Advantages of TwinNote
TwinNote makes music easier to read and learn while still conveying all of the same information conveyed by traditional notation. Each note of the chromatic scale has its own representation on the TwinNote staff. This provides the following advantages.
TwinNote represents intervals consistently and accurately. Since intervals are the building blocks of music, clearly seeing them means seeing and understanding music’s basic structures: scales, chords, keys, etc. Clearly seeing each interval that you play also helps with learning to improvise and play by ear, skills that entail playing by interval. (See Scales and Intervals.)
2. Key Signatures:
There is no need to memorize and remember different key signatures just to play the right notes. You simply play the notes that you see on TwinNote’s chromatic staff. There is no extra step of mentally processing them first according to one of (up to) fifteen key signatures that you have to constantly remember.
3. Note Consistency, Octaves, and Clefs:
Notes are easy to identify since they always have the same appearance, regardless of their octave or register. For example, the note G is always a solid triangle pointing up on the same line of the staff. Every G looks just like every other G. There is no need to learn different clefs (like the bass and treble clefs) as in traditional notation.
4. Accidental Signs:
As with key signatures, reading accidental signs is no longer required to play the right note. Notes that require sharp, flat, or natural signs in traditional notation have their own position on TwinNote’s chromatic staff. You simply play the notes that you see without having to mentally modify them first.
If you are new to alternative notation systems, see:
Influences: Alternative Notation Systems that Inspired TwinNote
- TwinNote uses a “chromatic staff,” a staff on which each of the notes of the chromatic scale has its own vertical position. Unlike on a traditional staff, the vertical distance between notes is always proportional to their difference in pitch — their interval.TwinNote’s staff cycles on the octave, repeating with each octave, so a given note always has the same appearence on the staff regardless of the staff’s octave register. Chromatic staves can naturally cycle on the octave since they represent an even number of notes — the twelve notes of the chromatic scale. Traditional staves are based on the odd number of seven notes in the diatonic scale, and so do not cycle on the octave. For example the note C may be on a line or a space, depending on its octave.
- TwinNote has its own system of key signatures and accidental signs. These provide the same information that is conveyed in traditional notation, but in a clearer and more direct way. For instance, they distinguish between enharmonically equivalent notes such as C sharp and D flat. Instead of traditional clef signs, TwinNote has a system of register symbols that indicate which octaves are represented by a given staff. Return