Technical Explanation


Classical Music Notation

Classical music notation is characterized by notes representing an absolute pitch. For example the picture below shows the pitch E in the G-clef.

Color Music Notation

Color music notation on the other hand is characterized by notes with a relative representing pitch.The above example shows a tone distance of 2 with respect to tone "0"; the socalled "zero" tone. The width represents the duration of the note; the wider the longer (or with more beats) the note should be played. All notes are displayed in a tone distance with respect to this "zero" tone (the gray flat patch in the template).

Note interval and height

Every next tone in Western music is called a half tone step higher than the preceeding one. As there are between the "C"and "E"tones four semitones, this results in a total of 2 whole-tone increments (major third). This tone difference is displayed in the color music notation as a height of two with an orange color. So each note gets its own height relative to a "zero" tone. And because the "zero" tone can be chosen freely this is precisely the foundation of the relative nature of the color music notation.

 If the "zero" tone is the C key then the orange pitch of height 2 indicates the pitch of the E-key (which is 2 semitones higher then the C-key). The 0-tone can be chosen anywhere and in fact determines the scale which is being played. A scale of a given key can be found by playing "do-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti-do" from any first note one chooses. As you can check ther are no black keys in the C-scale. Therefore this scale is the best first step for children to start playing music.

Color Key Template

The key template can be used for piano or keyboard for easy access to color music notation. If you put the gray tone ("0-tone") above the C key, then all songs are played in the C-scale. If you put him above the G-key on the other hand then all songs are played in the G-scale. These scales contain black keys and are intended for the more advanced player or for players with an instrument that is not tuned in C, such as saxophone or accordions.

Across octaves all notes have the same color but a different shape. This makes it visually easy to find a particular note. Additionally in order to find intuitively the right tone for higher or lower octaves the form of the notes show an arrow up or down respectively (see examples).

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