The Nashville Number System

by luthier (Jan 05, 2011)

Hello peoples, my name is Ludwig Withamustach and I'm here today to teach you the basics of the Nashville Number System, NNS for short.

The Nashville Number System, is a system used in most recording studios, that replaces the chord symbols with numbers. The number 1 represents the key note that you song is in.
So if you're playing a sing in A, than 1 represent A. If you're playing in Bb, than 1 represents Bb, and so on and so forth. It's really quite simple.

Lets say we're gonna play Pink Floyd's Comfortably Numb in the key of D.

It Would look like this...

You get it? Hmm, still a little cloudy... This should clear things up.
Yes, I know the first 5 is in the wrong place.

These are the key signatures for each key.

Now, lets say you have a chord that is a 7th. How would that be shown. Say that 4 in the key you're playin in is a 7th. It will just say 4maj7 or 4m7, it could even say 4dim or any of the other variations.

So, now does ya' understand? Goot!

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