Nootka is an open source and cross-platform application that allows users to learn or teach classical score notation. It has been designed from the ground up to be used by guitarists and musicians who want a good music scoring application.
The program can also be used for ear training. It is translated into English, French, Polish, Russian, German and Czech languages, supports scordature, includes a level editor, an exam mode, automatic detection of played sounds, and several name-callings for musical notes.
Easily and quickly discover the rules of musical notation
With its interactive interface written with the help of the Qt GUI toolkit, users will be able to easily and quickly discover the rules of musical notation. A wide range of guitars are included, allowing guitarists to learn how to fine-tune them for the best possible results.
It is also possible to analyze results. In addition, the application includes a plethora of exercises for classical score notation and natural sound of guitars. It’s also possible to create your own set of music scoring exercises.
Getting started with Nootka
When running the application for the first time, users will be prompted by a first-time setup dialog, allowing them to choose an instrument (classical guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, or another one). It also notifies users that guitar notations use treble clef with the digit "eight" written below.
In addition, the application will allow you to select the name of the 7th note as B or H, depending on your current location, as well as to check if you known about double flats (bb) or double sharps (x), know that f is the same as e#, and about key signatures.
A straightforward and easy-to-use graphical user interface
Its straightforward and easy-to-use graphical user interface is divided into three main areas, discovering, exercises and exams, as well as analyzing. All in all, Nootka provides for a decent, open source and modern music score notation application specifically designed for guitarists.