iPad looks promising for Sheet Music


macrumors 6502a
Jul 23, 2008
I thought about using the ipad for sheet music too, and that program looks amazing. I especially like the automatic page turning feature, which is definitely the most annoying part about sheet music, having to turn the page in the middle of playing.


macrumors 6502a
Aug 14, 2002
Charlotte, NC
Now that is something I never thought of. When it comes to practicing, this could be a pretty useful thing, instead of lugging books and losing pages, ect. However, I think it will be awhile before you see these on stands on a stage. ;) I'll stick with paper for performing.


macrumors 6502
Dec 15, 2008
Charleston, SC
Awesome. I play piano and have to admit that I hadn't thought about this use. I'll add this to the list of things that make the iPad not just a big iPod Touch.


macrumors 603
Jan 6, 2002
That could be quite amazing, although the one issue I'd like to see a solution for would be turning pages. If I didn't have to reach up and actually touch the screen, but it could 1) turn automatically based on the sound received (sounds more complex than it is, a few solution like this exist) or 2) had a foot pedal available for turning the page, then I'd love it. Without that, it's cool but doesn't offer a huge advantage over paper (plus I'd have to get all of my paper music into it somehow).



macrumors 6502
Jan 7, 2010
Actually being able to review scores and do some type of editing would be interesting. Maybe a Sibelius Lite type of thing.
would be nice if you could have the option of having a midi-type playback of scores too... this would be helpful for people to learn sheet music, and/or play duets with the iPad playing the second part. would be pretty funny to see a quartet play with 3 people and an iPad (with speakers) because the 4th person was sick ;-)


macrumors member
Mar 22, 2010
Plano, TX
There have been similar devices strictly for this purpose (electronic sheet music) for some time. My thought is though that the iPad screen would be too small for that use.


macrumors 68020
Mar 15, 2008
It looks like an app that would work as well on the Kindle. Amazon has an SDK for the Kindles now. Perhaps we'll see something like forescore there too.


macrumors 68000
Jun 13, 2007
Austin, Texas
I'm not saying the idea is silly, I'm saying these threads are silly. As if it's a brilliant epiphany that the iPad replaces paper in many situations.
In this particular situation with a musical score, editing via touch and even basic playback capability would move it beyond paper in many ways.


macrumors 65816
Jan 12, 2005
These threads are pretty silly.

Yes, you can use an iPad for things you used to do with paper!
Actually, it's not. Imagine this, for example. There are already apps that can recognize tones. Suppose one of those was coupled with a sheet music display that would "hear" when you get to the end of the page in your practice, and turn the page for you at automatically the right time. Suppose further you could "pencil" in your annotations and performing notes. Suppose even further that you could call up a MIDI playback of any particular phrase. Suppose even further that could could record your own performance and play any part of it back against the MIDI exemplar whilst you are learning the piece.

There could be some great stuff here, sheet-music wise, that would be much more than paper.


macrumors newbie
Oct 17, 2008
Chicago, IL
I use my macbook pro to download a lot of pdf music from IMLSP. The thing with actually playing and using the ipad is that you have to put it on a music stand. Just using the macbook pro on a desk seems like an easier and safer solution.

At the moment for an any serious musician doing high level ensemble performing, you would never substitute or give up the ability to simply write in adjustments on the spot.


macrumors regular
Mar 12, 2010
When the iPad was first mentioned in January I immediately thought how awesome it would be to load up guitar tabs and bring the iPad to the open mics I play at instead of fumbling around with printed sheets.. Also if someone makes requests just fire up safari and find the tab! Can't wait to try it out tonight!


macrumors 68020
Mar 15, 2008
Here's a free idea: The iPad has a mic. Music sheet software should listen to the player and automagically turn or scroll the page for him/her.