Busker Alternatives

    Busker is described as 'complete set of tools to create musical arrangements from sheet music (chords + melody staff). It uses Yamaha compatible styles (thousands can be downloaded for free) for auto-accompaniment'. There are more than 50 alternatives to Busker for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, BSD and iPad. The best alternative is Rosegarden, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Busker are Guitarix (Free, Open Source), Avid Sibelius (Freemium), Frescobaldi (Free, Open Source) and Power Tab Editor (Free).

    This page was last updated Oct 22, 2019

    1. Rosegarden is a well-rounded audio and MIDI sequencer, score editor, and general-purpose music composition and editing environment.
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    2. Guitarix is a simple Linux Rock Guitar Amplifier for JACK Audio Connection Kit with one input and two outputs. Designed to get nice thrash/metal/rock/blues guitar sounds.
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    3. Sibelius is a scorewriter program, created by Sibelius Software (now part of Avid Technology) for Microsoft Windows, OS X, and historically RISC OS.
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      • FreeOpen Source
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      Frescobaldi is a LilyPond sheet music text editor. It aims to be powerful, yet lightweight and easy to use. Frescobaldi is Free Software, freely available under the General Public License.
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    4. Power Tab Editor is a free tablature authoring tool created by Brad Larsen for Windows. It is used to create guitar, bass and ukulele tablature scores, among many others. The current version uses the *.ptb file format.


      • FreeOpen Source
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      Impro-Visor (short for “Improvisation Advisor”) is a music notation program designed to help jazz musicians compose and hear solos similar to ones that might be improvised. The objective is to improve understanding of solo construction and tune chord changes.
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      GNU Denemo is a music notation editor that lets you rapidly enter notation for typesetting via the LilyPond music engraver. You can compose, transcribe, arrange, listen to the music and much more.
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      Aria Maestosa is an open-source (GPL) midi tracker/editor. It lets you compose, edit and play midi files with a few clicks in a user-friendly interface offering keyboard, guitar, drum and controller views.
    5. ChordPulse is a handy backing band software for music practice, inspiration, improvisation, and pure fun with music. Play and sing along with ChordPulse. Use it as a full accompaniment, a drum machine with bass, a metronome with chords, and more.
    6. Band-in-a-Box is an intelligent automatic accompaniment program. You can hear and play along to many song ideas and go from "nothing" to "something" in a very short period of time with Band-in-a-Box as your "on demand" backup band.
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