I recently had a trawl round the net and found a few basic notation and sequencing programs. All these programs are free and are available from these sites. I have checked as best I can and they seem safe, though you may later find the odd tracking cookie associated, these are relatively harmless and easily removed. There is one site that I issue a small warning for later, regarding popup ads.. The first is a quite useful notation program that is simple to use, works in "Midi" format, can be connected to a "Midi" instrument, and although can be a bit slow for writing because of the way each note is entered, if writing in step time, it has many tracks available. So that symphony is not beyond your grasp. http://www.anvilstudio.com/ The next one is a complete "Midi sequencer" type program that can handle audio as well as midi so you can write new stuff to go along with any previously recorded audio tracks. Very good value for free isn't it? http://www.frieve.com/english/ This one is really a demo program put out by Finale to showcase what the full but expensive program can do. you can write music in it but only in Finale format. https://www.finalemusic.com/notepad/ All of the above programs do have one small drawback, any music written in notational form cannot be printed off. However the first two will save files in Midi format that this next program can read and use, if you need to print off a score for other musicians to play from. http://www.notation.com/MidiNotatePlayer.htm Many more free and shareware or demo programs are available from here. However do be aware that this site is loaded with popup adverts, so I recommend only viewing this site with Firefox and with AdBlock Plus installed. http://www.hitsquad.com/smm/ Any one tried these before? any comments regarding ease of use etc. Remember they are all free ware so do not expect the same abilities as say Sibelius or Finale.