Stave'n'Tabs is a notation and tab editor app which helps users in creating music. This app also enables users to practice their songs, improve compositions, manage projects, and share their scores and tabs with friends.
Web, iOS, Android
Newzik is one of the best music reader apps that you will ever encounter for iPhone or iPad users. It is tailored to meet the needs of music writers. Musicians can read synced sheet music and make any edits in real-time.
forScore lets you read your music and get into the technical aspect of songwriting without breaking a sweat. Play with your creativity and let this music notation software guide you.
DID YOU KNOW
Did you know that musical notation is almost as old as writing? The earliest known writing system was made by the Sumerians around 3000BC, while the earliest form of musical notation, also by the Sumerians, was dated around 2000BC. Written in cuneiform, the artifact contained information on how to perform a piece of music. Since then, musical notation has come to include melodies, rhythms, note duration, the key in which the music is played, the manner in which the music is to be played, and many more.
It was Boethius, a 6th-century Roman philosopher, who assigned the first letters of the alphabet to the notes of a scale. Another primary specialist of this type of musical notation is Guido d’Arezzo, an Italian monk. He created the do-re-mi notation basing from a hymn to Saint John the Baptist, derived from the first syllables of each line: ut, re, mi, fa, sol, la, and si. He changed ‘Ut’ to ‘do,’ as it is easier to sing and pronounce. It is taken from the Latin word “Dominus,” which means “the Lord.” At present, various countries and regions have their own systems, but it is the Western musical notation that is the most widely-used notation in the world. This notation is composed of staves and noteheads. Because of the rise of interest of people in composing and reading music, sheet music writer has become a must-have for every self-composing singers, musician, and composers. And as technology develops, they released various software for music notation as well. A lot of musicians debate between Finale or Sibelius for being the best music notation software. It was proven that both are very powerful and does its job well, at the end familiarity wins out always.
Notion is a great music creation tool which has helped may composers with their music. This app lets you explore the limits of where you can take your music by using music notations and many more.
$14.99- with in-app purchases
Notation Pad is a free app which enables you to read, compose, edit, playback scores and write lyrics on your mobile device. This is designed for beginners who want to learn about music scoring.
Free- with in-app purchases
MusicJOT is an easy to use music notation app where you can quickly write and compose music and watch it get rendered into a notated music, which can be exported in MusicXML or MIDI.
iWriteMusic is an easy and fun to use music notation app with its simple user interface, which supports most of the major notation elements and has data & sheet sharing features.
NotateMe is a cool music creation tool that lets musicians and composers handwrite their compositions. With your phone, it would be much easier to enjoy making music with this free tool.
GarageBand is a music making software and app for Mac and iOS respectively. It offers a sound library with software instruments, presets for guitar and voice, and virtual session drummers. Users can access piano and guitar lessons.
Symphony Pro is an app that lets you worry less about the technicalities of music writing and composition, The app lets you be more creative using your phone in a very easy and creative way.
Frettable is an easy-to-use platform which will automatically transcribe instrument recordings into sheet music and tabs using your device whether online or offline. It also can provide you the music sheet within seconds.
Web, iOS, Android
The famous music composition software that allows you to transcribe your favorite songs, or simply read the thousands of tabs already available on the Internet.
Windows, Android, iOS
ScoreCloud is a music notation software created by Doremir Music Research AB. It supports most instruments, including voice. It has a free limited version but is also offered at two other paid versions.
Windows, Mac, iOS
Free- Varies by plan
Touch Notation is a music notation app developed by Kawai Musical Instruments Manufacturing Co. that features easy musical score creation and a wide range of functions. Musical symbols can also be entered by hand through it.
$11.99- with in-app purchases
Flat is an application for composing and editing music scores. It has a collaborative platform and can even be used offline. It can be used for free but requires a paid subscription for unlimited use and 24/7 support.
Free- Varies by plan