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Notes against these chords

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by r05c03, Aug 12, 2005.

  1. r05c03


    Jul 21, 2005
    Lafayette, IN

    Can someone tell me the root notes to the following chords would be?

    G/F#, G/E, G/D, C/B, C/A, and so C/F#

  2. Nedmundo

    Nedmundo Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2005
    The root notes are those to the right of the slash marks. The first chord, G with F# in the bass, is essentially an inverted Gmaj7, with the 7 interval as the root note.
  3. WillBuckingham


    Mar 30, 2005
    Hmm . . . I think the F# is the bass note, but the G is the root note. Where are these chords coming from? If its a well-done jazz chart then I don't think its really a G maj7 chord, as that would be written GMaj7/F#. I think its just a G major chord with an F# (a non-chord tone) in the bass. Anyway, to apply this stuff, while we, as bass players often play the root note of a chord, when you see a slash chord you almost always want to play what's on the right side of the slash.
  4. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Invariably the bass note played is the one on the right.
    The guitar or piano part is on the left, and the bass note
    moves from the root to move on to another area, usually to
    create tension prior to the next resolution.

    You might see notation like this for piano and bass:

    C - C/E - F - F/A -
    G - G/F# -C/E - C

    Dissected the piano changes are:

    C - C - F - F
    G - G - C - C

    But the bass line walks through and plays:
    C - E - F - A
    G - F# - E - C

    All the notes the bass plays that are different from the
    root create tension and movement until it resolves to root
    at the end.
  5. Or you could go:

    G/F#: F#Locrian scale

    G/E: E Minor/Aeolian scale

    G/D: D Mixolydian scale

    And so on...
  6. Pcocobass


    Jun 16, 2005
    New York
    G/F# means a G Major chord with an F# in the bass,
    C7/E means a C Dominant 7 chord with an E in the bass,
    F#m7/C# means an F#m7 chord with a C# in the bass, etc. You play the bass note.

    This kind of notation is very common in pop/rock/jazz chord charts. Just remember that the letter on the left of the slash is not just a note, but the actual chord you are playing, and it tells you the quality (major, minor, diminished, augmented). The Letter on the right of the slash is the bass note.
  7. slybass3000

    slybass3000 Banned

    Nov 5, 2004
    There is a simple rule of thumb:
    if the bass note is in the first four notes of the chord,then it is an inversion of the chord with the 3rd,5th or 6th or 7th in the bass. If not, the bass note is the root the chord. You have to know a bit of harmony to figure those chords out.

    EX: C/E is a C chord with the third in the bass.
    Bb/C would be a C 9 sus4 because C is not in the Bb chord.
    C7/Bb would be a C7 with the 7th in the bass.

    Hope this will help,
  8. slybass3000

    slybass3000 Banned

    Nov 5, 2004
    So to answer your question here:
    G/F# is a G with the major 7th in the bass. BTW this is one of the worst sounding chord in music because of the minor ninth interval between the bass note and and the root of the triad.

    G/E is actually a way of writing a Emin7
    G/D is a G with the fifth in the bass
    C/B same as the first one
    C/A is an Amin7
    C/F# is an incomplete F#7(b9,b5).

    Hope this will help,
  9. r05c03


    Jul 21, 2005
    Lafayette, IN
    Thank all!