Guest post by Charlotte A. F. Farley
If you’re a musician, chances are you’ve tried your hand at writing a song or two along the way. You might even have a host of tunes you’d like to chart out, but you have no idea where to start. You’re interested in trying out music writing software, but it all seems too expensive…
It makes sense to start with a music writing software that’s free, right? And with FORTE Free, you have nothing to lose—and great composition software to gain.
Let’s look at some of the highlights of this software…
Free music writing software saves money
The fact that FORTE Free is, well, free, means you won’t waste resources on your first experimentation into composing.
There’s nothing worse (or more intimidating) than learning how to use a new program and then discovering it’s impossible to locate the tools you need to start working! Most other music writing software is not as easy to navigate as FORTE.
FORTE’s design and layout are clean, organized and set up for immediate use. And as you’ll discover, FORTE is set up to make things easy to locate from the start.
Perfect for small ensembles
Forte Free allows for one and two staves, which is perfect for experimenting with duets or solo voice. So for example, you can write the guitar part and the voice part or two lines of vocals.
The amazing ruler feature
The ingenious ruler feature sets everything to the sixteenth note. So you can divide the measure any way you want to. Say you want to put a note on beat two—the ruler function lets you put a note on beat two easily. Check it out:
Now imagine you want to put the next note on beat four and carry it over into the next measure… FORTE will automatically put the correct notation in for the held note to cross over the bar.
As you can see, the note entry looks like a grid on each measure. Using the ruler, you simply put the note in the measure and the software immediately fills in the rests.
Why is this so amazing? Because…
- You do not have to manually insert the rests yourself
- This is a significant improvement over other music writing software out there. Other programs generally require you to write both the notes and the rests
When you decide to take the plunge into composing, FORTE Free really is the smartest choice on the market!