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Score download becomes a part of the Pro subscription

Hello!

Recently, Musescore.com users have noticed an increase in the number of scores blocked on the website. This is due to the requests of the copyright holders who own and control the rights to these songs. We fully understand your frustration and inconvenience, and we would like to tell you a few words about our attitude towards the situation and what we are doing to fix it. 

Back in 2017, when Ultimate Guitar acquired Musescore, it was questionable whether Musescore was going to be allowed to continue its operations. Copyright holders, music trade associations and governments were aggressively working to shut down the website entirely. 

However, because Ultimate Guitar had decades of experience in solving such problems and strong working relationships with right holders, it was confident that it could solve this problem. Ultimate Guitar created the concept of licensing tabs and felt that it could also solve the problem of licensing sheet music. Twenty years ago, right holders and governments were able to shut down almost every other guitar tab website, but Ultimate Guitar and its founder were able to accomplish something that was impossible - to make thousands of deals with songwriters and publishers to legalize Ultimate Guitar. Thanks to Ultimate Guitar, the guitar tablature market has become fully digital with every subsequent website following the model created by Ultimate Guitar.

After Ultimate Guitar acquired Musescore, we faced the necessity to once again negotiate license agreements with songwriters and music publishers. For the right holders, the market of scores is even more complex than the market of guitar tabs; there are many players who make money on score sales and are not ready to distribute them in an ad-supported model.

The current sheet music market has a simple model: either sell scores by the piece or grant access by subscription. This is why ad-supported access to scores often causes misunderstanding and rejection from the copyright owners. It’s just too innovative for the current market.

There are quite a lot of right holders and all of them have different attitudes towards the licensing of these rights. In some cases, it causes certain difficulties. Example: at this point, we have no right to publish scores related to certain popular films and some songs by a few major rock stars. There is one main reason for this, songwriters and publishers expect to be fairly paid for their songs, rewarded economically. Musescore must respect their position. 

Right now we are actively negotiating with right holders, and we have made great progress. We have already reached agreements with almost 1500 music publishers, including almost all of the major music publishers, and every day we are working on licensing more content. 

The biggest obstacle we have faced so far is our goal to keep the content free for download. We tried to find various solutions to this problem, but unfortunately, all options related to the free distribution of content are problematic for the copyright holders and artists. It’s the main reason for scores to get blocked.
This is why from now on the option to download scores in any format is no longer free.

We, as a company, strongly promote and support the open digital world and the free distribution of information. But we also respect the right of the artists for their work and livelihood. Without songwriters and artists, there is no music.
Why do we have to take this step? First of all, it will bring us closer to the model to which the current market is accustomed. At the same time, we will still have very flexible conditions for working with content. For example, the fact that we are the only ones who give access to digital files, which was and still is our most popular "feature".

Among other things, this step will reduce the amount of plagiarism and unfair downloads of your scores on the website.
We will continue to work with the right holders, and try to achieve more favorable license terms and hope that the current state of things will not be final.
This step will allow us to speed up the negotiation process and keep your work safe. We also hope to unblock the scores that have been blocked from the website earlier.


Author's original works and compositions from Public Domain

At the moment, unfortunately, we do not have a trustworthy tool to distinguish songs under copyright from songs available for distribution. It's a big problem we're working on. The value of our product lies in such scores and the authors of this content are very important for us. The current situation promises to be a major boost for development. We made a lot of effort recently to improve the catalog/listing of the website. We will now focus on working with independent authors and users who work with Public Domain music. We will release updates in the near future that will allow to open original scores to everyone.

We ask you to be patient with this process. Most likely we will need a lot of help from the community in order to be able to move forward and contribute to the free distribution of digital music in every way possible.

Flute Sonata in Eb, need some feedback

If you haven't seen it yet, here is the link to my flute sonata:

https://musescore.com/user/50070/scores/5703661

I nicknamed it The Haydn Sonata because I am trying to get across a Haydnesque feel to it. I have noticed these things predominant in each composer of the Classical Period Trifecta:

  • Haydn: Humor, melodic and harmonic surprises
  • Mozart: Alberti bass, effortless grace
  • Beethoven: Sheer power, even when the melody is more lyrical


Haydn is the one who inspired me to write this flute sonata. I wrote the sonata exposition in just an hour and this is the first sonata for a duet that actually has a finished exposition.

