Notation Software

The Dos and Don’ts of Using Music Notation Software

Music notation software, as the name suggests, is used to compose music sheets in a smooth manner.

Using efficient tools in the software, you can create music and listen to what you have composed as you add or remove notes. It is ultimately a lot easier to create music compared to the traditional method.

While creating music, there is a possibility that you might make a few mistakes that would impede your chances of creating a masterpiece. Here are a few guidelines to keep in mind.

  1. Do:

Use a variety of notations. While using similar notation might sound good, if you use it too often, it gets monotonous. Try to create variety in sounds when possible.

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Creating a dissonance or consonance makes your harmony sounds more attractive. Often, it is considered the latest form of music. However, the fact is that these forms of music had already been there in the Renaissance era. Using just consonants or dissonance will make your melody a bore.

  1. Don’t:

Avoid using just the default settings of the software. If you want to create a melody that reflects your music style and genre, try to understand the software’s strengths and weaknesses. Experiment a little. That should give you an idea of what works, and what doesn’t.

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The music notation software is a tool, not a reflection of your talent. If you’re not satisfied with the outcome, don’t question your skills and passion.

Keep in mind that the software has its own strength and weakness. It might not always align with what you specifically desire. To get the specific outcome from the software, you have to first understand different type of software—combine it to create a form of music.

  1. Don’t:

Avoid using plenty of sharp or flat edges, using C Major Key is a brave attempt, but a repetitive use will reflect lack of ideas.

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New ideas are derived from the ones that already exist. Start off by practicing older tunes. Master the older techniques and develop yourself as a composer who can eventually create original music.

Creating music is a journey. Remember your experience would be better than just copying the older cliché stuff, so write from your heart.

Try Music Jotter to unleash that music hidden away in your heart, compose new tunes in a highly realistic sounding musical score.

Lisa Scholfield

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