Rock Piano with Slash Chords

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A very powerful yet simple element to use when playing rock piano is slash chords. This means that you play a chord over a different bass note than its root. So while you would normally play a C chord over its root C in the bass, you can also play the same chord over different notes, such as D, E or F.

Many sounds with just one chord

This way you will get a different sound for each of the resulting slash chords, which then are written as C/D, C/E or C/F (you read it as C over D, and so on). While technically rather easy to play – you just move around the bass note on the keyboard, while the right hand chord stays in place – the resulting sounds are often interesting or even impressive.

Here is an example of a chord progression with slash chords. The right hand A minor chord stays in place, while the left hand plays the different bass notes A, G, F and E. When it comes to D, the right hand chord changes to D minor 7 and the last chord in the sequence is G major.

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Am piano chord

A minor

Am7 2nd inversion piano chord

D minor 7 – 2nd inversion

G major 1st inversion piano chord

G major – 1st inversion

Piano with drums:

It also sounds well if you play all chords up one octave in the right hand.

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