Finale is the gold standard, cp, and Notepad may be all you need for guitar. A great thing is to be able to open midi files in standard notation. Be careful, though, mistakes abound.
Many pdf's of pieces are around that were printed with music notation software. There is a solution called PDFtoMusic
from the French company, Myriad, that will open and play these pdf's, as well as save them to midi, which you can then open in Finale.
They have a music notation solution called Melody Assistant that I used to do things that Finale wouldn't. Here is yet another example of French ingenuity from Myriad.
PDFtoMusic reads the pdf document into a file their screen understands, lots of nice features. The pdf must have been created with music notation software. Scanned documents don't work (there are other programs for that). The demo version is limited but does stuff you can use, anyway.
I went ahead and purchased the pro version, saves to music xml. With the pro version, you can open and save any music pdf (that was created with music notation software) to xml, and then open in Finale or any major music notation software (for educational purposes).
If you would like to scan your music and open it in Finale, there is another solution called Smartscore, again pricey. For someone in my line of work, it makes sense because it is tax-deductible and it pays for itself in the first week, for educational purposes only.
On the other hand, my first computer is still sitting on top of my neck and shoulders and they haven't figured out how to replace it, yet. Start there.
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