How to use/manage your gig scores
Hello dear musicians!
I am happy. I've just finished the first practicing session of my freshly formed strings piano trio. We have a shared Google drive which stores all of our sheet music.
Gig players, how do you manage your scores?
1) print them out and put it in clear folder, turn pages by yourself
3) iPad with Wireless page turner
I was told that using iPad is not cool in formal occasions, what do you think? Please advice us!
Not a gig player, but...
They’re in binders in sheet protectors with numbers. No way am I paying for four iPads, and since the personnel is fluid, it’s not reasonable to expect anyone I might hire to have an iPad.
Although I take Mary Ellen’s point - for a newly established group, (you might hope they all happened to have IPads anyway,) I have been to a performance of the Goldberg Variations by a trimmed down version of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and they were using IPads. I didn’t register that till halfway through, so, no not obtrusive . Haven’t seen the whole ensemble playing for a while so don’t know if they use them then.
Both of the orchestras I play in now have a mixture of people using printed music and people using tablets. Both orchestras distribute all parts in PDF format so that orchestra members can do either.
The novelty has worn off and I think the electronic tablet is completely acceptable now, even in "formal" situations. You can get music stands that are designed just for the tablet, or you can place your tablet on a regular music stand behind a music folder which might even be empty. The former (the designed system) is more secure -- i.e., less likely to drop your tablet. If you use the tablet, you might as well use the footswitch.
Presumably there are special apps for this? How does the page turning work?
iPads are perfectly acceptable on formal occasions these days. ForScore is optimized for music and is the typical iPad app used with a pedal. You don't have to worry about the iPad going to sleep or the like. You do need to be aware that an iPad Pro 12.9" at max brightness will drain its battery quite quickly, though. (You can play a two-hour gig no problem on a full charge though.)
The prelude/reception section of my binder is numbered. We don’t play “Queen of Sheba,” we play #3. Alphabetical is unnecessary. The order is roughly from what we use most to what we use least, but it’s no big deal to skip around when all I’m doing is calling out numbers.
I went from being very reluctant to very confident in the iPad in a short time. I use one for sheet music using ForScore. ForScore is a lot more than just sheet music storage. It's a metronome,a tuner and it has playback/ editing capability. Connects and shares with cloud based storage.
I love technology, but I use paper for performances.
Thanks for all the input!! Thank you!