By Connor Armbruster
If you play in an ESYO ensemble or in CHIME, you have probably spent a significant amount of time reading music on a staff, sometimes referred to as classical notation.
Today, try to read a chord chart. (You can look up a song you like on sites like https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/.) If you are not sure how to play chords like you might on a guitar, play the root of the chord on your instrument. For example, if you see “Em,” play an E.
Watch these video representations of two pieces that Connor mentioned in the video:
Create your own system of written music.
Consider the following: Should the player read this music from left to right and from top to bottom, or is there a different path across the page?
What symbols will you use to indicate dynamics? How will the player know the tempo and style of the piece?
What else would you like to communicate to the player, and how will you convey that message?
Over the course of his three videos, Connor has explained the history of written music and challenged us to think outside of the box when it comes to musical symbolism. It’s time to take this knowledge off of the page! See if you can play this piece: