I have been writing music using MuseScore recently, but I have found that many times it is really hard to hear the note duration (like a dotted quarter note ... not the note value: A#) from listening to a tune. Because it is really hard for the human ear to detect unusual time differences (like dotted notes) at high speeds, I thought it would be easiest to have some sort of program where I could tap the rhythm then the program would show the note duration in a score-like format. I looked for such a program for PC or android but haven't been able to find any that can take live input and translate into scores.

Ideally, a sort of software keyboard would be the best input source. Does anyone know of any good programs to solve this?

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    If you can tap it then you can also notate it. You write it's hard to hear the rhythm, but if you can tap it the hearing is obviously not the problem. From tapping to notation is just a matter of practice. – Matt L. Mar 19 '16 at 14:38
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    What's with you moderators? This is a specific request for a specific function. A bit trigger-happy? – Laurence Payne Dec 6 '16 at 12:33
  • @Laurence Payne administrative zealotry. – Apprentice Queue Oct 18 '17 at 22:56

No problem. Any program that can record MIDI note input in real time and display the results as standard music notation has this capability.

Sibelius and Finale can both do this. So can NoteFlight.

So can many DAWs. Even Apple GarageBand can do this.

All you need to do is play the note durations in strict time at a slow tempo, using a MIDI controller or in some cases just tapping a key on the keyboard you use for typing on your computer.

Once you have recorded the notes with their proper durations (a line of notes in Middle C for example), you can go back and change the pitch or the chords on each note you have recorded in order to construct the melody, etc.

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