Slash chords in sheet music look like this:
Here’s a detailed tutorial on how to interpret slash chords on piano. This lesson includes insights into several ways that slash chords are used, such as indicating an inversion, implying a descending bass line, or a simply notating a fresh chordal sound.
Composers and songwriters can use the “slash chord idea” in their creative thinking. That is, the effect of playing any given chord over bass notes that are not the actual root of the chord opens up endless possibilities. Some of the thinking behind these possibilities is discussed in this lesson.
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Lesson #11 (video)
Learn how to transpose the chords, scales, and concepts you learned in this crash course into other keys.
“All the same things” apply to playing blues in any key. You will simply be learning the steps needed to move your musical patterns and shapes — that is, the three main chords, the blues scale, your favorite licks, etc. — into any desired key.
Especially good keys for you to learn to jam in are:
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Today we have two video lessons, either of which is a good introduction to a pretty simple notion, which I sometimes like to call the “melody machine.” With this, I’m not suggesting some big new original conception. On the contrary, the concept I’m calling the melody machine is about as old as music itself.
If that nickname sounds a little gimmicky, it’s really not meant to be. I actually do call this device a “melody machine,” in my own thinking, part of an ongoing process of internalizing my favorite composition devices. Also, it’s fun to say, just like saying “Lollapalooza” or “Isn’t she pleasant?”
In a nutshell, this lesson shows you certain ways of using an underlying chord progression as a “thought generator” for creating melodic material.
How to Riff on Van Morrison’s Moondance – Part 1
Quick links: Lesson Two Lesson Three
And this related tutorial is from my Blues Piano Crash Course
Good morning (3:30 am here in California). I’m keeping musician’s hours as usual!
One of my readers has suggested I might like to share this info-graphic on the essentials of reading piano music, which he created. I think it is quite good, so here it is!
Piano Keys and Notes
Mr. Nguyen’s site has lots of good material so check it out!