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. So, it makes sense to start with a music writing software that’s free, right? With FORTE Free, you have nothing to lose—and great composition software to gain. Here are some of the highlights:
Free music writing software saves money
The fact that FORTE Free is, well, free, means you won’t waste your resources on your first experimentatio into composing.
There’s nothing worse (or more intimidating) than learning how to use a new program and then discovering that 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. The design and layout are clean, organized, and set up for immediate use. It’s set up to make things easy to locate from the start.
Perfect for small ensembles
Forte free allows for one and two staves perfect for experimenting with duets or solo voice. For example, you can write the guitar part and the voice part or two lines of vocals.
The amazing ruler feature
The ingenious ability of the ruler feature is that is sets everything to the sixteenth note. Basically, 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:
And pretend you want to put the next note on beat four and it carries over into the next measure: Forte will automatically put the correct notation in for the held note to cross over the bar.
So the note entry looks like a grid on each measure. Using the ruler, you put the note in the measure and the software immediately fills in the rests. Why is this awesome? Because not only do you not have to manually insert the rests yourself, but this an extreme improvement over all other music writing software out there, which requires you to write both the notes and the rests.
When you finally decide to take the plunge into composing, FORTE Free is simply the smartest choice on the market.