Sheet Of The Week – Between The Raindrops (Lifehouse)


  Between The Raindrops by Lifehouse for Eb Instruments (110.3 KiB, 1 hits)
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  Between The Raindrops by Lifehouse for Bb Instruments (113.8 KiB, 2 hits)
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forScore 10 Announced

forScore, for iOS, announced a new version of their amazing music software for iPads. Some notable new features.

  • Crop – Taking pictures with an iPad can be cumbersome, and getting perfectly aligned photos of pieces of paper is nearly impossible. That’s why we added a crop tool to forScore’s Darkroom. It lets you re-frame your photo after the fact to cut out everything except the page.
  • Enhance – Framing is just one part of it, though. For the best results, you also need to account for lighting and other factors that can turn your perfectly legible sheet music into a muddy mess.
  • De-skew – PDF files are ubiquitous, flexible, and well-supported across platforms. They can also vary wildly in quality, from pristine, digitally-created masters to terrible, crooked scans. We’ve received a lot of requests over the years to add a way to fix these files, and now we have.
  • Setlists – For many users, setlists are the real workhorse of forScore. They’re flexible and essential to a lot of people, but they can also start to get out of hand if you create a lot of them. Some people upload and archive their setlists in the cloud, but with forScore 10 we set out to design a better way for people to organize and archive their setlists.

Some of these, like De-skew, should be done when you make the PDF using something like Adobe Acrobat. But I guess if you are taking pictures or perhaps scanning directly to the iPad, that is not an option.

I use forScore a little. The bulk of my gigging iPad usage is on my iPad 1 (original iPad) using unRealBook.

Sheet Of The Week – Look After You (The Fray)

  Look After You by The Fray for Eb Instruments (95.6 KiB, 6 hits)
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  Look After You by The Fray for Bb Instruments (94.5 KiB, 10 hits)
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Awesome Stands by Woodwind Design

Being a woodwind player is a pain. You generally have a ton of horns to take to a gig, plus you need to bring stands. And this becomes a BIG problem when you start bringing a Baritone to gigs.

My current stand for Bari is a Hercules stand. It nice, but it’s big. It doesn’t fit in the smallish bag I have for the other stands I bring. Not that I’m complaining. I want a stand that is sturdy…..but I would also like one that fits in a proper bag.

I came across this stand by Woodwind Designs. Whoa. Carbon Fiber stand, and it will fold up and go inside the bell? W…T….really? I’m starting to save my shekels for this.

Check it out.

Gig Bag Essentials

While on the net, I came across this article, 10 Gig Bag Essentials. While it is more geared towards Guitarists, there were some things that I also put in my “Gig Bag”. And what do people put in their “Gig Bag” nowadays anyhow?

Here is a list of things I keep in my “Gig Bag”.

  • Spare Reeds – A low hanging fruit to be sure, but it does need saying that you should probably have extra reeds in the bag for all the instruments you are planning on playing at the gig. I generally keep two reeds for each instrument and if there is oboe involved, I bring a small reed emergency kit for oboe as well.
  • Spare Neck Strap – I cannot remember the LAST TIME I forgot my neck strap. It must be close to 10 years now, but I do have another neck strap in the bag just in case.
  • Tuner – “Back in the day” I’d carry a tuner in the bag. This has been replaced years ago by having an “App” on the iPhone to tune.
  • Tape – Scotch tape is great to have in case something goes wrong on a horn.
  • Multitool – There are a ton of multitools out there, and at some point I’ll find a better one and write about it, but having a multitool is great. The screw drivers are small enough to adjust the screws on most all the horns I take out. Pliers, knife….so many things you can use.
  • Pencils/Pens/Highlighter – Some groups still use paper *gasp*. You need a device to write on paper. Usually a pencil. A pen is sometimes useful as well.
  • Hearing Protection – Sometimes groups can play really loud. Protect your hearing.
  • Battery Pack and Cables – A battery to charge your iPhone or iPad. You can also bring a power cable, but these battery pack things are like $20 and can fully charge your iPad and iPhone no problem.

Additional things to put in the bag if doing a gig that requires electronics. This would be like a R&B or Pop group gig, where you’d have a mic and stuff. Some groups have a dedicated “sound guy” so they might have some of these things, but it still is a good idea to have a set for yourself.
Extra microphone – I generally use a clip on Mic for gigs on saxophone, but I still have the trusty Sennheiser 421 in the bag (well, it’s in a box) just in case. This mic has saved my bacon a few times.
Extra XLR Cable – A lot of gigs don’t have a dedicated sound guy. It’s usually good to bring an extra XLR cable in addition to the one you should already be bringing with your microphone. At least 6 foot
Electrical Tape – In case something needs fixing
Gaffers Tape – This stuff is sorta like “Duct Tape” for musicians. It’s better and safer to usually tape down your cords once you are set up. It could be tragic if the bass player trips on the XLR cable and takes your sax with it’s bell mic with it.

Jason Lyon Reviews Band In A Box

Jason Lyon reviews Band in a Box

So props to PG Music, the somewhat earnest Canadian company behind this product. It seems to be increasingly proving, year on year, something we’ve all suspected (and perhaps dreaded). That most kinds of “blowing” music are really just about putting little bricks together in some kind of random fashion.

This program gets better every year, but I am still waiting for a redesigned interface for it….

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