Archive for August, 2012

Did you know you can create custom stamps for music annotation and save them to forScore’s stamp library?  Use the stamp editor to hand-draw any symbol or notation you like and add it to the annotation toolbar.

Video: forScore Tutorial: Create custom stamps with the Stamp Editor (4:44)

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Here’s a quickie tutorial on how to import PDF music score files directly from the web into forScore using forScore’s built-in web browser.

Video: forScore Tutorial: Web PDF download/import of music score files (2:50)

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Credit: AirTurn

AirTurn, the company that makes the Bluetooth page-turning pedals, has a very nifty interactive app finder on their website that can recommend a music-reading app based on what work you do with music, what features you want, and/or your computing platform.  Not too surprisingly, it focuses on apps that are AirTurn-compatible, but that doesn’t keep it from being a great source of information and software options for both tablets and desktops/laptops.

P.S. Thanks to Going Digital for Musicians for mentioning this resource!

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Credit: reflectionapp.com

Following up on my how-to post on iPad screencasts: Matt L. at Performing Arts Technology @ UNCG has blogged about another method for recording iPad screencasts using Reflection, TouchPosé, audio software, and your computer.  His method also requires a jailbreak (at least for showing the touch gestures) as well as more hardware and software, but it is superior to my method in terms of the audio quality that is recorded from apps.

Read the full post here: Screencasting on iPad (a followup)

Matt, thanks for sharing this info!

On a related note: Chris R. from Technology in Music Education warns us of a fraudulent display recording app in Apple’s App Store that is masquerading as a previously-existing app that really did record the iPad display but got pulled from the Apple App Store.  Here is a link to the bad app: Disp Recorder  It’s times like these that I wish the Apple App Store had a no-questions-asked 15-minute refund period like the Google Play app store, a policy that’s saved me more than once when an app did not perform as expected or advertised.

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If you’re new to forScore, start with this 15-minute tutorial.  It’s a hands-on introduction where I walk you through the process of importing a PDF music score, annotating and navigating the score, and browsing your scores in forScore’s music library menu.  If you’re a forScore veteran, please share this with other musicians who are new to forScore or who are curious about using a tablet as a music reader.

Video: forScore Tutorial: Getting Started (14:47)

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How to use the Rearrange tool in forScore to cut, copy, paste, and re-order pages in a score and enable hands-free navigation of codas, cuts, and repeats. For an alternate method of navigating codas, cuts, and repeats that’s easier to set up but doesn’t have a hands-free option, see this tutorial on Links.

Video: forScore Tutorial: Hands-free repeats, codas, and cuts with Rearrange (9:40)

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Choral Library is a free iPhone app (also runs on iPad) that lets you browse and download works from the Choral Public Domain Library (CPDL).  It also shows basic info about the work, including the text when available.

On the iPhone, Choral Library is a lot easier to use than the CPDL website.  On the iPad, it’s less necessary because the bigger screen more readily accommodates the CPDL website, but it is still a useful search alternative if you prefer tapping to typing on your iOS device.

Credit: Choral Library

Credit: Choral Library

Credit: Choral Library