I love reading music from a creamy, well-printed Bärenreiter edition any day, but I have to say that reading from a computer tablet has gained in appeal for me in recent years.
For example, rather than procuring 24 pages or more of paper-copy practice parts for an orchestra concert or church gig, I can simply download the music to my computer tablet. When the gig is over, there's no guilty feeling over throwing an entire tree's worth of paper into the wastebasket - with one simple keyboard action, the music is gone. And with quartets, we can agree which one to play, and if I want to practice it, I can download the part of IMSLP if I don't have it in my library.
That said, I am still working on the set-up for my computer tablet. I inherited an iPad Pro (2nd gen 12.9") from my late father-in-law, and while I've figured out how to load music into ForScore, I've recently realized that I really want an Apple Pen so that I can write more easily in the scores -- and I can't get a cheap knockoff for such an old tablet! And, if I'm really serious, I want a pedal page-turner. The page-turner is really almost a necessity for rehearsing or performing, since the tablet shows only one page at a time.
The point is, I'm seriously considering investing in these things, largely because it is so much easier to deal with gig music and quartet music on a computer tablet.
Of course, I still do have an entire library of physical sheet music, and I use it every day. I feel it's important to have well-published physical copies of certain music - etude books, concerti, the Sonatas and Partitas, and even important orchestra parts, like violin parts for the Brahms Symphonies, etc. I encourage students to get physical copies of their music, as much as possible.
How do you like to read your sheet music? Are you most happy with physical, paper copies of music? Or do you find that you more often use a computer tablet? For the vote, I'm not giving the option of "both," even though I know many people (myself included) probably use both. I'd like for you to make an argument for one or the other - which are you preferring at the moment? Have you never used a computer tablet? After all, they are expensive and they require a learning curve. Did the pandemic expand your use of the tablet? Do your eyes prefer paper?
Please participate in the vote, and then tell us your thoughts and experiences with traditional paper editions of music vs. computer tablets for music reading.
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