A friend recently showed us a hymnal from a nearby country. The page above is the carol "Once in Royal David's City."
We thought the notation system was intriguing!
Instead of staffs and notes as we would draw them, they use a cipher notation.
The numbers indicate the note to be played (1 for A, 2 for B, etc.) Dots indicate higher or lower octaves, dashes and apostrophes are for timing.
Makes me wonder what the heavenly notation will look like...
"And they sang a new song, saying, 'Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation!'"