There are quite a few surprises in my sonata exposition. Here they are:

Bar 5: Sudden entry of the flute and absence of the piano 
Bar 6: Sudden reentry of the piano 
Bar 10: Short diminuendo, like the theme isn't quite done yet 
Bar 11: Short staccato variant of the theme over a syncopated bass 
Bar 14: Sudden forte cadence, theme is now finished 
Bar 15: Piano dynamic in transition material right after a cadence at forte, sudden absence of the flute 
Bar 21: Forte dynamic when transition material is taken up an octave, flute comes back 
Bar 26: Piano dynamic yet again, descending trill motive 
Bar 41: Very busy texture as the repeat comes closer 
Bar 47: Sudden change in texture, sudden dynamic change as it repeats

I'm wondering, is my sonata exposition Haydnesque in its nature? I tried to get a Haydnesque feel to it by being more humorous than serious with the music. Anything impossible for the flutist? Does it feel like a Molto Allegro to you(tempo is at quarter note = 140 BPM)? Or should I just take the Molto off and just have Allegro as my tempo marking? 

MuseScore introduces mobile practice mode

MuseScore introduces mobile practice mode 

Every day hundreds of thousands of people use MuseScore services for practicing music, learning scores or preparing for performances. The Catalog created by the MuseScore community is the biggest score library.

We’ve been recently putting a lot of effort into improving the product for performers, not only on the website but in the mobile app.

At the moment, our App processes scores the same way our desktop solution does. But mobile devices have their peculiarities (mainly because of the screen size and touch-interfaces). It’s not always convenient to read scores using our current mobile app, especially if users don’t want or don’t know how to manage more advanced app settings. Users have to turn pages all the time (even more often than when they use regular paper scores) if they’re using the Play mode. So, they can’t see the next measure when done playing the current one. Also, it’s not clear where to manage such settings as the metronome, tempo or transposing.

Taking all this into account, we’ve launched another update which is aimed at the global improvement of mobile apps for professional performers and students.

Please, welcome Practice Mode. Now you’re one click away from entering a special mode, aimed at simplifying the process of playing an instrument and learning new scores.

In this mode, users see scores in a "continuous view" shown in one line with perfect readable scaling applied. Simply by clicking the Play button, users hear the metronome intro which is followed by the convenient flow of notes. Users can always see what they’re playing, along with a couple of more measures that are coming up next.

On the same screen, users not only change the tempo, the key or turn the metronome on/off but also play the original sound of the instrument (to hear whether they’re playing it correctly).
This improvement is supposed to make the App more convenient to use, and really, get it on the next level. Now it’s becoming much easier and more comfortable to learn and perform scores from the huge MuseScore catalog.

At the moment, we’re looking for the App and the new mode beta-testers.

To join the beta-testers community, follow the link and click "Become a tester".


After we’ve released the next build supporting the new mode, you just need to install it, open any score and you’ll be immediately redirected to the needed mode. We really hope that this update will visibly improve your experience and help with the development of your musical skills.

We are open to any suggestions and appreciate your help with the development of the new mode. You’re welcome to join us!

Regards,
Dmitriy Popov
MuseScore / Chief Product Officer


P.S. Planned date for the first beta release of the feature - the next week.

Parts Isolation

I am trying to learn my ensemble part and having problems isolating my part in the mixer -- both using the website (synth enabled, I don't get any sound if I shut off all but my part) and iOS (mixer resets itself as sound as I leave that location in the app). Any solutions? Fixes?

No Download option for 100+ public domain Beethoven sonata scores from Classicman

Hi there,

@ClassicMan has 104 scores in his complete Beethoven piano sonata set: https://musescore.com/user/19710/sets/54311.

All scores in that set are marked with the blue "Public Domain" label.

As a logged in basic account user, I'm not seeing a Download option for any score in that set.

I read that uploaders can restrict downloads for certain songs, but it seems a little odd for Classicman to have restricted downloads for every single one of his piano sonatas that are marked public domain.

