iPad as a "digital music stand"
Last night I test drove the idea of using the iPad as a digital music stand. I arrange music for and play in the Emerald City Jazz Orchestra in Seattle WA. So I created PDFs of the music, copied them to the iPad, and used GoodReader to view them on our monthly gig last night.
Since the iPad is a little smaller than a standard sheet of 8.5" x 11" paper, I expected to have some trouble reading the parts. We also use old-style "sax fronts" for music stands, which put the reading area further from your eyes. However, the bright, crisp display made that job easier.
When the gig started, I hadn't thought to turn off the automatic sleep function, so I had to remind myself to tap the screen every once in awhile to reset the timer. Page turns were a minor problem - when you have both hands on a baritone saxophone, you don't have a free finger to tap the screen! There are page layout workarounds for that which I didn't try for this test.
Generally, GoodReader was easy enough to use for this purpose, although I never seemed to get the number of taps right when trying to bring the controls back onscreen (I believe it's three-fingers, double-tap).
I think the iPad can work as a digital music stand if you can get it closer to your eyes. Next time I'll use a standard-height music stand and see if that makes a difference. I've also seen that RAM Mounts is coming out with an iPad holder. If there's a clamp that can mount to a standard mike stand, then you'd have a great setup. Might take some more research!
Thank You for Suggesting Good Reader To View
Music scores. I use MusicReader. This iPad app is one half of the program. The other half is in your PC where you can convert your hardcopy music into a PDF format that you download to your MusicReader iPad app. I am a chorus singer and the iPad is slightly smaller than octavo sized music. I have done away with folders of music.
My choir director thought I was surfing the web during rehearsal until I showed him. Now he is getting an iPad to manage not only what the choir sings but all of the other music he uses during performances.
But I can see how easy GoodReader would be in quickly viewing files. This app was just updated today. The update gives the ability to mark and note PDF files and save the changes for viewing later.