New in Version 1.5: Audio/Visual Playback Mode
If you select the small "play" button between markup and info at the top right of the screen, corresponding notes will light up when the song you're viewing starts to play. In place of the other icons, pause and stop buttons will appear; if at any moment you want to exit, pushing the stop button will bring back the original options.
When you first open the app, you will be signed in as a guest. A dialog box will appear asking if you would like to sign in to your Musicnotes account. It’s recommended that you sign in to your account so that you can begin shopping at Musicnotes and receiving the Musicnotes free download of the month. However, if you choose not to sign in right away, you can sign in at any time via the "change user" button located in your user settings.
When you tap the sign in button a dialog box will appear in the center of your screen. If you already have a Musicnotes account, simply enter your email address (or username) and password, then tap submit.
Creating An Account
It is recommended that you create an account so that you can begin shopping at Musicnotes and receiving the Musicnotes free download of the month. If you don’t already have a Musicnotes account, tap the "new user" button located on the bottom of the sign in popup menu. A new dialog box will appear asking you for basic information necessary to create a Musicnotes account. Please note that new users will still have access to all free sheet music that is bundled with the app.
My Sheet Music
The first section on the navigation bar is "My Sheet Music." This is where all the songs that you've synced will appear. Scroll through the list and tap the song that you’d like to view. All users have access to the 5 free songs included with the app.
If you have a large list of sheet music and need to find a song quickly, tap the magnifying glass in the upper right hand corner to perform a search. After you tap the magnifying glass an entry field will appear. Type the title of the song you are looking for in the entry field and tap enter. Your list will be filtered based on what you typed. You may exit search by tapping the arrow button in the top left corner next to the search icon.
Each song listed in the "My Sheet Music" section has an info icon to the right of its row. If you would like a quick list of information on a given song, simply tap this icon and a popup with song info will appear.
Folders and Set Lists
Folders and set lists allow you to organize your music. A folder helps you keep track of a group of chosen songs, which are sorted alphabetically within the folder. A set list is a group of songs that you intend to play in a specific order. You can rearrange the order by using the number menu or by dragging the song to a different location.
Adding Pieces from All Songs
When on the "All Songs" section of "My Sheet Music," if you tap the edit button then each song will have a check box next to its title. You will also see a new toolbar at the bottom, above the navigation bar. After you have checked the all songs you want, use the buttons on the bottom toolbar to add them to a folder or set list, or unsync them.
If you tap the "Add to Folder" button, a window will display with a list of available folders. There is an "add to folder" button in the lower right. If you tap this, an entry row will display, as shown in the image. Select a folder, then tap the "add" button to add the songs to the specified folder.
If you tap the "Add to Set List" button, you get a similar looking window. The only difference is you're adding pieces to your current selection of set lists.
Folders are used to organize songs alphabetically. To view your folders go to the "My Sheet Music" section and select "Folders" from the top toolbar. There is always a folder called "Free Sheet Music," which you can't edit because it contains all of the free songs of the month you have downloaded.
To add a new folder, simply tap the plus button on the top right. You will see an entry row. After you enter a new unique name, tap save and it will be added to your folder list.
When you tap the edit button you can select multiple rows using the white check box. At the bottom is a toolbar with a "Remove" button. All the songs you have checked will be removed if you tap this button. You can also rename a folder in edit mode.
To rename an existing folder, tap the edit button in the upper right then select a row (not the check box). The row will turn gray and you will see a "Rename" button. After you enter a new folder name tap "Save" to finalize your changes.
When you select a folder (while not in edit mode) you will see its contents. All the songs you've added are listed in alphabetical order.
You can add more pieces to a folder while viewing its contents. Simply tap the plus button on the top right. A window will display listing available songs which are not currently in the folder. Check the songs you want to add, and then tap the "Add Songs" button on the bottom.
If you tap the edit button, each song will have a checkbox next to the title, and a new toolbar will display on the bottom above the navigation bar. After you've finished checking the songs you want, you can remove them from the folder using the button on the bottom toolbar. If you don't want to make any changes, tap the done button on the top right.
Set lists are used to string multiple songs together in the order that you want. To view your set lists go to the "My Sheet Music" section and select "Set Lists" from the top toolbar. This is where you can add, edit and remove your set lists.
To add a new set list, simply tapping the plus button on the top right. You will see an entry row. After you enter a new unique name, tap save and it will be added to your available sets.
