Issue No. 18 ·
"Secrets of Exciting Chords & Chord Progressions"

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" Secrets of Exciting Piano Chords & Piano Chord Progressions!"

- Week 18 -

Slash Chords

      A "slash chord" is a hybrid kind of chord. It simply means "play the given chord OVER the note after the slash". In other words, in this example, we would have a C chord played, but the lowest note would be Ab (which of  course is not in the C chord).

     What's usually going on are "passing tones" that comprise a type of counter melody. I realize this is a hard concept to grasp in the abstract, but listen to the audio that goes with this lesson, and I think you'll begin to understand.

     Here's an example of a "slash chord":

     Slash chords are just chords that have a bottom note other than the root -- sometimes notes that aren't in the chord at all. So you might encounter:






Etc, etc.

Chord name/Lowest note


     And that's all you need to know about that!

     Short lesson, but important. You would be surprised to know how many musicians have no idea what a slash chord is...

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