Lead Sheet: Function, Elements & Notation


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Lead sheets were first used as a notational technique for what kind of music?

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1. To find the melody on the lead sheet, where would you look?

2. Why do instrumentalists of an ensemble need to know the lyrics to the song?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Test your understanding of lead sheets with this quiz/worksheet. Multiple-choice questions will touch on key points including the first type of music that used lead sheets and the location of a melody on a lead sheet.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Find out what you know about the following:

  • The reason instrumentalists need to know the lyrics of a song
  • Meaning of a C that appears above the staff in a lead sheet
  • Fake books in music

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - make sure you can accurately define a fake book in music
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about why an instrumentalist should know the lyrics to a song and the first genre of music where lead sheets were used
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the place where a melody is found on a lead sheet

Additional Learning

Continue learning about lead sheets via the accompanying lesson called Lead Sheet: Function, Elements & Notation. Some of the concepts you'll cover are listed below:

  • Harmony and lyrics on a lead sheet
  • Lead sheet advantages for musicians
  • Examples of how lead sheets are read by performers