[LAU] leadsheet software needed

Bill White bill.white at griggsinst.com
Tue Oct 16 14:52:51 EDT 2007

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Josh Lawrence wrote:
> Hello all!
> I group I recently joined is doing a gig in two weeks.  After a few
> months of practicing, there are still a few tunes that I don't have
> memorized, so I need to generate a lead sheet pretty quickly.  I could
> write them out by hand fairly easily, but I would like to keep a
> digital library of leadsheets.  Is there a program that will generate
> "realbook-style" leadsheets for Linux?  I basically need just a simple
> staff with what I call rhythm slashes, and a mechanism for putting
> chord symbols above the staff.  (Jazz players who have spent many
> nights in a dark room reading the original - and illegal - Real Book
> know exactly what I'm looking for here.)
> I realize there are complex tools like Lilypond that will probably do
> this, but I would like something simpler, maybe with a gui.
> Thanks!
abc will do this (I think), though you can add notes as well.

No gui though.  I have to admit, my small experience with GUI
notation tools tells me that they are a mistake, at least if
you are a touch typist.

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