iPad Pro for Sheet Music display on Piano. What size do I need? 11 or 12?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Starfyre, Nov 22, 2018.

  1. Starfyre macrumors 68030


    Nov 7, 2010
    I want to get an iPad Pro mainly for sheet music to put on my piano. Is the 11 inch sufficient? Or do I need to get the 12 inch?
  2. therockyroad macrumors member

    Dec 7, 2011
    If it is just guitar chords than the 11 is fine but if it is notated music I would want to 12.9” to be as close to A4 paper as possible. I would also think about a Bluetooth foot pedal to change pages while playing.
  3. Entopia7 macrumors regular

    Feb 4, 2008
    Having used both 12.9 and 10.5 for this purpose, I’d go with the 12.9. Most sheet music is even larger than the 12.9” screen. I never had a ton of trouble reading from the smaller model, but the 12.9 is a big difference.
  4. Starfyre thread starter macrumors 68030


    Nov 7, 2010
    The new iPad Pro is bezeless right? Normal paper is only 11.5 inches max height... unless I am missing something here.
  5. dwig macrumors 6502a

    Jan 4, 2015
    Key West FL
    Screen measurements are the diagonal size. "Standard letter" sized paper, either A4 or US Letter, have a diagonal measure approximately 14".

    My brother, a professional pianist and piano accompanist, has found the iPad (9.7" I think) that he originally used to be a bit small, as is his current is better (10.5??). Since his current one is beginning to have issues with battery run time (typical aging battery failure), he's planning to replace it with the new 12.9.

    He works from scans that he saves in PDF and "reads" with a special app that is specifically designed for this use. He also uses Bluetooth foot pedals for page turning.
  6. Dave-Z macrumors 6502a

    Jun 26, 2012
  7. Entopia7 macrumors regular

    Feb 4, 2008
    As mentioned, the screen is measured diagonally. A lot of printed music is A4, which is larger than even the 12.9” screen. For reference, the newest 12.9” iPad is about the same size as a US letter sheet of paper. (8.5x11)
  8. mguzman macrumors member

    Dec 17, 2007
    I’ve used my iPads for guitar sheet music (standard notation and standard plus tab) for years on various iPads up to the iPad Pro 9.7. The displays were just a bit too small to totally convert from my normal binder with printed paper sheets. With the physical size reduction in this year’s iPad Pro 12.9 I decided to buy it. To my aging eyes, the 12.9 inch display made a huge difference and I am in the process of going digital with my sheet music collection.
  9. therockyroad macrumors member

    Dec 7, 2011
    The small one is 9.7 inches hegh, with very small bezels, the large one is 11 inches high.

    A4 paper is 11.6 inches high.
  10. AutomaticApple macrumors 68000


    Nov 28, 2018
    12.9 inch.
  11. jpereiod macrumors newbie


    Feb 15, 2013
    Columbia, Maryland
    A little off topic, but what Apps are people using on their ipads for music display on a piano.

  12. CB98 macrumors 6502

    Jun 6, 2018

    OP - 12.9. It’s like reading the music off a sheet of paper. Also, if you want to read orchestral scores then it won’t be easy with anything smaller than a 12.9.
  13. AlliFlowers Contributor


    Jan 1, 2011
    L.A. (Lower Alabama)
    I would go as big as possible. I've been using my iPads for sheet music for a few years now, and bigger is easier on the eyes.
  14. Saskat macrumors regular


    Mar 27, 2017
    For sheet music on piano, 12’9” iPad, Bluetooth foot pedal and Forscore make a great combo.
  15. D1STORT1ON macrumors newbie


    Mar 24, 2011
    Agreed. This is what I use
  16. Macalway macrumors 68030

    Aug 7, 2013
    12.9 can give you 2 pages landscape (what I use for piano), although the smaller iPads will look better for single page portrait. I need the 2 pages, so the twelve for me. I've even thought of using two iPads together, but there's no way to use a single foot pedal. (or maybe there is? )
  17. Starfyre thread starter macrumors 68030


    Nov 7, 2010
    Any recommendations on foot pedals?

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