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: http://www.billspianopages.com/how-to… 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: http://fb.me/billhiltonpiano And on Twitter: http://twitter.com/billhilton

 

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Q: I recently received a bunch of my Uncle’s old pop and rock guitar sheet-music books, but I have questions regarding the sheet music. There are chords in the charts with a letter and a slash with another letter. They are written like this; G/B. Could you make a lesson explaining what this notation means and the reason why it gets used? Thank you.
Riley — Hamilton, ON. Canada

A: With most players grabbing charts off of the internet these days, those classic guitar-tab books and old guitar-chart books are an excellent way to work at understanding the world of classic written notation. However, the problem that can often arise when using them, (without a teacher to guide you along through the notational symbols), can be when there’s a notation that gets used that is either only half-understood, or possibly not understood at all. For many guitar players the concept of using slash-chords is one of those often mis-understood symbols. Most players who are unfamiliar with them will either think that the symbol means that there are two optional chords to play, or that the slash-chord represents a chord that is played by combining two different chords together. The video combines live examples on guitar with an explanation of the basic theory for applying and using Slash-Chord notation.

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