Nashville Number System

Edited: December 15, 2017, 6:46 PM · Hi all,

In one of my threads, there was a mention of Nashville studio musicians.

I mentioned the Nashville Number System notation which is used in Nashville studios.

This video shows the basic principals of the notation.
I wasn't sure which category to place this in but i thought "Schools" might be appropriate.

Enjoy the videos.


Replies (4)

December 15, 2017, 7:57 PM · Fairly simple system. The second video took over half an hour to explain about five minutes' worth of content. Very stretched out.
December 16, 2017, 11:24 AM · This "system" is not just used in Nashville studios. I have played guitar professionally for over 40 years and in most of the venues where I worked it was required that you had a working knowledge of it. These were mostly live rock, popular and country music venues where we worked from chord charts. I almost never had to work with standard notation. All of the fiddle players I worked with were proficient with these charts and just marked them up as needed.
December 19, 2017, 2:01 PM · The Nashville numbering system is very popular among bluegrassers, many of whom can't read sheet music. Its chief advantage is that you can transpose a piece into any key but the numbers, being relative to the root, stay the same.
December 20, 2017, 1:11 PM · I hadn't heard of NNS until I read this column. After looking at it rather quickly, my first reaction is; If the arranger or the solo singer doesn't know the ideal key before starting the rather expensive recording session; that's amateur. If the bass player doesn't read bass clef and needs the chord/note system; that's illiterate. Yes, I know some of those session guys make more $ than I,...sigh.

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