Keyboard staff with tab Chord chart Bass music Treble and lyrics Fretboard diagrams Detailed guitar transcription MusEdit web site contents   

    MusEdit is a powerful music notation editor which first went on sale in 1997 but after 14 years of continuous upgrades is now (as of March 1, 2011) offered FREE OF CHARGE to the music community! See bottom of this page for more details about the history of MusEdit, it's author Doug Rogers, his company (Yowza Software) and the reason MusEdit is now free (with open source code to come soon so other C++ developers can improve the program!)

Downloading MusEdit is easy - the whole program is still only around 3.5 megabytes in size! Think about that when you look at all the samples of what MusEdit can do! These days some programs that can barely do anything take up 250 Megabytes of hard disk space while the MusEdit program by itself (with out help and samples) can still fit on a floppy disk (if anyone has one anymore...).

Use MusEdit to write standard treble and bass music notation, tab notation for 2 - 16 string instruments in any tuning (including bass), rhythm notation, lyrics in any font, and to draw chord diagrams -either from a chord dictionary or by creating your own. Click on the samples above to see full screen examples of these features. You can also use MusEdit to translate standard music notation to tab, or vice versa; transpose; play your music as sound; print beautiful looking scores, and more... Plus, MusEdit comes with a well illustrated, 284 page manual as a pdf document.


For a slide show about...
...what MusEdit is for, click here: What MusEdit is For
...what MusEdit can do, click here: What MusEdit Can Do to use MusEdit, click here: How To Use MusEdit

MusEdit has received great reviews in many music magazines:
Acoustic Guitar, Fingerstyle Guitar, Electronic Musician, Gig, Folker!, Soundcheck, Banjo Newsletter, and others.  (MusEdit was first released in June, 1997)

And gets enthusiastic comments from MusEdit users...  
"Awesome product! You guys have thought of everything." - Raymond Cho
"It's a great program, you did a fantastic job!" - F. Macri 

"The ability to translate between different tunings is just fantastic! It's so useful!" - J. Berton 
"Thanks again for such a great product!" - B. Vaughn 
"A great program at an unbelievable value. Awesome." - J. King 
"[The] combination of mouse and keyboard [music entry] is fast and easy. The chord designer... is excellent!"- V. April 
"I think your software is great!! I've tried several other packages and none of them offer what MusEdit does" - S. Rigelhof 
"I think your program is excellent..." - B. Hamning 
              click here for more user comments...

To see the features of MusEdit which make it an ideal tool for various musical styles, click on the appropriate section below:

Acoustic Guitar
(fingerstyle, folk...)

Classical Guitar
(classical, flamenco)

Electric Guitar
(rock, blues...)

Bass Guitar
(rock, blues...)


Banjo (4 and 5 string)


7 and 8 String Guitar 


Brass & Woodwinds

Drum Kit & Percussion

Bands and Groups

Vocal music

Strings & String Quartet

Teaching Materials

Chord Charts




Click CONTENTS for information about MusEdit (details about the program, example scores, ordering information, downloadable demos, FAQ's, and more.)

    Click here to download the MusEdit demo so you can try it out for yourself!

Those who are new to MusEdit will want to check out this site for:

Introductory information about MusEdit
Notation examples
Description of MusEdit features
Downloadable demos 

Current MusEdit Users, you might want to check out:

The MusEdit "Tip of The Day" Series
User Questions
Suggestions and Tips


New development!  

The newest version of MusEdit (3.90 - Feb. 2005) has several new useful features!  
 (As always, current MusEdit customers can download the 
latest MusEdit update for free - click here to find out how)

New version 3.90 features in MusEdit include...

