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I've decided to take a different route with these posts and let you challenge me to transpose a song so you can check your work against mine.  Last week, "Obidus" asked me to transpose Lord I Need You by Matt Maher from it's original key of Bb to the key of E.  Here's what I did...

This song has a lot of slash chords so it can be a little confusing but as always, the first thing we need to do is translate the scale posiitions. Since we are capoed we will just use the capo shapes to get the positions.  It should line up like this:


The last line of the chorus has the most chords in it so we'll use that as our example.

The progression is: G/B C  G/D  C/E  G/B  Dsus  G  C/G

Swap the letters out with the chart above and you get E/G#  A E/B A/C# E/G# Bsus E  A/E.

Slash Chords

You already know this from our lessons but a slash chord = Chord/Bass note.  While you may be familiar with thise already, let's look at the shapes you could use.  Take special note of which strings are open and which are muted.

Keep in mind that if some of the voicings are tricky, you can usually get away with just playing the basic major or minor depending on the chord.  It's not ideal but it will work in a pinch.  Next week I'm taking on God My Rock.  What other songs do you want to see transposed?

Jason Houtsma serves as Worship Pastor for Mosaic Church in Bellingham, WA, Husband to Alli, Father to Bjorn and Asher, and guitar instructor for WorshipArtistry.com

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Excellent Lesson!

Thank you for clearing this one up for me and the reminder of the slash chords and how to treat them!