6-6 and 7-5 Pitch Patterns

Many alternative music notation systems highlight one of these two pitch patterns. They represent two different approaches to designing an alternative notation system.

Noteheads and Pitch

On the rationale for using solid and hollow noteheads to indicate pitch rather than duration.

Reading and Playing Music by Intervals

Clearly a music notation system should make it easy to identify individual notes. This tutorial discusses why it is also important to make it easy to identify intervals as well.

Chromatic Staves Example

Considers a passage of music that requires a complex key signature and many accidentals in traditional music notation, and shows how alternative music notations can make it clearer and easier to learn.

Enharmonic Equivalents

A more advanced tutorial that compares the representation of enharmonically equivalent notes in traditional notation and on a chromatic staff. Considers the reasons for differentiating between them.

In the future we plan to add more tutorials that address topics such as: rhythm notation systems, complementary instrument and notation design, historical development of traditional music notation, alternative key signatures and accidental systems, microtonal notation, pitch-based and interval-based reading and playing, approaches to continuity with traditional music notation and theory. If you would like to help us create tutorials for this site, please contact us.