I am searching for a software program (preferably opensource but not necessarily) that can create sheet music. However since I am a beginner at my instrument I still use a simplified notation. I play an ErHu and if you look at this image you will see what the sheet music generally looks like for beginners.

What type of sheet music is this, does it have a particular name that I can use to search for this type of notation specifically? ErHu Sheet Music Example


Ugh, don't you hate when you find the answer to your question right after asking it.

  1. numeric notation

  2. numerical notation system

  3. Also known as Ziffersystem, meaning “number system.”





It is a form of what is called tablature (or tabulature, or tabs for short). The erhu is a one-string instrument, so the numbers indicate the fingering position for each note on the lone string.


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