March 14, 2019 at 7:12 am #128158
Thanks for your brilliant lessons. Wonder if you can help me.
I often get confronted with piano sheet music notation and have to figure out what guitar chords to play. Sometimes I can successfully do this, other times it becomes laborious. Do you have any hints, trade tips, recommended publications that assist me.
March 14, 2019 at 7:33 am #128159
Hi John, there was chat on the forum similar to this in the past month or so, I think most were using “riffstation” to find song chords, it wasn’t bang on the money but gave the basic chords, not sure if that is of any help to you or not.
March 14, 2019 at 10:42 am #128167
That’s a bit of a tricky question to answer. It depends on the type of piano sheet music you are looking at, and perhaps on the style of music.
If you have an arrangement where the right hand is covering the melody, then most likely the left hand is providing the harmony. So this is what you should focus on. It should be fairly easy to figure out the chords if you know how to “spell” chords. It might be a bit more difficult if the part is using shell voicings, basically stripped down chords.
If the arrangement is more of an accompaniment, then the harmony may be played using both hands, but the same idea is used.
If you are referring to sheet music which covers only the melody, that is a different issue, and I really can’t help much with that.
It might be useful if you posted a clip of the music in question.
Hope that helps.
March 14, 2019 at 11:10 am #128169
I don’t know how well you read music notation. If you
sight read piano this will be easy. If you’re like me you
will need a pencil and paper. I don’t sight read but do
know what those dots mean if I take the time to write
First look at the Key signature of the music.
This will tell you what chords are in the music.
If it’s in G major the chords used should be
G Am Bm C D Em F#dim. I say should because not all music
follows the rules. If the music is a simple 1 6 4 5
The chord would be G Em C D
Look at the notes on the staves and match them to a chord.
So a G chord will contain the notes G B D these notes can
be on either the bass or treble or both. If the note are
writen as a melody right them down and figure out what
chord the would be if stacked.
March 14, 2019 at 1:56 pm #128178
For me, by ear is the easiest way. I just play the music, grab my guitar, and try strumming some chords to see what works. First you have to make sure your guitar is in tune….
March 14, 2019 at 3:47 pm #128183
you can analyse tones and Key signature and try to assign it to Chords as above described. But Piano notation is not readily transfer to Piano notes or chords. For example I bought a music book with piano notes of Chuck-Berry Songs. It s arranged for Piano and not at all to use for Guitar-playing.
March 15, 2019 at 12:02 pm #128225
Hi To everyone who read my question about deriving guitar chords from music notation.
Thanks for your replies, I picked up some very handy points and tips. Adding these to my limited knowledge will definitely help. I am a reasonable notation reader.
Just to clarify things, the music I am often confronted with is ‘musical’ and panto show style music. I play guitar in a small band for a charity group that stages such shows.
Many thanks for your help, mush appreciated.
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