NOT EVERYONE KNOWS HOW TO READ MUSIC

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NOT EVERYONE KNOWS HOW TO READ MUSIC, Yet we all need some way to remember what we did the last time we played or if we have created some really cool music.
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Some of what I am going to show you here is considered STANDARD for music charts that I learned in playing Jazz. The rest are things I came up with along the way.
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Let me give you some ways to help you and other musicians you are with.
These would be better in color, but I will do this the best I can for you.
[: and :] = Repeats
 
[: and :] 2x’s = Repeats 2 times
I always placed Choruses (Ch.) and Verses (V.) in Pink
 
[: and :] I placed in Blue
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The “2x’s” I placed in Blue and in Italics
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8
[————————] = 8 bars of rest
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” / ” = One quarter note beat (Example: CM / D7 / – So the Chord is one Beat and the “/” is another beat in a bar with 4 beats to a measure, or called 4/4)
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” CM7 / / / ” = 4 beats in total in a measure
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CHORD SIGNS
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• M = Major (CM = C Major)
• m = minor (Cm = C minor)
• dim (or “d”) = diminish (Example: Cdim or Cd)
• CM7 = C Major 7th
• C7 = C minor 7th
• Caug = C augmented
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WORDS OF SONGS
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CM7 Dm A7
” … ” = Pause (Example: Rejoice, … in the Lord)
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. G A7 Dm G
” ___ ” = Holding the note OUT (Example: Rejoice,____ Rejoice____ )
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“Re – joice = Hold/Extend the “RE” of Re – joice
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OTHER THINGS I DID
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I always placed Extra reminders in another color and sometimes in Italics to separate from the rest of the music *
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Intros I placed in Blue and Italics
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Solos I always placed in Blue
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” * ” I would use to show were to go back to a certain spot sort of like a “Coda, since a Computer will not duplicate this” (Coda, is a sign that means go back to a place in the music and continue there until…
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COMPUTER TRICKS
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Sometimes I would have to insert a box so that a Reminder would stay where there was not a line.
I hope these will help you. I will place a song in here with a lot of these signs so that you can see them being used and will remember how they work. Be setting a standard no one will wonder and if they do it is due to other issues and not what you have done.
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Keep in mind that some will have to get used to reading these signs. If they have issues with them you can tell them that what you have placed here is somewhat the standard for Jazz Charts all around the world; of course some I had to improvise on due to limitations of the keyboard on the computer.
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PLACING YOUR MUSIC IN NOTEBOOKS
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I always make a hard-copy in case the music I write gets corrupted, damaged, lost, deleted or the old hard drive dies.
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In Punching Holes in Charts I punch both sides of the pages, so I can arrange things in any kind of order. (Be Sure To Tape down your adjustable 3-ring hole punch, BUT I always punch the pages from the same side out and just flip, so that everything is even.)
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TWO PAGE CHARTS
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When preparing to use TWO-PAGE Sheets so I always turn Pages face to face, so I don’t have to turn pages.
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I, ALSO, write the name of the song on the back of the First Page, so when I am flipping through the songs I can find it easily.
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I Place My Music alphabetically and use dividers that are, “A, B, C” so that I can find my music quickly.
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I HAVE TWO BINDERS, one is for Storage of my Charts (the one with the Alphabet) and the other is smaller for use when I am playing somewhere.
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I use notebooks that have the clear insert on the outsides, so I can place what it is that is in the notebook and for the smaller notebook, for what event the music is set up for.
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CLOSING:
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I hope this helps you. The main thing in all of this is to keep a standard and keep it simple. It is good to use what I have placed up here for it is tried and true and works for most people. Some of this is considered standard, but much of what is here is what I have come up with through the many years of being s songwriter/musician/worship leader.
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Blessings Upon You,
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Charles of “Higher Call”
 
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About Charles of "Higher Call"

Where the name, Charles of "Higher Call" comes from is from the Ministry founded by him that focuses on the Arts for Faith-Based people and has been effective since, 1996. Charles has 3 degrees in Photography and 2 degrees from Seminary and is an Ordained Minister. Charles is a Songwriter/Arranger, Musician and Singer with a progression towards involvement in Acting and Music Narration. Charles has been involved in the Music Field for over 30 years.
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