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best score readers

PostMon May 09, 2022 7:20 pm

Hello everyone. I want to take the plunge into an electronic score reader with page-turning functions. I am really unable to turn pages with dry skin from diabetes. As well as organ, I play piano and harpsichord, but no longer in public. Just for fun. I do sing in choirs still and have great difficulty with turning pages.

What are your suggestions for best score readers, apps and pedals?

I see that Guido has abandoned the business. Are there other good readers or is the Ipad the best option?

Thanks for all suggestions.

Robert Sigmund
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Re: best score readers

PostTue May 10, 2022 4:22 am

I spent a lot of time choosing my score reader. In the end I chose an ipad running forscore. It is ideal for an organist since you can turn the pages with face gestures. Nobody has spotted my face gestures yet
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PostTue May 10, 2022 4:27 am

I use the same setup - with forScore running on an iPad Pro 12.9" using face gestures for page turning. There is a great Richard McVeigh YouTube video where he goes through how it works for him using the face gestures. I only use the right page turn and keep the left page turn deactivated - so far I have not had any problems.
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PostTue May 10, 2022 7:07 am

Thanks for the information. Does anyone use landscape mode and display 2 pages at once, or is it not necessary?

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PostWed May 11, 2022 7:53 am

I use the free Evince document reader on my Hauptwerk PC, utilizing the same display, as I use a Launchpad for the stops. The pdf can be read in "presentation" mode, which fills the whole screen, and can be triggered with any usb switch. On mine, I have built a knee-activated bar switch (using the guts of a usb mouse) so that to turn the page, I need only raise either knee high enough to trip the bar.

For piano, I use the ForScore application on iPad. Works really well, $10 a year subscription but worth it IMO. I do occasionally find myself trying to activate the knee switch that is nonexistent on the piano; may have to put one there someday!
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Re: best score readers

PostThu May 12, 2022 3:57 pm

Are there any Android apps (and on what version) that can turn pages by facial recognition? I use a 13 inch tablet for recitals but need a remote bluetooth pageturner person to click the turns.

Much easier on my home organ as it has page turn pistons and a large digital music display!
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Re: best score readers

PostThu May 12, 2022 4:19 pm

Hi Robsig - I use Landscape but with only 1 iPad and I find it works fine. The difficulty is that you can't scan ahead like you can with a traditional score.

I think there is the option within forScore to display 2 pages on landscape using 2 iPads.
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PostFri May 13, 2022 3:06 am

You can display 2 pages at once. Tablet in landscape for portrait printed music and in portrait mode for landscape printed music. You can also advance half a page at a time which give you a look ahead ability.
To the best of my knowledge, there is not an android software app which permits page advance with face gestures.
I only use advance page option. It on at least one occasion the page advanced when I scratche my face. Not a problem whilst playing.
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