Most songwriters’ idea of a “chart” is a lyric sheet with chords written above words. The problem with that is that if you hand such a chart to backup musicians, they will have no idea how many beats or measures each chord is supposed to be held for. It’s close to useless. I will show you how to write a chart that reflects this all important aspect. That, and a few other chart-writing norms, and you will be able to hand a chart to backup musicians and have a realistic chance that they will change chords at the same time that you do. Or even hand it to your friends here at camp who have just learned how to play the bass!