Eb over G?

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Eb over G?

Postby jfh2424 » Sun May 24, 2009 6:51 am

Hi guys, I came accross this in my wanderings during a samba. Obviously, my first note on the first beat would be Eb but would the composer want me to follow it up with the 5rh (Bb) or the G since the piano player is probably playing a G? Wouldn't a Bb clash with the Gmajor that is being played?



Re: Eb over G?

Postby GonzoBass » Sun May 24, 2009 12:20 pm

If your chord chart has something that looks like this-


This is an Eb chord with a G bass
(Eb major triad first inversion with G as the lowest note)
and we play the bottom note of the "slash chord".

More on those HERE.

So if this bar appeared in a typical 4/4 samba rhythm?

The note G would be on the first beat
(essentially the third),
but playing D on both the syncopated 'and' of 2 and third beat
would give it an EbMaj7th feel
(which might be nice...)
you could play G Bb
to stay within the Eb triad

As always;
the First Rule of Music applies.

What's the name of the tune you're playing?


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Re: Eb over G?

Postby jfh2424 » Mon May 25, 2009 12:59 pm

Hi Gonzo, thanks for answering my question.

I made a mistake though. The chord is G over Eb. Therefore the bass is Eb on a G chord. So the first note I would play would be Eb (that part I got figured out). But if I play the fifth of that, it would be Bb. And it seems that it would clash with the 3rd of the G that the pianist would be playing.

So if I understand your post, if I played just two notes, I would play Eb followed by G. Right?

And the tune is an original. Maybe that's why we got this weird chord.

Thanks, Gonzo!


Re: Eb over G?

Postby SmittyG » Tue May 26, 2009 6:04 am

As Gonzo has pointed out, in a G/Eb chord, the note after the slash is the "root" and the note you hit for your "1". However, just so you know, the part before the slash is the actual chord you are playing--in this case, it is a "G" chord (regardless of what comes after the slash). Therefore, your 5 will be D. To specifically answer you question as to what to play for the second note in the measure, for me, it would depend on what the next chord in the progression is.
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Re: Eb over G?

Postby throckmorten » Tue May 26, 2009 9:20 am

G Bb D F A C Eb looks like G Aeolian with the bass in Eb

Is the key center Bb? or is the composer using the relative minor?
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