When you start writing your own songs, you will probably want some sort of notational software that handles TAB, as the details of guitar music are commonly written in TAB.

  • Free: Lilypond is not GUI based, but many people report being able to get their songs down faster by being able to work directly in the markup language.
  • Free: PowerTab is widely used, but only runs on Windows.
  • Free: TuxGuitar is multi-platform.
  • Guitar Pro isn’t too expensive, seems to be the dominant player in that space, and has some other nice features as well.
  • Free: MuseScore 2.0 now supports TAB.


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