iPad as a music Pad

There are loads of iPad applications that can be used by musicians to replace all those folders of sheet music that used to clutter up the stage for so many of us. Some have more functions and features than others, but at the end of the day what you need is basically just a pdf reader.

I use ForScore, it was not free, but I felt it was worth the small expense to have an application that was designed for musicians. Features that I regularly use which I find most useful are:

  • Metronome
  • Group by genre/composer etc.
  • Different set-lists
  • Piano Keyboard
  • Search
  • Annotation
  • Different versions
  • Cropping

Some features are more useful than others, the darkroom function for example, where you can take a photo with your iPad II and save it directly to pdf for use within forScore is a great idea, but the iPad’s camera is not up to the job unless you have a very steady hand and are in a very well lit room.There are loads of iPad applications that can be used by musicians to replace all those folders of sheet music that used to clutter up the stage for so many of us. Some have more functions and features than others, but at the end of the day what you need is basically just a pdf reader.

I use ForScore, it was not free, but I felt it was worth the small expense to have an application that was designed for musicians. Features that I regularly use which I find most useful are:

  • Metronome
  • Group by genre/composer etc.
  • Different set-lists
  • Keyboard
  • Search

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