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The Best Apps For Reading Sheet Music

As a musician, you already know just how bothersome those binders with your music sheets can be. The files pile up and soon, you find yourself with multiple binders. When you need to gain access to a specific piece of music, you spend hours looking through those stuffed binders to find that one sheet that you are looking for.

Thanks to mobile technology, this can all be a thing of the past. Today, it is possible to load up a couple of apps on your smartphone or tablet and get all of your music sheets easily organized. This completely eliminates the need for keeping binders that are stuffed with sheets. It does not only save space but also makes finding a specific sheet you need to access easier than ever before.

While there are many of these apps already on mobile app stores, not all of them will be equally convenient and effective.  Whilst we have previously reviewed the best tablets for sheet music you equally need some good software to go on it. We looked at some of the apps that are available at the moment and share with you the top ones that you should definitely download below.

#1. forScore

One of the best apps that you can download for reading sheet music on your mobile device is forScore. This app gives you the complete experience – the ability to easily read sheet music, while also catering toward the organizational part.

Getting started with forScore is straightforward. The app can be purchased on the iOS store, as well as the Google Play Store. The cost of the app is $9.99. This is a one-time fee.

Once purchased, you can instantly download forScore and start using it. There are different ways to import your music sheets, ensuring you can get your entire collection on the app. The preferred format for music sheets is PDF documents.

You can import locally, and you can use cloud storage services, such as Dropbox, to important files from remote locations. The sheets can also easily be shared via Bluetooth, AirDrop (on iOS devices), and email.

#2. piaScore

If you are looking for a free alternative to forScore, then give piaScore a try. While there are some paid add-ons, the main application is free to download and use. The app also allows you to import all of your music sheets in PDF format easily.

 

One thing that is great about piaScore is the fact that it includes a smart browser. This browser does not only allow you to look through the existing sheets that you have imported, but it also gives you access to more than 70,000 sheets that can be downloaded for free.

piaScore allows you to set up your own lists, and there are tags that can be used to improve the organization of the sheet music that you have imported.

#3. Symphony Pro

Symphony Pro is more than just an app that you can use to read sheet music. While the reader that is built into the app gives you access to all the features you need to read your sheet music, the app also comes integrated with features that allow you to create music.

You can either use a MIDI device or your standard QWERTY keyboard to compose your own music. You get access to 114 instruments that are built into the Symphony Pro app, which will definitely be useful while you are composing your music.

Symphony Pro is available on both iOS and Android devices. You will need to pay $14.99 to download the app, but once paid, you can use it forever. This also helps to eliminate annoying ads.

#4. Forzando

Another great option to consider is Forzando. When it comes to paid apps, this one is definitely the more affordable one, available for less than $5. What makes Forzando a great application is a fact that it is both a sheet music reader, as well as an MP3 player.

The idea behind Forzando is to not only give you the ability to read your sheet music but also to make the process of learning how these sheets work easier for beginners.

There is a companion app that you use on a desktop computer that can be downloaded for free. You can create or import your sheet music in the companion app, and then link the sheet to a specific MP3 file.

The companion app easily syncs to the mobile application. This allows you to transfer the files to your smartphone, ensuring you have them ready at any time.

Conclusion

When it comes to organizing your music sheets, one of the best ways to go about the process is to download an app that can make things easier for you. We looked at some of the best sheet music apps that are currently available on smartphone app stores. Take a look at their features and see which one fits your needs.

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