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I'm looking to learn the Nashville Number System, and I haven't found any books online. Can anyone point me to some resources for learning it?

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By typing 'Nashville Number System" I found literally hundreds of websites within seconds, explaining this. A book is absolutely unnecessary.Suggest you do the same !Or - check some of the answers posted on this esteemed site. – Tim Jan 24 '14 at 8:35
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about requesting a list of resources. – American Luke Jan 24 '14 at 19:54
In Nashville? ;-) – Ulf Åkerstedt Jan 28 '14 at 22:48

While extremely useful and definitively worth learning, the Nashville Number System is also trivial enough, that it would be hard to write a book about it. It simply replaces letters with numbers using "1" as the root.

In the key of C major this would be

C, d, e, F, G, a, B, C -> 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

For example the sequence | d G | C C | would be a |2 5 | 1 1|, or "two five one" for short. This makes it very easy to transpose, since if you move from C to D, the numbering notations stays the same. 2-5-1 in D is simply | e A | D D|.

The main advantage of this system is that the number is much more representative of the musical function and context than the letter. The 2-5-1 turnaround sounds pretty much the same regardless in which key it is played. By listening to different number sequences you can train yourself to recognize and play them. Personally I can easily hear whether something is a "5" or a "4" without any idea what the actual key is.

As the commenter pointed out, there plenty of resources on google

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Wikipedia should be a trustworthy source:

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