Hey guys, in this video we’re performing to show you three free music notation programs you can use to create sheet music and keep your projects organized. Whether you’re a songwriter or looking to do some planning before recording your next song, you should definitely know about these programs. Number 3: Crescendo. Crescendo is a music notation program that is free for non-commercial use. The interface is very easy to use and you’ll likely have mastered it the first time you go to use it. There are easy controls for dynamics, tempo, clefts, and accidentals within some menus, and adding new notes is as easy as moving and dropping them on the staff.
This program features support for MIDI as well as virtual instruments so you can easily play back what you’ve written. When you’re done, the file can be exported as an image or a PDF for printing and sharing. Though the software is free, they do ask that you purchase the full version for $70 if you choose to use it commercially.
Overall, this software is good for some instruments, but it doesn’t appear to support guitar tabs so it’s really limited in its use. Number 2: Finale Notepad. Finale Notepad is a free, stripped down version of Finale, which is the industry standard for music notation programs. The interface for this program is simple and easy to use, and it’s a little more elegant than crescendo.
Since this is a free version, there are some limitations such as the number of staves, lyric verses and tablature configurations. This program will work great for simpler projects, but the limitations may become an issue if you’re working on a complex song with multiple instruments. This program also features exporting as a PDF and has support for basic guitar and bass tablature, making it good for different genres of music.
Number 1: Musescore. Musescore is a free and open source program for music notation. Being open source, there are no limitations to how you can use this program and it has a variety of advanced features. There are many different virtual instruments available and the program also has support for MIDI. You’ll also be able to export as either a PDF, or an audio file using the virtual instruments.
In addition, musescore supports guitar tablature and drum notation, so you can easily use any instrument with the program and you can write out any genre of music. Once you get used to musescore, the interface is a little easier to use and we find it faster to write out sheet music in this program than Finale Notepad. Do you agree with our list? Let us know in the comments below. You can also like us on Facebook, catch us on Twitter and check out our blog. All the links to our social media accounts can be found in the video description.