A fresh take on music notation — easier to learn,
faster to read, and simpler for even the trickiest music.


(Read our story on GOOD behind making Hummingbird)


Pitch symbols are obvious, barely requiring memorization. There’s no need to count lines, and treble and bass clefs are the same.


It shows what it means. Long notes are longer; sharps point up and flats down. The symbols logically relate to each other as you would expect.


The overall structure hasn’t changed. Notes are all in the same place and rhythms have the same spacing.


There are multiple cues to the same information. Everything has both a symbol and spatial element, for all kinds of thinkers.


It’s quick and easy enough to write with an unsharpened pencil. You can scrawl it on a napkin in a pinch.


The soft, bubbly forms are fun! Hummingbird is inviting when traditional notation can feel intimidating.

And the critics agree.

“It's much more easier!”

Anna, Age 6

“It's way better. With this, it's just obvious.”

Drew, Age 16

“I found it immensely helpful.”

Ben, Age 25

“Can I learn all my songs like this?”

Elle, Age 8

“This is pretty awesome, I totally understand it.”

Chris, Age 23

Here are the basics:

And a quick video that explains it:

See the full Guide for more.

And some songs to get started:

Fur Elise
L. Van Beethoven
America (My Country 'tis of Thee)

Wouldn't It Be Nice?
The Beach Boys

See all the songs available.