Join Rick Schmunk for an in-depth discussion in this video Nashville Number System, part of Learning Music Notation.
- [Narrator] Throughout the history of notated music,…musicians have created systems…to notate music as simply as possible.…During the Baroque period, composers used a numeric system…to indicate chord progressions.…So we shouldn't be surprised…at similar developments in our own time.…One particularly effective method came out of…the studio scene in Nashville,…where instrumental parts are primarily improvised,…and the musicians just need chord charts.…Let's take a look at the Nashville number system.…So the Nashville system is based on chord scale…relationships, and that's simply giving a number…to each chord based upon the scale degree…that the root of the chord is in relationship to that key,…plus then adding a simply shorthand suffix…to fill out the chord symbol.…
So if we're thinking in the key of C, then C is one,…D is two, E is three, F is four, so on and so forth.…And if we need to indicate a non-scale tone,…we would do that then based upon either…raising or lowering a note in the key of C.…So for example, F sharp would be sharp four…
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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