Today I’m going to educate you on a little about chord charts. Chord charts are called lead sheets. For this lesson, I am going to feel that you know how to create chords, whether triads, sevenths, etc.
In normal sheet music, you’ll see the chord written as individual notes about the staff. A chord chart just has the particular chord written across the staff. Simple major triads are quite obvious, they’re just written as the particular chord, one example is C. A major seventh chord is written 1 of 2 ways, either which has a Maj7 beside it (CMaj7) or possibly a triangle beside it. Both of them mean the same thing, you will find just two forms of writing it. A dominant seventh chord is written with just the seven beside it, by way of example G7.
A lowercase m near the chord signifies that it is usually a minor chord. For example Dm is D minor, and Dm7 is usually a D minor seventh chord. A suspended chord may be written a few ways, according to which note is suspended. You may see something such as Csus, Csus4, or maybe Csus2-4. In order to really grasp a chord chart, you need to understand intervals and just how chords are meant up.
If there is a C dominant seventh chord having a ninth added it truly is notated C9. A C chord with just the additional ninth is written Cadd9. A C major seventh chord with all the ninth added is written CMaj9. An augmented chord is written which has a plus sign behind it. You may see C+, or C+7. A diminished chord is written a couple of ways, either Cdim or with just a little circle behind it that appears like the symbol for the degree.
Hopefully this lesson made sense to your account. If it wouldn’t, I suggest you return and study various types of chords and how they’re formed and revisit this lesson.