Slash chords start to combine a different note in the left hand from the chords you are
playing in your right hand. It will look like this: C/E and it means to play a C chord in
your right hand with an E note in your left hand. Sometimes the note in the left hand will
not even be a note from the chord itself. For instance you might see C/Bb, meaning to
play a C chord in your right hand with a Bb note in your left hand.
Before we move on to our very first song, let’s make sure we understand all the chords
we have learned so far. Remember our chords come from the Major Scales and I hope
you know all of them well by now.
We learned about Scale Degrees, that there are 8 in every major scale (Even though there
are actually up to 13 degrees in larger, more complicated chords) From knowing the
number of each tone in a scale, we can know the formulas for forming chords. We
learned that a major triad chord is the 1, 3 & 5 tone of the scale. We also learned the
Primary Piano Chords of all the Major keys, which are the 1, 4 & 5 chord of each key.
(See page 16)
Then we learned about Piano Chord Inversions where we can stand chords on their
heads in different positions to create different sounds. We learned that a Major Triad
chord has 3 different positions, the Root Position, 1st inversion, & 2nd inversion.
We learned how to form Minor Piano Chords by lowering the 3rd tone by ½ step.
Next was the 7th Piano Chords formed by the Root – 3rd – 5th – flat 7th
We covered Major 7th chords formed by the Root, 3rd – 5th – 7th notes
We learned Minor 7th chords formed by the b7 – Root – b3 – 5th notes
Chord Suspensions are where we leave out the 3rd note and add the 4th instead.
And up to Slash Chords where we play a different note in the left hand.
Wow!! You know a lot already and I think you are ready for a reward. Let’s learn our
first chorded song……..
Warning: You may find yourself addicted to fake books shortly when you realize you
can play hundreds of songs with the information you just leaned.