Would this work? there may be a way to mask the staff line where the chord is, but I couldn't figure it out. So I put the chords above the staff. Why is this easier than putting them above the treble staff, as usual?
Indeed! It's a notation style being used in a method book (sigh). It eventually transitions to reading staff for the LH, but also continues to use this. The idea is to allow older students to play hands together from the very beginning and sound "cool". I'm trying to replicate it in order to give the student a christmas song. The usual chord above the staff placement would be too foreign at this point.
I tried using alpha notes so you get the circle.. but that won't sit on the staff line, as the alpha note's placement changes depending on the note (even if you get the stripe through the letter). I played with alpha notation and rhythm styles, but couldn't figure out how to combine those ideas.
This solution seems close enough, and a workable solution for such limited use. Thanks.
That can work and I thought of it a while after I posted the last comment. I got busy with another project and forgot to update my post. You are still going to have the problem MR opined about though. Complex chord symbols will not fit. Perhaps this method book is very basic and only needs majors and sevenths.
Thanks!! Yes, this is very basic for a beginner student, so I don't need any of the more complex chords. I've been able to use all your suggestions and notate a piece for my student. Mission accomplished!