Playing Slash Chords on Accordion

You’ll see slash chords on chord diagrams, written as C/E (“C chord over E”), G/B (“G over B”) and all variations in between. The slash indicates that your right hand chord is different than what you are playing in the left hand. C/E means your right hand is playing the C chord while your left hand plays the E note. G/B means your right hand is playing the G chord while your left plays the B note.

There are lots of examples of slash chords being used, but in this tutorial we examine the slash chords in Billy Joel’s Piano Man and the Totoro Main Theme Song.

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Scotia G - January 6, 2019 Reply

Thank you for this wonderful explanation!

    Chad - August 28, 2019 Reply

    Nothing like starting off my day reading and learning about something cool. Your blog post accentuated my breakfast perfectly! Thank you 🙂

      Ronen from Accordion Love - August 28, 2019 Reply

      Accordion & breakfast. Well done, sir!

Alvaro Barsi - July 23, 2019 Reply

Thank you so much! I had never understood the slash markings, but they are clear now.
Alvaro Barsi

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