I think I’ve entered the 21st century. No more copying music. Granted it will take a long time before my savings on ink and paper equal the cost of an iPad pro. But combined with the app “ForScore” and a foot pedal, it’s a whole new world for me.
Here’s how it works. I find some music on IMSLP, or something I’ve already saved to my hard drive. I transfer it to my Dropbox account, tap a button on my ForScore app and the music is in my iPad. I can put the music in multiple set lists (cello duets, cello trios, orchestra music, cello and piano…). I can mark up the music with black, red, or blue ink. (Probably more colors- I’m still exploring.) I can highlight with yellow or erase. [I can actually erase those notes I don’t want to play and put rests in their places, or change 1/4 notes to 1/8 notes.] I can make the page larger or smaller.
Here’s some more cool things about ForScore: There’s a metronome that will be audible or flash on the sides of the page. Very cool. There’s a little piano so you can play passages that you need help with hearing. You can make little notes to yourself (“Don’t forget the D sharps!”) that will pop up for a few seconds when you bring up the music. and more and more. Check here to learn about this very cool app: https://forscore.co.
And now the VERY BEST PART: The foot pedal. There are many options for buying one of these. I paid $89 and am using a “PageFlip Butterfly”. Easy to use. You press a pedal and the page turns. (You can also just tap the page and it will turn.) AND TO MAKE IT EVEN BETTER: There is this little item called a 1/2 page turn, so that you can have the top half of the next page showing before you have finished the first page. You are never without the music in front of your eyes. For me, this is amazing. It’s fun too! And best of all, I always have all my music with me.