When you tap the edit button you can select multiple rows using the white checkbox. At the bottom is a toolbar with a "Remove" button. All the pieces you checked will be removed if you tap this button. You can also rename a set list while in edit mode.
To rename an existing set list, tap the edit button in the upper right, then select a row. The row will turn gray and you will see a "Rename" button. After you enter a new set name tap "Save" to finalize your changes.
Set List Contents
When you select a set list (while not in edit mode), you will see its contents. All the songs that you have added will be in a custom order. The next two paragraphs describe how you can modify the order.
If you tap on the number of a set list you will see a menu display. The menu contains a numeric list of all possible spots the song could be placed. If you want to change the order of a given song, tap its current order number and select a new number from the list.
Another way to order a song is through drag and drop. When not in edit mode, if you hold your finger down over a song it will turn light blue and you can drag it up or down. As you drag it up or down the order number will be changed. When you release your finger the set order will be updated with the song's new location.
You can add more pieces to a set list while viewing its contents. Simply tap the plus button on the top right. A window will display listing available songs that are not currently in the set list. Check the songs you want to add and tap the green button on the bottom. All songs will be added to the end of the set list. Use the methods described above to change their order.
If you tap the edit button, each song will have a checkbox next to the title and a new toolbar will display on the bottom, above the navigation bar. After you've finished checking the songs you want, you can remove them from the set using the button on the bottom toolbar. If you don't want to make any more changes, tap the done button on the top right.
Set Lists in the Song Viewer
It's important to note that when you begin to play a setlist, the songs will automatically transition into each other via page turn.
The second option on the navigation bar is an in-app shopping feature. Browse Musicnotes.com to find songs that you’d like to purchase and sync to your device. Make sure the user account that you purchase sheet music with is the same user account you've signed in to the app with. Purchases can be made from any device with an internet connection that allows you to browse Musicnotes.com. After you’ve made a purchase, go to the sync section on the left side of the bottom bar, tap refresh, and download your new songs.
The third and fourth section on the navigation bar is for syncing your purchases. All of the songs you've purchased will display on the "Manage Sheet Music" list, even if they haven't been downloaded yet. Each song has an on/off switch to the right of its row. When a song is set to “on” it will be transferred to your device, and when a song is set to “off” it will be removed (along with all the transpositions) from the "My Sheet Music" section.
Performing a Sync
If you tap on the "update" button, on the top right of the "Manage Sheet Music" menu screen, it will sync the music you have selected. After making a purchase, tap this sync button and the new song(s) will appear in your sync list. If a new song is found, you will be prompted to perform a sync.Note that you must have an internet connection to update your “My Sheet Music” list and perform a sync.
If you would like to keep track of which songs you've set to “on” and which songs you've set to “off,” there is a filter bar near the top of the list that allows you to toggle between "show all," "show on,"and "show off."
The fifth item on the navigation pull-out menu is settings. This section contains all of the possible configurations for the app. You can quickly navigate to the settings page by tapping the menu button on the bottom of your Android device.
The user settings inform you of what user is signed in and allows you to sign off as a guest, or change users. If you are currently signed in as a guest there will be a green sign in button. If you're signed in under a Musicnotes account there will be a green change user button. Both buttons bring up the sign in dialog box that allows you to enter your user information or create a new user.
The first option is "Refresh Sync List on Startup.” If this setting is on and you're signed in as a user, then every time you open the app it will refresh the sync list and check for new purchases.
The second option, "New Songs Alert on Startup,” is only available if you have the refresh option on. After a startup refresh, if any new songs are found you will be notified with a dialog box and given the option to sync.
The third option is "Monthly Free Song.” If you have a user account and want to receive the Musicnotes free download of the month, leave this check box marked.
The final option is "Import All Transpositions.” When you sync your song it will by default sync the key you purchased and require you to download additional transpositions from the viewer. If you want to sync all versions of the song right away, switch this option on. Please note that including transpositions on synch may significantly increase the sync time, as some songs have many transpositions.
Sheet Music Viewer Settings
This section contains options for when you're viewing a song. The first option is performance mode. When you enable this mode, only the essential tools will be available when viewing a song. You will not be able to use or view mark-up tools or change paper type, and animations are turned off. The purpose of this mode is to load fewer items in memory for a smoother viewing experience.
The second option allows you to select a background paper (shown in the next section).
The third option allows you to change the way you turn pages. By default you need to swipe to the next page. If you want a quicker response, you can switch to tap mode. With tab mode, all you need to do is tap the edge of the screen in the direction of the next page you want to see.
