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Old 02-14-2013, 08:16 PM   #1
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Writing Chords in Notation.

I need help learning how to write the chords on the top of staves.

For example let's just say that we have some type of quartet. The 4 instruments all play a note of the same rhythmic figure that just so happens to be a Major 7 chord.

Would I write the major 7 chord on top of the staves of each instrument in the quartet?
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:23 PM   #2
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No, they just play the note on the sheet music.
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:26 PM   #3
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In what situations is it necessary to write the chords on the top of the staves?

For whatever reason some random external source of the years of my studying has led me to believe that writing the chords on top is always necessary.
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:42 PM   #4
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It's only done in contexts where you only have the melody, like in jazz lead sheets. If the harmony is realized in an ensemble, you don't put the chords.
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:47 PM   #5
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I see. How about in the context of a piece of music written for a solo piano instead of an ensemble?
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:53 PM   #6
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I see. How about in the context of a piece of music written for a solo piano instead of an ensemble?

Nope.
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:56 PM   #7
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Alright I suppose I just won't worry about it. Thanks guys!
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Old 02-15-2013, 02:17 AM   #8
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Write a chord...if a person playing would need to know the chord...aka their part isn't written, or they're improvising over a set of chords.
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