If I have a melody in my head and I want to jot it down in a note on an iPad, is there any plug-in or keyboard that would allow me to input a music score quickly and efficiently? Or, at least an app?

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    Notes. Just create a simple shorthand, e.g. [4/4] | G5H F#5Q B5Q | E5W |. Bonus points to whoever figures out what song this is. May 29, 2020 at 0:50
  • @Brahadeesh I just want to notate - write down - an idea i have. It doesn’t have to be playable aloud, although that would be cool too
    – julkarham
    May 30, 2020 at 0:39

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As per my comment,

Notes. Just create a simple shorthand, e.g. [4/4] | G5H F#5Q B5Q | E5W |.

However, if you're feeling a little more artistic, I created this in an answer box at Math.SE:

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This is the LaTeX:

$$\frak{\huge W}\rm{elcome\ to\ the\ }\frak{\huge B}\rm{lack\ }\frak{\huge P}\rm{arade}\\rm{by\ \color{crimson}{My\ Chemical\ Romance}}\\frac{\huge4}{\huge4}\ \bigg|\ G5H\ F#5Q\ B5Q\ \bigg|\ E5H\ D5Q\ G5Q\ \bigg|\ C5H\ B4Q\ E5Q\ \bigg|\ A4H\ D5H\ \bigg|\bigg|\ \text{(repeat ad nauseam)}$$

Not so bad if you know the language.

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    @Brahadeesh I just tested it on my little brother's iPad mini and it worked fine. Jun 1, 2020 at 17:51
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    It would probably be easy to write a Python script to parse this notation and convert it to Musescore format.
    – PiedPiper
    Jun 1, 2020 at 21:06
  • @PiedPiper The days when I knew how to do that kind of thing are far behind me. Musescore is actually my score editor of choice, albeit frustrating at times. The team is too busy fixing all the bugs to add new features :( Jun 1, 2020 at 21:16

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