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  • Moshik Kovarsky

PENTA vs. Sheet Music

Updated: May 25

A musical example

If you have read all my previous articles you know that we advocate the usage of a new language for expressing piano music, called PENTA™ (Piano Esperanto Natural Text Alternative).


We have created PENTA not because we have something against sheet music. On the contrary, we believe that sheet music is a great invention and is the right way for professional players. We do, however, recognize that many people want to play the piano but sheet music is too hard for them (or too late to start). For these aspiring players, we offer a kinder, gentler way to learn how to play.


In this story, we take a real piece, An American in Paris by George Gershwin, and show how it lends itself to PENTA vs. Sheet Music.


To start, watch this video in its entirety (don’t worry — it’s less than 3 minutes…). You can see side by side how the same music is represented in PENTA and in Sheet Music. The green and red arrows will point you to the music line currently played in both. Surely you need some background in order to decipher what you see. We assume that you have some knowledge of sheet music notation and hopefully you’ve read some of our previous stories in order to understand how the PENTA notation works as well. You are always welcome to download the free PENTA course books from here.


Let’s drill down now and look at some of the sheet music bars in order to understand how much simpler PENTA is, compared to sheet music. The secret is compactization, explicitness, and simplicity. We will explain.



Listen here how it sounds


Listen here how it sounds


Listen here how it sounds


If you find the PENTA™ representation to be simpler than sheet music, you may want to learn more about it. It is a new, innovative language and it is explained here. By using PENTA, you can play almost any song or classical piece. Anyone who invests, in earnest, a couple of hours a week studying this method, will be able to play easy pieces with both hands within 6 months, and even reach prima-vista (Play it on first sight) within less than a year! All the learning materials are free, so Come on and join the fun!





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