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#2271927 - 05/06/14 03:17 PM Notation software  
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What is the easiest to use music notation software that will allow you to put a second voice on a staff so that one can hold one note on a piano while the other fingers continue to play other notes with the same hand?

The free versions of Crescendo and Finale don't seem to be able to do this. I am willing to buy one of the lower end music notation programs, but I don't want to have to spend the money only to find they won't do what I want or are a pain in the you know what to use. I want to condense the music I have to reduce the number of pages and to correct errors. Some of the music I have is extremely fluffy in terms of bars per page.

Thanks from a real novice at playing the piano.


Cynthia

Roland FP-50
Conover Upright, 1888/9, but a very low mileage piano. http://www.pbase.com/schnitz/conover_upright_piano__1888_or_9 .
Tuneless = Don't play piano yet but getting there.
I'm technically very capable. I love my piano and love tinkering with it.
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#2271930 - 05/06/14 03:20 PM Re: Notation software [Re: Tuneless]  
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What is your budget limit?


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#2271942 - 05/06/14 03:41 PM Re: Notation software [Re: Tuneless]  
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I'd like to keep it under a hundred. I don't need any MIDI stuff, or any studio stuff, I just want to rewrite my music in compact form.


Cynthia

Roland FP-50
Conover Upright, 1888/9, but a very low mileage piano. http://www.pbase.com/schnitz/conover_upright_piano__1888_or_9 .
Tuneless = Don't play piano yet but getting there.
I'm technically very capable. I love my piano and love tinkering with it.
#2271945 - 05/06/14 03:49 PM Re: Notation software [Re: Tuneless]  
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If you could raise the number a little, Sibelius First can be had for $120.


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#2271969 - 05/06/14 04:26 PM Re: Notation software [Re: Tuneless]  
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That feature is available in Finale free version (I think it's in Finale Notepad, not 100% sure). At the bottom left, there should be numbers 1,2,3,4. You can select different voices and have that sort of thing you are trying to do.

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#2272033 - 05/06/14 07:18 PM Re: Notation software [Re: Tuneless]  
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Oh my gosh, it works. Thanks. I may yet find something I want to do that the program needs to be upgraded for, but for now, I am up and running. smile


Cynthia

Roland FP-50
Conover Upright, 1888/9, but a very low mileage piano. http://www.pbase.com/schnitz/conover_upright_piano__1888_or_9 .
Tuneless = Don't play piano yet but getting there.
I'm technically very capable. I love my piano and love tinkering with it.
#2272036 - 05/06/14 07:25 PM Re: Notation software [Re: Tuneless]  
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I've used Sibelius, Finale and a free service called Muse Score. Sibelius is, by far, the best quality. I actually prefer Muse Score to Finale.

#2272078 - 05/06/14 10:12 PM Re: Notation software [Re: Tuneless]  
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I made the score of the Italian Concert No.2 with MuseScore which is free. Its function is limited but you can make a piano score of three, four voices or more with left and right hand assignment.
Look at my scores.
http://www.geocities.jp/imyfujita/italianconcerto2/index.html


#2272079 - 05/06/14 10:13 PM Re: Notation software [Re: Polyphonist]  
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Originally Posted by Polyphonist
If you could raise the number a little, Sibelius First can be had for $120.

Isn't Sibelius First just a songwriting notation program?

#2272442 - 05/07/14 04:08 PM Re: Notation software [Re: Tuneless]  
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Sibelius First is a bit more than that. It's limited to 16 instruments per score, but you're choosing from the full orchestral range.

http://www.sibelius.com/products/sibelius_first/compare.html

MuseScore (free) will do what the questioner is asking for.

http://musescore.org/

#2288641 - 06/11/14 06:27 PM Re: Notation software [Re: Tuneless]  
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Hi all, some water has passed under the bridge since my last question. The free Finale Notepad works great. I think tho I am ready to move up to a roughly $120 program for notation. I find that I am in need of making the notes a little larger to see them clearly, maybe some cataracts developing, and I am not going to get this fixed until I am at least half blind. It looks like I need to move up to either Finale PrintMusic or Sibelius First. But I am concerned with the process of creating the sheet music on one computer, my desk top, and display it in the most useful way on a different computer, a laptop for using at the piano (Surface Pro yet to be purchased).

What output type is most useful for displaying at the piano? I see that Sibelius First does not put out XML. Is XML useful?

Do I have to have the same program on both computers to make displaying the sheet music the most versatile? Most software only lets you load a program on one computer.

I am about to purchase a Roland FP-50, so I will have MIDI connectivity to the laptop and am not sure what possibilities that presents.

Hope someone is still hanging around this forum. Thanks for all help, Cynthia


Cynthia

Roland FP-50
Conover Upright, 1888/9, but a very low mileage piano. http://www.pbase.com/schnitz/conover_upright_piano__1888_or_9 .
Tuneless = Don't play piano yet but getting there.
I'm technically very capable. I love my piano and love tinkering with it.
#2288672 - 06/11/14 08:21 PM Re: Notation software [Re: Tuneless]  
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Probably the way to go would be to export your music to a pdf file, which only requires the ubiquitous free viewer to be displayed.

#2288695 - 06/11/14 09:42 PM Re: Notation software [Re: Tuneless]  
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Maybe I should look at that page turning software/hardware and see what kinds of files it will work with. C


Cynthia

Roland FP-50
Conover Upright, 1888/9, but a very low mileage piano. http://www.pbase.com/schnitz/conover_upright_piano__1888_or_9 .
Tuneless = Don't play piano yet but getting there.
I'm technically very capable. I love my piano and love tinkering with it.

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