Notation Systems

Black-Oval Twinline by Paul Morris

This is a collection of images illustrating Black-Oval Twinline. Black-Oval Twinline was briefly named “TwinNote” between June and December of 2009, before Morris introduced the new version of TwinNote. The images below originally appeared on the TwinNote website during this … Continue reading

Chromatic Pairs by Fernando Terra

Chromatic Pairs is an alternative music notation system by Fernando Terra introduced in October of 2011. Introduction Chromatic Pairs is based on the basic five-line chromatic staff. Below is an image of the chromatic scale on a traditional diatonic staff … Continue reading

Color Coded Music

Color Coded Music (CCM) uses a four line three space staff to represent the seven white keys, A, B, C, D, E, F and G. There are 8 groups of keys on the piano and these are represented by coloring … Continue reading

DCMN Dozenal Conventional Music Notation

DCMN Dozenal Conventional Music Notation Hamburger Musik Pianotyp Notation = Hamburg Music PianoType Notation (HMPN) Hamburger Musik Emoji Notation = Hamburg Music Emoji Notation (HMEN) Preliminary information ( more detailed information coming soon) see also for more


Dozenal Conventional Music Notation DCMN Dear reader, We will present this letter under the category Music Notation on the website of and on the forum of with the request to the governing body of that organisation to move … Continue reading

DS66 Music Notation

This experimental system combines a diatonic staff with a 6-6 solid/hollow note head pattern. (“DS” for Diatonic Staff, “66” for 6-6 note head pattern.) Demo PDF with various illustrations The Blue Danube Waltz in DS66 (PDF) Maple Leaf Rag in … Continue reading

Equiton Music Notation by Rodney Fawcett

Equiton is a notation system designed by Rodney Fawcett and published by him in Zurich in 1958. It uses a six-degree staff rather than either a pitch-proportional twelve-degree chromatic staff, or a traditional diatonic staff. It uses its own rhythm … Continue reading

Express Stave by John Keller

My preferred version of Express Stave, is the ‘reverse colour’ version, where the naturals (white keys on a piano) are represented with black note-heads, and the black keys (sharps and flats) have white note-heads. See the following PDF files for … Continue reading

Hamburg Music Notation by Robert Elisabeth Key

The Application of Mathematical Principles in Music  We decided to set this text bilingual, since our native language is German and we are not sure that the translation is correct in all aspects. Wir haben beschlossen diesen Text zweisprachig einzustellen, … Continue reading

Hamburg Music Notation Poster

Dear friends of music, during the last 20 years we have been working on the development of Hamburg Music Notation, which aims at simplifying the reading and writing of music in such a way that it becomes as easy to … Continue reading

Howe-Way Music Notation by Hilbert Howe

This is an illustration of the Howe-Way music notation system from the cover of Book Two of the Howe-Way Music Method, by Hilbert A. Howe (year: 1964). On the Howe-Way staff there are six vertical staff positions per octave: three … Continue reading

I-Accord Music Notation by Saieb Khalil

The “I-Accord” (First accord or Iraq Accord) is a music notation system with 3 lines per octave designed by Saieb Khalil. (The first version of the text and images on this page came from his documentation of this system that … Continue reading

Minimal 6-6 Notation System by Paul Morris

See more comprehensive illustrations here: Demo File (PDF) Example sheet music: Maple Leaf Rag (PDF) Compare with: Maple Leaf Rag in Traditional Notation (PDF) What? Why? and for Whom? This system is a minimally radical 6-6 music notation system designed … Continue reading

Numbered Notes by Jason MacCoy

Numbered Notes is an alternative music notation system introduced by Jason MacCoy in 2009.  It uses the numbers from 1 to 12 to designate notes.  There have been two major versions of the system.  The first version (2009-2012) places the … Continue reading

Plain Music Notation system by Pashkuli

 For a fancy visual presentations of the Plain Music Notation (PMN) system, please, visit this page: Plain Music Notation (PMN) system The idea is plain and simple. In 12-TET there are 12 tones that have their names as follows: … Continue reading

Shape Note Notation

Shape notes are a music notation designed to facilitate congregational and community singing. Links to more information on shape note are available on the More Notation Systems Page, under the heading “Systems that use the traditional diatonic staff”. To understand … Continue reading

Slantnote by David Zethmayr

Slantnote-bis Intro for Students The Squiggle–that diagram between the two phrases above, with the footprints–will leap-frog you over the worst beginning difficulties of music reading and music theory. There are many-plenty examples of Slantnote-bis at for practice on familiar … Continue reading

SLING guitar notation by Ole Kirkeby

SLING, by Ole Kirkeby, is an  acronym for “Schoenberg-Lyrebird Isomorphic Notation for Guitar.” It is closely related to Lyrebird by Jan Braunstein, Clairnote by Paul Morris, and MSG by Ole Kirkeby. Staff lines, from bottom to top, are E2 – … Continue reading