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Too curious about guitar notation. What does G7/B mean?
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Oliver
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What notes are played for the notation G7/B and similarly designated chords?  I have Googled on it and am now mostly confused by all the many explanations !

Is the "slash" notation meant mostly for guitar? 

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the slash usually indicates either chord can be used was how it was explained to me during guitar lesson 40 years ago

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OK, but if I begin using the lower chord(s) should I stay with that for the whole song?

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The way I understood it was it was to accomidate the singer, so Id say yes

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G7/B  means to play a G7 chord but use one of the voicings that has the B as the lowest note. 

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DanielB said
G7/B  means to play a G7 chord but use one of the voicings that has the B as the lowest note. 

that could be, i was told different but that dont make it right

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Barry said

that could be, i was told different but that dont make it right

 

Same here, Barry.  All any of us has got is what we were told/taught.  I was taught it is how to show which "inversion" or voicing of the chord to use and the part after the / was what note should be in the bass.  But I can't 100% guarantee that is right, either.

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Yeah, I think I saw the word "inversion" in my surfing. 

I'm surprised that the topic is a bit fuzzy.

Is this notation exclusive to guitar ?

Does "bass" simply mean the lowest string ?

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I may have seen it used in "easy piano" as well, not sure, Oliver.  But yeah, I only recall seeing it for certain for guitar.

And yes, by bass I mean the lowest pitch being played in the chord.

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SOME OFFICIAL STUFF.  JUST FOUND.

 

http://tech.dir.groups.yahoo.c.....ssage/3582

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Daniel is right.

G7/B

B - D - F# - G

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