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I recommend the new MuseScore beta
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iBud
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Aloha everyone,

I use MuseScore to write my sheet music, as I can't argue with its price (FREE)!cool I ran into an issue with the non-beta version, one that was only solved by going to the 2.0b1 version.

Basically, I use repeats and like to use D.S. al capo to repeat the first portion of the tune.  I know how to write it in standard notation, and have also learned how to apply it in MuseScore, but on my latest tune, I couldn't get it to work properly.  I downloaded and installed MuseScore 2.0b1 and it works perfectly!  Additionally, the playback sounds immensely better - the violin actually sounds like a violin, with vibrato!  The UI was improved and some of the menus were tweaked a little bit.  On added benefit is the addition of TAB notation, for classical guitar, acoustic guitar, and bass guitar - that's all I remember off the top of my head.  It's pretty nice and I would recommend switching to that version, if y'all use MuseScore.

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Aloha again everyone,

I just found out that the MuseScore 2.0b1 allows the user to save their score an audio.   I have the libmp3lame.dylib file, which is used by Audacity to save .mp3 files, but MuseScore can't working with it on my Mac, but I also have the option of saving as a .wav file.  You get the new sounds from the sound library, and they sound really nice.  I'll be doing that with any additional audio files I upload to go along with my tunes.  This version is a lot better than the 1.x versions, but it takes a little bit to learn all the ins and outs.

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Hey. I have downloaded the stable version of this program the other day, but I found it extremely over-complicated if not frustrating. I tried googling how to use it, but to no avail...

Are there any tutorials available for using it? I've heard great things about it, but I couldn't figure out how to use it just yet.

Skype: augustoad Email: augustoaguieiras@hotmail.com Phone number/whatsapp: +55 42 9861-4084. I'd be happy to talk anything fiddle-related to anyone! :)

 

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Aloha @augustoad,

When you consider everything involved in writing music, I guess it would have to be a bit complicated.  MuseScore, on their website, offers a 10-part series on how to use their software.  Go to YouTube and search for MuseScore.  In those videos, they use the same version you have downloaded.  On their webpage, just below the download link are links for the videos, a handbook (user's manual), and forum.  Now, at least the girl in the video is Australian, and the names for the notes are different than the ones I learned in America, but they give both names most of the time in the videos.

You'll need to click the handbook link and, as with the violin, go steady but slowcool It's easier to just print out pages of staff paper and go crazy with a pencil, but this way it's easier to read what you write, add other instruments, change it to match what you'd like to see, and save it as .pdf or an audio file.  One of the biggest things to remember if whether you're in Note entry mode or not (there's a big button labeled "N" - if it's depressed, you're in Note entry mode and can enter notes by clicking on the score).  

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oh, Alright. My summer vacations begin in 2 days, so l'll learn it during my time off. Thanks, mate!

Skype: augustoad Email: augustoaguieiras@hotmail.com Phone number/whatsapp: +55 42 9861-4084. I'd be happy to talk anything fiddle-related to anyone! :)

 

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Aloha @augustoad,

No worries.  There is a learning curve, but once you get the hang of it, it's a really nice piece of software.  You can easily create professional looking sheet music in a relatively decent amount of time.  Of course, the more you put into it, the better it'll be.  Have fun on your break, and be sure to do something else than just learning this software.cool

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Don't worry, I've got a plenty of stuff to do.. First, the Foo Fighters are coming to Brazil and I am a big fan of their music, so there's no way I would lose their show! :D

Besides, I need to take my drivers license and, of course, practice the violin as I'm going to try to join the local conservatoire. 

Well, sorry for mumbling so much about myself. I'll try my best to learn how to use the program. Once again, thank you! 

Skype: augustoad Email: augustoaguieiras@hotmail.com Phone number/whatsapp: +55 42 9861-4084. I'd be happy to talk anything fiddle-related to anyone! :)

 

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