In this short acoustic guitar lesson Elixir Strings artist and educator Flynn Cohen uses a simple but effective chord progression to illustrate the slash chord concept. The main challenge might be getting your fingers round the new voicings, but it’s worth the effort for the additional harmonic interest!
Incorporating low notes into progressions that aren’t simply the root note of chords gives great scope for changing the feel and leading the listener’s ear. These slash chords, as they’re sometimes known, are great to use on acoustic guitar for a big, full sound, but can be used in almost any musical setting.
Acoustic guitar and mandolin player Flynn Cohen has performed all over the world with many notable acts in traditional and contemporary acoustic music. He can be seen in concert with the American folk band Low Lily and legendary Irish accordion player John Whelan, as well as duo shows playing music from his four solo albums.