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Understanding Chord Symbols

April 12th, 2012 by

Understanding chord symbols is important in songwriting. Here we will cover the topic of  chord symbols and chord construction. While there are many books out there on the market, there is very little explanation of how chords symbols are interpreted. I’d like to share some of my insight with you. In most song sheets chords are given for guitar or keyboard players. Functional names are not used for this purpose. Instead, the root and quality of the chord are given in what may be termed lead-sheet notation (for example, Cmaj and F#min). (more…)

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    The range required of the singer in order to sing the song you write is another consideration for you to keep in mind. Even professional singers only have a range of about an octave and a half that they are comfortable with. If you find yourself needing to break into falsetto every time you come to the come to the chorus, it’s time to re-tool your melodyÉ