Many of us are more exposed to stave notations, also known as the western notations, be it from piano lessons from childhood or seeing it on online pop music scores.
So if you want to learn chinese instruments, the numeric scores can be a hurdle for many people since the bulk of chinese instrument scores are in numeric. Reading the notes themselves can be a bit of a challenge as they are all numbers, no matter in which key.
Other than that, musical symbols, such as slurs or note lengths are all pretty similar, with only slight variations.
If you are self learning the numeric scores and still cannot figure it out, fret not, as we are here to teach you on the basics of the numeric scores, as well as going through a few different keys. Read on to find out more!
In Numeric Scores, or Jianpu, we have a note that is called the “movable Do”. In different keys, this “movable Do” represents different notes, i.e D, F, G. From this Do, we can derive Re, Mi and so on.
For the key of C Major, it is denoted as 1=C. So this means that our “movable Do” will take on the pitch of C. As such, the key of C Major will be C, D, E, F, G, A, B, or 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 correspondingly.
For the key of G Major, it is denoted as 1=G. So this means that our “movable Do” will take on the pitch of G. As such, the key of G Major will be G, A, B, C, D, E, F#, or 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 correspondingly.
For the key of D Major, it is denoted as 1=D. Similarly, this means that our “movable Do” will take on the pitch of D. As such, the key of G Major will be D, E, F#, G, A, B, C#, or 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.
In Western Notation, Note Values are denoted using lines/tails. In Jianpu, Note Values are similarly denoted by lines, but they are drawn beneath the notes instead as seen above.
In Jianpu, there are no Key Signatures to show a major change in octaves. So dots are used instead to denote a rise or drop in octave as seen below. The main octave of notes are absent of any dots.
Here’s a video that explains it all!