Black Triangle Twinline
by Doug Keislar, 2006

Chromatic scale from C to C in Black Triangle Twinline by Doug KeislarC C#/Db D D#/Eb E F F#/Gb G G#/Ab A A#/Ab B C

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This is Keislar’s suggested variant of Tom Reed’s Twinline (which is itself a version of de Vries’ Twinline). Here the triangle shaped noteheads are filled solid, much like de Vries’ Chromatic Twinline. This emphasizes the 6-6 pitch pattern via notehead color in addition to notehead shape, and makes it easier to distinguish the triangles from the ovals. In handwritten as opposed to printed music, the triangles can optionally be left hollow to make them easier to write quickly. In this case the notation is the same as Reed’s Twinline. An even faster option for handwritten music is to write the ovals as dots, the upward-pointing triangles as forward slashes (/), and the downward-pointing triangles as backward slashes (\).

When compared to Black-Oval Twinline, the differentiation between hollow ovals (those with lines through them, versus those without) is arguably an advantage, because it aids visual discrimination between the ovals.

Source: Doug Keislar, 2006

Miscellaneous examples: Jazz Chords Comparison (called “Black and White Twinline” in this file)

Manuscript paper: Discontinuous Staves Continuous Staves