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Is there any numbered musical notation writing tool in Linux?

I want to write something like this:

 Do = C

 1   1     2   1   |  4  3 . . |  
 Hap-py Birth-day     To You

Numbered musical notation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Numbered_musical_notation

Preferably a free and cross platform one.

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What do you want the software to actually do? – slm Jun 13 '13 at 6:06
automatically adds space padding on note and lyrics, adds upper line and bottom line, etc.. – Kokizzu Jun 13 '13 at 6:21
I don't know anything about the music software, can Lilypond do what you want? It supports the notation you asked about. – slm Jun 13 '13 at 6:28
no Lilypond can't.. see the screenshot, it's really different.. – Kokizzu Jun 13 '13 at 6:35
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There is a list of music software maintained at linux-sound.org. It's pretty exhaustive, you might want to poke through that list and see if you can't find what you're looking for:


It looks like Lilypond can do what you want. The notation also goes by the name "Simple Notation" and also "Ziffersystem".

If you look towards the bottom of the references section of the Wikipedia page you referenced there are links to Lilypond specifically about this notation as well.


After googling a bit more I found this Q&A over on the SE site music.stackexchange.com that asks the same question.

This notation is also called Jianpu. There is an extensive reference to Jianpu here on this blog: BennyT85Erhu's Blog.


I found this feature request from 2011 to have JianPu support added to the application Musescore. There is a list of applications that do support JianPu in a post on that feature request.

It would appear that musescore is working to add this as a feature to their application. It's listed here on the 2013 page of projects and has someone assigned to work on it.

Jianpu notation support in MuseScore

Jianpu notation/Numbered musical notation is widely used in China. A large amount of Chinese music is recorded in Jianpu and most Chinese people are more familiar with Jianpu than standard staff scores. But there are relatively limited software for editing Jianpu and they have obvious disadvantages. In sum, there's a need for high quality Jianpu notation software. For more information: Here.

Difficulty: Hard Skills: C++/Qt Student: Eli Yang Possible mentor: lasconic, Rui Fan (aka Vanferry)

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thanks for the clue.. but i believe "Simple Notation" on Lilypond is not what i want.. – Kokizzu Jun 13 '13 at 6:30
because of your clue, i found one: bennyt85erhu.wordpress.com/jianpu thanks :3 – Kokizzu Jun 13 '13 at 6:33
See updates, hope they have what you're looking for. – slm Jun 13 '13 at 6:50
I found this s/w but it's only for windows: a1soft.com/smusic/index.htm. You could run it under Wine in Linux, I would guess. Given it's simplicity I'd be surprised if it didn't run under Wine. – slm Jun 13 '13 at 6:57
You mean that it doesn't show the lyrics along with the number notations? Yeah based on the screen I'd guess it doesn't. Might be worth a try though, you never know. – slm Jun 14 '13 at 3:52

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