the tablet dilemma
Date: July 8, 2013
I spent this last semester working with the iPad in rehearsals and performance. I found it to be a great tool with respect to managing all the repertoire for the various ensembles. I used to carry around several different folders - one for each ensemble. No more. It was also great to mark up scores for specific rehearsals and then erase those and put new ones in for the next rehearsal. And, it was wonderful in performance because there was no sound when turning pages. I will treasure the day when we figure out a way to legally put all of our ensemble members' music on such a device.
The dilemma is that the screen is fine when someone is holding it to read in a choir, but too small for conducting purposes. Does anyone know of a tablet or other portable device that is closer to a normal size octavo or even better slightly larger? Is there enough of a market for some entrepreneur out there to develop such a device for the many musicians that would use it? If so, could I ask that person to hurry up and develop it? My guess is that if it were designed solely for the purposes of reading music (not a multi-purpose tablet), then it would be fairly inexpensive and many musicians throughout the world would want one - or in the case of pianists two that are linked.
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