2.2.4 Combining notes into chords

Music Glossary: chord

We saw earlier how notes can be combined into chords by indicating they are simultaneous by enclosing them in double angle brackets. However, the normal way of indicating a chord is to surround the pitches with single angle brackets. Note that all the notes in a chord must have the same duration, and that the duration is placed after the closing bracket.

r4 <c e g> <c f a>2

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Think of chords as almost equivalent to single notes: almost everything you can attach to a single note can be attached to a chord, and everything must go outside the angle brackets. For example, you can combine markings like beams and ties with chords. They must be placed outside the angle brackets.

r4 <c e g>~ <c f a>2 |
<c e g>8[ <c f a> <c e g> <c f a>]
  <c e g>8\>[ <c f a> <c f a> <c e g>]\! |
r4 <c e g>8.\p <c f a>16( <c e g>4-. <c f a>) |

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See also

Notation Reference: Chorded notes.

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