Hi. I'm hoping someone will be able to help me with an answer to what is possibly the stupidest question posted ever.
I've played piano for a few years - self taught and by ear, and only recently decided to have a stab at learning to read the 'dots and squiggles'.
My question is about chord names written above the stave.
What does it mean if it's written C/E?
There, said it might be the stupidest question ever
That is not a stupid question. That is a very good question.
C/E in pop music usually means to play the C chord in first inversion. If you're self taught you might not know what that means.
Your normal C chord is C-E-G.
A first inversion is move the 1st note to the top or E-G-C.
A second inversion chord would be G-C-E.
So, C is C-E-G; C/E is E-G-C, and C/G is G-C-E.
Hope this helps.