The Nashville Number System is a method of transcribing music by denoting the scale degree on which a chord is built. This universal system—which uses simple numbers and symbols—is how a lot of music is exchanged and shared in a studio setting these days. It allows you to transpose a song into a different key (usually to suit the singer's range) without needing to alter the way the music is notated. Lari simplifies this system by giving examples and demonstrating how it all works.
- I'm going to share with you something that confounds…even professional musicians who are not familiar with it.…So this is like an insider tip.…In Nashville, specifically the musicians there…developed an ingenious method of writing music…in a form that was so easy to read,…so easy to transpose, so easy to use…as a guide in a recording session or a demo session…that they could almost instantly know…the chord that they had to play and fill…in the blanks from there.…
It's called the Nashville Number System,…and even experience musicians who are not familiar with it,…it's kind of a mystery to them.…What are they talking about, those crazy Nashville players?…Well I'm going to tell you, it's not that complicated…and it's actually a very brilliant way to notate music.…It's something that we can relate very easily…to the fun that we just had with Axis of Awesome…and the Four Chord Song.…
So in the scale, as you just learned,…in your major scale, we're going to work in the key of C…again, because it's a very simple, easy key.…
Note: This course was recorded and produced by ArtistWorks. We're pleased to host this training in our library.
- Singing harmony and straight tone
- Crafting your vocal tone
- Using vibrato and messa di voce
- Working with the chest and head voice
- Singing in a low or high register
- Selecting a microphone for live performance and recording
- Understanding the Nashville Number System