Make Your Own Sheet Music with LilyPond

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Writing, or rewriting, your musical scores digitally can be a tedious business. It takes a lot longer than doodling with pen and paper, but is infinitely tidier and more accessible – in a way, you’re making it timeless. In this time and age, it’s simply not done to compose your scores on a napkin. Sure, it makes for great storytelling, but you’re up for a redo if you want any credibility.

LilyPond (Mac, PC, Linux)

LilyPond is a very special application, and not just because it’s available on all the popular operating systems. There’s a reason why I’m not showing you a fancy screenshot below. You see, LilyPond doesn’t have a GUI – Graphical User Interface. In other words, it’s completely text-based.

Please stop screaming, and allow me to explain.