Join Rick Schmunk for an in-depth discussion in this video Slash notation, part of Learning Music Notation.
- [Narrator] The parts for rhythm section players…are often a blend of normal music…and notation that is purposefully not specific.…This less-defined notation informs the players…of the basic information and allows them to improvise…appropriate parts based upon their knowledge of style,…harmony, and role or function in the rhythm section.…Let's start by taking a look at Slash Notation.…So this idea of Slash Notation is based upon something…that's, today, referred to as Improvisatory notation.…In the case of Slash Notation,…it's the Least specific of this style of notation.…
And it consists of simply Chord symbols…and Diagonal lines.…Then, the musicians are expected to Create their part…based upon a knowledge of Style and their Role and function.…So, at its simplest level,…Slash Notation would look something like this.…Simply a chord symbol above the line,…and then a number of slashes per measure…based upon the time signature,…so we're seeing four per measure here.…And then, this just indicates to the player,…
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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