Published on Jan 11, 2018

Slash chords come up pretty regularly in the comments underneath my piano tutorials, so I thought this first episode in my new Piano Questions Answered series was a good place to explain them. More on piano chords in my book, How To Really Play The Piano:… Slash chords aren’t massively complicated: they’re just a quick way of specifying which bass note should be played under a particular chord. If you see a chord without a slash, it implies that the root is the bass note – i.e., the note that the chord is named after. If a slash is used, it’s usually the third or the fifth of the chord that becomes the bass note (or the seventh in dominant or minor seventh chords, rarely in major sevenths). Specifying bass voicings of chords is useful because of the importance of the bass note in any chord: it’s the single note that above all other (OK, maybe equal with the top note) gives a chord its particular flavour and feeling. Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook: And on Twitter: