Thanks, Ministre, I just discovered this absolutely terrific free GNU software called “MuseScore”. It even plays the notes you write down, and I’m experimenting with it. I realized I needed this type of software today, because I am learning a new instrument by ear, but I tend to forget the bits of the songs I figure out between sessions and am tired of repeating my efforts. After completing about 3 sloppy measures by hand, I remembered once again why I never liked writing down music on paper myself. (Although I have known people who seem to make it their hobby)! It is TEDIOUS. I immediately turned to the Internet, and ten minutes later had this beautiful program up and running. What a breeze! You can even upload your notation or creation to the MuseScore website and it will play in a web browser for others to hear! I highly recommend MuseScore.
I’m wondering if I stick two brackets into one measure, if the software will play 1 and 2 before going to 3. I already know the software will play measure 1 and then repeat with the measure 2 ending. Of course that’s not necessary for printing the sheet music with instructions, but it would be really cool.