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Thread #69990   Message #1206031
Posted By: The Fooles Troupe
13-Jun-04 - 12:04 AM
Thread Name: Nashville Numbering System
Subject: RE: Nashville Numbering System
I'm not disappearing entirely .. I will hang around a few things like this, but I can see the firewood being stacked around the sacrifical post... :-)

Murray, comment away on my posts... but susbsequent posts by others may have dealt with some things.

It appears that the two systems arose from different bases of Musos with different needs. The 'Roman Numerical' system can not lead to arguments "Might this be a Minor Chord?" & "One assumes a minor chord based on the second and third intervals of a major scale but it's not always the case" because of its design. The M (major) is always assumed if not stated but can be noted if desired - if there is much switching back and forward between assorted Majors and Minors, espeially 7, 7, 11, 13, etc, it's easier if the M is specified, even if it is normally 'assumed'.

I couldn't easily find anything that simply and consistently explained "Nashville" which I why I started this thread. Looks like I was right in my original assumptions that different people had different ideas.

Looks like Jeri has said what the key (if you pardon the pun!) difference is between the two systems - The older Classical Music based system assumes that the Basic Mode (Key) of the piece never changes - this is in line with long established 'Classical Music' Theory - 'Modern Classical' Music had severe arguments with this concept - but the Numerical Chord Notation system could easily deal with such 'advances' without modification or confusion.

The 'Nashville' seems to be a more 'folk based' system that has lots of variants.