I played Faure’s Elegie at a performance of amateur musicians. We had a wonderful, large, very accepting audience. I was amazed that so many people came to a performance like this. It wasn’t free and it was on a Friday night, but it was standing room only.
Both the pianist and I were using our iPad Pro’s and foot pedals, as was one of the other musicians. When the “concert” was over, the director opened the floor for questions. I was so surprised when all the questions were about our use of the devices and how we incorporated technology into our musical world. (No one was interested in “Why Faure Wrote The Elegie”.) We were very happy to share how much we loved making this change.
So here’s an update on my transition away from paper. It’s fabulous. I have all my music in setlists on the Pro. I can scan music I already have or download directly from IMSLP into my dropbox file, which is then a tap of a button to put it into my Pro. The For Score program is wonderful. I can add/subtract/rearrange pages. I can highlight, erase, add symbols, and write notes in black, blue or red. I can mark “turn” on the page so I remember to do a 1/2 page turn which allows me to see the music I’m playing on the bottom half of the page while the top half of the next page is on the top of my page. In other words, I always have the notes in front of me. I can record what I’m playing, have a metronome beating (or blinking), or bring up a little piano keyboard so I can play those notes that just don’t seem “right”. I’ve even learned the correct way to back it all up so nothing will be “lost”.
No more hunting for music through all my binders. No more grabbing the wrong orchestra folder. Everything is in one place which makes it easier to practice as well as carry to lessons or rehearsals.
And speaking of that, I gotta go practice! Go Pro!