*  New Chord Line features
        - Multiple dots can be put on each string on chords for fretboard/scale diagrams   
        - Can now show chord diagrams/scale diagrams up to 10x normal size
        - Each chord line can have different chord name font and different size diagrams
*  Evenly Space Notes
       - You can automatically space out notation in each line, or over the whole score
           according to how dense you like the notation to be.  
*  Allow different fonts in different rhythm lines
      -  People writing instructional material can put musical symbols, internet links,
            brackets, boxes, and many other flexible features in a line with any font you want.
*  Internet links can be embedded in MusEdit scores
          - you can put links to your personal web site, music sites, etc. in MusEdit scores
*  Auto-join note clusters now have joining options: 
          - 8th+8th+8th, 8th+8th+8th+8th, and several others, including "based on time signature"
*  New Line Length option
       - After changing the length of lines you might want to either rearrange the music
            in the line to space it out evenly, or else throughout the score with wrapping 
            and even symbol spacing.

( The image below is an actual MusEdit score illustrating these new features )

and other recent new features include...

* Ad-Tab Fingering Symbols!

   Standard tablature indicates which fret and string should be used to play notes, but it does not provide any information about which finger on the fretting hand should be used to play the notes.  Ad-Tab (“Advanced-Tab”) is a system which can optionally be used with standard tablature to show this fingering information in an easy to see manner, as in this example:  

This system of symbols is useful for beginning students - it shows them how to fret the notes, and it also makes the score fun to look at!  Click here for more details about Ad-Tab in MusEdit.


*  Automatic translation of any chord diagrams into any new tuning
*  All chord diagrams can be transposed into any key
*  Support for "swing time"  ( ) in Midi playback
*  Choose any font for chord names above chord diagrams
*    and many more...  see Newest Features in MusEdit

    Also, be sure to check out the MusEdit music library for free downloadable scores in many different styles (classical, folk, jazz, etc.) sent in by current MusEdit users. By checking the library's "Quick Views" you will be able to see the many different types of music you can edit with MusEdit.

The Story of MusEdit and Doug Rogers (the author)

The first lines of code for MusEdit were written in January, 1996 by Doug Rogers. I wrote most of the core part of the program while living in my 1971 Volkswagen Van, and while living in Blanding Utah and Berkeley California. MusEdit first went on sale in June, 1997. At that time the manual was 84 pages. The manual is now 284 pages - that indicates how many new features have been added in the 14 years of continuous upgrades.

For many years I managed to sell enough copies of MusEdit to survive in my van as I travelled around the country, constantly updating the code, answering technical questions, creating ads for magazines, etc. For a long time that VW van was truly the "world headquarters" of Yowza Software.

I never made enough from MusEdit to live a normal life though - ie. live in an apartment in a city. So when I felt the need to do that I would return to Berkeley and resume my alternate life as a scientist at UC Berkeley, working on the cameras for astronomical satellites - some of which went on the space shuttle. I even did some minor work for the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph, now on the Hubble Space Telescope!

In October 2010 I started an open ended world trip (my second - I rode my bike around the world in 1984-85!) starting with six months in Vietnam, where I am now. I've been travelling all over the country on a motorbike and making tons of Vietnamese friends. In a couple of months I'll be heading for Cambodia, Laos, China, and beyond. I still live a very low budget lifestyle - a step up from the van, but rarely paying more than $10 for a hotel room - so I can travel quite a while on very little in savings.

Since I arrived in Vietnam I've found that it's almost impossible for me to provide the user support people would expect from software they had to pay money for, so I have decided to make MusEdit free for that reason. In a few more weeks I'll also be making it "Open Source" so anyone with a good knowledge of C++ can work on the code and make the improvements I simply no longer have time to spend on. I'd love to see MusEdit improve in a number of ways, but my heart (and mind) simply aren't into spending the hundreds of hours a month I used to put into MusEdit. When I post the code for MusEdit I'll also post my wishes and suggestions on things I've always wanted to see the program do, but never had the time or energy to finish.

Given my situation, please understand I'm unlikely to answer tech support questions about MusEdit. You can write to me, but I have so much else going on that quite frankly I'll probably never get around to answering. There is a pretty good MusEdit forum on Yahoo groups though - with lots of long time MusEdit users who often provide good answers to questions.



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