What Apps you're using to structure your practice?

Let me know what apps or other little helpers you are using to structure or improve your practice!

My collection includes:

I use this to scan and import all my scores and have them ready on my iPad. It significantly improved the health of my back 😉 But I also like to organize lists with pieces I am currently working on or materials for teaching. The possibility to have several layers of annotations is excellent to use individual layers for students or to have a blank page when it comes to making a new annotated score for a live stream! I use forScore together with a Bluetooth pageturner,  the "PageFlip Firefly".

An easy-to-use metronome is indispensable for everyday practice, and ProMetronome has been with me since my first smartphone days. I am sure there are alternatives with the same feature set, but I like the ease of use and the possibility to highlight specific beats in a bar. A great help was the ability to display polyrhythms visually, but you need the paid version for that (which I generally use for all my apps, I don't want to be blasted by ads when I am practicing).

Stay focused, be present. I use this as a practice timer. It shows you the number of sessions as little trees and is an excellent gamified way to have more focus sessions with your instrument!

What Apps or helpers do you use? Let me know!

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  • A useful thread - thank you. I also use Forscore and enjoy the benefits. But how do other people transfer pieces from their own paper scores onto Forscore? I have been using a little App called JotNot Pro. It cost hardly anything and is extremely simple: it uses the camera on an ordinary phone to upload the file to DropBox: ForScore then downloads it into the system from Dropbox. But my copy of JotNot has suddenly stopped working. It just gives a false error message and freezes every time I try to transfer a score to Dropbox. I've tried the usual things - uninstalling & reinstalling, restarting the phone - nothing works. I'd be very grateful for any suggestions from anyone as to possible solutions or other, perhaps better, ways of transferring music from physical scores to ForScore. Many thanks.

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    • John Erskine forScore has a built-in scanner which I regularly use to import printed sore into the app!

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    • Martin Thank you: I'll look into that! 

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    • John Erskine I either take pictures with my phone, or better, scan with my printer and save the scan to a USB drive. I think most printers will create PDF files by default when you scan to USB. Save that PDF to your cloud storage if needed (for example, if you’re using an iPad) and then these can easily be imported into forscore. 

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  • I don’t use apps for my practice, I just do it and carry things in my head. I like the feel of real paper pages and I think you can see more on a page at a bigger size that on a screen - but maybe I’m wrong on that? But thanks for the tips for pro metronome, especially the polyrhythm element and I can see the attraction of forest. Really nice idea and I know it will be very attractive to lots of people! But does the tree become the focus of attention rather than the music? Just wondering 

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  • I just discovered Imsip.org, where we can download pdfs of sheet music. It is incredibly useful, for many editions are available. This makes it possible to consider various fingerings and other annotations. Is Forscore a good app for converting the pdfs into a swipable file on my iPad? I purchased a PageFlip Firefly and am ready to put all of this together.

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      • cdales
      • cdales
      • 3 mths ago
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      Jenny Harrison You have a little typo in your address-you must mean imslp.org/, and it is terrific!

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    • Jenny, Yes that pdf option should work just fine. And yes, imslp is a great resource!

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    • Gail Starr
    • Recently retired MBA (international consumer products/luxury goods/classical music mgt.)
    • Gail_Starr
    • 2 mths ago
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    Great question!  I love IMSLP and ForScore on my iPad, and my basic timer on my phone.  I also make practice recordings to help me figure out the millions of mistake I make!  What I need to do better, though, is nail down my objectives for each practice session.

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  • I set the timer on my iPhone to make myself think I’m only going to play for 10 minutes. This gets me playing started playing when I don’t feel like it but after 10 minutes I don’t feel like stopping. Sometimes just getting started is the hardest part so I fool myself…

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  • imslp.org, musescore, MusicNotes, and my beloved Virtual SheetMusic.com (not in the order listed).

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  • Forscore (for organizing and displaying my scores), musescore (for writing exercises), imslp, instrumentative (for planning, logging and tracking practice)

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    • ignazio student
    • It’s never to late to start loving music
    • ignazioc_tonebase
    • 1 mth ago
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    I read someone is using a "diary" to keep track of their practice. Is this something you would suggest? I

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