The last option allows you to turn on or off page animations. If you play fast and don't really care about seeing the page flip when you tap a page number or press the pedal switch, you can turn this effect off.
When you tap the arrow next to the current paper type on the "Sheet Music Viewer" settings section you will see a dialog box shown to the left. Slide your finger across the different paper types until you find one that you like. Select "Use Selected Paper Type" to confirm your choice.
Viewing a Song
After you have selected a song from your song list the viewer will display. Swipe or tap to navigate through the pages. Use the pagination on the bottom to quickly jump to any page within your song. When you're done viewing the song, tap the app icon in the upper left corner, or the back button on your Android device, to return to the song list.
Viewing a Song on Your Phone
A recent change made allows you to view and use tools previously only available on tablet devices.
This app supports both portrait and landscape views. In landscape mode you can scroll up and down or left and right.
Mark-up tools are available on phones and tablets. There are three different mark-up tools: text comments, highlighter, and pen. When you change the mark-up tool, the icon on the top toolbar will reflect what tool is being used. When the tool is active it will be yellow and when the tool is not being used it will be white. At the top of each tool in the tool menu is a hide and show button and a delete button. These buttons only pertain to the current tool. On the bottom of the tool menu is a hide all and show all button and a delete all button. The bottom buttons apply to all three of the mark-up tools.
Mark-up: Text Tool
When you choose the text tool the icon will display "Aa" at the top. Flip the switch to “on” and the icon will highlight. Close the menu by tapping outside the menu. Tap a location on the screen where you'd like to place text. As soon as you tap, a text editor will display. When finished typing the text note, tap save. After a text note has been added, you can tap it at any time to open the editor window. From the editor window you can change or delete the note. If you hold your finger down over the text note for several seconds, a box will appear and you can drag it to a new location.
When editing a text note you will see a dialog box with options to save, delete, or cancel changes to a note. Enter the text you'd like to see here and tap save. On the bottom of the popup there are buttons to insert the flat and sharp symbols. There is also a button to open the font editor and change the size, color, and font of the current text note.
When editing a text note, if you tap the edit font button the popup will expand to show font options. Scroll up and down to change the current size, color, and font. After selecting the font options you'd like you can close the font editor, continue to edit the note, then tap save when you're finished.
When you select the highlighter the top icon will display a highlighter icon. In the mark-up tool menu you will see size and color options. One of the color options is an eraser that will erase any highlighted areas that you move your finger over. After picking the size and color, make sure the switch is “on” and exit the menu by tapping outside of it. The menu icon will be a highlighted highlighter, meaning the tool is active. Begin drawing with your finger on the screen. When you're finished, open the menu and turn the switch "off." The top icon will turn white, indicating that you are no longer using the tool.
As with the highlighter, when you select the pen the top icon will show a pen icon. In the mark-up tool menu you will see size and color options. This tool works exactly the same as the highlighter, except it draws above the music notation instead of below it.
After you open the top right menu, you will see an option that says Transpose, the current key of the song will be to the left. A capitol letter is used for major keys and a lower case letter is used for minor keys. After you select the transpose option you will see a new menu with a list of available transpositions. If there are any available, tap the key that you'd like to use. If the key has already been downloaded, your song will switch to that key. If you need to download the new key, it will say "tap to download." (Note that you must be online to download a new transposition.) Before downloading you will be asked if you would like to download only the key that you selected, or all the missing keys. If you download all keys, they will all be available offline. If you're only interested in a particular key you may not need to do a full download.
The last option in the top right menu is info. After you open the right menu, select the info option. A new menu window will display containing lots of details on the piece you're currently viewing. Tap anywhere outside the overlay to exit this view.
About AirTurn BT-105 Bluetooth Pedal
If your device supports BlueTooth you can switch pages hand's free using the AirTurn BT-105 Bluetooth Pedal. There are two pedals which allow you to move either forwards or backwards. Stay focused on what you are doing while you enjoy playing your favorite instrument.
Where to Get The Pedal
To get started you must first own the pedal. You can find out more information and purchase the pedal on the AirTurn web site
Using the Pedal
Make sure the AirTurn BT-105 is connected as a device under the Wireless and networks device settings. Open a piece or set list like you would normally. Once the piece is open simply use the pedals to go back and forth between pages.
While the pedal is connected to your device, you will not always see the virtual keyboard upon interacting with a text area. If this occurs, press the small red button located on the pedal transmitter and it will unlock the on screen keyboard so you can type.