Tech­nique Fo­cus Slash chords

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A slash chord has its usual root re­placed with an­other note. The most com­mon slash chord is called an in­ver­sion, where the new root comes from within the chord it­self. Take C Ma­jor (C-E -G :1-3-5). We ‘in­vert’ the chord by chang­ing the order of the notes. Re- or­der­ing as E-G-C (3-5-1) we get C first in­ver­sion (or the slash chord C/E). G-C-E (5,1, 3) is C sec­ond in­ver­sion (or C/G). The first let­ter is the chord; the sec­ond tells us the bass note. Of­ten they are used for a smooth tran­si­tion be­tween chords. Take a C5 pow­er­chord with the root on the 3rd fret, fifth string, and the 5th on the 5th fret, fourth string: to change to G, sim­ply drop the C bass note a semi­tone to B. B and G played to­gether make a G/B chord – or G first in­ver­sion, as mov­ing C’s root down a semi­tone it be­comes the 3rd of G (B). We don’t have to use notes from within the chord to cre­ate slash chords, and the Young brothers use this ap­proach too. In For Those About b7) To Rock, we find B5/A – a B5 chord with A (the in the bass – also re­ferred to as a third in­ver­sion. Try ex­per­i­ment­ing and see if you can per­form smoother changes with the use of slash chords.

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