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Which do you all think is better to use for composition, pencil and paper or finale? I've done all of my work on FInale so far, but I'm going to write one with pencil and paper. Also do you think that writing with Finale sort of stops the use of your imagination? Thanks!!!!

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Don't think it matters at all, really. I have terrible handwriting so I try to avoid writing without the computer, specially if I need to give scores to musicians who need to actually read it.

And no, I don't think it does anything to your imagination, or at least it's not much of a factor. You can say having playback on sibelius or finale takes away some of the "inner ear" you're supposed to have, but eh you still get it anyway if you aren't always relying on it (you shouldn't be!)

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Cool, yeah I'm sort of split between the two I like both!! I guess I should use paper first though so I can erase all of the crappy stuff I write, but it takes longer to write on paper..... hmmm what ever I guess I'll choose sooner or later lol thanks for the help.

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I've heard people say you shouldn't write on Finale/Sibelius. I mean, if you turn the sound off, does it make any difference anyway? Yeah, you don't look like some cool hipster, but if you know what you're doing it's faster and more practical. Also you can turn the sound on in finale/sibelius, put notes in, hear just the notes as you put them in or just the chord they belong to, but never hit play.

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Indeed, but having this discussion over and over, or doing the good ol' necroposting, whats the difference after all?

On topioc: As SSC said, you shouldn't rely on playback capacity. But pencils and computers are not mutual exclusive. atm I use both

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I use both. Generally my sketches start on a notebook and then I input it into Finale to produce a more professional score. Although, I must admit my editing process is a long one. I write the first draft (maybe a phrase) and then I edit it on paper, then I input into the computer and will usually make more edits once it is inputted into the notation software. I rarely, however, rely on playback for information on how the piece will actually sound, generally I'll listen to other pieces that have similar techniques/sounds that I'm going for and that will give me an idea of how the piece will sound.

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Which do you all think is better to use for composition, pencil and paper or finale? I've done all of my work on FInale so far, but I'm going to write one with pencil and paper. Also do you think that writing with Finale sort of stops the use of your imagination? Thanks!!!!

We can't answer this for you, only relate our own preferences. What I can say is not to believe that one or other method holds a distinct advantage over the other. Certain situations will lend themselves to using a computer or not. I sometimes have to because the complexity of a passage reaches a point that I can't imagine it all in my head or play it all on the piano at once: I need the computer playback, however inadequate, to get some idea of whether I want to use the idea in this form. Hearing the crappy playback isn't necessarily a problem if you can override it with the mental knowledge of what the real instrument is going to sound like. On the other hand I find choral music much easier to write at the keyboard because I can see the spacings and movement between voices more clearly than when it's written down. Physically having to click and select notes can waste time too, I find.

I'd recommend that you try writing without using Finale, just to see how you feel about it.

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" If i compose for my keyboard, better not to computerize it since on the keyboard one has better easy control over the overall dynamics. Whilst the computer regarding finale ix very good for orchestrations. "

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" If i compose for my keyboard, better not to computerize it since on the keyboard one has better easy control over the overall dynamics. Whilst the computer regarding finale ix very good for orchestrations. "

Quality of English is important. When posting on YC, you are asked to use quality writing to the best of your ability, ensuring tolerable and coherent use of spelling and grammar.

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I agree that the "Quality of English" is important. But it also says that one should write "to the best of your ability". Lets assume that Marzique Bordex did so. I would hate to see YC become only a place for English native speakers. Some users need to overcome some fear to start talking English. Please cut them some slack and their English probably will improve (instead of being scared away)

How much I enjoy the concept of trolling I decided not to like you post, Ian. :)

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Which is why he's breaking the conduct guidelines, which asks to display fluency to the best of one's ability. I think it wouldn't be a problem if he simply wasn't good at English.

If I'm mistaken, Marzique, then I'll help you out. Quotation marks shouldn't be wrapped around every post you make. They are used for quotes, (thus the name) dialogue, and such other things. There should not be spaces before or after the quotation marks either. You seem to be consistently misspelling the word "is," substituting "ix" in it's place. I can understand, the letters "s" and "x" sound somewhat alike. Do fix that though. These suggestions can be easily applied; they do not require familiarity with English or grammatical skill.

I hope I've helped.

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