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So, no, I'm bad and this is not about voice technique. It is, however, about writing harmony and rearranging choral music for the kids choir I run.

Can anyone give me any advice on music writing software? I'd really love to be able to import digital sheet music so I can rearrange / add harmony without rewriting the whole song. I'd also like to be able to change key, etc, and perhaps have some sort of function that can help with chords.

Ultimately I'd love to be able to import the music I end up with into something like Band In a Box (which I know nothing about) and then be able to listen to the harmonies, fiddle with them, and maybe even one day come up with a bit of backing music (particularly percussion and maybe brass).

Currently I buy digital sheet music from musicnotes.com so I have sibelius scorch and musicnotes readers.

I'm not too bad on the computer, but I'm very time poor, so I want something that is pretty easy and quick to figure out. I read music to an intermediate level (piano).

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Sounds like what you need is a midi sequencer. Most if not all DAW's (Cubase, Sonar, Band in a Box, etc.) have midi sequencing. And most of those have a "staff" view where you can manipulate midi notes in a music notation "view". You can add notes and harmonies here. Most popular songs are available in a "midi" file on the internet - for free. People create them and post them - some are better than others depending on who did the transcribing. All you have to do is google the song name with "midi" - you'll see lots of them. You can easily transpose with a midi sequencer.

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Thanks for that Guitartrek. I'll look into it. Can you scan and import sheet music into any of those that you are aware of? I have quite a bit of music in books that I may like to make use of one day if possible. There seem to be an increasing number of reasons to get into midi players.

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