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Re: Lilypond and Jazz chords

From: kztone
Subject: Re: Lilypond and Jazz chords
Date: Mon, 15 Jun 2009 14:52:53 -0500
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Anthony W. Youngman wrote:
In message <address@hidden>, Carl D. Sorensen <address@hidden> writes
But there is a (to me) surprisingly large contingent of users who claim that there is no well-defined connection between chord names and chord notes, and
that they want total control over the symbols to be displayed.  And the
lyricChordNames functionality is a way to get transposable chord names for
people who are in that camp.

Let's take the notes C, Eb, F, Ab. Which chord is that? What's the root?

You can easily go from the name to the notes, but not the other way round.
I agree.

I think it's easy to convert chord tones(voicing) to chord name
if voicing is a stacking thirds from root w/o rotation, but who use this voicing?

I don't know how to call this but I often use voicing like <F B E> for G7, Db7 or Fmaj7.
Also many players use  quartal voicing(stacking forth).
i.e. <D G C F>. we can say Dm11 for this but probably there is no Dm11 in the music sheet. People might use this voicing for Dm7. Of course, if you change root, you'll get other chords.

To me, chord name is just guide to generate voicing, or to imply associated scales. Also chord *progression* influences voicing. I don't think there is a perfect way to convert chord tones(voicing) to chord name.



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