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#1075544 - 08/23/04 02:08 AM Free music notation program
Bob331 Offline
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Registered: 06/11/04
Posts: 135
Loc: NY
I'm not very proficient at the mechanical process of writing out music.

So I browsed a bit on the Internet and discovered a FREE music notation program - Finale Note Pad. I don't have the site at hand, but a simple search should take you there.

I have no connection with this company.


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#1075545 - 08/23/04 06:05 AM Re: Free music notation program
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Registered: 04/12/04
Posts: 477
Loc: northwest NJ
Yep. I started with the free one (Note Pad) and eventually bought PrintMusic since I wanted more features. Good stuff!
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#1075546 - 08/23/04 06:31 AM Re: Free music notation program
pianojuggler Offline
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Registered: 02/16/04
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I found the free version of Finale Notepad very slow and cumbersome to use. There are also several things it can't do (or I was not able to figure out how to do), such as putting a half note and a quarter note on the same stem.

It does offer basic funtionality. It is free. It's worth every penny. I was not sufficiently impressed to buy any of Finale's better products.

#1075547 - 08/23/04 06:43 AM Re: Free music notation program
RKVS1 Offline
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Registered: 07/07/01
Posts: 3192
Loc: Topeka, Kansas
Both Finale and Sibelius offer free "demo" programs that show all the features but won't allow you to save your file or print more than the first page.
Doesn't sound TOO useful, I know for serious people BUT they can both be easily hacked into 3-minute Egg timers.

#1075548 - 08/23/04 06:53 PM Re: Free music notation program
Bob331 Offline
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Finale Note Pad is a fully functional program - not a demo - and it's free.


#1075549 - 08/23/04 10:19 PM Re: Free music notation program
signa Offline
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Registered: 06/06/04
Posts: 8483
Loc: Ohio, USA
i'm with Bob, because i use Finale Notepad too. it is not demo.

#1075550 - 08/25/04 12:27 AM Re: Free music notation program
TimR Offline
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Registered: 08/17/04
Posts: 3487
Loc: Virginia, USA
The other freeware out there is Noteworthy Composer. It might be a bit more intuitive than Finale Notepad starting out. I have both, and paid the shareware price for Noteworthy also. I use mostly Noteworthy because it allows save to MIDI format, and Finale Notepad doesn't.
gotta go practice

#1075551 - 08/25/04 07:35 AM Re: Free music notation program
mkorman Offline
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Registered: 06/26/04
Posts: 180
Loc: Connecticut, USA
The software I use is GNU Lilypond: http://lilypond.org/. It produces the nicest output I've seen.

However, this may be rather intimidating for those who are not so proficient with computers.

#1075552 - 08/25/04 08:12 AM Re: Free music notation program
signa Offline
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Loc: Ohio, USA
Finale Notepad Plus ($25) has midi conversion capacity, as i remember.


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