These clefs worked fine hundreds of years ago, before the black notes were added to the keyboard, before there were sharps and flats. Since the existing clefs came from the Grand Staff, the bottom line of each clef is a different note. It is G on the Bass clef and E on the Treble Clef.
With the addition of FIVE more notes, and by not altering the clefs, the various key signatures had to be devised.
If you consider that there are only twelve different notes, and that every line of a clef has a space above it, the addition of only ONE LINE would have eliminated the need for any key signatures, as well as the need to call any note by two different names.
By accounting for all twelve notes, the bottom line of each clef could be the same note, making it much easier to locate notes in each clef.
The "T" and "B" in the image to the left refer to the treble and bass sounds. What has been called "Middle C" was the middle of the Grand Staff, not the keyboard, and it is now the C above the bottom line A in the treble clef. There are NOT two names for any note, and all TWELVE notes are assigned a line or space.
Below are two videos of one of Mike's students playing songs that he learned using N.U.M.E.
Professional Music Instructor Dan Anderson sent the following comment about NUME. "Your NUME notation system is so sensible it makes me feel guilty for putting kids through our convoluted traditional system."
The NUME method incorporates the six-line staff to utilize the chromatic (every note) scale. Several other six-line methods exist. The five distinguishing and more logical features of the NUME method are:
The "T" represents Treble and the "B" represents Bass, with the bottom line
of the Treble clef starting on the A note below what is currently called "middle C."
There is no note between the G# on top of the Bass clef and the A note
on the bottom line of the Treble clef. Spacing is for ease of reading.
The beat is the fundamental concept of music. This is explained below.
Bar lines (or measure lines) can be incorporated to indicate phrasing, but there is no longer a need for time signatures.
Please read this article before proceeding to the music selections below.
The following music selections have been transcribed in the NUME method. Feel free to copy, print, and distribute any and all music presented here. And check back from time to time to find new music. The current method of transcribing music in Western culture has only been in place for 500 years. That's not long considering how long music has been around. And one man started the current method. Maybe one man can change the world of transcribing music, but I'll need YOUR HELP!
And if you are a musicologist or even just a curious musician, be sure to stop by
The Music Notation Project.