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VegasGeorge
09-19-2015, 02:19 PM
I'd like to use my iPad for my carry around library of written tunes. What I mean is scaning in my sheet music, and Uke lead sheets. Do any of you do that, and if so, what app do you use for keeping the library?

I'm not talking about recorded music or videos. Just digital copies of my paper music sheets.

Tigeralum2001
09-19-2015, 02:37 PM
OnSong is pretty popular; however if you just want .pdfs, you can just sync them and read them native. OnSong is much more powerful than that.

Xtradust
09-19-2015, 02:47 PM
I use an ipad for my sheet music. It's kind of the thing to do at the place I play. We all use "Good Reader." it's an app that you can get on itunes, etc. for $5 or less. I have a friend with a samsung tablet and she isn't able to use goodreader and complains that looking up every song in one big folder is kind of a pain. I like goodreader, it does what it should and it has editing capabilities for notes, etc. It even works on my ipad 1.

Camsuke
09-19-2015, 02:48 PM
Guitar Pro 6 is fabulous, I write just about everything using GP6 software these days.

bunnyf
09-19-2015, 03:00 PM
I use on song on my iPad. Works well. Like to be able to edit easily and transpose keys quickly. You can check out tutorials on utube to see if it's for you.

Jim Hanks
09-19-2015, 05:45 PM
forScore is another good one

joekulele
09-19-2015, 05:50 PM
I use forScore as well. I haven't printed a song sheet in over a year! I also use a Bluetooth, foot switch, PDF page turner called AirTurn. A great combo

spongeuke
09-19-2015, 08:40 PM
belonging to several Strum-along clubs, I was inundated with song sheets. I couldn't see getting an iPad or other smart phone with a large enough screen to function as a song book. A Nook was in the price range and screen size. It is working out fine. I simply load that current meeting's song in pdf form and access as needed at the meeting. My home computer is the primary library from which I add to or delete from the Nook. I put together the legs and pole of a broken music stand and a picture frame to use with the Nook. Now my reading light is used for books and inspection of the inside of ukuleles.
If I were to make the same transition now I would probably use a 17" ChromeBook with touch screen.

kohanmike
09-19-2015, 09:27 PM
I used an iPad with both OnSong and FourScore with a foot control, but the 9.7" screen was not big enough for me. Even though I'm a total Apple user, when I found MusicSheets (and Pro) for Android, and a 13.3" Hannspree 1280x830 tablet for $150 at Amazon, I decided to go for it. I'm also a graphic designer and do music sheets myself on a MacBook Pro, export as PDF and transfer to the tablet with Dropbox. Been working great for me for months now. I even bought a second Hannspree in case mine dies.

Kimosabe
09-19-2015, 10:16 PM
Low tech, high tech. Write it out and take a photo with the iPad camera. Store it in a folder in photos. Will that work for you?

Mivo
09-20-2015, 12:15 AM
I've been looking into MuseScore, since it also has versions for Win/Mac/Linux and Android, in addition to iOS. It's mostly free, too. But I haven't dug deeply into it yet. For regular PDFs, I use Good Reader. It was the best option some four or so years ago, and I never felt the need to look for something else.

Tootler
09-20-2015, 01:47 AM
I use ForScore both for song sheets and sheet music. Its indexing features and the ability to set up set lists are very useful. If someone brings a new tune to band practice, I will photo it to use at once, then tidy it up later to put in ForScore. I try to keep everything one page in length so I don't have to worry about page turns, though I try to learn stuff I'm definitely performing so I can manage without any form of sheet music. I'm OK most of the time but there are occasional times when I need to refer to the music/lyrics.

bunnyf
09-20-2015, 04:35 AM
Ditto what Bill said. Indexing is impt when you have a ton of music, as is making set lists and for me one-touch transposing is impt when I go to a jam and guitarist often play in different keys. I also like to be able to edit down to one page, adjusting font size and line spacing as needed. Onsong does have adjustable speed scrolling tho, if needed for really long songs.

fretie
09-20-2015, 04:42 AM
I've been using Forscore and iBooks. The former didn't feel like an intuitive fit and the later too limited. Thanks to your suggestion of Goodreaders (more affordable than OnSong) I've moved my pdfs there and am finding it just the app for me!

wickedwahine11
09-20-2015, 06:13 AM
I used an iPad with both OnSong and FourScore with a foot control, but the 9.7" screen was not big enough for me. Even though I'm a total Apple user, when I found MusicSheets (and Pro) for a Android and a 13.3" Hannspree 1280x830 tablet for $150 at Amazon, I decided to go for it. I'm also a graphic designer and do my music sheets myself on a MacBook Pro, export as PDF and transfer to the tablet with Dropbox. Been working great for me for months now. I even bought a second Hannspree in case mine dies.

