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Right now I've got a small 8x5 music notebook that I've been using to jot down ideas, exercises, and the like so I don't forget them. It's great and handy, but doesn't exactly lend itself to organizing things very well. Has anyone found something like that for iPad? There's a number of notation programs out there, however almost all of them seem to be geared towards actually writing scores. I'm just looking for something I can use to jot down ideas quickly, and better organize my notes, so most of those apps are going to be much more than what I'm actually needing.
 

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Why not just sing your ideas into the voice recorder?
You could also play them into garage band.
 

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I have an iPad with an Apple Pencil and use the Penultimate app to hand-write music. (You can use it without the Apple Pencil, too, of course.)

Just tap "new note," choose the virtual music staff paper and you're ready to go. They have several virtual music staff paper templates like a plain sheet of staff paper, a piano staff, piano + vocal, guitar tab, etc. You can organize your notes into notebooks for organization.

It's a free app and syncs to Evernote.

https://evernote.com/products/penultimate
 

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I'll check out Penultimate. Can you write text notes with the musical notes? IE, in my notebook I'll write down a pattern, and then I'll jot down where each note lies on the scale to help with transposition as I practice it.
 

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OneNote. The best program Microsoft has ever developed. Syncs with your smartphone, PC, Mac whatever. Apple Pencil and and Microsoft Surface stylus friendly. Multiple ways to organize your thought, notes etc.
 

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You can use any "Pencil" PDF annotation program to write music. Simply make a PDF of some empty staff paper, then put that in whatever program you are going to use, and then annotate that (ie write music).

If you want something that actually will translate that into midi or something, check out Notion (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/notion/id475820434?mt=8), or Symphony Pro 5 (https://symphonypro.net/static/v5_release/sp5/index.html), MusicJOT (https://itunes.apple.com/app/musicjot/id1057966726?mt=8) or some of the programs here (https://musicadvisor.com/top-10-music-notation-creator-apps/)
 

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You can use any "Pencil" PDF annotation program to write music. Simply make a PDF of some empty staff paper, then put that in whatever program you are going to use, and then annotate that (ie write music).
Do you have any recommended apps for this that allow you to quickly make a copy of the template PDF?
 

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If you’re on ForScore, you can use the "Rearrange" feature, then "Save As" to duplicate a PDF sheet and give it a suitable name.
 

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You’re welcome!
Actually, thanks for the idea to use ForScore and similar apps for freehand notation on an empty page in the first place. Looking forward to giving it a go.
Okay, I'm ditching Penultimate! I went to https://www.blanksheetmusic.net and created 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 staves per page, saved as PDFs and uploaded to ForScore in their own Library. After playing with it for a few minutes with the Apple Pencil, I think I'm going to delete the 9 and 10 staves per page pages. They were too small for me to easily write on. I'm not sure what is ideal yet, but anyway, this has eliminated an app and simplified my life a little bit. Thanks, again!!!
 

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Goodnotes and Notability both have music paper. I like the approach of Goodnotes, which creates "notebooks" that look like the real thing, but the programs seem pretty comparable.
 
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