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#2437656 - Yesterday at 10:39 PM Do you use a lot of slash chords?
DeadPoets Online   happy
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Registered: 10/01/14
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Once I've memorized a song fairly well I will only refer to the chords listed above the measure when playing (like using a Fake book).

But I run into this sort of thing all the time where...

Elton John uses a lot of octaves in left hand. So in "Your Song" the 2nd chord of the verse is listed as an Abmaj7. LH = octave Ab, RH = G, C, Eb, G
And that's accurate.

However for the sake of remembering what to play in each hand I changed this to a Cm/Ab (same notes). This way I know exactly what's being played in RH (Cm) and the LH (Ab octaves). If I don't do this I tend to get confused and start looking for the Ab somewhere in the right hand.

Anyone else do this as a way to memorize the music easier? The slash chord system.

Edited by DeadPoets (Yesterday at 10:43 PM)

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#2437722 - Today at 05:33 AM Re: Do you use a lot of slash chords? [Re: DeadPoets]
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Yes it can be helpful to think of chords in this way not only to help memory but also it can help show how chords relate to each other - in your example you describe how a Cm7 chord is completely contained in an Abmaj9 chord.
Chords that seem complicated can be expressed in a simpler way - e.g. Ebmaj7 sharp 5 is the same thing as G/Eb. Also there are many chords that can be expressed using this format that have no other easy way of describing them - Eb/A for example. It can be an easy way to create new sounds.
Also in terms of voicings it can make it easy to find interesting chord extensions - try playing a C7 shell (C,E, Bb) in the LH and in the right experiment with A , D, Fsharp and Ab major triads. A lot of jazz harmonies can be found in this way.

Edited by beeboss (Today at 05:38 AM)


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