Definition and background:
A directive placed over a note (or a series of notes) in a composition signifying that the note (s) should be performed without accompaniment. This is typically found in popular music notation with either a melody with chordal accompaniment, two- staff score with chordal accompaniment, or a simple chord progression. N.C. is the abbreviated form of No Chord.
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