Free MuseScore Alternatives

    The best free alternative to MuseScore is TuxGuitar, which is also Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to MuseScore and many of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to MuseScore are Rosegarden (Free, Open Source), LilyPond (Free, Open Source), Avid Sibelius (Freemium) and Frescobaldi (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Oct 19, 2021

    1. With TuxGuitar, you will be able to compose music using the following features Tablature editor Score Viewer Multitrack display Autoscroll while playing Note duration management Various effects (bend, slide, vibrato, hammer-on/pull-off) ...
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    2. Rosegarden is a well-rounded audio and MIDI sequencer, score editor, and general-purpose music composition and editing environment.
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      • FreeOpen Source
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      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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      Almost everyone thinks LilyPond is a great alternative to MuseScore.
    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. 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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    5. 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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      Flat lets you write sheet music with your friends in real time with a nice music notation editor. Create and edit your music score documents directly with your web browser in realtime with your friends or colleagues.
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      Most users think Flat is a great alternative to MuseScore.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
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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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    6. 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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