5. Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door – Chord Chart (BC-103)

Topic Progress:

Now that we’ve become acquainted with music notation, we can go back to our song, “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door’, and look at the eighth note strumming pattern we were using to play the upstrokes and the downstrokes:

G:1[G Major]
D:1[D Major]
Am:1[A Minor]
C:1[C Major]

GGGGDDDD
1 …..&…. 2 …..&…. 3 …..&…. 4 …..&….
AmAmAmAmAmAmAmAm
1 …..&…. 2 …..&…. 3 …..&…. 4 …..&….
GGGGDDDD
1 …..&…. 2 …..&…. 3 …..&…. 4 …..&….
CCCCCCCC
1 …..&…. 2 …..&…. 3 …..&…. 4 …..&….

We can represent our chord progression in the following chord chart:

options width=700 stave-distance=30 tabstave notation=true tablature=false time=4/4 notes =|: :8S Bd/4 :8S Bu/4 :8S Bd/4:8S Bu/4 :8S Bd/4 :8S Bu/4 :8S Bd/4:8S Bu/4 |:8S Bd/4 :8S Bu/4 :8S Bd/4:8S Bu/4:8S Bd/4 :8S Bu/4 :8S Bd/4:8S Bu/4 text :h,|,.1,G,D,|,Am, ++,.13,.font=Times-8-,:8,|,1,&,2,&,3,&,4,&,|,1,&,2,&,3,&,4,&
options width=700 stave-distance=30 tabstave notation=true tablature=false notes :8S Bd/4 :8S Bu/4 :8S Bd/4:8S Bu/4 :8S Bd/4 :8S Bu/4 :8S Bd/4:8S Bu/4 |:8S Bd/4 :8S Bu/4 :8S Bd/4:8S Bu/4:8S Bd/4 :8S Bu/4 :8S Bd/4:8S Bu/4 =:| text :h,.1,G,D,|,C, ++,.13,.font=Times-8-,:8,1,&,2,&,3,&,4,&,|,1,&,2,&,3,&,4,&

= Downstroke= Upstroke

If we break this down, we can see that our song has a time signature of 4/4, we have four measures, and in each measure we have eight beats (eighth notes). This means we will be using downstrokes and upstrokes to strum our song.

There are also a few new symbols we haven’t seen before. If you look  below each eighth note, you’ll notice we have symbols and symbols. The symbol tells us we should play a downstroke for the downbeat, and thesymbol tells us we should play an upstroke for the upbeat. Chord charts don’t always include these symbols, so we still need to use our counting technique, “1… & … 2 … & … 3 … & … 4 … & …” to help us keep track of which strokes we should be using.

We can also see the following symbol at the beginning of the staff:

And this symbol at the end of the staff:

These are repeat signs, and they tell us that anything enclosed between two repeat signs should be repeated. This means that when we get to the end of measure four (the one where we play the C Major chord), we go back to the beginning and repeat the whole passage.

 

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