Links About Music Notation
Shape notes are a special form of notehead (see also previous lesson).
Several examples of Sacred Harp
Small Letteral notation
Sister Betsy recorded the
Music of Angels
using a Shaker notational system known as small letteral notation.
African music in based on equidistant scales with, for example, 5 or 7 steps. The rhythm can be described using a poly- or hetero-metric based on elementary pulsation.
August Schmidhofer, in his article entitled
African Music, does not discuss native African music notation but he does suggest that some music cannot be described using only common music notation.
Chinese music notation
www.cultureofchina.com states that
there is no standard notation for Chinese music.
The various methods may be grouped under: pitch system,
descriptive system, hand-and-finger system, Kung Ch'e system,
rhythmic recitation and numerical system.
C.C. Evans Chinese Music pages present the Guqin and its Music using
Wen Zi Pu (Character Notation) and
Jian Zi Pu (Abbreviated Character Notation)
See also "Positions of the notes" on
C.C. Evans chinese music pages
August Schmidhofer's article
Chinese music (music theory, erhu, pipa, yangqin, guzheng, dizi, sheng, Peking-Opera) considers Chinese scales and instruments but without notation.
Doumbek notation and rhythm is described at
Kamuran's Doumbek Rhythm Guide.
This notation is used for doumbek (dumbec, dumbek, dumbeq...) and related instruments such as the
tabla, djembe and ashiko.
When the shamisen accompanies a singer the fundamental pitch is set by the singer. Consequently, shamisen notation indicates
interval, or ma, rather than pitch.