Re: Why do you use Noteworthy?
Reply #4 –
Sometime in the early 2000's - maybe 2002 or 2003 - I reached a stage in my playing in church that having the ability to create a part for me to play became desireable. Prior to this I usually just played the melody when I had a lead sheet or the root note of the chord if I had just a chord chart. On a very few occasions I might have a useful brass part and would play that. I didn't play by ear, and still don't very well, nor could I improvise.
So I went searching for a notation program to help. My son had seen a copy of NWC (1.55 I think) floating around and I checked it out. I found it would do what I needed and the UI was really easy to pick up. I also looked at several other products that I could get trial copies or found cracked versions of. None of them were anything like as easy to use as NWC and were soon deleted.
I purchased a copy of V1.75 and away I went. Early attempts were rather ordinary but I soon got the hang of producing reasonable music sheets. I've done a lot of arrangements, mainly for myself ('bone, trumpet, euph) but occasionally for my wife too (flute), and sometimes for others but these are rarely taken up. Another important use is retypesetting charts to reduce page turns. I can usually get a 3 or 4, sometimes even a 5, page song down to 2 pages. Really important to me.
I also use it to capture MIDI inputs from a keyboard that one of the guys from church will play so I can notate our "homegrown" music. I'll then typeset and arrange this for use in church too.
Outside of church I usually use it to rewrite parts for ensembles I play in that are illegible. I've also tried a few (very few) compiositions of my own but feel that I play better than I write...
I've also transcribed a few things (like that William Tell overture on the Scripto) for my own amusement. Transcription in one form or another is probably my greatest need, next to using it to generate audio so I can hear how a song or more often a part, goes.
One of the very best things that's come out of NWC for me is how much I've learned about music. It has been an amazing learning tool for me - encouraging lots of research to improve understanding. Oh yes, I've also used it to aid in some of the classes I've attended.
I've probably missed stuff...