Join Rick Schmunk for an in-depth discussion in this video Chord basics, part of Learning Music Notation.
- The next few videos are about notating…chord progressions and symbols.…And because it's unavoidable that…this will include a bit of music theory,…let's start by reviewing the structures…of triads' seventh chords.…And because most of the chords in a song…are derived from the song's key,…let's review the relationship between…chords and chord progression to keys and scales.…So the most basic chords that we talk about…oftentimes are triads.…And the word triad means three…so we're talking about a three-note chord.…So here we're looking at the four basic triads…built off of a root, which would be a C.…
We see that in each one of these chords.…So let's talk about the differences…in how we could construct these chords.…Well, the notes in a C major chord would be C, E and G,…and if we look at the interval or distance…between the root note, which is on the bottom,…going up to the middle note which we call the third,…and up to the top note, which we refer to as the fifth,…we can establish how we can build that chord on any note.…
It starts with notating pitch (clefs) and duration, including note lengths and rests. He moves into discussing flats, sharps, naturals, and key signatures, and the unique symbols for musical expression, including dynamics and articulations. He goes over notating chords and chord progressions, and the addition of vocals and lyrics. The course wraps with some score formatting tips and notation examples for piano, guitar, and drums, which pull together all the information into complete, publication-worthy pieces of sheet music.
- Notating pitch with clefs
- Notating duration
- Adding time signature and bars
- Using dots and ties
- Modifying pitch
- Notating scales
- Communicating expressions such as tempo and performance
- Notating chord progressions
- Notating vocals and lyrics
- Formatting a score
Skill Level Beginner
1. Notating Pitch
2. Notating Duration and Rhythm
3. Modifying Pitch and Scales
4. Communicating Expression
5. Notating Form
6. Notating Chords and Chord Progressions
7. Slash and Rhythmic Notation
8. Vocal Music and Lyrics
9. Score and Part Formatting
10. Notation Examples
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