Android phone, not sure if that makes a difference.
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Josh Keisler
Jul 27
Okay contrary to my previous, now deleted comment I can compare answers on my iPhone as well.. my bad @Miles Walker
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Hugo Paris
Jul 28
Great summary. All great tips. the [C] key is so core here and on soundgym!
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Cuantas Vacas
Jul 28
Good insight, @Miles Walker . This is not a summary, it's a huge upgrade!! It should help many users (myself included).👌