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« Reply #20 on: Sep 17, 2016, 08:59AM »

Purely out of curiosity... what is the timeline on this project?

When are you supposed to have this ready?

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« Reply #21 on: Sep 17, 2016, 09:18AM »

In a previous century I used NoteWorthy Composer to put together books of fiddle tunes for an amateur group. It's a WYSIWYG score editor with what I consider to be a friendly intuitive user interface.

The free trial version is fully functional, with a few inoffensive blivets to encourage you to spend the fifty bucks to register your copy. The "encouragement" doesn't get in the way of doing real work with it. I mostly used it for 32-bar tunes in lead-sheet form, four lines of four measures each, occupying half a letter-sized page. It also did just fine for what amounted to SATB four-part arrangements of those same tunes to get the kids with violas and cellos involved.

Lilypond is what I use for similar books these days, mostly because I can't be bothered to light up a Windows emulator on my linux box. It did take a while to learn how to write working "source code" for it. It is possible for lilypond to compile a multi-page PDF book in a single pass.

Whichever engraving software I use, I am in the habit of writing straight eighths, and expecting the players to apply appropriate swing, with guidance from the director/concertmaster (with the exception of strathspeys, where writing out the Scot snaps helps.) I have no idea about how brass ensembles deal with that issue.
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