Slash chords are guitar chords that use a different bass note than the root note of the chord. In a normal chord, the lowest note is also the root note, but here we’re changing that up. We’re going to be looking at the key of D major, which works nicely on the guitar and gives us some cool options.
The two chord progression examples today are from Needle And The Damage Done by Neil Young, and Can’t Find My Way Home by Traffic (with Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood).
In Needle And The Damage Done, we’re picking the bass note and strumming the rest of the chord, but in Can’t Find My Way Home we’re arpeggiating the chord, meaning we pick each note individually. Similar ideas, but a different result.
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