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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.
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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) and couldn't tune a guitar, much less a piano.
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.
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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) and couldn't tune a guitar, much less a piano.
I'm technically very capable. I love my piano and love tinkering with it.

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#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.


Edited by Ritzycat (05/06/14 04:27 PM)

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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
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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) and couldn't tune a guitar, much less a piano.
I'm technically very capable. I love my piano and love tinkering with it.

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#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.

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#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

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#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?

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#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/

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#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
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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) and couldn't tune a guitar, much less a piano.
I'm technically very capable. I love my piano and love tinkering with it.

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#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.

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#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
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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) and couldn't tune a guitar, much less a piano.
I'm technically very capable. I love my piano and love tinkering with it.

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