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Free Finale Alternatives

The best free alternative to Finale is MuseScore, which is also Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to Finale and many of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to Finale are Avid Sibelius, LilyPond, Impro-Visor and Dorico.

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  1. MuseScore icon

    MuseScore is a free music notation and composition software available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

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    MuseScore vs Finale opinions
    Almost everyone thinks MuseScore is a great alternative to Finale.

    It's completely free, you can upload your scores to the website for safekeeping, it is powerful and notate almost anything

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    Only had MuseScore for few days but it seems like a very solid and powerful program. Nothing cheap about it.,,,and it's free.

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    It does everything Finale does, and much more, much better. Free/Libre software, without crap. Constantly improving.

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    MuseScore is a very capable alternative to Finale. It is easy to use and produces professional sheet music of any size. I have created small scores for a single-instrument, as well as large scores for a full concert band using this software. Finale does have a better sound library than MuseScore, but other than that, MuseScore has handled anything that I have thrown at it.

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    It does not work properly and is much less than similar to Finale.

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  2. 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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    LilyPond

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    GNU LilyPond is a computer program for music engraving. One of LilyPonds major goals is to produce scores that are engraved with traditional layout rules, reflecting the era when scores were engraved by hand.

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    You have full control over the engraving and score edition process and the results are the best available.

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    LilyPond uses Text files, whereas Finale uses MIDI, .kar, etc.

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    Impro-Visor

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    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.

    In this window you can create or edit a new chorus.
  5. Dorico redefines the gold standard in scoring software. Its musical intelligence is like having an expert assistant by your side, while its intuitive workflows help you focus on each aspect of score preparation.

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    Dorico seems the 21th century best app : very intuitive, with a genial structure helping the user to write scores.

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    Frescobaldi

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    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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    Power Tab Editor

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    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.

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    Anvil Studio

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    Anvil Studio is a free Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000/98 program designed for people who want to:

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    MC Musiceditor

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    MC Musiceditor is free/open source (GPLv2) music notation software (Windows). It has been developed with only one purpose: to make life of musicians easier when making scores.

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    DGuitar

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD

    DGuitar is a Guitar Pro (GP4, GP3, GTP) viewer/player that works on Windows, Mac, Linux, BSD, Solaris, and any other operating system that has Java Runtime Environment 1.4 or later installed.

    Discontinued

    The last software release was published on February 20th, 2006.

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