iPad as sheet music reader (aka the most expensive sheet music ever)

The Apple iPad is being pushed to consumers as an eBook reader to rule them all (despite having a backlit LCD that’s harsh on the eyes). But, not all eBooks need be actual books – the iPad might actually be the coolest, and most expensive, sheet music reader to ever compliment a piano’s black and white ivory keys. With the ForScore iPad app, you can easily store your sheet music, turn pages with ease, and even keep time with the ForScore visual metronome feature. As long as you’re not a starving musician, the Apple tablet just made a new use-case for itself.

The ForScore iPad app is listed as “coming soon,” and provides little more details than what we’ve mentioned. The app will apparently launch with over 1,300 pages of score from 18 world-famous composers. That means you’ll have almost 300 different scores on your iPad, with the ability to add sheet music of your choosing as PDF files. The app will even allow you to annotate sheet music to help you through the trickier parts of a particular piece of music.

It’s not clear if the app will automatically turn the page as you play, but the visual metronome feature should make it easier to keep time. Rather than using the traditional “tick-tock” of a traditional metronome, ForScore shows you the timing through a subtle bar near the top of the screen. That’ll come in handy the next time your performing for the Pope and don’t want him to see that you need help keeping your 4/4 time.

All you musicians out there might want to take note (no pun intended). The iPad could end up being the most expensive and most useful musical instrument you have yet to buy. Now, you just have to work out how you’re going to prop up the iPad on your piano.

[Via: Gizmodo and ForScore]

  • linda williams

    I am waiting for a music reader that is somewhat affordable. If any of you know about one, or an application for one, let me know. I have a string quartet that plays gigs constantly, and it would be nice to not have to take a huge bag of music when we go out. I heard there was a music reader that was being plugged to the symphony orchestras that would turn pages when the computer detected that you were on the last bar, and that would show up bowing changes that the first chair player puts in on his own screen. Heard that we would be able to rent music for a week or two, just like renting movies now, and then it would delete itself. I would love this! I have a huge library of music, and it would be nice to have it at a gig without carrying a suitcase.

  • John

    The author should do some research…the iPad might currently be the LEAST expensive sheet music reader now. Other music readers like the Freehand Music Pad and SamePage go for $800+!!

  • MPW

    Check out Musicreader.net It can store thousands of pages and the developer is working for the next version a networked version that makes it easy to share with fellow musicians the changes that you make.

  • Konstantinos

    Not a great application as it advertises. I use Bookman and it is better. AND FREE.

  • Roger

    I've been using the Good Reader for iPad App on my iPad. It displays full page and changes pages, back and forth, with a swipe or a tap. It costs about $3.99 and stores the pdfs on your iPad once they are uploaded from your computer.
    Brilliant.

  • Dylan

    “The iPad could end up being the most expensive and most useful musical instrument you have yet to buy”

    My Bass is 400 dollars it’s a cheap bass too. I want a Pedulla Bass next they run anywhere from 2-5,000 dollars. Amps a standard bass amp that is ok will cost about 300 dollars. Then you need the Head of the amp…those are extremely expensive. Now most expensive instrument???NO!!! not even close. Most Useful instrument??? Sorry i like my bass before a computer. Sure It’s neat but it wont give you professional quality. Please do research before you post ignorant uneducated assumptions of music gear.

    • Baton999

      I’ve seen several parts on an iPad. To me, a musician, it’s difficult to sometimes see all of the music. If there are more than 10 or so staves to a part, they become small. Yes, you can increase their size, but, in the app I saw, it merely increased the entire part, cutting off several bars on either side. The ultimate is the electronic music stand, but at $1,000, it’s going to be awhile before us “normal” musicians can reap its benefits…

  • Jean

    I accompanied 5¬† classical voice concerts last month using ForScore with the Air Turn pedal and I’m hooked. The singers loved that they never heard my page turns and never had to wait for me in between pieces. No piano light needed either. I’ll never go back to paper music.

  • Will Park

    Wow, that really is expensive!

  • linda williams

    Is this the one that can detect that you are ready to turn a page from listening to you play? Have you actually used this? I am seriously looking into these, and would love to hear from a real user. The ads don’t make it clear as to how pages turn. Not having to wait on a stand partner, since we don’t have one in a string quartet, would be nice.

  • blues T

    I play Jazz. – I’m using the RealbookSearch App to search any Jazz standard and build playlists.
    At the gig I use the RealbookSearch playlist and switch to Unrealbook as a PDF reader or iRealbook if the song is transposed.

Back to top ▴