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Macro analysis

In music theory, macro analysis is a method of transcribing, or writing down chords that may be used along with or instead of conventional musical analysis. Uppercase or lowercase letters are used to indicate the roots of chords, followed by symbols which specify the chord quality.[1]

Triad Macro analysis symbols[1]
Root Chord quality Example Audio
Major triad Uppercase C )
Minor triad Lowercase c )
Augmented triad Uppercase + C+ )
Diminished triad Lowercase o co )

Slurs are used to indicate motion, with solid slurs connecting roots an ascending fifth or descending fourth apart or dotted slurs indicating leading-tone resolution (in a dominant substitution). Macro analysis, placed below the score, may be accompanied by roman numeral analysis, placed below it.[1]

Other systems of notation for chords include:[2] plain staff notation, used in classical music, Roman numerals, commonly used in harmonic analysis,[3] figured bass, much used in the Baroque era, and various names and symbols used in jazz and popular music.


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