Much of the music that we in Sussex Harmony perform is taken from books that use the Shapenote notation originated in the USA at the
turn of the 19th century. Here the notes are represented by symbols: triangles, ovals, rectangles and diamonds They represent fa, so, la and me. A major scale in shapes is fa, so, la, fa, so, la, me, fa where
the first fa is an F. The note heads are full, or black, for a quarter note (Crotchet) and open or white for half notes(minims). Quavers are barred or flagged black notes as one would expect. As an example here are four
bars of Amazing Grace which show all the note types.