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Chords
Foreword
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This paper is a condensed translation of the original paper in Dutch. English is not my native
language. I apologize for any mistakes in my English.
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Chords was written in Dutch for Dutch teachers and advanced students of harmony and composition.
It is based on classical Dutch/German (North-West European) harmony, but if you're curious about
the modern notation of chords, as used in jazz and popular music, you will not be disappointed.
In modern notation, a chord symbol is made as simple as possible. All it does, is tell you which notes
to play. In classical harmony however, a chord is named after its position and function within a mode
(key). Harmony symbols don't tell you where to put your fingers on the guitar or piano.
If you studied classical harmony, you might want to use this paper to learn and understand the modern
notation of chords. Chords is not a course in classical harmony. If you're really interested in harmony,
I suggest you study the excellent Harmony & Voice Leading by Aldwell & Schachter.
Some symbols and musical terms might seem a bit strange to you, especially if you're not from North-
West Europe, but remember, this is merely a translation.
I hope you will find Chords to be very useful.
© 2011 Rowy
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