Music Writing Software
With Sibelius, Notion, or Finale score writing software, you can now format your written music to look as clean and articulate as the published materials that come out of mainstream publishing companies. No longer do you have to scribble tunes out by hand on staff paper. Score writing software has now made it possible for musicians and music students to format their music with the same kind of accurateness and professional appearance as a top-notch publishing house.
Both Finale and Sibelius contain sheet music templates. With a click of the mouse, you can choose a variety of staff paper. For example, you can select a jazz quartet staff, a salsa band staff, or create your own. Once you choose your staff, you then select a key and time signature. You may also indicate tempo. After this, you can begin inputting notes either through a keypad, keyboard shortcuts, or a MIDI hookup. When inputting notes through an interface, you can play a keyboard, or a MIDI bass, and the notes will appear on the page.
As of this writing, you still have to edit notes inputted through MIDI hookups so that your music is readable. However, MIDI inputting continues to get more and more intelligent with every upgrade. It's reasonable to assume that this software will eventually become quite efficient and accurate.
Sibelius, Notion, and Finale also offer excellent sound libraries to play back your music. This helps you to proofread with your ears as well as your eyes. No longer do you have to imagine what your tune will sound like, and you can also catch mistakes easier. There’s no telling how far this software will evolve, so get involved with it now. It can help you to better communicate your tunes to others with greater intelligibility. It can also help you to better learn about the basics of writing standard notation and tablature.