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Do you ALWAYS name a chord for the bass note?

Discussion in 'Ask Michael Dimin' started by SuperDuck, Jan 7, 2002.

  1. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    So, yes, that's my question. I noticed in a book of guitar chords that sometimes the bass note is NOT the root. What's going on there?
  2. Mike Dimin

    Mike Dimin

    Dec 11, 1999
    Clinician: EA, Zon, Boomerang, TI. Author "The Art of Solo Bass"
    No, you don't always name the chord for a bass note. The root of the chord and the bass note can be totally different. These are usually called inversions. If the 3rd of the chord is in the bass, it is referred to as 1st inversion, the 5th in the bass is second inversion and the 7th in the bass is 3rd inversion.

    You can also have "slash" chords that have a non chord tone in the bass such a a C/D which indicate a C triad with a D in the bass.

  3. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    I see. Thanks for clearing that up! :)