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 Post subject: Sheet music software
PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2009 2:08 pm 
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This might be more in Kitty's realm, but:

Is there any freeware, where I can type letters on the keyboard and it translates to notes on sheetmusic? Or some variation? I read music better than letter notation, but due to our praise team's aversion to anything but chord charts, I usually have to read my scribbled notes for parts I haven't memorized or know by ear.

Emphasis on the FREE-ware. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Sheet music software
PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2009 5:13 pm 
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Don't know anything about these - I have and have used Noteworthy Composer, which is shareware. You can check http://www.hitsquad.com/smm/win95/NOTATION/freeware/ - you'll likely find at least one of these to work.

Edited to add:

Downloaded http://www.hitsquad.com/smm/programs/MuseScore/ - looks like it'll do what you want.


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 Post subject: Re: Sheet music software
PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2009 7:05 pm 
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Finale NotePad works well and costs only $9.95. Not free but tried and tested by many. I use Finale PrintMusic which costs more but has extra gizmos.

http://www.finalemusic.com/notepad/


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 Post subject: Re: Sheet music software
PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2009 10:00 pm 
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Jorg, I'm another fan of the Finale family of music products. Notepad is very user-friendly and well worth $10. One good thing about Finale is their trade-up offers. I recently upgraded from PrintMusic to Allegro for a little less than half of the retail price. (Allegro allows me to create mountain dulcimer tab, PrintMusic didn't.)

NoteWorthy Composer (the notation product used for the CyberHymnal) has a free viewer, but doesn't allow composition.

I'm fond of CNET's downloads.com. Here is a link to what they have to offer as music notation software (for Windows users) -- some free, some not. Read carefully through the list. Some are for creating notation, other are not.

Happy hunting, but with a warning. You're starting something that is almost as bad a WhOA for whistles. ;)


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 Post subject: Re: Sheet music software
PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 6:13 am 
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I didn't realize that Allegro would create dulcimer tab. I have Print Music but have ignored the upgrade offers. I will have to look into that. Meantime I hope ED brings the Tab area back on line soon.

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 Post subject: Re: Sheet music software
PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 3:27 pm 
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Ron, Allegro has a few problems in creating dulcimer tab that I'm hassling the support staff about right now. It is set up for a completely diatonic fretboard and doesn't recognize any half frets unless you configure the spacing. I just found that out yesterday and haven't played with it again yet. I'm worried if I configure the fretboard for the 1 1/2 & 6 1/2 fret that the numbers will be off. So far I ignore the off sound in the midi playback and simply add a "+" to a 6 using the text entry tool. The look of the music is great. I can maneuver the score aspects much easier in Finale products than TablEdit.

I think Dan Landrum promised the tab section back by Thursday, 8/13. It's got to the point that I'll believe it when I see it .... :roll: ;)


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