Is this just a bug that can (hopefully) be resolved soon? Did Classicman restrict downloads to all songs in that set? Or maybe public domain scores undergoing verification of their public domain status are not downloadable until fully verified?

I'm looking to download the MusicXML version of the song, so the Print button isn't what I'm looking for because it prints to a PDF.

[New Feature] Original Songs are available for download to all users

Hello, Musescore!

We continue to introduce the series of updates that we started in July. A few weeks ago, we had to make some adjustments in the scores download system and make it a paid functionality. 

As a result, we implemented several updates that improve the user experience for the Musescore community:

  • We opened an option to download Public Domain scores for free. This update was one of the essential steps we had to take in order to improve the Catalog. It helped us to identify the correct titles and composer names to most of the scores on the platform.
  • We allowed our authors to set limits for downloading of their files.
  • We introduced new privacy settings for the scores. You can learn more about it here.
  • Public Domain scores are no longer under a download limit. From now on, all users will be able to download as many scores as they want.

And we are not planning to stop there. Today we have implemented the next necessary step, which will eliminate the negative impact that some changes had on independent authors scores. Up until this day, Original Songwriters content has been available for download only for Pro users.

We understand that the situation where you have to pay to access user-generated content is not fair. However, we had to move forward gradually, one step at a time, and first use Public Domain songs to test the download mechanics. As a result, we are ready to take the next step:

Starting today, Original Songs are available for download to all users without restrictions.

From now on the download mechanics for Original Songs work just like the one for Public Domain scores. I hope this is one of the last essential checkpoints that will bring Musescore closer to its original goal - to be the largest, progressive, affordable, and community-friendly platform for publishing, sharing and distributing digital music.

Relating to the "Contemplating the popularity of my music" post, a song that fits perfectly.

Well you see, this song was in the making for 3 months, and released on July 22nd, 2019.
https://musescore.com/apprisco/overlord/
It is my pride and joy, my masterpiece. It works magic, according to my pianist friends, and other professionals. For the few people who listened to it, it is an absolute legend. Yet, no one decides to take a look at it. It is a much higher quality piece than my top pieces, such as Rightfully and Unravel.
I have no idea why this is a thing, but it really doesn't encourage putting in a lot of time to finish songs.

Reverie (original)

in Piano

I’ve been playing/listening to a lot of Grieg’s lyric pieces recently, and one of my favorites is “Phantom” from opus 62 - I just love the texture and mood of the piece. Last week, I sat down at the piano and the the first lines of a new piece came to mind... so this is an original, coming from the feeling Grieg’s “Phantom” gave me. I hope you enjoy it; feedback always welcomed.

https://musescore.com/user/29824729/scores/5766211

Vibrato for Trumpet

in Brass

Hey all!
This one is mainly a question for high brass but if any other could help me that would be great. I'm in 11th grade and I am a 3rd year trumpet. Right now, we are focusing on marching songs, but after Football season, we mainly play concert songs. One of those is a pretty well known trumpet piece called "A Trumpeter's Lullaby". I normally am a second chair but my band director "surprised me" and gave me solo. I've played it before but never solo. Since I am doing the solo, should I use vibrato at the appropriate times? If so, what method should I use? I obviously wouldn't use the wind speed method. So I would either use my hand or move my jaw slightly. Which one should I use? Let me know!
Thanks!
TheBlueTrumpeteer

Songs for alto and bari sax

So I have been playing alto for almost two years and I started on the bari sax and I'm pretty good. But all my band music was thrown out for my alto sax(didn't play bari in my band) and I'm looking for songs to play and learn. I want to get better at Bari for the upcoming school year since thats why I'm playing the bari over the summer. Thanks! Hard, easy and in between songs are just fine :)

Saving as an MP3

I don't know if this applies to Musescore 1.3, or even the regular version of 1.2, but on the Portable version of 1.2, you can save your sheet music as a .wav file, but not everything (namely, my XBOX 360) can play .wav files. .mp3 files, however, work perfectly fine. Is saving as a .mp3 supported/planned on being supported?