Countdown to iPad – Sheet Music (Use Case 2)

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Is this your sheet music?
Is this your sheet music?

If you own more than a few pieces of sheet music you will be interested in this iPad use case. Let’s face it, sheet music is not the easiest thing on the planet to manage. It comes into your life at different times and in many shapes and sizes. Our collections grow over time, so even if you have invested in boxes and binders, rarely do they match. It seems like the music you need is always at the bottom of a pile or missing all together.

Imagine easily purchasing, organizing and finding sheet music. Now imagine being able to take your sheet music with you anywhere you go. You’ve just imagined your sheet music collection on an iPad. Once your sheet music is on an iPad you don’t have to stop with just managing it. Imagine playing the piano and turning the pages with a simple swipe of your fingers across the iPad display. Imagine a virtual metronome helping you keep perfect time with the music. Imagine…. wait, we still have many days to go in this countdown. Best save some for another post.

Before iPad
Before iPad
After iPad
After iPad

We have many iPad use case scenarios queued up, but could always use more. Please comment and share your iPad ideas below.

A special thanks to Joshua Mace for the original sheet music concept. You can find him on twitter @joshmace.


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13 thoughts on “Countdown to iPad – Sheet Music (Use Case 2)”

  1. Swiping to turn the page? I imagined better. How about an iPad sheet music app that can listen and detect when you're near the end of the page, and then turns it for you…..

  2. A swipe would be a huge improvement over what I do now. A tap like the with the ebooks that Jobs showed would also be nice. Auto turn from detection when you're at the end of the page would be… dare I say "magical?"

  3. I teach a style of yoga called Kundalini Yoga. I have hundreds if not thousands of yoga sets (aka kriyas) to pick from each time I teach. Traditionally I've kept these in binders and have carried around a subset of them with me when I go to teach. I'm planning to scan all my favourites and add them to my iPad. It will also be nice to have notes and yogic texts with me everywhere I go…and maybe even videos of yoga masters I can show on a projector.

  4. OK, but what about something to manage chord sheets? A lot of musicians play at bars and even churches with sheets that list the lyrics with the chords transcribed over them, like this:
    C F C
    Amazing grace, how sweet the sound…

    A great app would be able to manage a library of chord sheets, put together a "set list" (list of songs in the order to be played), and offer the ability to transpose a song (change the key in which it's played). Also, the ability to jot down info on the sheets (which amp/effects settings, reminders about the intro, etc.).

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