Okay, I admit that I’m a techie, and love all the latest gadgets. I’ve been using computers since 1983 and have owned over two dozen Macs, three iPads and five iPhones since 1987. My husband used to tell me that I kept Apple Computer in business! For my upcoming trip, which is now only about ten days away (gasp!), I’m taking my iPhone, my iPad and my MacBook Air — all of which I consider the bare minimum to keep me connected and to give me the tools to blog away.
However, I’ve been intrigued by gadgets from which to read music. I specifically have been interested in how musicians use the iPad to upload PDF copies of the music, eliminating bulky scores and the need for a human page turner. The hype is that you can keep your entire music library on the iPad and don’t have to carry around all your organ music books. You may remember from my trip to Los Angeles last Christmas (see my post “Surprise Reunion“) that organist Jonathan Dimmock read from an iPad to play his recital at Our Lady of the Angels.
I was especially fascinated to see how he used specially-mounted pedals to turn the pages. With all the traps that can befall a human page turner (like turning two pages at the same time, or turning too late or too early) I have seriously considered using a digital music reader to play my next concert. Here’s a repost of the picture I took of the Bluetooth pedals:
My reservations about using the iPad, however, are that the screen is too small and I’m afraid the screen would go dark in the middle of a performance. That would really be disastrous! Or what if in the middle of a concert, you forgot to turn off notifications and a text message came through at the worst possible moment?
This past week, a new dual screen 13.3 inch sheet music reader was announced, and I must say that it looks awfully tempting. It’s called the Gvido and made its debut at a music industry conference in Cannes last week. However, I believe it’s not yet commercially available.
But guess how I’ve spent the last week? As you probably remember, I’m preparing Bach’s Clavierübung III (The German Organ Mass) for a performance this October, and I’ve been scanning, cutting, pasting and printing my music to create giant scores, eliminating page turns altogether.
My only fear is — will I be able to see the music? Will I get lost in the maze of little dots on the page?
It reminds me of that French television commercial, which tells us that in some cases, paper is best!