How to organize your sheet music | Violin Lounge TV #230

April 29, 2016, 2:20 AM · We live in an age in which you can download most of your sheet music for free. That's wonderful, but all those loose papers can become a big mess.

Sometimes I think the earth just opens up, swallows a lot of sheet music and then closes again.

To avoid loosing your sheet music, I've got some tips for you:

Tape your orchestra scores together in one row

In this way (I show it in the video) you are flexible in using it as a book or looking at 3 or 4 pages at the same time and you can always change the spot where you turn the pages.

This works well for orchestra scores and other long pieces, like concerto's.

Put your loose sheet music in a binder with paper sleeves

If my students have a lot of loose pieces of music, I recommend putting everything in a binder.

You can make separate binders for separate ensembles, so you always have the right music with you. For gigs I've got lots of short pieces for different ensembles. Putting them in separate binders organized by composer and title, makes it easy to find the right piece.

If you want to look at 3 pages in a row, you can tape the third page to the paper sleeve.

Always organize your sheet music in the binder in such a way that you avoid turning pages as much as possible.

Have a good music stand

You should be able to place three or four pages in a row, so you can avoid turning pages. Also make sure you have a solid music stand, that won't collapse under the weight of your binder.

I hope these tips come in handy for you.

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