We seem to be missing a major conversation topic.  I recently purchased an iPad and am extremely happy with the ForScore application!  The process is a little tedious but once it's there it's amazing!  

• Scan your music into the computer & save as PDF files.

• Once you purchase the app for $5, attach the iPad & navigate to the "apps" menu.  Click on "ForScore" and you can add PDF files to the application.

• As you click on each file you can rename the title, composer, genre, keywords, add difficulty and a rating.  PLUS (and this is where it gets really cool) YOU CAN LINK UP MP3s FROM EACH PDF into iTunes!

BENEFITS: 

No flipping through your book to search for charts.  It's all on one scroll menu.  

Glare resistant in the sun.

Lit screen is good when the sun goes down!

Contains more charts than a single binder can hold.  Easier to carry/pack than a book.

Synching up songs to the charts means everything is in one place!

WARNINGS: 

The iPad screen is smaller than a regular page.  

Technology Fails - bring a backup at all times (I take my computer, iPad AND iPod with a book to every gig).

Page turning on multi-page PDFs needs to be done by pressing the page (I think there's a pedal you can get to do this)

Don't forget to set your screen not to go dim for 5-10 min depending on song length.

OK TIME TO GET TO A GIG!  See ya!
- AC www.cotepercussion.com

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great info aaron!  thanks..now all i need is an IPAD!!!  haha

That's awesome. There's also an e-pan app for ipad too. Not sure how I feel about the e-pan as a whole though.

Hello all...with gobs of free time on my hands, thanks to Covid and a recent retirement, I just discovered the forScore app. I've downloaded it and am now in the process of digitizing all my sheet music from Brad, Aaron and from a few years with the Chesapeake Steel Band setlist then synching up the backing tracks. Any advice you have on how to do all this with the least amount of headache would be appreciated. 

Hint: The word retirement should indicate lots of gray hair (what's left) and being a little slow at all this high tech stuff.

All the best!

Hey Kevin!  I actually changed my approach since I started.  I used to have each individual chart uploaded, but more recently, I've been putting together entire set lists on a single PDF.  Brad might be able to send you PDF copies of the charts (or full books) so you don't have to scan each chart.  If you have a mac computer, you can "AirDrop" them to your iPad.  I used to use a cable and drag/drop them into iTunes in bulk.  I know my colleague Gregg Charest uses an index feature in forScore to navigate and bookmark larger files (like books).  I don't know how to do that yet.  But I have created set lists in the app.  I prefer one single file with lots of pages.

As a follow up to my original post re: page size, the newer iPad Pro models are closer to actual size of a sheet of paper.  



Kevin McPadden said:

Hello all...with gobs of free time on my hands, thanks to Covid and a recent retirement, I just discovered the forScore app. I've downloaded it and am now in the process of digitizing all my sheet music from Brad, Aaron and from a few years with the Chesapeake Steel Band setlist then synching up the backing tracks. Any advice you have on how to do all this with the least amount of headache would be appreciated. 

Hint: The word retirement should indicate lots of gray hair (what's left) and being a little slow at all this high tech stuff.

All the best!

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