Anyone know of a really good notation program that is free/ dirt cheap? I have used finale ( a trial version ) and I loved it, but I simply cant afford their damn expensive software. I wish I could, its an amazing program, but theres just not a way for me to spend that kinda money any time soon.

So I am looking for a notation program, not a guitar TAB fest. My intent is to write MIDI parts for random instrumentations that my sound card will support or I can DL any sounds for. Just having fun trying to make music really. I have power tab and I think that CAN do it, but its so rough to work with. Also had a trial of guitar pro, but again I thought the interface was just garbage.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.