• Dec 6, 2019 - 21:33

This will be a fabulous program if I can download sheet music I have stored in my downloads files. It will allow me to change notation to better suit my instrument, and best of all, allow me to hear the part as part of the learning process.

How do I get a download item onto the scoring page? Or, is there another way to get my online sheet music into an editing process? For example, I play double bass and sometimes the only sheet music available from my band is tuba, written too low for my instrument. Using Musescore, I can rewrite the low notes an octave higher and print out a string bass version.


In reply to by Jm6stringer

This claim is overbroad. I just tried it with a perfectly good pdf of Baroque music that was clearly generated by a modern computer notation program, no manuscripts, old conventions, funny fonts, etc. -- clean as a whistle -- and the result was "unsuccessful". "PDF import" is a magic, artificial-intelligence process that sometimes might work in simple cases, and is to be applauded when it does. It is not right to say "MuseScore can import pdf files." At very least, "attempt to".

In reply to by BSG

Oh, come to think of it, it has an antique time signature at one point. But if that fail the whole process, like an error on a tax form or password, it's as good as useless. The whole point of "reading a PDF" is that I didn't get to say what's in it.

In reply to by MarkState

A PDF is like a picture of your music, but MuseScore - like any music notation program - needs a file in an actual music notation format (eg, MusicXML, or MuseScore's native MSCZ format) that contains real information about the music, not just a picture. There exist AI programs - including the one used by the Import PDF facility - that can try to turn a picture into music, but realistically, that's not something you want to rely on, as they are extremely hit and miss. Unless you can get the music you need in an actual music notation format, it is normally more efficient to just enter music into the program manually - for MuseScore as well as any music notation program.

In reply to by MarkState

"Optical Character Recognition" is the generic name of the technologies that try to infer what printed documents say. Optical Music Recognition, in some sense, is a superset of that. "OCR" is thus not a solution to the problem, but a description of the problem.

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