Includes newer symbols: C2, Cadd2, and C2Q, and extensions
This chapter introduces an easy way to incorporate quartal harmony (chords comprised of fourths) into praise choruses & hymns. The unique & valuable symbol, C2Q (from bottom up: D.G.C), is introduced and explained. Another way to think of this is to use numbers in the scale. The scale degrees, 258, would also represent a quartal chord. Quartals sound particularly good with the third in the bass (eg., C2Q/E). Examples, exercises, assignments are offered.
The word “quartals” refers to chords constructed from perfect fourth intervals (eg. from top to bottom, C – G – D). They have a unique, modern sound and function the same way as do “added seconds.” In the chapter you will find a unique symbol I’ve created to express “quartal chords” in chord charts. You’ll find this symbol helpful when you want your band to play them. They are easy for guitarists to perform, and they sound particularly good when the third of the chord is located in the bass (eg. from top to bottom, C – G – D with E in the bass).
Chords and their various alternate symbols are written out and discussed beginning with 5ths, then 7ths, and up to 13ths. Slash chords included as well as some chord analysis for musical phrases. Three quizzes. 25 pages, 47 examples. Updated 7.2014.
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