It's not always practical to memorize 40 songs for a single gig. Or half a dozen songs every Sunday for church. No matter what kind of musician you are, I bet you use charts for one reason or another. In our world, they're a necessity.
If you’re an old-school musician who only believes in playing from memory, kudos to you. The rest of us mortals don’t have the photographic memory, prep time, or consistent set list to do that.
I recently watched this killer video on the Nashville Number System by Harry Miree. This is a must-see video if you want to learn new songs well in no time flat. He takes Rascal Flatts' "Rewind," listens to it once, charts it, and plays through it (quite well).
The idea is to learn the song feel, chart the changes, and do this in only a few minutes.
Orchestral players routinely do this with sheet music. Most worship leaders do this with chord charts or lyric sheets.
Charts are valuable. They allow you to focus on your performance. That's the whole reason behind our Bluetooth Page Turner.
Tablets allow us to use digital charts. Whether it’s Nashville Number charts, traditional chord charts, sheet music, or lyrics. We can easily carry a gig's worth of live music in our bag. iTunes not required.
There are hundreds of options for iOS devices. I saved you the time of browsing them and created a list of my personal Top 5 favorite Paperless Sheet Music apps.
Download the list here and let me know what you think.
Do you agree with these?
If not, what's your favorite app and what features make it stand out?
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