is it typical during a song (or any I/IV chord) for the bass to cover the G while the guitar simply sticks to playing a C chord?

and if it wouldn't be too much trouble, could you provide with me song examples?
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C major -> 2nd inversion

try this


you can create rather interesting bassline that fit into the harmonic structure of your piece

edit: The Beatles - For No One
C Em Am C/G Fmaj7 Bb C

I can't be bothered to go check but if you can see, theres a bassline in there going C B A G F Bb C
Last edited by seljer at Sep 18, 2008,
You would generally play the C/G chord and have the bass play C. That way, you end up with the overall tonality of a C chord, but the instruments' differing timbres make it sound cool.
If we're talking the type of theory you learn in a class, you can do that... but it would probably be perceived as part of the dominant, and will be followed by the dominant.

So, say we have C/G in the key of C. When C/G is used in the way I'm describing, the C and E in the C chord really just want to resolve down to B and D, respectively.



So, you have C - Dm/F - C/G - G - C, or I - ii6 - I64 - V - I, if you want roman numeral analysis.

If you play it, see how the C/G doesn't feel like the progression has ended? That's why it's part of the dominant, and not functioning as the tonic. If you just play C - Dm/F - C, you feel that the progression has ended, but not so with the C/G.

If you want to find examples, this sort of thing is fairly common in classical music and it wouldn't be too hard to find.

Of course, you can use C/G in other ways in rock music, this is just an example of how it's been used in the past.
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thank you all!

i believe the progression to the song i'm referring to was:

Em C/G Am B

or something similar.

again, thanks for the help.
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As long as there's a G in the bass, feel free to play any voicing of C you'd like. An example is Orleans' You're Still The One. Somewhere in the song the progression goes A B/A. The bass is just thumping out As while the guitars play A and B chords.