Join Rick Schmunk for an in-depth discussion in this video Inversions, slash chords, and polychords, part of Learning Music Notation.
- [Teacher] At times, a song writer or arranger…will want to communicate more than the chord quality…and the presence of a seventh or chord extensions.…Often, this is because they want to indicate a baseline…or base note that isn't the root of the chord.…So let's take a look at how to notate chord inversions.…So, from our discussions, we know that the three notes…in a C chord are C, E, and G and it doesn't matter…what order that those notes occur in when…they're played together.…The C can be on the bottom, the C can be on the top,…or the C can be in the middle.…
Anytime those three notes are present, the chord is a…C major chord, but we do differentiate when one note…is the bottom note versus one of the other notes.…So when a C chord is played with the C as the lowest note,…we refer to that chord as being in root position,…and when you write the chord symbol, you don't need to…do anything other than write the basic chord symbol.…But if one of the other notes in the chord is in the base,…we then indicate that note as being the base 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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