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Best tablet for reading music

by ctrumpet3 / January 6, 2013 6:34 AM PST

I was wondering what tablet would work best for reading and annotating sheet music. I am a music major and have lots of methods books/solos/rep and it can get cumbersome to carry it all around, so I am considering going digital. Does anyone have experience or suggestions on which tablet would work best for these purposes?

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First you'll need the app for that.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 6, 2013 8:30 AM PST

After you find the app then you can select tablets that run that app.

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Best Computer Music program
by JWBreck / January 10, 2013 4:06 PM PST

I use Finale on a laptop with windows 7 and on an old desktop using WindowsXP. I'm sure that they have apps that run on Android or whatever for tablets. Go to their website and ask them.

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by martinkeys / January 10, 2013 11:19 PM PST

I use a $5 APP called Forscore which works on the iPad. I've got over 1K songs, books, etc on there (PDF )... indexed by title, composer, genre etc. You can annotate also. Just tap the lower right corner if the screen and the page turns. You can also get a footswitch to do this. I just wish the iPad display was bigger but you can't beat carrying your music library under your arm!

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Reading Music From An iPad
by winhink / January 11, 2013 2:46 PM PST
In reply to: Forscore

I've been using my own music pdf files on an iPad II for a while now. Works fine unless you need to turn a page quickly. About 6 months ago I downloaded an iPad App for recipes called Guilt or Guilty or something like that. It was novel in that it used the built-in camera to turn pages. Your hand (or sticky fingers) never touched the screen to turn a page, just a swipe of your cupped right hand about 6 inches in front of the camera in the center top of the screen.
Once you got the hang of it, it was fast and efficient, never turning two pages at once. This would be a perfect interface for reading music from an iPad. Somehow I managed to erase this free App and I haven't seen it since. If someone finds it please share on this forum. It was a great idea.

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You could connect your iPad to your computer
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / January 11, 2013 9:34 PM PST

and use the Restore from Backup feature.

Do do back it up?


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Reading Music From An iPad
by martinkeys / January 11, 2013 10:44 PM PST

Yes, Winhink. This Forscore APP imports my own PDF files and then manages them in a very simple, intuitive way... Alphabetical, Title, Composer, Genre. It even allows you to create setlists for those of us that play professionally. It is a very well done APP. I have no affiliation with this APP or the people there. I'm just high on it since I had been looking for a dedicated APP that was done well for quite some time. It really is easy to use and only costs $5 !!! I even asked them if they intended to port the program over to Window * since ther are larger tablet screen sizes for this operating system and they said they would be sticking to the iPad APP only for the time being. Would be nice.

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Music on the iPad
by winhink / January 12, 2013 3:08 AM PST

I assumed Forscore was just for it's own music that you purchased through the App, not for your own charts. Will take a second look at it. Set-lists too? Excellent. Thanks for the info.

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