Our top free picks: Free software for musicians

As a musician, you should use all of the tools that are available to you to make your life easier. Here we list three of the best FREE software available for musicians to use in 2020.


While there is no one size fits all here, you might like to try opensong which is a completely free software known for its ease of use and reliability. It works on Windows, Mac & Linux and offers the following features:


  • Automatically transpose chords to any key
  • Print sheets with regular chords and capo-ed chords together
  • Customize any font face, size, bold, italic, underline, etc. for any sheet elements including title, author, chords, lyrics, copyrights, and more.
  • Keep track of a song’s title, author, copyright, ccli #, tempo, time signature, theme, focus, capo position, user-defined fields, and more!


  • Present any song, specifying the order of slides, such as verse 1, then chorus, then verse 2, then the chorus again, etc.
  • Present any passage of the Bible verse by verse
  • Present a timed loop of slides, for use in situations such as automatically displaying announcements, verses, Q&As, etc.
  • Present any combination of songs, scriptures, or loops back-to-back using sets.
  • Fully customize font styles and sizes as well as shadowing and outlining for easy reading against colourful backgrounds
  • Change the background colour or background image to any image file
  • Download here: http://www.opensong.org/


You can also create, play and print beautiful sheet music with musecore if you have windows 10.

It’s completely free open source software which you can download here:


Verse Perfect

Finally, we have VERSE PERFECT  perhaps more for poetry than songwriting it has many useful features for both and offers a free download for windows I quote:

“This powerful application Might lead you into an ardent temptation To spend hours and hours Writing joyful poems, inspired, perhaps, by summer flowers.

The interface is well-designed, easy-to-use, pleasant and clear And you have many powerful tools, to help turn you into the poet of the year It gives you phrases, proper nouns and common rhymes for the words you need And famous quotes that help you finish your poem with speed”

Go here to see reviews and download for windows:  https://verseperfect.en.softonic.com/#tab-review


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