Example6a ‘GOSPEL V’ CHORDS
GCHere’s a beautiful (and very useful) slash chord usage that comes from the gospel and soul genres and is now a staple of pop harmony. As mentioned in Example 5, the V-I relation (eg G or G7 to C) is the core of ‘functional tonal harmony’. However, it has a rather ‘expectant’ quality unsuitable for some
Cidioms. The ‘Gospel V chord’ can be seen as a combination of the ‘softer’ IV-I (plagal or ‘amen’ cadence) and a V-I bassline movement. The resulting F/G chord has wonderful open and lush quality, here presented in a number of fretboard options as well as the variants of Fadd9/G, Fmaj7/G and Fm/G.