Crescendo Tutorial

Crescendo Music Notation Software makes music notation and composition easy. Write, save and print your score from your computer. From beginners to professionals, the symbols, time and key signatures and layout possibilites will give you the control you need for your arrangement.

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Getting Started with Crescendo

This video covers all of the basics you need to navigate Crescendo, find the tools that you need and start composing music. It points out a few different methods of changing the clef, key and time signatures. Learn how to add notes, dynamics, parts and more.

Placing Chords

This video demonstrates how to place and adjust chords on your staff. It also explains how chords are made and how you can delete them as well.

Add a Slur

This video will show you how to add a slur to a music notation project. It explains how to select the slur tool and use it for creating and removing slurs.


This video explains how to make a tablature score. Make chords by placing notes and then selecting fret numbers. It also explains how to convert an existing staff into guitar tablature.

Add Fretboards

This video explains how to add fretboards to a music notation project. It demonstrates how to create and align fretboards as well as how to delete them. You can learn how to attach fretboards to single notes and how to print only chords and lyrics without staffs being printed too.

Add, Edit and Delete Notation

This tutorial teaches you how to add, edit and delete notations in your project. It demonstrates how to navigate the various menus, tabs and toolbars for making these modifications.

Add and Edit Text

This tutorial will show you how to add and edit text. It will also show you how to move and align your text on your project.

Using VSTi

This tutorial will show you how to use VSTi. VSTi Instruments are applied to a part or staff in the Parts and Staves dialog. It explains how to add and change folders for VSTi plugins as well as how to switch between plugins and make adjustments to them.

Add or Remove a Beam

This video tutorial will show you how to add or remove a beam in note groups. By default beams are automatically added to contiguous groups of short notes, such as sixteenth notes. This can be turned off completely or for specific notes.

Note: the tutorials on this page are for Crescendo beginning with version 1.86. For tutorials on other NCH Software products see the NCH Software YouTube Channel.

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Crescendo Music Notation Software is perfect for composing songs, film scores or just being creative. From simple to complex sheet music, using Crescendo will improve your ability to create an arrangement.

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