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    As long as I'm here this morning, I use MobileSheets pro on my Kindle, but I also have the ultimate guitar app installed. I realized that from the beginning I was going there for song lyrics and chords, and then that I was going through a process to put them on Mobile Sheets. I started storing them in the app and I have since been using it as much a MobileSheets to access songs when I'm out doing my thing. It is a cheap app and as I said, you can store the songs in the app and access them without a connection. It does not have near the features of a lot of apps that are mentioned, but it has all the features that I need. One thing is that my music is also stored in my account on the site itself, so even though the app is only installed on my Kindle, I can access my music through any computer and on my phone if I go to the site. I thought that I would throw that out if anyone is interested in looking at it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rllink View Post
    As long as I'm here this morning, I use MobileSheets pro on my Kindle, but I also have the ultimate guitar app installed.
    Thanks for that.

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    HI All,
    I have over 800 songs with chords and lyrics, most are now in Mic / word and as many PDFs in Tablature.
    I am definitely not computer tech minded. I have reached a point with my music where i would prefer not to have to hunt through one of the 3 large filling cabinet drawers to locate a Tab or song but more importantly, i have reached that age whereby my now failing eyes are now not as good as they once were and now i need two A4 pages with a font size of 16+ for me to be able to read comfortably (even with glasses). It becomes very frustrating and i am sure there are many others with similar problems. So i have decided i would like to go down the route of a computerised music library.
    Something portable/light and not too bulky would be the ideal and i only require my music (nothing more) so it hasn’t got to be an “all singing and dancing” system,
    My question is simple really, can anyone tell me do all laptops / Tablets have similar features and can the font size be increased and the song/Tab be made to auto scroll at an adjustable speed to suit.
    Its nice to read from just one page but that is now no longer possible for me.
    I read the post from “Rllink” and do like the idea of the kindle as i know the font can be increased to a very large size but does it have the facility to scroll? Or can it be used with a page turner?
    I know that many of these issues on the forum have been already dealt with but would very much appreciate any quick replies from some of you who may have experienced similar concerns and it would be very much appreciated if you might be able to share an opinion and point me in the right direction.
    Thanks in advance.....

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    BanjoB, I think it would be the app (application) that allows you to scroll, not the device (Kindle/Fire tablet, or another one). I also recommend MobileSheets; it does allow scrolling, as well as various organizational options, and more. You even can buy a pedal to control the scrolling that way. The MobileSheets product support is truly the best I've ever experienced. (Apparently it's a one-person operation.) I use a Fire tablet, which seems to be as inexpensive as they come. Unfortunately, you just missed a one-third off on the 10-inch Fire tablet, so it's now back up to $150 from the $100 sale price. But I'd pay more than that for the tablet and app just to have everything on the tablet.
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    My GF bought me a small Android table (I think 8") a few years ago. I have loaded it with a bunch of music apps that also allow sharing through cloud with my phone. My favourite apps are OpenSong (free), SmartChord, and FakebookPro. The first two can easily handle transposing keys and show chords for various instruments. You can import songs from internet sources, edit them, and organize them into set lists, and time the scrolling. FakebookPro is great for importing pdfs, and has has some transposing functions for their internal large number of musical books - it's an incredible resource. All that said, in practice I find using the tablet a hassle to find songs, zoom in, scroll etc. I rather haul my binders where I can flip quickly through and then have my song in front of me without need for further interaction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Banjo Byham View Post
    Something portable/light and not too bulky would be the ideal and i only require my music (nothing more) so it hasn’t got to be an “all singing and dancing” system,
    My question is simple really, can anyone tell me do all laptops / Tablets have similar features and can the font size be increased and the song/Tab be made to auto scroll at an adjustable speed to suit.
    You can use the smaller $75 8" Amazon Fire HD tablet, or the larger 10 for $150 - both go on sale. They come with 16GB or 32GB of memory, but you can put a microSD card in the side and get all the storage you need. I have over 1,000 songs now, and there's room for plenty more. MobileSheetsPro costs about $13, and it's great for keeping track of music. You can put songs into Setlists (books), but I find it easier letting the program sort them all alphabetically. I don't have to remember which book a song is in. I think I can answer Yes to your questions.

    I used to bring a suitcase on wheels with 25 lb of music. The Kindle is much better.

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    I tried all methods of accessing my music without the use of a page turner. For me, the scrolling features are always cumbersome. But with enough effort I could get the job done in some manner or another. Eventually I broke down and bought an AirTurn BT-200/S2. It is about the size of a Philadelphia cream cheese box and is rechargable. I don't always "need" it, but it is so handy that I often wonder why I went to so much trouble to work around it before.
    I don't want to live in a world that is linear.

    I just want everyone to understand that I am not a ukulele expert, even though it may look at times like I'm pretending to be.

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    Wow, great response, i am so grateful that you guys have come back so quickly. Luv the idea of the fireHD but i live in Spain and it appears that the 10" is not yet available and Amazon UK will not post to spain (well not this product) That said i am aware that any PC brought in Spain will have Default settings in Spanish and they just cant be changed... The language can be changed as can much of the systems operation but it will still show the default setting when starting up, would be far happier and more at home with a "Full English"... Would have no problem buying it but they wont post here.....
    Very thankful for all the input from you all and i do take on board all of the comments. "Rllink"....... The AirTurn BT-200/S2 sounds like an awesome bit of kit. Like "Jerryc41" says i have all my music in Alphabetical order and i find its the easiest way (but not in a filing cabinet)..."Merlin666 and Davey" have suggested some great looking apps that i will try.. I will let you know what choices i make and keep you posted...Thanks for all your help.

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    Since I first started reading this thread earlier in the year (thanks Jerry) I decided to load all my ukulele song files onto a 9.7 iPad. I use the forScore app and find it suits my needs. What I really like is you can arrange songs into Setlists, for example Favourites, Practice, Christmas, etc.
    I still have all the original files stored on a PC laptop where they were first downloaded and then transfer them to the iPad using iTunes.

    Mike

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    I use the large iPad Pro and the forScore app. Right now I have 384 items on it. It takes pdf files, so I can download pdf's ready to go, or make my own using Text Edit or Pages. Many websites, such as doctoruke, will convert and save the files for you direct to forScore. And, I can use a scanner app on my iPad or iPhone to scan in pdf's from printed pages of music. forScore has a great editing function, and I mark up a lot of my scores. It will also load an audio file and index it to your score so you can quickly refresh your memory about the tune. I've used forScore for several months now, and I only have one complaint. The saving function is a bit clunky. It can be done, but it could be better automated.
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