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LoopyLoonyLuna
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I am considering buying an IPad (or similar tablet). Do any of you use a tablet device to run an electronic music reader?  

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I am considering buying an IPad (or similar tablet). Do any of you use a tablet device to run an electronic music reader?  

Use Adobe Acrobat reader in your tablet, because almost all of music sheet was .pdf formatted. Good luck!

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I personally do not own a tablet but I have seen musicians using it on gigs.

If you buy an iPad (very expensive) they have "Preview" (Mac version of Acrobat Reader) built in. Also, Finale has app for iPad.

Check out some of the other music apps available.

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Fortunately I can probably borrow my mother's ipad and try some of the apps. I also have my husband the proud uber-geek who can sort out the technical differences between the different tablets. If I ever plant to run sheet music on them I need to go with the 10' screen tablets rather than something like the 7' Samsung Galaxy (which is the tablet my husband wants.

Even more fortunately I can use at least part of it as a tax deduction as I am self employed.

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You need to compete for the uber-geek award and tell him that you need the 10" and that his 7" won't do. No pun intended.  I didn't even know they made a 10' Wink

 

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Unfortunately I'm stuck with my little 3 1/2 inch iphone. I have jammed with a few people that use the ipad for reading their music and there is a app and gaget that works with Boss foot switch's to turn the pages on the ipad.

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You can also use this app

http://www.musicnotes.com/ipad/#features

but you would have to buy music, but I think it's worth buying it, the selection of music is great.violin_girl

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myguitarnow said:

Unfortunately I'm stuck with my little 3 1/2 inch iphone. I have jammed with a few people that use the ipad for reading their music and there is a app and gaget that works with Boss foot switch's to turn the pages on the ipad.

I just recently got a "smart phone" an HTC Desire. There are many free tuner apps for it. I found one called G Strings Free. It has a feature called Auto tune. It tells you the notes as you play them. The free tuner that came with the violin does the same thing, but it is kind of sluggish, it cannot keep up. G Strings can keep up with 1/4 notes at least. I am off pitch quite a bit, and this helps.

 

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It's amazing what apps are available for the smart phones. For music I have a free tuner and metronome app that I really like not to mention iTunes, Shazam and SoundHound. The later two are song recognition apps.

In Sweden, Sony Ericsson used to have this ad on a billboard that read, "Remember when cell phones were only used for talking?".

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I used to be just like you Barry. I got my iPhone 4 months ago and changed my mind. I don't blame you at all. Lot's of things were better before.cheers

I don't know if kids know what to do when the power goes out for example.

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Fiddlerman said:

I used to be just like you Barry. I got my iPhone 4 months ago and changed my mind. I don't blame you at all. Lot's of things were better before.cheers

I don't know if kids know what to do when the power goes out for example.

They sit in their darkened home, clutching their Nintendo Wii system while they shake and mutter incoherently, rocking back and forth is also common.

 

The adults are no better, we did a voltage conversion in a neighborhood. The power is cut, tested and grounded and crews go to each dual voltage transformer and manually move the tap changer to the new voltage. A large apartment building was involved. It was on the other side of a 6 ft chain link fence from where I was working. A very angry woman was yelling at me to "cut my M_____ F______'n lights back on. You got no right to shut my lights off." So I stopped what I was doing to see if I could calm her down. I asked if she had been notified by the building manager because we called every number listed for a meter, sent letters, had ads in local papers and on the radio about this outage. She told me no one told her about it. Just then another woman approached the fence, she looked very angry as well, she said, "Who gonna feed us?" The planned outage was going to last 3 hours. I said, "What, can't you eat in the dark?" Man, she hit that fence and cussed me out, I am really glad the fence was there. I saw my superintendent in his car nearby and told him the two women had some questions for him, and I went back to work.

 

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Such an important job and they make you feel like the bad guy.
Sorry to hear it. confused 

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I can relate to Dave's story.  During our power outages post-cyclone (happens every year) the biggest community wail is about not being able to live properly with no plasma TV or aircon.  It seems people can't manage proper nutrition without electricity, and put in claims to their insurance for dining in restaurants ... go figure ... 

I always think I'm privileged to own musical instruments, next summer the neighbours will be serenaded by 'Over the Rainbow'.  That is, if bagpipe man across the street doesn't drown me out.

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I worked in New Orleans for two weeks after Hurricane Katrina. I saw some of the best things about humanity, and some things I would rather keep to myself. Without air conditioning, and refrigeration it is about 6 days, til the end of civility. You cannot go anywhere without someone from the Army or NOPD to protect you from the people you are trying to help. I never want to go to New Orleans again as long as I live, I was hoping they would just push it into the Gulf.

 

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Dave, I've heard that same story from a few volunteers who went to New Orleans from here, and it's so sad that people act so badly.   cry

During the flood cleanup earlier this year in many parts of Queensland, it was pleasing to see a lack of that same behaviour.  People just got in and helped everyone else.  smile

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I have an iPad I am able to use it to down load the sheet music and access it when ever I want with an app called "iBooks". I also have a tuner and metronome I can use. It's nice to have everything at my finger tips.

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I downloaded "The Rose" Bette Midler in electronic format. It is pretty neat, the software plays the song in MIDI format and highlights the notes, you can increase and decrease the tempo, change the key, and change MIDI instruments. I was trying to play the vocal part of the song. Lots of slurs on the same note, how does that work? The MIDI just plays it as a long note.

 

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Good question David,

Generally you can play the violin much the same way that you would sing the piece. I would play 

UP - Some say 
DOWN love, 
UP -it is a 
DOWN river (alt (river that))
UP - that (drowns the tender)
DOWN - drowns (read)
UP - the tender reed.
The rest is pretty much the same.
Remember to phrase as you would if you were to sing or speak these words.

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It's a beautiful song, sounds really horrible as I am hacking my way through it. Pretty funny. Thanks for the advice, I will work on it. Should be fairly simple, no complex fingering, now if I could just do some passable vibrato....

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Let's say you had a quarter note slurred to a half note.  Let's say they are both F. Would playing the quarter note with just a bit of emphasis with the bow, and then the half note as kind of a sustain work? I don't know if I have the terminology correct. Or is it a case of if the song writer wanted it that way there would be notation for it. Or should I stop sweating and just play what sounds good to me?

 

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