Software for creating notation to play along with?

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  1. kirkdickinson

    kirkdickinson

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    I have just picked up a 5 string fretless bass and had an idea to help with my practice. I wanted to create scales and modes that I could play along with, then I could hear how close I was to proper intonation.

    My idea was to set up a series of scales like D Major on the B string and play every note available in that position, then E Dorian, then F# Phrygian, etc...

    I could play along, and learn where exactly to put my fingers by listening.

    Other exercises could be playing 2 octave arpeggios in each mode and of course doing it in multiple keys.

    I already do exercises like this on my fretted instrument.

    I have a free program called MuseScore that lets me put notes in the bass clef, then play them. It is not an easy program to use.

    Can someone recommend a program that could do this and be easy to use?

    Thanks,

    Kirk
  2. Alembic7

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    Good Luck!
  3. kirkdickinson

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    One of the purposes of practicing along with the computer is to practice my time as well as my pitch. Only perfect practice makes perfect and if I record my fretted bass, that won't be perfect, so I will be practicing to an imperfect recording. :)

    Maybe that is more reason to do it though?? Still hoping for a good notation program. There are other uses for it.

    Kirk
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    maybe try guitar pro?

    It has tab and standard notation, but you can change it to only view one or the other.
  8. phmike

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    Pencil, staff paper and metronome (online or other) would work fine. It does for me.
    And a +1 for Tux Guitar.
  9. kirkdickinson

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    Thanks for all the recomendations. PHmike, I am wanting to play along with exact tones to hone my intonation skills. That is why I wanted a computer program that was easy to program the notes into.
  10. phmike

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    Sounds good in theory but when I tried it the effort of programming was way more trouble than it was worth.
  11. kirkdickinson

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    That is why I was wanting an easier program. :)
  12. Bainbridge

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    Another free one: http://musescore.org/

    Edit: Oops, re-read the OP and realized that you're already using MuseScore.

    Finale is what I use, and I'm satisfied with it. Once you know a few hotkeys and get familiar with the menus, you can really enter notes quite fast. I can turn out an average length song scored out for a full band in a few hours, so I know that it is possible to get fluent with the program without a ridiculous learning curve. This is Finale Notepad, the free entry level software: http://www.finalemusic.com/notepad/default.aspx Haven't used that version myself, but it looks like it has the same basic features.

    Double edit: If you're going to use Finale, the default MIDI settings are awful. In every document I create, I go into the AUI (Audio Unit Instruments) options and crank the dry gain all the way up so that I can actually hear what's going on without having to dime my speakers.
  13. hgiles

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    Whats wrong with Band In a Box?
  14. kirkdickinson

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    I have band in the box, I bought it a while back, but haven't become proficient in it. I didn't realize you could add individual notes. I have just been using the chords and included progressions as a playalong.

    I know there is a lot more that can be done with it.

    Seems like a decent program, I just can't seem to get the hang of entering a lot of notes quickly like would be required for what I need.

    I know that Garageband can edit a midi file, but I have never tried to create one using only the computer. Might be easiest to get a keyboard and hook it up to the computer and record the scales that way.

    I will look into the free version of Finale

    Thanks,

    Kirk

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