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CH-007 • Slash Chords
« on: November 25, 2008, 01:46:16 pm »
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Re: CH-007 • Slash Chords
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2008, 02:52:29 pm »
Hiya Justin, just wanted to confirm something. I guess there are quite a few different variations for slash chords? Because let's say e.g. D/F# is both 2X023X as well as xx4232 and they both sound very very similar, obviously because they both have the same notes. But from experience i have found that more than 1 chord may contain the exact same notes. So how can i be sure if i'm playing the correct chord if i want to shift it around the fretboard a bit to make for a easier chord change. Let me take the same example again. As in Stairway to Heaven, this is the 4th chord in the intro and it wouldn't be advisable to play it in the form of 2X023X while we are coming from the A-7 chord. So we altered it to the other form. Any help available?

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Re: CH-007 • Slash Chords
« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2009, 11:47:48 am »
Also, how do we know which strings to mute? I know we mute the original bass notes, but why do we mute another note as well?

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Re: CH-007 • Slash Chords
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2009, 07:55:22 pm »
Orion I think you kinda answered your own question.
(they both sound very very similar, obviously because they both have the same notes.)
You can be sure your playing the correct chord because it is the same notes.
(But from experience i have found that more than 1 chord may contain the exact same notes.)
Well then the same problem would occur with the 2X023X version. I think you're just worried about the same chord not sounding like the same chord.
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Re: CH-007 • Slash Chords
« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2009, 08:24:38 pm »
If you are playing from someone elses transcriptions they will usually specify if a particular voicing should be used.
If they don't you need to trust your ear and try alternative voicings until you find one that sounds better.
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Re: CH-007 • Slash Chords
« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2009, 02:14:52 pm »

  i know justin says these slash chords are simple but ???.
  need help ,so the first is the chord and second bass note ,so x still means mute the note ,not used to the xx4232 version which side am i  reading thinnesrt e string from? used to chord grids ,will get there and i know i'll kick myself.  great forum ,good people
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Re: CH-007 • Slash Chords
« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2009, 07:01:20 pm »

  i know justin says these slash chords are simple but ???.
  need help ,so the first is the chord and second bass note ,so x still means mute the note ,not used to the xx4232 version which side am i  reading thinnesrt e string from? used to chord grids ,will get there and i know i'll kick myself.  great forum ,good people
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So strings low E and Low A are muted   ;)

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Re: CH-007 • Slash Chords
« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2009, 11:07:21 pm »
Sounds like "Freebird".
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Re: CH-007 • Slash Chords
« Reply #8 on: September 01, 2009, 01:07:43 pm »
Questions...

For D/F#, is there any reason to mute the first string? I find it easier just to play it (2nd fret - F#). Also, I notice Justin mentions muting the A string for this one, but I am wondering why, because the D chord has an A anyway. Just wondered, as I find muting difficult.

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Re: CH-007 • Slash Chords
« Reply #9 on: September 01, 2009, 10:19:04 pm »
For D/F#, is there any reason to mute the first string? I find it easier just to play it (2nd fret - F#). Also, I notice Justin mentions muting the A string for this one, but I am wondering why, because the D chord has an A anyway. Just wondered, as I find muting difficult.

At about 3:15 in the video lesson, Justin mentions you can let it ring or mute it, but he finds that the chord "sounds sweeter" with the A-string muted. I'd suspect itt's because letting the three lowest strings play the notes F# A D makes the chord kind of muddy or bassy, even though as you point out those are technically the "correct" notes.
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Re: CH-007 • Slash Chords
« Reply #10 on: September 02, 2009, 07:19:37 pm »


At about 3:15 in the video lesson, Justin mentions you can let it ring or mute it, but he finds that the chord "sounds sweeter" with the A-string muted. I'd suspect itt's because letting the three lowest strings play the notes F# A D makes the chord kind of muddy or bassy, even though as you point out those are technically the "correct" notes.

Ah, yes, that makes sense. Any ideas on the top F#?

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Re: CH-007 • Slash Chords
« Reply #11 on: September 03, 2009, 04:36:57 pm »
Ah, yes, that makes sense. Any ideas on the top F#?

I'm not sure what you mean, smitten. The F# played on the 2nd fret of the 1st string (high-E string) is just part of the standard fingering of an open-D chord.
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Re: CH-007 • Slash Chords
« Reply #12 on: September 03, 2009, 06:56:25 pm »


I'm not sure what you mean, smitten. The F# played on the 2nd fret of the 1st string (high-E string) is just part of the standard fingering of an open-D chord.

Yes I know. But in the lesson on slash chords, for the D/F#, that F# is muted. I can't work out why.

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Re: CH-007 • Slash Chords
« Reply #13 on: September 03, 2009, 07:05:25 pm »
Oh, I see what you mean. Without reviewing the video again, I'd just guess it's an easier chord to hold if you depress the frets on the 2nd (B), 3rd (G), and 6th (low-E) strings, play the 4th (D) string open, while leaving the 1st (high-E) and 5th (A) string muted.
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Re: CH-007 • Slash Chords
« Reply #14 on: September 03, 2009, 08:58:46 pm »
Oh, I see what you mean. Without reviewing the video again, I'd just guess it's an easier chord to hold if you depress the frets on the 2nd (B), 3rd (G), and 6th (low-E) strings, play the 4th (D) string open, while leaving the 1st (high-E) and 5th (A) string muted.

Ah, I see, thanks. I was wondering if there was a deeper reason. I find it easier to play than to mute. So I will just play. :)