Thoughts as a first-time user
Hey, I tried out Musescore for a few hours and I love it. I plan on switching to it from LMMS (a DAW), as I mostly use proper instruments anyways. Additionally, it helps me learn notation better. HOWEVER, I had and still have some real difficulties with using Musescore.
This is a list of those things, and I'm curious what solutions there are out there and whether people agree that some of those really need to be fixed.
(This List might be influenced by Tantacrul's youtube-video which made me aware of Musescore in the fist place. My reactions might therefore sometimes be a little over-dramatic.)
Those hint-popups really are distracting... I guess I'll turn them off and watch a tutorial eventually.
Why does placing notes need to be activated? Actually, sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes it does. Sometimes you can't place drum-beats because all the notes at the top left menu are grayed out. Most of the time it works just fine. No idea, what I'm doing wrong.
I wanna add a new Instruments? Hmmm.... Should be in "Add" – nope.
Let's check again... nope.
Maybe "tools"? Nope.
Aaaaahh... "Palettes"? Nope.
Check "Add" again... still NOPE.
After 10 minutes of me and my dad, a professional programmer, searching for the option, i gave up and googled.
Well, it's actually in "edit". I guess i had missed it when glancing over - WHAT?? "Edit"? The place where Copy & Paste options are supposed to be? "Add" would be way more intuitive if you tried to ADD an instrument.
Couldn't find arpeggios. Had to google. Putting them under "Add Palettes" actually makes sense, i just didn't think of it.
I. Want. To. Be. Able. To. Delete. Breaks. PLEASE! Random 1/16th breaks that got added because I changed the length of one note are one of the most annoying things in Musescore. Make it so that if I delete a break, it gets added to the end of the measure. (I hope the thing is called measure... english isn't my fist language) If I delete a break in a row of breaks, join it with the previous/next break if they are of the same length. (or at least do so, if I delete BOTH of them.
Why if i change a note's/key's length, a break gets added after it or a following note gets cut off?? This is super weird and causes A LOT of extra work. Just keep all lengths the same and move everything over a little bit. Please. This is the most important point on this list. It's not that it completely stops you from progressing, but it causes so much precious time to be lost! Is there a workaround I'm not aware of????
Just to highlight 5. & 6.: How would you change that measure so that the blue note is only active for 1/8 (=remove the dot after it) and – to compensate – make the following note is 1/8 as well instead of 1/16?
With 5. & 6. added (actually, 6 is sufficient), it would be 4 clicks.
a. Click on the blue note
b. Remove the dot
c. Click on the next note
d. Change its length to 1/8th