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Normagal
11-28-2012, 05:20 PM
Paper-or on a tablet or laptop?
I started out printing every song I liked and putting them in a notebook. Now I've started saving them on my IPad and looking at them there. Maybe someday I'll take the time to put them all on my IPad.

I see another thread about buying song books. I don't know if I will do that-there is so much to find on the Internet.

banpreso
11-28-2012, 10:45 PM
although tablet is pretty cool, the advantage of paper is you can easily write down performance notes and other notations. I'm sure tablets will also get there pretty soon, if not already.

ogg
11-29-2012, 03:53 AM
I use a Kindle DX reader. It's easy on the eyes, the large(9.7") screen size is great for sheet music, and a battery charge lasts for a month. I download all my (edited and cleaned up) internet finds to it and it supplements the daily uke book very well. Got it used on ebay to read technical documents but it works sublime for uke practice. :)

Uncle Rod Higuchi
11-29-2012, 04:14 AM
Yea, I got envious of some of my SUPA friends who are using their iPads instead of a couple of 3" 3-ring binders like the rest of us rational people.

So I got a Nook Color which was rooted and modded with CyanogenMod 7, but it only has a 7 inch screen. So I finally got a new Nook HD+ with a 9 inch screen, but now I need to get it rooted and modded to Android Jelly Bean+.

It's not that I'm against Apple's iPad, it's just that I really like Android and Google Play (formerly Market). :)

keep uke'in',

Phooto
11-29-2012, 04:17 AM
Just started using OnSong on the iPad, and it's a revelation. syncs with Dropbox so you can edit on your computer or the iPad, chords shapes displayed, auto scrolling etc. Only £2.99 in the UK, and it's fantastic.

...and you don't have to do any complicated stuff like rooting or jail breaking. :)

Tried using a Kindle, but page turning is an issue, and it's just too small anyway.

Tailgate
11-29-2012, 05:04 AM
Just started using OnSong on the iPad, and it's a revelation. syncs with Dropbox so you can edit on your computer or the iPad, chords shapes displayed, auto scrolling etc. Only £2.99 in the UK, and it's fantastic.

...and you don't have to do any complicated stuff like rooting or jail breaking. :)

Tried using a Kindle, but page turning is an issue, and it's just too small anyway.



+1 for OnSong..very cool app

BBert
11-29-2012, 05:35 AM
Yea, I got envious of some of my SUPA friends who are using their iPads instead of a couple of 3" 3-ring binders like the rest of us rational people.

So I got a Nook Color which was rooted and modded with CyanogenMod 7, but it only has a 7 inch screen. So I finally got a new Nook HD+ with a 9 inch screen, but now I need to get it rooted and modded to Android Jelly Bean+.

It's not that I'm against Apple's iPad, it's just that I really like Android and Google Play (formerly Market). :)

keep uke'in',Is this a dialect of English?

I haven't been able to copy any new sheet music since I ran out of ink for my quill pen.

OldePhart
11-29-2012, 12:30 PM
I use OnSong on the iPad for most of my uke/folk stuff - or at least I'm moving that direction, probably only a third of my lead sheets are in there so far.

For my bass gig I create multi-page PDF documents formatted to fit the iPad screen and use the NextPage app and an airturn bluetooth foot pedal to change pages. This lets me add color highlighting and notes for all the performance notes, timing, etc. that I need when playing bass with the band.

John

uke4ia
11-29-2012, 02:38 PM
I keep two notebooks. One for songs that I want to be able to practice, another for lyrics I'm working on for my original songs.

vanflynn
11-29-2012, 05:34 PM
SongBook ChordPro app for iPad with the songs in text files using the ChordPro format.

I find it very easy for transposing when playing with other instruments and easy for cranking up the font size when a bunch of older eyes are crowding around it.

quiltingshirley
11-29-2012, 05:47 PM
Does OnSong only work with an Apple tablet? If you want to put some of the pages of your Daily Uke on the tablet, do you scan them at low resolution, take snapshots and then save in a PDF or text format? Right now I just build arm muscles carrying all those notebooks and books around.

itsme
11-29-2012, 06:03 PM
I have a few books, mostly classical and there aren't that many of them. I'm always scouring for classical tabs online and download any I find. My first pass is usually playing in front of the monitor to see if I like something enough to print it out or just save it for another time.

I do prefer playing from hard copies and have my own little corner in the living room with my bench, music stand, uke/guitar stands and a couple knitting stands that act as vertical files for my uke books and folders within an arm's reach.

My printouts are organized into various folders, like low g, high g, Christmas, stuff I'm working on, stuff I'd like to work on, ebooks I've bought, etc.

KoaDependent
11-29-2012, 08:04 PM
For Android tablets, GuitarTapp is the best thing out there.

Phooto
11-29-2012, 08:25 PM
Yes, OnSong is on iPad, but uses standard text files that are readable elsewhere, so if you sync it with Dropbox, you can read them on your Mac, or even a PC.

Plainsong
11-29-2012, 10:35 PM
I'll give OnSong a look, but it's tough since we're using two apps to record, garageband and ampkit+. We email the backing track to ourselves from garageband, then open that in ampkit. Record, export that session into garageband as a new track. To read the music, we'd need to use another ipad..which we have, but I'd need another mic stand with the ipad head for it..

Ampkit gives 5 seconds (might give more) and we give ourselves four more counts (time sig depending), maybe that's enough time to switch apps. Ampkit does do background playing.