Like others have said, I use ForScore as well.

As to the iPad size, I have been using my iPad but as I get older, my eyes would prefer something larger so I am contemplating the iPad Pro coming out in November.

VegasGeorge
09-20-2015, 04:23 PM
OK guys, after looking at all the suggestions, and checking out tutorials online, etc., I've purchased OnSong along with its add-ons. It really has a lot of bells and whistles. I'm just starting to figure it out. I have two songs in it so far.

Recstar24
09-20-2015, 05:39 PM
Is there something cheaper for the iPad than on song that can create your own song lead sheets with chords?

vinceherman
09-21-2015, 09:03 AM
I use Set List Maker for my iPad to let me practice the lead sheets I made.
Recstar, not on the iPad, but for PC, I use MuseScore to create the sheets.
Here is a link to some of my sheets
https://musescore.com/sheetmusic?text=vinceherman

Tootler
09-21-2015, 01:13 PM
Is there something cheaper for the iPad than on song that can create your own song lead sheets with chords?

ForScore is cheaper than OnSong though I create all my song sheets externally, save them as pdf and import them into ForScore.

I also have free App called PGSongBook which will import song sheets in Chord Pro format and display them as lyrics with chords above and will scroll the song. It has a built in editor and support for chord pro tags so you can create your song sheets from scratch or edit and correct ones you've imported.

I don't think it will handle notation, though

I don't use it much, though as It's not as flexible as ForScore and I have problems getting the scrolling speed right.

sharpedge
09-22-2015, 12:21 AM
I am not an Apple fan and have bought a cheap 10" android tablet which works well. The big plus point over an ipad is the ability to add an external memory card and swap them at will. This gives a limitless number of tunes/ scores that can be stored. My wife plays flute and deals with proper music scores. She can get almost everything in pdf format so we have gone the pdf route. There are a number of free pdf readers for android - we have downloaded two - ezpdfreader and ebookdroid. We use one each which makes it simpler in the library for each one. I bought a cheap mike stand and mount the tablet on the top on a good quality holder - a mike stand is difficult to knock over. We also have a page turner which works well with both software programmes. I reckon it is the way forward but having only had the setup for a couple of weeks we have a long way to go yet!

Hms
09-22-2015, 03:32 AM
Like others have said, I use ForScore as well.

As to the iPad size, I have been using my iPad but as I get older, my eyes would prefer something larger so I am contemplating the iPad Pro coming out in November.

Exactly my position, although price may be an issue!

Some of useful benefits of ForScore:
You can set up a metronome border around you music flashing to the bpm you have set.
You can annotate any PDF's, if you share the PDF you can share with or without your annotations.
You can link a PDF to an MP3 and have that playing at the same time.
Possible to set up automatic page turns (Not used so don't know how effective this is!)
Possible to display 2 pages per screen.
Create setlists.
Will also work with Bluetooth page turner.
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SweetWaterBlue
01-22-2016, 04:21 AM
I know this is an old thread, but thought I would share my experiences. I am in a Uke-Guitar-Ubass trio. I use a Nook HD+ android tablet with Chordinator Augmented software, and the other two guys use iPad2s with OnSong. We share our song sets with DropBox and/or email, depending on what is handy at the time. I also generally do major edits on my windows laptop using the SongBook or sometimes just Notepad program. As long as you keep all your files in ChordPro format all these devices are commpatible and its easy to share. ChordPro files are simple text files, and only about 2k in size. Works for us.

OnSong for the iPad has a lot of nice features that the others don't have. At $19 its currently a little more expensive than the other programs I mentioned ($0-$9), but worth it IMO. They are supposedly working on an Android version of OnSong to be released soon, but its a very small company so progress isnt' lightning fast. I will purchase it for my Nook HD+ when its available, if I don't break down and buy an iPad before then solely for this use. Since the files are so small, you don't need a lot of memory on these devices to store thousands of songs, and even iPad2s with 16G of RAM are fairly cheap ($100-$150) in the used market. The downside of used tablets is of course the batteries go bad after 3-5 years. Most are not user-replaceable by non-technically handy folks.

bradben
01-22-2016, 07:09 AM
I'm another fan of forScore on the iPad. I've been using it for about two years and keep everything on it - uke music, Real Books, guitar, mandolin, church, and charts for different singers that I work with (who all do many of the same songs in different keys). It's great for indexing and creating set lists. The other key app I use is called TinyScan. It uses the iPad camera to snap a photo of anything, including multiple pages, and save it as a single PDF. Then I import it right into forScore. I can't tell you how many times I've gone to rehearsals or gigs and had a new chart put in front of me - I just scan it in, import it to forScore, and done.