A childhood dream, perhaps coming true
I've always wanted to write music, ever since I was ... well, let's just say a long time ago. Someone's lifetime, ago. Now, opportunity seems at hand: not only can we write notes, but we can hear them playing.
The developers at MuseScore have taken writing music and the playback thereof to a fantastic level - I just have to say: a very humble thank you, and yes, I'll be joining, as soon as my paltry budget permits.
Someone - somewhere, here, on this site? another site? I can't remember - said the best way to learn how to write for instruments is to transcribe. Transcribe LOTS. All the scores you hold dearest: transcribe them.
Well, I've been obsessed with this Sextet of Dvorak ever since I heard in on the radio in my car on the way home from work, particularly the Dumka. So, here is my best effort at getting everything in its place. I know the sound isn't right; indeed, there's probably heaps of jarring issues which I'd much appreciate a wiser, more experienced mind offer opinions or suggestions towards... I probably should have cut my teeth on Twinkle-Twinkle Little Star instead of this Sextet, but it was too irresistible.
Edited to add: I suppose I should give a few details about what instruments I used; my poor old Macbook (2012) struggles a bit, so I stuck with the standard Musescore_General.sf3 library: Violin, Slow Violin, Viola x2, Cello x2. Other libraries tended to be a bit to taxing or something, as the sound was a bit "schmutz-y" the first few plays. I'm hoping to learn how to use a DAW like Ardour or Garage Band or like that, and see what other "samples" libraries can produce. HUGE learning curve: still getting my head around Musescore!