What is MuseLi ?
MuseLi Availability and Download
New XP version now available
Now fully functional on download - Password Protection removed
MuseLi is no longer maintained - take a look at ABCJ instead.
No it is not a Swiss breakfast cereal ! For many years I have searched for a music notation program suitable for easily notating traditional folk tunes (or anything else with a single melody line for that matter) and storing them all in one library which is easy to search and not absolutely huge. It also needed to be useful to beginners for putting in tunes out of tune books when not very good at reading music. As an extra, I decided it ought help me notating tunes in diatonic accordeon tab as I am currently learning to play one of these beasts !
ABC comes some way to providing what I needed but does not completely answer the problem !
I already use other programs for serious music notation and sequencing. Unfortunately none of these fitted the bill for what I was seeking. Eventually I gave up and decided to make my own solution !!
MuseLi is a program I developed specifically for this purpose. Being a software developer/designer by trade put me in a position where I could achieve this and learn something new in the process.
MuseLi should run on Windows 95, 98, 98SE, ME, 2000 and XP.
Click here for a sample Museli screen without diatonic accordeon tab.
Click here for a sample Museli screen WITH diatonic accordeon tab.
Stores all tunes in ONE set of files (not one file for each tune).
Uses a small amount of space for each tune (For example, I have a tune which a entered into Notator and was 32K but only uses 600 bytes in MuseLi).
Database is searchable with free-form text.
Tunes can be printed and print previewed.
All parts of a tune are concatenated so the resulting score looks neater.
Each tune is broken down into parts which can be edited separately. This is eminently suitable for traditional folk dance tunes !
Each tune can be arranged so the parts are played in a specified order.
Each part can have a different tempo.
The parts can be grouped into an arrangement which dictates the order in which they are played.
Each tune can be played using Windows 95 Multimedia support in many different ways. A MIDI file is created which is then used to play the tune.
Museli attempts to play the tune EXACTLY as notated. This includes repeat endings, lead in notes and short final bars.
The MIDI voice used to play the tune may be changed.
Legato notes can be specified and the legato ties which are needed will be automatically generated.
For the more common time signatures, notes are automatically grouped in a sensible manner. Indeed, it is not possible to specify the note grouping. The time signatures which currently do this are 2/2, 3/2, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 5/4, 3/8, 6/8, 9/8 and 12/8.
Staccato notes are shown.
Dotted rhythms are useable.
Rests can be used.
Key signatures can be changed during a part.
Time signatures can be changed during a part (and the notation adjusts accordingly.)
Bar lines can be forcibly inserted to indicate lead in notes and short bars.
Repeat endings can be specified.
Chord names can be shown over the top of the stave.
The current part can be transposed up or down, including chord names specified over the stave.
Diatonic accordeon tablature (a la Trad Magazine).
Tunes can effectively be copied by renaming them.
New parts can be created by copying existing parts.
Most editing of a part can be done by the use of the cursor keys together with the L and S keys to change note length.
An Accordeon Assistant to help with notating diatonic accordeon tablature.
A full copy of MuseLi for Windows is available here together with the Microsoft prequisites it needs for older versions of Windows (95,98). These prerequisites are freely redistributable and you will infringe no copyrights or licensing agreements by downloading and using these. The prerequisites are stored as a separate download file in case you are downloading a new version of MuseLi and already have the prerequisites installed. There's no point in wasting your phone bill ! These prereqs are not required for Win2000 or WinXP
MuseLi is now fully functionally and completely free !!!
There is no operational document for MuseLi. All the information you should need can be accessed from the Help Contents menu within the program itself.
Please read the download and installation instructions before downloading.
Download Microsoft Prerequisites for MuseLi (617K)
Download MuseLi itself (217K)
Registration is no longer necessary. MuseLi is fully functional and completely free,