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  • What's the term for chords such as D/F#, A/C#, G/G#?

    I understand they are pronounced D over F#, A over C#, and G over G#... but what is the terminology? 

    For example, adding a 4th you get a sus4, adding a 2nd you get a sus2, adding a 9th you get an add9. 

    I've been listening to a ton of Eric Gales lately and noticed he moves the bass notes around a lot on chords... like the jam with Shawn Lane is Am, F, G, G/G#.   Now I realize I know a ton of songs with those type of chords, but I don't know what the terminology is...

     

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  • #2
    I knew that once but can't remember. I just call them Slash chords...

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    • Yer Blues
      Yer Blues commented
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      They are indeed slash chords.... Don't know why I tried to make things more complicated than they are. 

       

      From wiki:

      In popular music a slash chord or slashed chord, also compound chord, is a chord whose bass note or inversion is indicated by the addition of a slash and the letter of the bass after the root note letter. It does not indicate "or".[1]


  • #3

    D/F# would be F# over D.  The letter after the slash refers to the bass note played with that chord.  I play in a praise/worship group, and the chord charts we use have lots of them.  We just refer to them as F# over D or C# over A....   Some would be nearly impossible to play on guitar, so I suspect they are also intended for keyboard and bass players.

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    • Yer Blues
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      stormin1155 wrote:

      D/F# would be F# over D.  The letter after the slash refers to the bass note played with that chord.  I play in a praise/worship group, and the chord charts we use have lots of them.  We just refer to them as F# over D or C# over A....   Some would be nearly impossible to play on guitar, so I suspect they are also intended for keyboard and bass players.


      That makes sense to me, but this site says otherwise...

      D/F# - (pronounced "D over F#")

      http://guitar.about.com/library/weekly/aa031401h.htm

       

       


    • DeepEnd
      DeepEnd commented
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      stormin1155 wrote:

      . . . I play in a praise/worship group, and the chord charts we use have lots of them. . . . Some would be nearly impossible to play on guitar, so I suspect they are also intended for keyboard and bass players.


      Praise/worship music--at least the stuff our praise band does--has lots of crazy stuff in it. Our bass player normally plays the note after the slash but some stuff is just plain screwy. Once there was a G7/F, which put the 7th in the bass. He played a G and it sounded fine.













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