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C/Cb?


(@frosk)
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I thought I should learn to play hte song "vacker vid vatten", which is the second song down the list on Maud Lindström's myspace ( http://www.myspace.com/maudlindstrom ) The version here is on accordion, but I just saw her in concert where she played it on a guitar. On her website, the lyrics are written with chords ( http://www.sdfab.se/maud/filer/Vacker.pdf ), which is quite handy, - but I can't figure out how to play C/Cb.

Help?


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(@vic-lewis-vl)
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Hi Frosk - that chord is simply a C chord with a Cb bass (or root) note instead of a C root note. So instead of playing

E A D G B E
x 3 2 0 1 0

Try playing

E A D G B E
x 2 2 0 1 0

:D :D :D

Vic

"Sometimes the beauty of music can help us all find strength to deal with all the curves life can throw us." (D. Hodge.)


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(@noteboat)
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Cb is never the "root" of a C chord Vic - the "root" is the note that gives a chord its name, and the "bass" is the lowest note.

The chord is named wrong, though, which is confusing. It's a Cmaj7 with the 7th (B) in the bass. You can't mix accidentals on a single note in a chord - if there's already a C, the other note has to be B; if the second note was a half-step higher, it would be Db (the b9) instead of C#.

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