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I am currently carrying out research into alfabeto chord charts and was wondering if anyone had ever come across tagliate chords in a song accompaniment. They're certainly rare in this context, but I have found them in one or two sources. Just thought I'd ask, but I won't get my hopes up.
That's very interesting. Are the ones you have found in song accompaniment dissonant ones? Monica
They are the same fingering as chord Dt, which is quite common in the earlier guitar books. That is, the fourth and third courses are stopped at the second fret and the other courses are open.
The term had two meanings: firstly it could refer to a chord in which not all of the courses are strummed. So whilst Alfabeto chords normally required the strumming of all five courses, tagliate chords required four courses or less. Bartolotti for example notated 4-part alfabeto chords in 1640. The other meaning of tagliate was a chord that contained a dissonance resulting from the inclusion of an open course in a chord that normally would not be there. See the transcription of Ricci's tagliate chords on Gary Boyes website for an example.