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« Reply #20 on: Jan 09, 2018, 08:19PM »

Simply taking a picture on your phone is usually sufficient for me. No reason to convert to PDF.  The big benefit of PDF is that you can have multiple pages which isn't a big deal if you take a picture of a few measures to shed at home. I've done that for chord changes before.
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« Reply #21 on: Jan 09, 2018, 09:02PM »

Simply taking a picture on your phone is usually sufficient for me. No reason to convert to PDF.  The big benefit of PDF is that you can have multiple pages which isn't a big deal if you take a picture of a few measures to shed at home. I've done that for chord changes before.

The nice things the scanner pro app does are remove any distortion (squares it up) and convert it to b/w - all automatically.  You end up with a very crisp image. Plus it handle multiple pages really well.  It's as easy as using the camera. Maybe easier.
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« Reply #22 on: Jan 10, 2018, 04:50AM »




We've started "digitizing" music in several of my community bands. It saves the librarians a lot of headaches. We are expressly instructed not to share the digital files, and to destroy physical (and digital) copies after performance.

It really saves the frustration when for example somebody takes the folder home then doesn't show up, or loses it. 

If you didn't have a copy, you'd end up paying for a replacement.

Oh wait..................................
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« Reply #23 on: Jan 10, 2018, 05:13AM »

It really saves the frustration when for example somebody takes the folder home then doesn't show up, or loses it. 

If you didn't have a copy, you'd end up paying for a replacement. *

Oh wait..................................

* If the piece is even still in print/ replaceable.


Simply taking a picture on your phone is usually sufficient for me. No reason to convert to PDF.  The big benefit of PDF is that you can have multiple pages which isn't a big deal if you take a picture of a few measures to shed at home. I've done that for chord changes before.

You clearly need to practice less than I do.  Pant
And tbathras is spot-on. The automated clean-up processes in PDF apps are gold.
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« Reply #24 on: Jan 10, 2018, 05:57AM »

Here's where we get into some deep weeds.

I scan all my music and use a tablet to play from.  Is this illegal?  Letter of the law says yes; but will the Copyright Police come after me?  Probably not.

What if the battery goes dead? Seems to me that could be a problem for guys like the ones who even forget to take a mouthpiece with them!

And what if the tablet decided NOW is the time to get sticky by doing an update, or otherwise decided to do the boogaloo, as electronic devices sometimes mysteriously seem to want to do (at least when I'm using them)?

...all techno-noob questions. Like a good lawyer (but I'm not one), I know the answers to the above questions, or at least I think I do.

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« Reply #25 on: Jan 10, 2018, 06:03AM »

Yeah if you need the full page or want to read from it that makes sense to convert to PDF.  I've been fortunate that I've always been in bands as full-time members so I got the full book most of the time.  Did a lot of bass trombone the last couple of years though and there are nnever any changes in those parts. So I'll snap a picture of them and then remake the part in Sibelius if I have the time.  But I definitely didn't want to recommend that approach since its overkill of the highest order!

As far as tablet performance goes, I always carry the charger with me and an power strip extension cord + stand light. I always perform with the tablet being charged even though its battery life is well over several hours despite being from ca. 2011.  When I get my book in order, I restart the iPad and put it in flight mode so it won't accidentally download anything.  And then I don't get notifications too.  Though technically the device is discontinued so I shouldn't receive any future updates. Then just to make sure, I always have the book with me too, just sorted.  That works the best for me anyway because I always keep my books in order very well. Resorting them is the hard part, but if I never have to re-sort it then it doesn't take any time!  Note that I've never had to do this in 5 years of using the tablet for performances.
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« Reply #26 on: Jan 10, 2018, 06:06AM »

What if the battery goes dead? Seems to me that could be a problem for guys like the ones who even forget to take a mouthpiece with them!

And what if the tablet decided NOW is the time to get sticky by doing an update, or otherwise decided to do the boogaloo, as electronic devices sometimes mysteriously seem to want to do (at least when I'm using them)?

...all techno-noob questions. Like a good lawyer (but I'm not one), I know the answers to the above questions, or at least I think I do.

...Geezer

I bring my hard copies to the gig.  In rehearsal, I could read on with someone in most of the groups I play in.  If I'm the only bass then I take my hard copies anyway.  For me it's less about carrying less and more about the ease of managing page turns, etc, on the tablet.

Also, airplane mode and "Do not disturb" are your friends.
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« Reply #27 on: Jan 10, 2018, 06:27AM »

Yes. Thanks guys. Pretty much as I thought, but I didn't consider "airplane mode". See! That's experience!

I would also take hard copies. I also hadn't thought of taking a charger along as well, but why not. At home, when I'm on Fantasy Football League, I always operate my laptop from the charger.

I guess I would also take a stand light, but playing from a tablet should make it unnecessary, if all it going as planned.

Oh, and it's probably a good idea to have it set so that the screen-saver doesn't come on in THE MIDDLE OF A SOLO! Lol!

Looks like I and probably a lot of guys who haven't posted to this thread have some catching up to do on the latest & greatest technology for music!

 Good!

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