Software for notation/tabs?

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SusanMW

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I am just getting into songwriting and was wondering what kind of free or low cost software is best for putting together compositions in tab and notation, lyrics, chords, etc. I tried searching the forum for answers but couldn't find anything, so hopefully I'm in the right department in asking this...

I did find Muse Score and it appears that may be the best free one? I heard Guitar Pro was good too, for a cost, but I'm looking for something that will be the most user friendly for a beginner.

Thanks for any info. I want to write for both the guitar and the ukulele.

“Often, what seems like an impossible climb is just a staircase without the steps drawn in.” Robert Brault, American Operatic Tenor

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I am just getting into songwriting and was wondering what kind of free or low cost software is best for putting together compositions in tab and notation, lyrics, chords, etc. I tried searching the forum for answers but couldn't find anything, so hopefully I'm in the right department in asking this...

I did find Muse Score and it appears that may be the best free one? I heard Guitar Pro was good too, for a cost, but I'm looking for something that will be the most user friendly for a beginner.

Thanks for any info. I want to write for both the guitar and the ukulele.

“Often, what seems like an impossible climb is just a staircase without the steps drawn in.” Robert Brault, American Operatic Tenor

ChristopherSchlegel

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Originally Posted by: SusanMW

I did find Muse Score and it appears that may be the best free one? I heard Guitar Pro was good too, for a cost, but I'm looking for something that will be the most user friendly for a beginner.

Muse score is one of the best free programs. There is also flat.io which has a free entry level option.

https://flat.io/

Hope that helps!

Christopher Schlegel
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Originally Posted by: SusanMW

I did find Muse Score and it appears that may be the best free one? I heard Guitar Pro was good too, for a cost, but I'm looking for something that will be the most user friendly for a beginner.

Muse score is one of the best free programs. There is also flat.io which has a free entry level option.

https://flat.io/

Hope that helps!

Christopher Schlegel
Guitar Tricks Instructor

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SusanMW

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Thank you! I will use MuseScore. :D I'm thankful there are so many good tutorials out there for it. (Some better than others, but still....it's nice people make them!)

“Often, what seems like an impossible climb is just a staircase without the steps drawn in.” Robert Brault, American Operatic Tenor

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Thank you! I will use MuseScore. :D I'm thankful there are so many good tutorials out there for it. (Some better than others, but still....it's nice people make them!)

“Often, what seems like an impossible climb is just a staircase without the steps drawn in.” Robert Brault, American Operatic Tenor

giri.rao

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I was wondering if you were successful with Musescore in what you wanted to do. I am trying to create a score that is similar to the one in this Guitar tricks tutorial:

https://www.guitartricks.com/lesson.php?input=24897

using Musiescore but having a hard time. Any help, pointers is appreciated.

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I was wondering if you were successful with Musescore in what you wanted to do. I am trying to create a score that is similar to the one in this Guitar tricks tutorial:

https://www.guitartricks.com/lesson.php?input=24897

using Musiescore but having a hard time. Any help, pointers is appreciated.

ChristopherSchlegel

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Originally Posted by: giri.rao
I am trying to create a score that is similar to the one in this Guitar tricks tutorial:[/p]

https://www.guitartricks.com/lesson.php?input=24897

using Musiescore but having a hard time. Any help, pointers is appreciated.

Exactly what are you having trouble with? The online handbook is pretty thorough. For example, if you search for tablature you get this page.

https://musescore.org/en/handbook/3/tablature#creation

There are also quite a few helpful how to videos on YouTube. For example:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qjlmycja-0I

Hope that helps!

Christopher Schlegel
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Originally Posted by: giri.rao
I am trying to create a score that is similar to the one in this Guitar tricks tutorial:[/p]

https://www.guitartricks.com/lesson.php?input=24897

using Musiescore but having a hard time. Any help, pointers is appreciated.

Exactly what are you having trouble with? The online handbook is pretty thorough. For example, if you search for tablature you get this page.

https://musescore.org/en/handbook/3/tablature#creation

There are also quite a few helpful how to videos on YouTube. For example:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qjlmycja-0I

Hope that helps!

Christopher Schlegel
Guitar Tricks Instructor

Christopher Schlegel Lesson Directory