Summary: Musescore is an open source software that helps you create, play, and print scores. They recently released a major update. So let’s take a look at the features provided by Musescore overall.
Musescore: music creation and notation software
Musescore is open source software that lets you create, play, and print scores.
You can even use a MIDI keyboard as input and just play the song you want to create a score.
To use it, you need to understand how notation works. In either case, you can play something with a MIDI keyboard or any other instrument and learn how musical notation works when used.
Therefore, it should also come in handy for beginners and experts.
You can download and use Musescore for free. However, if you want to share music / composition and reach the wider community on the Musescore platform, you can choose to create a free or premium account on Musescore.com.
Musescore 3 screenshot
Musescore contains a lot of content that can be highlighted. If you are not involved in the creation of musical symbols, you may need to dig deeper like I did.
Usually, I just go to any DAW available on Linux and start playing something to record / loop it without having to create a musical symbol. So for me, Musescore definitely provides a learning curve for all features.
I will list these features and provide some brief explanations-if you find it interesting, you can explore.
- Support input via MIDI keyboard
- You can transfer back and forth between other programs via MusicXML, MIDI and other options.
- Lots of color palettes (music symbols) to choose from.
- You can also rearrange the palettes and create your own list of most used palettes or edit them.
- Supports certain plugins to extend functionality
- Import PDF to read and play symbols
- Support for multiple instruments
- Basic or advanced layout of the palette
Some recent key changes include redesigned color palettes, accessibility, and unentered workflows. For reference, you can see how the new palette works:
Install Musescore 3.3.3 on Ubuntu / Linux
The latest version of Musescore is 3.3.3, and all bug fixes and improvements have been made to its latest Musscore 3.3 version.
You may find older versions in the software center (or official repository). So you can choose Flatpak package, Snap or AppImage from its download page, which contains links for different Linux distributions.
I’m fascinated by Musescore, an open source, free solution for creating, playing, and printing scores, and I’m fascinated by it.
It may not be the easiest software to use today, but when you consider using music notation, it will help you learn more and it will also help you in your work.
What do you think of Musescore? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.