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Anatelostaxus's avatar

Is there a way to play sheet music online/on my pc?

Asked by Anatelostaxus (1425points) November 23rd, 2010

What Software and/ web sites could I use to input sheet music and actually hear it play (to help me with my choir practice)?
If, of course, this is possible…
I’ve tried Harmony assistant, but I don’t think it would work with Ubuntu (Linux), which I use on my pc.

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Mariah's avatar

I use Finale’s Print Music, and it’s great! It’s not free, though, and I’m not sure if it’s Linux compatible, either.

the100thmonkey's avatar

@Anatelostaxus – try Rosegarden.

A word of warning, though – I’ve never got it to work in an install running GNOME. I don’t know if it’s my soundcard or whether it’s down to conflicts with GNOME and KDE libraries, but it just straight up hasn’t worked for me.

I haven’t tried in a while though, so I’ll install it on my UNE and let you know if it works any better.

PhiNotPi's avatar

I like Printmusic. It even has a feature that allows you to scan in sheet music and play it. (the better quality the sheet music, the better the results). It allows you to compose and play music for many different instruments and ensembles. It doesn’t have quite as many features as the fullblown Finale, but is a lot cheaper.

camertron's avatar

I’ve really enjoyed using Sibelius. It’s definitely not free, but it’s cheaper than Finale and can generate digital music by scanning in sheet music just like Printmusic. It’s interface takes a little getting used to, but it becomes second nature after a while.

the100thmonkey's avatar

@PhiNotPi and @camertron – note that @Anatelostaxus specified a Linux machine.

camertron's avatar

@the100thmonkey ah, right you are. In that case, may I recommend Lilypond. Also, here is a list of free linux compatible music notation packages. Man, you just don’t see too many Fluther users on Ubuntu… way to go!

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