How I’d redesign piano sheet music

Alex Couch
Jun 30, 2015 · 10 min read
The first measures of the Beatles’ “Let it Be,” in my new notation method


The Challenge

4 measures of “Let it Be” in traditional sheet music. It’s a simple song, but we see some complexity here.
Here are most of the symbols used in traditional sheet music. I count 20+ symbol types

About This Project

A whole verse of “Let it Be,” by the Beatles, in my new notation style.

Overall Form

Here’s an E major chord, shown on a keyboard, then on my notation.
A chord that demonstrates what a C note looks like over the shaded area (it’s the left-most green note)
Here’s how you count the beats in this notation: top to bottom, with the small spaces being beats, and the large spaces representing whole measures.

Chords and notes

A few chords and notes, as an example. Usually the blue chords would be to the left of the green ones, as those show left and right hands, respectively.
This shows what two adjacent notes look like together (green chord). The circles allow you to distinguish two notes.
My handwritten draft of “You Are the Sunshine of My Life.” Some of the marks are different, but it’s pretty easy to write
The digital notation of this tune. This is technically my own arrangement, as the original uses a different electric piano part.

Other items on the sheet

The pedal arrows, circled in red

Conclusion

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Thanks to Joseph Gelman.

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Product Designer in San Francisco. Music fan, pizza eater, Medium reader. linkedin.com/in/alexcouch/

Alex Couch's portfolio

I'm a Product Designer in San Francisco. These samples include professional work as well as my personal projects. bit.ly/couch-linkedin