A stave is conveniently split up into measures as with the conventional method. The difference is that each measure is divided up into segments that represent the time signature being used (4/4, 3/4, 5/4 etc.). The 1st beat of a measure is located at the vertical line which defines the beginning of the measure. The vertical marks and dots that divide up the rest of the measure are located above and below the stave where they are out of the way yet easily visible. So with 4/4 time the 1st beat is located on the vertical line that marks the beginning of the measure, the 2nd beat is located on the first dot, the 3rd beat is located on the vertical mark and the 4th beat is located on the last dot. The next measure repeats in the same way. Other groupings of vertical marks and dots are used to indicate the measure divisions and locations of beats of alternate time signatures. Now that you know how the time is laid out you only have to locate the notes where they occur in the measure. It’s a simple, easy and intuitive method.
Chord clusters are shown by stacking them vertically on the beat where they begin.
Whole notes or any note or chord that is held for an extended duration is shown to have a tail attached to it. The note lasts as long as the tail extends and the tail ends the note where necessary with an abrupt downward bend at the very end of the tail. Notes or chords that extend for several measures can substitute a short arrow for the tail, the end of the sustain being represented by a short bent tail.
Any grouping of notes (triplets, 1/8, 1/16 etc.) can be represented as indicated on the timing chart above.
A rest is indicated by the absence of a symbol - nothing stands for nothing.
Repeats and endings example below.