I was wondering if anybody has come across a good (and relatively simple) tool for creating lead sheets on the Mac. I am in the process of creating a sort of "fake book" of my band's material and just want to notate chord symbols and some lyrics. I don't even need to transcribe melodies -- typically I just use slash marks on the staff to indicate rhythm and have chord symbols above the staff and lyrics below. Pretty barebones.
Anyhow, I have already tried two approaches:
1) I own Sibelius, which I have found to be too complicated. The program is a powerhouse, but is cumbersome to use (at least for my purposes). There is no built-in way to play a chord on a MIDI keyboard and have it create a chord symbol automatically. Instead, you have to create the notes and then use a plug-in (which isn't too accurate) to create these symbols. And then if you change things, the chord symbols aren't actually linked to the notes below, so you need to re-run the plug-in. Bottom line is that it just takes too long.
2) BBEdit was another option, as is any decent text editor. For awhile I just wrote out the lyrics and put chord symbols in brackets, thereby avoiding all music notation. But I found this to be too limiting. For example, sometimes I want to notate a specific lick or chord voicing. Or sometimes I need to indicate a certain rhythm. Thus, I would like to retain the ability to use proper music notation when needed.
In any event, sorry for the long-winded question, but I figured I can't be the only one who's ever needed to create basic lead sheets. My dream is to sit down in front of a MIDI keyboard, select an interval (i.e. quarter notes), play some chords, and have the chord symbols automatically appear above a staff with slash marks below them. Does anything like this exist or am I still stuck with pen & paper?
Thanks in advance for any help,