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I think I mentioned my use of sheet protectors and binders for my loose sheet music.
Here is a photo of a page opening in my violin sheet music binder. I have them in alphabetical order with empty sheet savers after each letter of the alphabet for inserting and adjusting as more are added. After a really simple beginning piece is learned, those sheets will be removed, if needed.
At the beginning of the binder are classical pieces. My holiday songs are just bulk inserted alphabetically into a couple sleeves at the back. Had to consolidate some way, and that made sense due to their limited use.
This may be more than what most want to do for organizing, but it is an idea and can be modified to less specific storing. I have my cello and viola loose sheet music srored the same way.
I just pull out whatever I want to play and put it back when I am done. Sometimes I just take the sheet protector right out. If I am going to mark it up, I just remove the paper from the sheet protector.
I started using this format for recipes, then ised it for craft projects, then included my music.
I have a wicker basket on the floor beside my chair I use. It has my cello books leaning vertically on one inside side, my violin music is vertical on the adjacent inside side.
In the middle I have a short plastic container with a lid with my different rosins.
Stacked on that is a deeper plastic lidded container with accessories: violin earplugs, rubber mutes for my violin, viola and cello, the hook I attach to my music stand in the hole my husband drilled so I can hang my bow, scissors to snip off bow hairs, my hinged violin/viola string cleaner, tuning fork (in case I ever get used to it), micro tuner for my violin, large clip on tuner for my viola, and a few other things.
I also have things loose in the large middle area of the basket: my glasses in the middle. A paper bag to keep the bow hairs in and any other little things I want to trash that I have, a micro fiber cloth for cleaning strings, my Fiddlerman Polishing cloth in a ziplock bag to keep clean, Korg tuner for my cello, and some other things.
Works pretty good for me. Wouldn’t work for your orchestra needs. But this is great at home.
I have to keep my iPad charged at all times in case my daughter decides to FaceTime with my granddaughters. That is a treat and my iPhone is not big enough. It is an original iPad Air and the battery does not last long. One of these years I might replace it.
I bought a Samsung when we lived in Vegas. It was on sale really low. That screen is not really big enough. I haven’t figured it out much either. Not as well thought out as the iPad. I cannot believe I said that. I am not a big Apple fan, but the portable devices are well done. Too bad thr Samsung screen is not suited because that battery stays charged really long.
My iPad has it brightness way down when I do use it. When I am done, I turn the brightness back in case I get a FaceTime call. Those little girls are too cute for a small screen and our eyes are too old. The battery just drains. Too old to bother replacing.
Other than that, I would like to get a pad for the music and a good stand that would hold it. Would be better. But not sure how it would be marked up with little reminders. How do you do that with a pad for the music, in case I spring for it sometime. Would save a lot of space on my shelf!
@Fiddlerman Thanks for the info. I was looking on Apple to see if they had an iPad Pro 11(?) inch available used. None with a price lw enough for it having been a used one.
I mentioned it to Jer. I think the 11” or larger would help with my being able to see the music. I have major issues getting the correct glasses for this in between vision. Progressives simply do not work for me. Been there three times and never like them.
With my iPad Air, the music is actually smaller than my sheet music, so I can’t use my pad. I have actually thought pretty seriously a out this.
I would need the large pro, a stronger music stand, some way to clip the pro to it so it does not get knocked down, the pen and a foot page turning. I could actually take it to my lesson to use because the stand there is really nice and I don’t think it would get knocked down with just the two of us in there.
I was thinking of springing for that app, but since my iPad Air is too small, I wouldn’t be able to read it.
Well, I have to go cut a new watermelon I just bought. Dang, I should have bought some mint! I have been thinking about that watermelon mint and ice you told me about since you told me about it. Oh, I might have mint flavoring, unless I ran out. I use that in cookies sometime, especially chocolate ones.
I really am interested in that iPad Pro, pen and foot page turner and am going to look into it. I will have to ask my son-in-law about it. He might be able to find me a used one from one of his friends.
Well, I am making some PDF’s of some photos of sheet music I got via screenshot. I paste them into Pages on my pad and then export as PDF. Some, like from your site, were downloaded as PDF. Most of my photos were photos I took of my sheet music, but the screenshots are clearer. I am just doing the pieces I am using in my lessons for now.
Have to download the app on the Pro when I get it and see how it goes. Should be pretty straight forward.
Will let you see the setup when I am done. Maybe, I won’t have to lean forward and squint after this. I can’t get the stand too close or my bows catch it. Ask how I know? Never snagged it really bad, I notice asap. This should help solve that issue.
