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I think that some markup language definitely should be added, and my personal preference would be Lilypond.

  • This sounds good. I don't use Lilypond yet, but have heard loads of Music.SE users talking about it; sounds like something I should start using. Is it available free of charge? Aug 18, 2014 at 9:35
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    @BobBroadley: Yes, that is one if its advantages. Check lilypond.org for the pure language and frescobaldi.org for a good IDE. Aug 18, 2014 at 9:41
  • Bit of a dumb question I'm sure, but can you play back from Lilypond, too? If not, do you think there would be any interest in having simple MIDI playback functionality for notated music on this site. This would be especially useful for musicians less used to reading conventional notation and "hearing" the music "in-their-head". Aug 19, 2014 at 19:11
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    @BobBroadley: Lilypond is just the language and the renderer as I've understood it. Frescobaldi has play back functionality, so it exists in free form. Having playback integrated on the site would be sweet for sure. Aug 19, 2014 at 20:45
  • In re to this question: Lilypond is so feature-rich, and there is existing GPL code out there (on MediaWiki) that can potentially be used to implement it into the site and provide playback functionality.
    – Richard
    Sep 14, 2014 at 19:29

I usually notate music myself, either on paper and scan it, or using Sibelius (although there are plenty of other types of software available!) I then convert to JPEG and put on the site.

Seems to work pretty well, although it would be good to input music on devices that don't have this software.

As far as I know you can input TAB directly as text.

  • TAB is handled through a library called jTab--see that tag on meta for more info.
    – NReilingh
    Aug 15, 2014 at 14:18

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