Say we want to play piano and we know these things:
- We have a I-IV-V-I chord progression
- We we want to play a measure in C major (C-D-E-F-G-A-B)
So if we look at I-IV-V-I in C major from the perspective of the term chord progression we know ONLY that:
- The measure we will play contains notes from the chord C major, F major, G major and C major (in that order)
But if we add the term chord voicing on top of the previous things we know from the chord progression bullet list, we will know:
Edit after accepting an answer: I did not know what "chord voicing" means at the time of asking this question. Members of the community corrected me that I'm actually looking for the term "comping pattern", not "chord voicing". It's the comping pattern that dictates the note length and rests etc. in the played chord
- What are the rests, note durations and note order in our chord progression
And each musical genre has its unique voicings. So if I told a blues pianist "hey man play I-IV-V-I" he'd play it vastly different than a latin pianist, because the latin music and blues music genres have different voicings.
Am I correct with all of the above? I'm asking because I recently tried to play a latin song whose first measure looks like this:
So this means "treble clef is horns", "bass clef is bass" and "the chord symbols in between the treble and bass clef are to be played by the pianist". I'm a pianist, and the marking "F minor 6" says nothing to me - sure I know what notes it contains, but I assume the composer does not intend me to play "F minor 6" for a whole note.
So the problem here is that I want to play latin music (guaguanco/guajira-son latin music [actually cuban] genres) but I don't know the voicings for those musical genres? And this is why "F minor 6" says nothing to me about how to play this song?
It's kinda difficult for me to understand how horns and bass get direct, set in stone notes whereas the piano (and probably guitar in other songs) just get chords and the pianist is supposed to figure out the note durations, rest and voicings based just on the genre.
How is life fair?