I am using the same type of quill that Mozart used.
Also, I am putting together a bag with things that don't fit well in my violin case that I plan to use for orchestra. This is a great way to keep music.
I am trying to avoid this, as carrying everything on my back is convenient.
I was very very lucky - I found a cheap violin case, but it is so small that space is at a premium, but I can just about squeeze in everything I need, including music. Phew!
But I can see the need for a special bag one day, so I will stay on the look-out for a really nice one. (I've got two shoulder bags, but they are designed for flat things, so as soon as I buy a packet of biscuits they won't close and look awful).
Maybe we should have a thread on refreshments for orchestral players. Last week in the interval the violist next to me took out a big bag of what looked like broken chocolate pieces and ate the whole lot serially - his mouth was never empty. He couldn't have done better if he'd put the lot on a conveyor belt next to him.
Today I'll be busy - orchestra 1030-1230, travel to violin teacher 1300-1400, lesson 1400-1500, travel home 1500-1600, no food except maybe for some oatmeal before I leave. Normally my violin teacher feeds me if I turn up an hour early. I told her today to make some thin soup and hold the bowl next to me so I could drink it through a straw while playing.
Sorry about the thread drift - slept from 11 til 1 last night. Still awake at 4.30 so I got up. @Fiddlerman, how about a refreshments for orchestral players forum section?
I did take a bag to rehearsal (first rehearsal. I have posted a much better detailed post in My First Orchestra Experience). The benefit of it is my music fits without wrinkling it. I will need to return this music to the University. It belongs to them. I prefer to keep it in good condition.
- Pete -
Yeah, I have a large collection of plastic wallets and stuff. There are messenger bags (what my flat shoulder bags are really called). There are music portfolios. I'd like to splash out on a really nice leather one (it might cost about 200USD in the UK. But maybe leather is very cheap in the USA). They are rigid, whereas my shoulder bags are soft.
The woman who I used to play the most gigs with in Florida had 16 huge books with her full of those plastic sleeves. It was such a drag to drag her suitcase around with us on gigs.
My teacher (a violist) does a lot of wedding gigs with a string quartet. They have nearly 1,000 pieces in their repertoire. I suspect they all still use paper.
I don’t have a lot of music, but I have issues with the middle vision distance that I need to read my sheet music. If I get my stand close enough for my third attempt at middle ground glasses (bifocals do close and distance) my bow snags the the music stand. It has gotten even harder with the mire advanced pieces my cello instructor is introducing, the notes are smaller and there are kore of them, but the bifocals do not work with it,
I noticed the issue with bifocals back 20 yrs ago when I did pano. The line in the bifocals was an issue, and I was just barely able to use, I think the distance, and the closeup was not good, or else it was the other way around. I was able to use the strongest store bought reading glasses at that time, also worked for my hand quilting. The reading glasses available are not strong enough now, but the distance and closeup don’t work either.
So, Idid what Fiddlerman suggested. I will receive my iPad Pro 12.9” pad tomorrow. I did a test with my iPad Air original in horizontal position with a PDF. It was better, but still just a little too small. The 12.9” vertical should be good. I think I found a good stand/holder that will work. Will order it Monday. Want to make sure, so I am still checking others.
I will get the pen, maybe Sunday. They have it at our local Staples.
When I am practicing or playing for fun, I am constantly having to stop and squint. Not good for learning. Like I said, otherwise, I am snagging my bow. I did rewrite, “Irish Rover” for my fiddle larger. Actually, not larger, I have a book of staff paper. I just put fewer measures per staff, and had more space between the notes. I also made them a lot darker. That made it a little better. I can’t do that with everything, took me forever! It is just a short song, but took me a long time.
I only got the 64 GB. I am only using it for my music, and FaceTiming my Granddaughter. I use my iPad Air with FaceTiming now, but will use the Pro for it after I get it. You can’t get too big of a screen for the granddaughters! Just saw them the beginning of Sept, but miss them already. Won’t see them again until April. 😢
Anyway, I will not have to stop and squint.
Gordon Shumway said @Fiddlerman, how about a refreshments for orchestral players forum section?
What do you have in mind???? 🥴
I was just kidding!
When I was an oboist I drank Coke - the gas didn't seem to affect my playing!
And I ate crisps (chips) while playing bridge. I'm surprised so few dowagers hit me with their walking sticks!
But I wouldn't want to get grease on my fiddle!