In jazz, certain chords can be written in many formats. Like for minor 7ths you can do:

  • Cm7
  • Cmi7
  • Cmin7
  • C-7

And for major 7ths:

  • CM7
  • Cma7
  • Cmaj7
  • CΔ7

Have publishers of big band music settled on a standard practice?

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OK, it seems the answer to that question is no, there is not consensus. So how about if we consider just one of the major publishers? Do they have an internal standard?

  • Somewhere in their discussion of chord symbols, every source I have ever seen (and there have quite a few), puts in a disclaimer that there is no clearly agreed upon convention for chord symbols. That applies even to simple ones such as you posted - all the more so in more complex and extended chords. – Stinkfoot Nov 22 '17 at 7:16

No. Simple answer. Mostly I come across Cm7 or C-7 and Cmaj7, CM7 and C(triangle)7, but each seems to have his own. You get used to it, and just get on with it ! The annoying one is hand-written stuff, where the minus sign is often illegible.

Other more complex chords suffer the same fate, with + or aug, o or dim, et al.

Drum music is also, to an extent, 'unregulated', where the dots go isn't exactly standard, and varies from writer to writer. A pain, as one has to be intuitive to a degree.

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