63Sean wrote:Once more with feeling - MusEdit. You can't go wrong.
I'm singing harmony with 63 Sean on this one. MusEdit IS the guitarist's notation program.
It overlays note heads as a matter of course for precisely this purpose, made that way by
the guitarist who programmed it - and who continues to update it monthly to this very day
with new features suggested by users like yours truly, who sent the author a long list of whiny suggestions
last year and was amazed to find most of them implemented in the new version of MusEdit.
MusEdit has a little learning curve because if you want to get fast at it you have to use the keyboard.
It's good for geeks who can type! and not so good for mouse lovers, although there are a few features
that do require the mouse.
Amazingly flexible program because it's really about putting musical symbols on the page
where and how YOU like to put them, with some special considerations for guitar notation.
I looked into LilyPond, and it does beautiful output, but it's a markup language thing and not
WYSIWYG, so there's another layer of abstraction to the process, and you may have to write down
what you want to print by hand before you write the code, which pretty much kills it for me. If I had it
written down already, I'd just photocopy it and be done with it. With MusEdit, I just open the program and
start typing the score, put the cursor on the staff and type "q" for quarter note stem up, "Q" for quarter
note stem down, etc, select the notes and "control-D" to connect 8ths with beams, shift-control-L brings up
the dialogue box to set the staff line length, and of course there's a help screen with all the keyboard
shortcuts, and many toolboxes with musical symbols which work with either mouse or keyboard.