The bass note is the tonic note of the chord symbol
, or if the chord is written, for example, as C/E, then the note E would be the bass note in the left hand.
Guitar music, for instance, is supported exceptionally well with its own symbol pallet for fingering, string indications, and strum directions, as well as chord symbol
and tablature notation.
The book would become more useful if chord symbol
notation were included; thus, as students gain more skills, they could use the chord charts to improvise on the basic notation.
In these cases I often mark in chord symbols
in my score just to keep myself on track.
Students identify patterns by circling groupings of notes, writing in chord symbols
, or using other visual cues on the page to train their eyes to see patterns (not individual notes).
rather than merely with chord symbols
provided; the piano parts have chord symbols
, but also specify the voicing of chords and the details of ornamental "fills," just as Ellington, Basie, Williams, and their colleagues played on the recordings; and percussion rhythms capture the recorded expression of individual components of the drum kit.
I encourage any teacher who finds merit in this article to try introducing simple melodies with chord symbols
to their students.
Books in this series contain the lyrics, melody and chord symbols
for Best Pop Vocal Performance award-winning songs, and the CDs feature demos for listening and separate backing tracks for singing along.
BOB DYLAN: 100 CLASSIC SONGS is a top recommendation for guitarists, keyboard players and more who want a survey of some 100 Dylan hits in melody line arrangements that include complete lyrics, chord symbols
and guitar chord boxes.
Included is full notations with enharmonic chord symbols
for more than 150 choruses of jazz blues lines in all 12 keys, using the whole register of the instrument.
Also included is a helpful guide to fundamental, a varied selection of popular tunes, as well as chord symbols