There have been a number of posts about key signatures, sharps and flats and such. Which I've read (and enjoyed).
I've always been a fan of pianoroll format. (See below)
It's straightforward for a newbie, provided you don't care about which notes of the scale you're playing.
You just want to hit the right notes to play the song.
So my piano teacher says we have the keysignatures and sharps and flats for a REASON.
So we can transpose to a new key, etc.
I'm not sure I buy that.
But since quantizing note duration is a BIG PAIN,
I've come up with a sort of hybrid notation
(between pianoroll and standard notation.)
Note pitch is displayed within a scale
(g minor in this example).
Pianoroll shows the key via the dots and diamond on the keyboard - g is the key.
The scaled notation has the 2 flats in the (hacked in) keysig.
I just used mspaint to add that for now.
So the next step to turn the hybrid notation into standard
notation is to add in rests and pair up 8th notes and
eliminate the grid and turn the bar lengths into
different flavored dots
(colored/empty, staff/none, flags, etc)
Oh and the numbers are fingering notes.
One advantage of this hybrid "in a scale" notation is that
you can still see the minor scale AND look at a recording
(with it's timing mistakes) in this format.
Bars are a lot more flexible than the quantized dots for
showing exact durations.
So I'll see what my piano teacher's opinion is tomorrow at my lesson.
But I'm curious if people (especially adult beginners)
PREFER the standard-ER "hybrid scaled" notes to
the "I can see the dang key" pianoroll notes?
Link to bigger image: http://shazware.com/hmmm.png