View Full Version : Chord Notations

09-21-2005, 03:46 AM
I have no idea what to call my question, other than what is in the title.

I have several chord books and they all use symbols like,

-, +, o, oo, and others.

Does anyone know of a chart around somewhere, or what the title would be called if I googled it?

I'd sure like to know what all this means.

I find it used mostly when space is at a premium. In books and websites where there is a lot of space I see the chords written out without any symbols.

If anyone can give me a hand with this I'd be sure appreciate it.

Thanks, Leon.

09-21-2005, 08:59 AM
Here are some articles on this site that will help:

Here is a link to a book I am finding helpfull:

Basically + = augmented as in C+
o = diminished as in D
- = I have seen used as minor (C-7) as well as diminished (A-) depending on the source. (so it's probably best to avoid until you learn more)
Hope this helps.

09-21-2005, 09:08 AM
Here is another link to a chart: http://www.tsmp.org/musicianship/Lias/Symbols.pdf
Be carefull on the web, lots of people post stuff, so you invariably get errors and misunderstandings. Best to stick around here, as someone always catches errors and everyone is good at helping out!

09-21-2005, 10:52 AM
Hi Mad.

Hey thanks. I seen a few of those articles.
I know what you mean by using caution.
I've seen Major written as a triangle. Took me a while to figure that one out.

I thank you for the links, and yeah, I'll be hanging around. Been lurking for a year or so. 'Bout time to sign up.

I know a guy in Bozeman who runs a recording site. Must be a lot of cool music minded people in that city.

Anyway, thanks.