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PostPosted: Tue Feb 20, 2007 7:06 am 
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Find a copier that can reduce size. Reduce to 80 or 70%, cut off most of the wite borders, and tape together. But more than 6 pieces still gets awkward and the smaller format does not improve reading.
Perhaps the ultimate solution, if you can spare the money, would be to use a gadget like the MusicPad, see
http://www.freehandsystems.com/

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$899!? Wow!


If you need to play more than what your piano can accomodate (luckily for my keyboard the music holder runs the length of the keyboard, so I can fit 6 pages); I suggest that you just memorize the music and not worry about sight reading. But that is just my opinion.

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kwandrei wrote:
I'm reluctant to put a board on my music holder but I wondered if it might be possible to make something using cardboard or poster board and holding the pages up with those large clips.

That is what I do. Top and bottom of a Fedex carton box, a piece of ducktape and a couple of paper clamps work nicely. Bit of a hassle, but it works. But if you have to look too far to the right or left it is not really comfortable. Memorizing must be great if you can do it - and have a brain the size of a planet :roll:

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techneut wrote:
a piece of ducktape
:lol: :lol:

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one crazy idea is to scan your music and use a tablet PC. Then buy a separate pedal to turn pages with the left foot. Saw it done by a Hugh Sung, a techie pianist at Curtis Institute. www.hughsung.com has a bunch of info on it. It's just seriously expensive... :roll:

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joeisapiano wrote:
one crazy idea is to scan your music and use a tablet PC. Then buy a separate pedal to turn pages with the left foot. Saw it done by a Hugh Sung, a techie pianist at Curtis Institute. www.hughsung.com has a bunch of info on it. It's just seriously expensive... :roll:

I have thought about this idea many times before and have worked it out in my head like this. And it does not need to be that expensive.

1) You need to scan your sheet to your computer.
2) Make PDF format of the scans.
3) Buy a screen which is adjustable and can be turned around to a vertical position so that it stands up like an A4 and can be fit someplace on your piano/grand.
4) Run the PDF sheet in demonstration mode which fills the screen nicely.
5) Buy a mouse which you put on the floor just left to the pedals and on every click, it will shift page in 1/10 of a second.

The only thing I know I would hate is to turn on the computer and find the sheet for everytime I want to play.

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The MySpace video worked for me. Extremely instructive, thanks for that ! This is a tantalizing idea for someone like me who plays virtually everything from sheet. The only thing is that the foot switch solution does not seem usable when playing the organ. If there is a place at all to put the thing, it remains to be seen if you'll have the time to operate it. Hopefully there will be more sophisticated approaches to this basic little problem.

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Hrm.. these devices look positively medieaval... If you need to operate a finger switch you may as well go and turn the bloody page ! Perhaps they can one day make something that reacts on eye contact, like I think already is deployed in computers for motorically impaired people. That would require special hardware in the PC though. Not likely any time soon...
But thanks for the reply !

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 Post subject: Re: the low-tech solution isn't bad
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kwandrei wrote:
I just took two long pieces of poster board, didn't even both to tape together, strung them out on the music holder, and put paper clips on the tops and was able to have 6 sheets.

Shell out for the piece of ducktape and it will even be better :wink:

kwandrei wrote:
The biggest problem is seeing the music on the first and last page clearly. I'm thinking of working on enlarging those pages some.

That is a real good out-of-the-box idea. Wonder why I never thought of that !

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cheap solution -

I copy my pages onto cardstock - it's easier than using posterboard behind regular paper.


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