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Here is a “Techno” question for the group. I travel a lot and would like to figure out an easy way to bring my favorite sheet music with me so I don’t have to haul around my bulky music books.
I was thinking about scanning selected sheet music of my liking and then downloading each piece into an I-Pad device.
Has anyone done anything like this or have a better suggestion?

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I do it all the time and it's easy!
I use the iPad app Good Reader.
All you do is connect the iPad to your computer (where the sheet music files are located) and open iTunes. Go into the iPad app menu and scroll down to Good reader (or and pdf reader app that you have) and it gives you the option to add files. Click browse and locate the files in your computer and select them to be added. That's it.
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Or you just scan in the sheet music yourself using a scanner (camera can also be used but this is tricky to get good results). The resulting scan then also has your annotations.


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I use MusicReader with AirTurn. You scan and read your music. You can also make notations and use the pedals to turn pages.


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Scanning them in yourself is probably the least expensive option. You can save the files as PDFs and either transfer to and keep them on your (yet to be purchased) iPad, or store the files online on say, Google Docs, and then open whatever you need when you need it.

FYI, eBay is littered with sellers of PDFed sheet music for cheap, so if you don't want to take the time to scan, check that out.

I bought a couple of sheet music iPad apps, Etude (like iBooks for sheet music) $4.99 for the app, lots of music for either free or cheap. Neat part about Etude is you can hear how the piece is supposed to sound, and there's an 'speed indicator' showing the tempo as well. I also have Piano Master Scores, $12.99 to buy, but it includes over 3,000 classical scores.


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Music Reader with AirTurn!!

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as some others have said it's really quite easy to do. I currently have ALL of my sheet music on my iPad. I have two libraries that I currently use..
  • iBooks for ALL the music
  • I also use forscore and have my current repertoire in there.
The ForScore has the MP3 also so I can listen to what it sounds like but I can/could also do this using the iPod side of the iPad. I may eventually upgrade/use the AirTurn but for now this suits me just fine. I love having the music sorted in the iBooks app into different categories (theory, jazz, new age, movies etc)

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I do this a lot! I download the sheet music in PDF form, and then I just throw it in there and open it with iBooks (an app that comes with the iPad).

I get the scores from a website that lets you pay monthly for the public domain scores in PDF format; or you can get them from IMSLP.

However, a different app like GoodReader is good if you want to do notations on your scores.


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