What kind of chart do I need?

When choosing which kind of charts are needed for your ensemble, there are a number of factors to consider:
  • instrumentation
  • size of ensemble
  • performance environment
  • rehearsal needs
  • time constraints¬†
Maybe you're a singer with limited rehearsal options, and you need a basic chart for your rhythm section to follow. Or maybe you lead a pop/rock group and need individual parts notated for each instrument for an upcoming recording session. Or you're a conductor of a large ensemble who needs a song orchestrated to suit your specific instrumentation requirements. 

Here are some examples to consider:

Lead Sheets

The Lead Sheet format concisely represents all pertinent information needed for a small ensemble setting. This includes chord progressions, tutti lines, rhythm punches, and important cues as required (E.g. lyrics, melody, etc.). This is a perfect option for groups with limited rehearsal. These charts are typically no longer than 2 - 4 pages, and each member of the ensemble reads from the same part, which means smooth, easy, and quick rehearsals.

Lead Sheet Samples:

Vocal Charts

Vocal Charts include much of the same information as Lead Sheets, but they also include complete information for vocalists (I.e. full melody, lyrics, etc.).

Vocal Chart Sample:

Instrumental Parts

Instrumental Parts are designed for each individual instrument of the ensemble. Important cues are also included.

Instrumental Part Samples: