Shapes of things… B/A
ABOVE: One of MJ's guitarists Larry Carlton in 1979 © Clayton Call / Retna Ltd./Retna Ltd./Corbis
The chord: B/A
Used by: Michael Jackson
Song: She's Out Of My Life
Context: As the chord over "to think for 'three' years that she was here".
Low to high strings: 5 X 4 4 4 X
Did you know?
This chord is often found, as in the Jackson number, as a deliberately tense chord between A and Ab m7 (or the equivalent in other keys). Play these chords and notice how sweet the Ab m7 sounds after the uneasy B/A. This is a popular chord in ballads and film music - can you hear where it comes in the ET theme…
Also spotted in:
Barbra Streisand's Evergreen, as the verse's second chord: "Love, soft as an 'easy' chair". Low to high strings: X 0 4 4 4 X
The Beatles' Eight Days A Week: this time E/D as the second chord in the intro. Low to high strings: X X 0 7 7 5
In Extreme's Hole Hearted, as the intro's second chord – E/D again, but note the different fingering, low to high strings: X X 0 4 5 4