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Awhile back I wrote a post about slash chords. I was reading an interesting article, Slash Chords - Part II Beyond Western Harmony by Chaim Burstein. Here's an excerpt:
- 20th Century and the Avant-Garde
Slash chords can be a great way to get away from your typical diatonic chord progressions. One of my favorite ways to use slash chords almost completely disregards Western harmonic concepts. In the prior article on slash chords, we were only concerned with slash chords that do not appear as some form of a chord inversion. Today we are going to discuss every possible combination of triads over bass notes...
Below you'll find a chart that contains every possible major triad and bass note combination. I've organized it from what I find to be the most consonant to the most dissonant. Each new chord is labeled in levels of dissonance, with Level 1 being the least dissonant and Level 12 containing the most dissonant harmonies. This chart was created using only a piano and my ears.
- Slash Chords Levels: Consonant (1) to Dissonant (12)
C/C played C/EGC
F/C played C/FAC
Ab/C = C/EbAbC
G/C = C/DGB
Eb/C = C/EbGBb
Bb/C = C/DFBb
A/C = C/EAC#
D/C = C/F#AD
E/C = C/G#BE
B/C = C/F#BD#
Db/C = C/FAbDb
Level 12 = C/F#A#C#
Another way to use this chart is to increase or decrease the level of dissonance perceived by the listener. This can be very effective at high points in an arrangement... increase the level of dissonance with each new melody note. Try playing these on a piano and notice how the dissonance increases each time a new chord voicing is played. The top voice can act as the root, third or fifth of a chord. This gives you three different ways to harmonize any melody note at any given level of dissonance.
- Harmonizing the note E natural three different ways
L.H. / R.H.
In case you missed it, here's an article I wrote on How-Do-I-Harmonize-These-Melodies.
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Hope you'll try these chords and see how they sound to your ears.
Wishing you all the best with your piano practice!
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