I’m both a computer geek and a musician, I’m on the lookout for songwriting software that can assist me. Now that I have lyrics for a first song my next hurdle is learning how to writing music. I’ll be exploring a couple of songwriting software programs in the next few days.

I’ve had a little music theory but not enough to make this an easy task. One suggestion was to find someone else to write the music, but I really want to try this myself. I am slowly learning piano, but I was looking for something that would speed up my understanding of chord progressions and therefore music writing.

I found a very excellent tool for songwriters of all levels. It’s a simple bit of software called Chord Maps. Check it out at http://www.chordmaps.com! I’m already getting great ideas! The site also has a series of theory lessons for songwriters.

The next program to explore is Microsoft Songsmith. I just downloaded a trial version at: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/projects/songsmith/index.html You get six hours of play with the free trial. The purchase price for each of these programs is under $30.


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