Song Writing

For some time now I’ve been interested in writing music, primarily church music.  Up until now I’ve felt completely inadequate to do so (actually….I still do) but now I have a little music theory under my belt to help me get under way! So excited! Being only halfway done with my second quarter of Music Theory I know there is still SOO much to learn! But what I have learned so far should give me some direction in writing simple music.

A few years ago I purchased Finale! Songwriter for $50. I wasn’t a huge fan of spending the money on it but I knew it would come in handy and that it was a more professional program (although not nearly as extensive as the version at school. Whew! Talk about confusing!).  Let me just say, Finale has a learning curve! There are still so many things I need to figure out. But the finished product does look very professional!

 Last month a friend told me about Noteflight. Ah-HA! Free….online….just sign up! Perfect! I haven’t had a chance to explore it extensively but it appears to be a great program! I am sure there are so many things I have yet to learn about it.

I think my favorite of all the three programs is Musescore.  I just started using this program tonight and so far I love it!! It’s pretty simple to use and that really appeals to me.  Spending less time having to figure out a program gives me more time to actually write the music!

For other musicians out there, have you tried these? What program do you like to use?

3 Comments on “Song Writing”

  1. Hello, I picked up reading your blog from thislittlelifeofmine-nina.blogspot. Would you tell me where you are doing your full time music school? We are searching out avenues for our daughter, currently completing her junior homeschool year. Thank you, and many blessings! Loretta Smith, lorisloveofwriting@gmail.com
    Hebrews 10:24

  2. Hi Loretta. Thanks for stopping by! That’s wonderful to hear your daughter is interested in going to school for music. In our society today we need more godly musicians! I feel very strongly that the Lord wants me to stay at home while going to school and I am very blessed to live near a school that offers music. I commute about an hour to school each day to the nearby community college but I know not all community colleges offer music. It really comes down to what your daughter wants to do with her music in the long run. Feel free to ask any more questions! 🙂 Have a blessed day.

  3. Alyssa,

    Thank you for getting back to me. Forgive my ignorance, I don’t even think we thought about community college. Hah! Appreciate your reply. Our daughter JUST downloaded one of your recommends on this post, musescore, and she loves it. Yeah! Then I saw this post and she said, “Oh, I just downloaded that.” I love how the Lord works.

    God bless you!
    Loretta Smith
    John 13:34-35

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