Here is an image of what I am hoping to retrieve (or generate) from somewhere:

Note a

I need something similar for different pitches. I could make screenshots in Musescore (or some other musical editor), but that seems like a lot of work. Surely there has to be better way.

  • If you google "Note A", "Note B", "Note Db" etc, you can get these pictures Apr 22 '20 at 5:53
  • How many pitches do you need? This looks like something that can be done in 1 minute per pitch, max. Spend hours coding or let other people spend the hours, in order to save 30 minutes of work? ;) Apr 22 '20 at 8:48

Maybe the Note image generator on the site of woodwind doubler and blogger Bret Pimentel is what you are looking for. It's a web page that generates graphics of single notes in any desired size. It only generates whole notes, but maybe that's good enough for you.

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If you use Visual Studio Code, you can use my extension abcjs-vscode. It could hardly be any simpler. All you need to do is type the letter "A" to get the image you want:


You can also use Paul's online editor. Both options are using his excellent abcjs library. You might want to get familiar with ABC music notation for quick jots like this, or even for more-involved pieces. Cheers

Edit: Apologies. To be technically correct, you might want to add the bar line "|" after the note A. ;)

screenshot 2


If you’re on Windows 10 you can use the snipping tool (ctrl-shift-s) to grab an image of just a section of your screen, so using that it would be quick to create them in MuseScore.

  • This is what I do usually (which can be done on older versions of Windows and Mac as well), it's not limited to Windows 10 Mar 4 at 11:43

Difficult to imagine an easier method than creating it in MuseScore and clipping out a screenshot. Maybe there's a comprehensive set of ready-made ones out there in Google-land, but I can't see it.

  • There sure is. By the time one goes through the New Sheet wizard in MuseScore, it is possible to jot down a whole complex line or half a lead sheet with abc. :D Mar 4 at 11:35

You might try googling "music notation flashcards" to see if what's available would suit your needs.

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