Nah, just use paper and pencil. I was raised that you always have a pencil on the stand and you always use it. Old skool. :)

SailingUke
11-30-2012, 03:01 AM
I use OnSong on my iPad. All my music is in pdf form.
I also use iBooks for songbooks I have scanned.

caukulele
11-30-2012, 04:24 AM
Well, after many years of lugging numerous binders around filled with sheet music, plus hundreds of songs on my computer, I finally got an ipad with the OnSong app, and I love it. Now, I am in the process of organizing the songs into books and sets on the ipad.... It is taking me awhile, but when I'm finished I think I will finally be able to find everything. Last trip I took, I just took the ipad and ukulele and left all the binders at home...Felt great to travel so light!

Karasu
11-30-2012, 04:49 AM
Yea, I got envious of some of my SUPA friends who are using their iPads instead of a couple of 3" 3-ring binders like the rest of us rational people.

So I got a Nook Color which was rooted and modded with CyanogenMod 7, but it only has a 7 inch screen. So I finally got a new Nook HD+ with a 9 inch screen, but now I need to get it rooted and modded to Android Jelly Bean+.

It's not that I'm against Apple's iPad, it's just that I really like Android and Google Play (formerly Market). :)

keep uke'in',

Sounds like a good deal. Rooting and modding isn't such a big deal; I've done many an Android phone (currently Galaxy Nexus running Axiom Patient Zero Rom). I was thinking of doing the same thing with a Nexus 10.

BTW, THANKS for Bootcamp!

K

Karasu
11-30-2012, 06:16 AM
Yea, I got envious of some of my SUPA friends who are using their iPads instead of a couple of 3" 3-ring binders like the rest of us rational people.

So I got a Nook Color which was rooted and modded with CyanogenMod 7, but it only has a 7 inch screen. So I finally got a new Nook HD+ with a 9 inch screen, but now I need to get it rooted and modded to Android Jelly Bean+.

It's not that I'm against Apple's iPad, it's just that I really like Android and Google Play (formerly Market). :)

keep uke'in',

Sounds like a good deal. Rooting and modding isn't such a big deal; I've done many an Android phone (currently Galaxy Nexus running Axiom Patient Zero Rom). I was thinking of doing the same thing with a Nexus 10.

BTW, THANKS for Bootcamp!

K

Uncle Rod Higuchi
11-30-2012, 07:00 AM
Hey Karasu,

I was also considering the Nexus 10 but decided on the less expensive Nook HD+ since it also had an SD slot. I'm hoping the XDA Developers and the CyanogenMod-ders will get Jelly Bean or better up and running for it shortly. I'd like a Dual-Boot SD card so I won't have to do anything to the Nook HD+.

Other than that, the Nexus 10 would have been my next choice esp with Jelly Bean 4.2 already running on it. However, the extra $130 made the difference. I may pick up an 'older' Nexus 7 just to be able to play with any OS upgrades in the future :)

keep uke'in',

quiltingshirley
11-30-2012, 07:14 AM
Rooting and modding -- I had to goggle those and read up. To think I thought the most difficult thing to do if I went digital was to scan all those pages from the Daily Uke and other sheet music. Maybe it's not that bad storing all those binders. This has been an education. Thanks.

vanflynn
11-30-2012, 07:24 AM
The main reason I like SongBook ChordPro over OnSong is that SongBook will display the chord diagrams on the side while the song scrolls down. OnSong only seem to have them at the end of the song. Is there a fix to this in OnSong?

Normagal
11-30-2012, 03:01 PM
Much of this thread is Greek to me, and I thought I knew computers and iPads pretty well.
What does this Onsong do? Is it just a place to store songs? I don't have that many-bu I've started putting hem in Evernote. I also have a binder that I used in the beginning, but I'm thinking of getting everything on my iPad.

Huckleberry
11-30-2012, 03:33 PM
Using an IPad with OnSong app. Took all of my Microsoft Word generated songs and converted to PDF format to load on OnSong. Displays well but cannot be edited on OnSong. However, metronome and scrolling works well. Slowly rewriting all songs in Plain Text with Chords in brackets. Once loaded in text format, all the benefits of OnSong come into play;
editing on Ipad, transforming to a different key, select size and color of chords or size of song words, size of line spacing, etc. Only drawback with OnSong is that Chord forms appear at bottom of song sheet. Would prefer along the right side. Currently have over 500 songs loaded and segregated by different groups I play with.

Huckleberry
11-30-2012, 03:38 PM
Sorry for the last posting. Screwed up on character size.

BigMamaJ40
11-30-2012, 03:47 PM
Huck,
Rather than creating pdfs, I save my Word document as a text file and put it into DropBox, and then take it into OnSong from DropBox. I find it even easier if I add the chords and brackets in Word before saving as a text file, because it is so much easier to type on a real keyboard.

P.S. Your post text size is the same font size I use in OnSong!

Huckleberry
11-30-2012, 04:02 PM
BigMama

Not sure I know how to use DropBox. I'm currently importing to OnSong via ITunes File Sharing. Only problem is if I convert Word to Text then load via File Share, words like --I'LL-- loses the apostrophy and loads as ILL. No big deal but I normally go back in and correct via OnSong editor. Perhaps you can enlighten me on DropBox ???

Huckleberry

Lori
11-30-2012, 05:51 PM
BigMama

Not sure I know how to use DropBox. I'm currently importing to OnSong via ITunes File Sharing. Only problem is if I convert Word to Text then load via File Share, words like --I'LL-- loses the apostrophy and loads as ILL. No big deal but I normally go back in and correct via OnSong editor. Perhaps you can enlighten me on DropBox ???

Huckleberry
We had an apostrophe problem in OnSong too, when we composed the text in Pages, and then saved as rtf. It seems to work better if we use TextEdit, and do the apostrophe there. You might save work by using a simpler text generating app to begin with.

As for DropBox, create an account, and you will be able to import from that file folder into OnSong if your iPad is connected to the internet. You do the import from your iPad (go to All Songs> + (lower right corner)>Import>Dropbox

–Lori