Weird, Complicated Looking Chords That Are Easy To Play 

by Simon Candy

 

Slash Chords Guitar Article Page ImageIn this video, you learn what slash chords are and how to use them in your guitar playing.

Slash chords can look confusing at first, however once you understand them they are actually quite easy to play.

Slash chords add sophistication and interest to the chord progressions you play on guitar. They are a way of adding smooth movement between the bass notes of each chord within a progression.

In this lesson, I break the slash chord down for you, before showing you how to use it in your playing.

I will present to you two examples of slash chords at work followed by the bass lines that are created between the chords of the progression as a result.

I then show you a more extensive example of a slash chord progression.

Watch the video below to learn more:

 

Slash Chords

• Slash Chord Example 1

The following is a common slash chord progression:

 

Slash Chord Guitar Example 1-1

 

When applying the slash chord to the progression above the following line is created in the bass:

 

Slash Chord Guitar Example 1-2

 

Picking out the bass notes in a slash chord progression help highlight the bass line:

 

Slash Chord Guitar Example 1-3

 

• Slash Chord Example 2

The following is another common slash chord progression:

 

Slash Chord Guitar Example 2-1

 

When applying the slash chord to the progression above the following line is created in the bass:

 

Slash Chord Guitar Example 2-2

 

Here is the same chord progression with the bass notes picked separately:

 

Slash Chord Guitar Example 2-3

 

• Slash Chord Example 3

Here is a more extensive example of slash chords at work in a progression:

 

Slash Chord Guitar Example 3-1

 

The bass line that is created as a result of the slash chord descends the G major scale:

 

Slash Chord Guitar Example 3-2 

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