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(b) The second chord chart is more bar and chord
based. This system is a much more musical way of
writing chord charts.
The bars are marked out and easy to see. The
lyrics are fitted into the bar they belong.
Again the sections of the song are clearly marked
e.g.
VERSE
or
CHORUS.
This system has a unique feature. When a chord
pattern doesn’t fit into the normal 4 bar length
we use a
to show there is no music. So there is no music to
play. You go straight from the last bar before
the rectangle to the next bar on the next line.
There are a few ways to show repeated
chords. We use a mixture because that’s the
way it is in sheet music. So you can get used
to the different ideas.
(a)
The % symbol can be used.
(b)
Sometimes we write the chord name
again.
(c)
Other times we leave the bar blank –
this also means to keep playing the
same chord.
Here is an example of our song system –
Good Riddance by Greenday.
CHORUS 1.
Em
G
Em
G
something un -
predictable, but
in the end is
right, I
Em
D
hope you had the
time of your
INTRO 2.
G
%
C
D
life.
G
%
C
D