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any good notation software? #2750002
07/07/18 11:49 AM
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Hello hello, could anybody suggest any good freeware program to write down music scores on the computer?

I have Noteworthy Composer but it's only a demo. I've also tried Muse Score but it didn't seem to have the same immediate ease of use.

Thanks a bunch to whoever will suggest any free alternatives!

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Re: any good notation software? [Re: Kalos Piano] #2750040
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The best is MuseScore. It is not so difficult to use. You can enter notes very fast using the keyboard. Don't use your mouse to enter the notes.
https://musescore.org/en/handbook/note-input
There are also YouTube video's that will explain it in a few minutes.


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Re: any good notation software? [Re: Kalos Piano] #2750175
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Thanks Peter, I'll give it another try.

Re: any good notation software? [Re: Kalos Piano] #2750182
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Yes, Musescore is fantastic and offers so many possibilities. It may take some time to find out how to get the desired result, but once you know how to use it you will surely like it. I would say it is software for professionals, with a good internal synthesizer that plays your scores with quite a good sound. I just did this one (just in order to show what can be achieved with Musescore) - and I did enter all the notes with the mouse and the copy-and-paste function:

https://musescore.com/user/1656991/scores/5155574

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Re: any good notation software? [Re: Peter071] #2750209
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Originally Posted by Peter071
The best is MuseScore. It is not so difficult to use. You can enter notes very fast using the keyboard. Don't use your mouse to enter the notes.
https://musescore.org/en/handbook/note-input
There are also YouTube video's that will explain it in a few minutes.


MuseScore also publishes a 400-page manual: Sabatella, Marc. Mastering MuseScore, MuseScore BVBA, 2015. I don't know whether it is more comprehensive than the online help, but I have the feeling it is. The advantage (to me) is that I don't have to shift from the online help screen to the on-screen score; I can have the manual open beside me while I work on creating the score.

Much of MuseScore becomes easy to use for simple, straightforward scores, and I have the feeling that even more complex writing can be handled with relative ease, as much of the functions become (nearly) intuitive as one gets familiar with the software.

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Re: any good notation software? [Re: Kalos Piano] #2750650
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+1, long time MuseScore user.


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Re: any good notation software? [Re: Kalos Piano] #2750977
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Yes Musescore is great. It is not fun to learn it though, but once you're familiar with Musescore it works like a dream.

Re: any good notation software? [Re: Kalos Piano] #2750995
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There is a free version of Sibelius called Sibelius First.

You might want to check it out:

http://www.avid.com/sibelius-first

Re: any good notation software? [Re: Animisha] #2750998
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Originally Posted by Animisha
Yes Musescore is great. It is not fun to learn it though, but once you're familiar with Musescore it works like a dream.


I just downloaded Musescore to try it out and found the "getting started videos" https://musescore.org/en/tutorials are a pretty painless way to get started. And once I had questions I quickly found the answers with a google search (for example, how to add glissando and how to add a pedal marking that doesn't go the whole measure.)



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Re: any good notation software? [Re: Kalos Piano] #2751258
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in the end I opted for NoteFlight, it's web based so no need to download, quite easy to understand how it works and can do plenty of stuff

Re: any good notation software? [Re: Kenny Cheng] #2751616
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Originally Posted by Kenny Cheng
There is a free version of Sibelius called Sibelius First.

You might want to check it out:

http://www.avid.com/sibelius-first

I have just installed this version. I'm trying to understand what limitations this "first" version might have when working with just piano scores.

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