Mine are a mess. If I put them in a notebook, I don't know what I have and end up not using them. Or I worry they will get lost.
I don't own a tablet. I am terrible at keeping my computer organized and being able go find things on it. And then there is forgetting that I even have something on it.
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Most of my stuff is printed. That is organized. Some of that is by composer, but some chamber music is organized by instrumentation, so I can grab relevant stuff to read with a group.
I hope this is helpful. Others on this site are clearly more organized than I am. And, most music that I download comes from IMSLP, so I can download it again if I need to. Good luck finding a system that works for you. I suspect that musicians who no longer use hard copy sheet music but only use downloaded music on an iPad or tablet find it fairly easy to organize the music. But, that's not me.
In ForScore, I organize the music into sets (per concert) so everything I need is together. A piece of music can belong to many sets, though.
The aside is that I NEVER scan through the downloads - if I need something I find it and print it. However, when looking for a piece in my hard copy library I inevitably find something else I have not played for years and get wonderfully distracted. Just like visiting a (book) library shelf. Does this mean that getting lost in your collection will die out?
And I will just have to get notebooks set up to track the loose sheets from printing downloads.
If I were just starting out on my music collection journey, I would keep everything on a tablet or computer. I think it would be nice having everything in an easy to carry package. And having everything right there whenever and wherever you need it. But, I have quite a bit of shelf space that holds hard copies of music and no way am I going to scan all of that in.
Elise - I hear you and relate. I have been putting back my piles of music that seem to gather around my music room. Very easy to get distracted. I also find that the pieces I have had to download I end up not remembering I have them. They aren't there on the shelf when I paw through looking for something. And putting them in a notebook means I have to actually open the notebook and look through them.
One of my 2023 goals is to make a list or database of the music I own. Hopefully that will mean I make better use of my music collection.
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