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Thread: How do you notate a chord that sustains 1 bar?

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    Default How do you notate a chord that sustains 1 bar?

    Is there a proper way to notate a chord that rings (sustains) a full bar?
    I've always used the tablature version of writing the word "ring" under the chord.
    In this example only the A chord is held a full bar.

    | A | F#-7 | B-7 | E7 |
    ring . . .

    What about the Fermata? Is that only for a musical note, chord, or rest "beyond" its given time value?

    How do you notate a chord that rings for a bar?

    - Robert

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    The iRp player is controlled by each style's algorithm. There's no iRp notation convention to force a chord to be sustained.
    If you were to select the Jazz Long Notes style for your example, every chord would hold for the whole measure.

    - - * Tuning * - Exercise

    If my goal was to provide performance instructions for the musician(s) I’d likely use a fermata (no effect on player) because it’s convenient. Yes, it often means “extend” the note, but I suppose I’ve also used it to mean “present” the note.

    Placing ring, hold or sustain using text could also work for the musicians (no effect on iRp player.)



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