Posted By: Samejame
Chord notation symbols - 03/25/02 01:35 PM
Does anyone know of a good online reference for chord notation symbols. One of my kids, in an improv. lesson, was given a fake chart of Glen Miller's "In The Mood" to work on, and the chart features a chord marked "G#°", and I believe the small o means diminished, which I think means to flatten the perfect fifth of the triad by a semitone, but not sure, any takers?
I've been to the pianoworld chord chart, but it doesn't feature this symbol, and doesn't have diminished chords in it's chord references.
Posted By: RKVS1
Re: Chord notation symbols - 03/25/02 02:35 PM
RIcciAdams Chord Calculator page
Ricci Adams has been mentioned before and is a pretty good site. He uses the diminished symbol you mentioned. a previous discussion in PianoWorld Archieves with MusicTheoryLinks
You posted in the thread above, Samejame, but here it is again anyway.
[ March 25, 2002: Message edited by: RKVS1 ] Dr Blood's chord explaination page
This site was one of those mentioned in the thread above. The link in that thread, however, deadended, while this one works.
[ March 25, 2002: Message edited by: RKVS1 ]
Posted By: Lindsay
Re: Chord notation symbols - 03/25/02 11:17 PM
The "o" symbol does mean "diminished", but the 3rd AND 5th get flatted by a half-tone each. The symbols regularly used are fairly simple, it's just a matter of learning them. Any quick reference is all you'll need to pick them up in short order.
The only other symbols used that may cause confusion are "-" for "minor" (flatting the 3rd) and "+" for sharping the 5th.
You may also see "T" denoting a "triad", because in jazz, it is usually assumed that all chords are played with the 7th by default.