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Chord Clinic

So far, we’ve looked at adding interesting notes to chords – suspended seconds and fourths, sevenths and added ninths. Here, ROD FOGG moves on to altering the bass note of a chord to something other than the root

We call it the root position when the root note, or name note of the chord, is in the bass – in other words, when it’s the lowest note of the chord. If some other note of the chord is in the bass, we say the chord is inverted. In fact, pretty much any note can be placed underneath any chord in modern music; it doesn’t have to be a note that belongs in the chord. Either way, we write the main chord in the usual way but add a forward slash and the bass note. As a result, these chords are known collectively as slash chords.

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The February issue of Guitar & Bass magazine is available in print and digital forms from Friday 8 January. Join us as we take a trip to Guitar Town, tracing the history of the Nashville music scene and profiling a who’s who of the city’s galaxy of guitar stars. We go guitar shopping in Tennessee's neon-lit state capital and talk to two of the world’s leading fretted instrument experts, George Gruhn and Walter Carter, about the state of the vintage market today and we also stop by at the Gibson Custom Shop to see the company’s True Historic Les Pauls roll off the production line and find out what makes them the company’s best guitars since its golden era. Elsewhere in the mag, our DIY Workshop shows you how to ID a genuine 1950s Stratocaster, we talk guitar with Aerosmith legend Brad Whitford and we review a stack of great new gear from PRS, Dr Z, Orange, TC Electronic, Louis Electric, Fulltone, Hartke, Smorg Pedalboards, Pigtronix and more. If that’s not enough for you, how about the chance to win one of three PRS guitars for a year and become a roving reporter for G&B in the process? Buy the February issue of Guitar & Bass magazine in print and digital forms from Friday 8 January.
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