Soloing Over Slash Chords


Hi, I've been trying to figure out the solo on Pretzel Logic. Is it Larry Carlton? The rhythm is Am7 Dm7 D/E E/A C/D D/G Am7. Any advice with slash chords and the solo in general?


I hear D/E as E being root and D triad against E ..(b7 9 11(sus4))

and E/A as A being roor and E triad against A .. (9 5 M7)
Major7 without 3rd. I like that sound.

If you have E/D then E triad against D... (6 9 #11)

or E/G ... E against G... (M3 13 b9)

F/D.... D-7 (b7 b3 5) ... You can use triangle shape on
123 strings... play F triad, E triad... D triad over
D-7 G7 CMajor7.... Same shapes but you 'll get
D-7 (b7 b3 5)
G7 (M3 13 b9)
CMajor7 (6 9 #11)..... if you play G triad here..then
(5 M7 9)

Many colors!



Many thanks for helping me to better understand slash chords. I wouldn't have realized that the bass note combined with the triad resulted in another chord. I guess the slash chord is described as such to emphasize the bass note. Also explaining that E is the root in a D/E chord helped me to figure out that I can play an E scale over a D/E chord, etc.
Tomo, I appreciate that you described the triads the way you did instead of spelling out a particular voicing. It took more work but I was able to find ones that I hadn't known before.
Tele Man, Any chance you could explain what 'by 5ths harmony turnaround's are?


...typically used to "extend / delay" the simple V-to-I change; for example the E7 to A7 to D7 to G7 back to C descending turnaround in MISTY, etc. It also works with minors too, ie: Em7 to Am7 to Dm7 to G7 back to C.

We call this backcycling fifths in the jazz world (when the chords are dominant). Sweet Georgia Brown is a typical example.

As far as those slash chords go:

D/E=E11 I always look at these like dorian sounds, so its easiest to
play an A major scale here

E/A=Amaj9 This is a really pretty chord. A major still.

C/D=D11 Same as first chord down two frets. Key of G

D/G=Gmaj9 G major here too.


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I use slash chords all the time both in original compositions or as substitutions for "standard" voicings.

Best thing to do is make a chart and analyze all the slash chord combinations.

C/C - C Major
Db/C - Dbmaj, C Phrgian
D/C - D7, C Lydian
Eb/C - Cmin7
E/C - CMaj7#5
F/C - Fmaj
F#/C - C7Alt
G/C - Cmaj9
G#/C - C Phyrgian (if you use D Natural) or just Abmaj7/Ab7
A/C - C13b9
B/C - Cmaj7#9#11, B7b9, Cdim

Now, do the same with minor triads, diminished and augmented chords and you'll really start to come up with some interesting voicings.

All this is detailed in my book by the way! :D

Rig James

Isnt a guitar tuned in fourths?
E to A is a fourth, A to D is a fourth and so on (A to E is a fifth)?
Five half steps does not equal a fifth.

Rig James

No need to apologize, as I was thinking out loud to confirm stuff I am learning. I still think E to A to D to G is fourths not fifths. A guitar is tuned low to high in fourths(except for the b string). G to D to A to E is fifths if you are going high to low.

OTM you obviously know what your talking about and I am not trying to say you dont or step on anyones toes, just discussing things I am in the process of learning myself. Sorry,


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