Do you have a music-writing software program that you would recommend for organ music? I tried the 30-day free download from Finale and I was just starting to learn how to use the program when my trial period expired. I would like to be able to continue writing duets and special arrangements for my students, but I can’t afford $600 for the Finale program.
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I prefer Sibelius to Finale, but I still get frustrated because Sibelius staffs the pedals separately from the manual. When I try to score the pedal on the same staff as the greats, it is really difficult to properly voice the two lines.
I like Musescore. It does everything I need, it’s opensource, and it’s free.
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My experience with music notation software is limited. I used NotePad, the freebie version of Finale for awhile and then upgraded to their PrintMusic product. It gives me pretty much everything I need for creating musical compositions…and the off-the-shelf price is only $120. But if that is still more money than you want to put out, you can go the ultra-cheap route and check out the free versions like NotePad, MuseScore, M C Music Editor, and Notation Software. The price is great, but you know how it goes—you get what you pay for. I found NotePad awkward and limiting—only a slight step up from hand writing my musical compositions.
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