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HP
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I'm working through my jazz studies, and I've come to a subject I'm unfamiliar with. I've tried to look into my jazz theory book, but it didn't make it any clearer for me. The term is slash chords. I know what chords are and how to use them. Roughly, at least.
Are slash chords the same as normal chords? How does a slash chord differ from other chords? Is how it's constructed or how it's used with the other chords?

'Armed with theory, practice becomes meaningful. Through practice, theory becomes fulfilled.' - Egon von Neindorff.

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Hey @hp  they're just chord inversions and the letter after the slash will be the lowest sounding (BASS) note of the chord.  You can use them to make a chord easier to finger depending on where you are on the neck or add color to make a progression more interesting or easier to play.  A whole lot more than that but in a nutshell thats it.  Ahem..cough 😉  as an addition little known fact they were invented by Saul Hudson...  Jotd

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@GregW Oh great! I already know how to invert chords. Good to know I don't need to learn a brand new concept from scratch. Thank you for taking the time to answer, I really appreciate it. 

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I know nothing about slash chords, and even less about jazz for violin.

A lot of help, I am...

- Pete -

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HP said
@GregW Oh great! I already know how to invert chords. Good to know I don't need to learn a brand new concept from scratch. Thank you for taking the time to answer, I really appreciate it. 

Cool!  Youre welcome @hp

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