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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Digital Sheet Music & Fakebooks


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Duckinacup - Posted - 05/28/2018:  09:43:03


Posting a new thread so I'm not hijacking someone else's.



Any users of digital sheet music such as PDF's, the different eBooks formats such as kindle, nook, etc., or other type/method?



I've started using some internet based sheet music on a Galaxy tablet which permits enlarging the images so my tired old eyes can more easily see the notes, but I dread the thought of buying a book of music in Kindle or Nook format because, unlike text, musical notation is not adjustable without losing clarity.



Having a fakebook on a tablet or even laptop would give portability new meaning.



Would love to hear comments and opinions, especially from anyone already using said music.

DougD - Posted - 05/28/2018:  10:57:55


I have an Android tablet with Ryan's Mammoth Collection (Cole's) plus the index one of our members created for it, two volumes of O'Neills, Cecil Sharp's "English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians," "Negro Folk Rhymes" by Thomas Talley, and some individual pieces and a few others. All in .pdf format. Works great.
I have a lot more on other computers, but the tablet is very handy.


Edited by - DougD on 05/28/2018 11:00:16

DougD - Posted - 05/28/2018:  11:27:22


PS - I also have a very useful abc notation app, so I can read tunes from the Fiddler's Companion, the Session and other sites. Plus the Amazing Slowdowner, the Virtual Midi Piano Keyboard, a couple notation programs, a couple recording apps, a tuner and a metronome. This tablet is a music machine!


Edited by - DougD on 05/28/2018 11:30:46

Duckinacup - Posted - 05/29/2018:  04:41:59


quote:

Originally posted by DougD

I have an Android tablet with Ryan's Mammoth Collection (Cole's) plus the index one of our members created for it, two volumes of O'Neills, Cecil Sharp's "English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians," "Negro Folk Rhymes" by Thomas Talley, and some individual pieces and a few others. All in .pdf format. Works great.

I have a lot more on other computers, but the tablet is very handy.



PS - I also have a very useful abc notation app, so I can read tunes from the Fiddler's Companion, the Session and other sites. Plus the Amazing Slowdowner, the Virtual Midi Piano Keyboard, a couple notation programs, a couple recording apps, a tuner and a metronome. This tablet is a music machine!






Where did you find Ryan's in PDF format?  That's a bunch of music!  cheeky  Or any music, for that matter?



I've printed sheet music from thesession.org and even displayed it on my tablet for practice, but, again, am stumped on how to download or produce a PDF for each piece.



What file format does the conversion app use when saving the converted music?



 

DougD - Posted - 05/29/2018:  06:09:28


There's a lot of violin sheet music on this site: violinsheetmusic.org Scroll down to "Music Collections" and you'll find Ryan's in the list. It says it now includes an index, which would be handy. There's also music available at the Internet Archive and the Petrucci Music Library, if you know what you're looking for. I also have some old sheet music downloaded from the Levy collection and other similar sites.
The abc program is called TradMusician - free at the Google store. Its really a player and (I guess) an editor - it will display the file as clear, expandable standard notation or play it as a MIDI, but it doesn't export or save the file in any format. Pdf is a proprietary Adobe format, and I think requires a license. What I do is download the abc files to a folder, and then they're available for quick viewing in the app. I see they have a specific procedure for the Session under "Settings," but it involves an online library, which doesn't appeal to me.
Hope this helps.

crich - Posted - 07/12/2018:  12:02:18


Does anyone know if there's an alternative for TradMusician for IPad? Thanks Clinton

Duckinacup - Posted - 07/13/2018:  05:46:40


quote:

Originally posted by crich

Does anyone know if there's an alternative for TradMusician for IPad? Thanks Clinton






Here's a link to a page that has links to other ABC notation reading IPad apps:  appcrawlr.com/ios-apps/best-ap...-notation

DougD - Posted - 07/13/2018:  07:08:58


The abc notation website has a page devoted to avalable software, including several apps for iPad: abcnotation.com/software

gapbob - Posted - 07/13/2018:  10:51:59


I have my ipads loaded up with PDF files. Don't have to worry about Kindle/Nook playing around with the documents, though Apple will often drop all the items from your device if you update the software, guess it isn't smart enough to know to move the documents to the newer version, so they disappear. Never update an ipad/iphone on a trip away from home.

DougD - Posted - 07/13/2018:  10:59:09


Something I could have mentioned earlier is that abc files are much smaller than pdf. Either way you need a viewer, like Adobe Acrobat or an abc converter. With a good converter, its easy to maintain a large collection of abc files, and no harder than viewing pdf files.

carlb - Posted - 07/14/2018:  05:35:19


This site may be a useful resource for some of you.

biteyourownelbow.com/webtunes.htm

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