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Why are there two letters in the chord name? What are Slash chords?

Why are there two different letters in the chord name? What are slash chords?


3/23/21 
 
The first letter stands for the chord that needs to be played. The second letter stands for the bass note or the lowest note that should be played instead of the root of the chord.
 
For instance, in the "C" chord, the lowest note played would be "C." In an "C/G" chord, all of the notes of the C chord would ring but you would also play the low G on the sixth string (third fret). 
 
 
In the lingo, musicians would call C/G, "C over G." Meaning the C chord will literally be ringing over an G bass note. Here's a diagram of a C/G:
 
Just in case you're unsure, the bottom part of your third finger can mute the fifth string.
 
What are some common songs with slash chords?
 
This list could get long... I'm going to add more songs at the end of the...
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Why do people have a hard time learning music theory?

Why do people have a hard time learning music theory?


3/20/21
 
Music theory is like chess: it doesn't take long to learn the rules and get started, but its a deep well that you can explore and learn about for a lifetime. Unfortunately, most people who approach music theory get tossed into the deep end before they're ready. Here, we plan to offer a three step approach to not only get started learning theory but retaining what you've learned so that you can use it in song writing, improvisation, or as an aid in performing music.   
 
 
To be clear, only a few of the concepts of music theory are going to be explained in this article. Think of this article as guide to how you can approach a book, or even a teacher, to obtain a working knowledge of music theory.
 
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What concepts do I need to know about music theory?
 
This depends on the type of music that you're interested in writing but there are some...
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Why have sharps AND flats in music? Why not just use one of them??

Why have sharps AND flats in music? Why not just use one of them?? 

 

3/1/2021 
 
When describing music, sometimes it makes more sense to use sharps and sometimes it makes more sense to use flats. For instance, if we called the key of B flat by its enharmonic equivalent A sharp, there would be 10 sharps in the key signature. Since B flat only has two flats, it makes much more sense to use the key of B flat rather than A sharp.
 
It's crazy to think that I've been teaching music for almost 20 years. In that time, I've had the privilege of helping hundreds of people get started playing guitar and also improving on the guitar skills they already have. It's funny how often a lot of the same questions are asked over and over. 
 
One of these recurring questions goes something like this, "why do some notes have two names? Why is A# also called Bb? Why don't we just pick one???" 
 
This is a valid question! For someone who...
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