I was browsing on reddit as I am sometimes wont to do, and I learned about the new and exciting music notation tool for Google Docs. For those of you not familiar with Google Docs, think of it as basically a free version of Microsoft Office provided by Google. One significant difference between Google Docs and Office though is that Docs automatically backs up your documents online (not saved on your computer).
Anyway, enough about Docs. The important news is that you can now use an add-on with Docs to notate music (for free!) VexTab enables you to code music into your document and seems pretty easy to learn. I spent about 15 minutes using it to create this worksheet (available in full on PianoTeacherNOLA’s Facebook page):
Here’s an image of the editing window for the first line of music, so you can see how un-scary it is to use. The green box shows what you type (and the music that results appears above it).
It’s actually pretty intuitive. You get to divide up your music into measures and type the notes thru note + octave notation. I haven’t messed with different note values other than the quarter note yet, but it was very easy to change time signatures – all you do is change the value in “time=?” spot.
This is going to come in handy, I can tell.