Join Rick Schmunk for an in-depth discussion in this video Notating chord symbols, part of Learning Music Notation.
- [Instructor] Notating chord symbols is a complicated issue…as there isn't an agreed upon standard.…Respective composers, arrangers, performers, and instructors…all have unique opinions and practices…differ by musical style and region.…So the discussion here will be an attempt to be inclusive…while suggesting some best practices.…So let's start by talking about the placement…and alignment of chord symbols.…First of all they're always above the staff,…and they're higher than any other marking…that might be above the note heads.…
So that would include things like tempo markings,…metronome markings, technique text,…slurs, and articulations.…So the chord symbols would be above any of that information.…And then depending upon the chord symbol…that has to be the highest to clear any of those items…I just listed, you would put the chord symbols…on a plane with that particular chord.…I'm gonna show you an example here in just a second.…Next, I would strongly suggest that you left align…the chord symbols to the beat,…
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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