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

C/G D/A G/B C

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,
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.

Example:

``````-0-1-------
-1-3-5-3-1-
-0-2-5-4-0-
-----5-5-2-
-3-------3-
---1-3-3---``````

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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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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