Musescore for Windows tablets

• Sep 1, 2016 - 14:36
Reported version
S5 - Suggestion

More and more musicians are using tablets to read and play music now, which is easy and handy, no need to print and scores can be edited on spot.

After trying using musescore on my Surface Pro 4, I found it is good and handy, the situation I have is that:

I play real violin with musescore piano playing at the background, I write a score for both violin and piano, and then I hide the piano part, to read only the violin part to play, as in a real stage performance. everything is satisfying, musecore can even turn the page for me. only a few things, please musescore team improve them in version 3:

1. The blue playing cursor is very annoying, it interferences normal reading, please provide option to hide it, while the hidden cursor still moves with the music play and turn the pages;

2. Please let the hiden piano dynamic signs do not influence the showing violin part multi-measures rest;

3. Fingering marking works easy with Surface pen editing;

4. Play panel buttons please be bigger;

5. Please provide "Lock Mode" to prevent score changing.

6. Please let user hide blue "line return" signs, etc. , to make everything look like a pdf.



Can't you create a violin part and use it--still part of the overall file--for reading your part rather than the score with the piano hidden? That way the dynamics of the piano part won't interfere. And the blue cursor will probably also fail to appear.

Marking the part during rehearsal has always been the question I have about playing from tablets: Is there any way to add fingerings / bowings / reminders of any kind (even corrections of typos in the music!) on a tablet that is even somewhat competitive (ease and speed) with the true and tried pencil on paper method? These notes would have to stay in the parts over several rehearsals and the performance(s) and would have to be easy to remove and correct at any time.

Yes, and I did.

As I need MuseScore play piano for me as accompanishment, I tried to write them in separate scores, and then opened them in MuseScore in two tabs. I started the piano tab contents playing, when I clicked the violin tab to read my part, the piano tab playing stopped. I had to paper print violin part and MuseScore playes piano part. It looks the way to write them in the same score, and hide and play the piano part has a few big advantages:

1. Violinist does not have to paper print the violin score;

2. Violinist can pause software playing at anytime to show the hidden piano part, to read the accompanishment part exactly at the point he wants to check, rather than with two separated scores, usually in different formats, have a difficult time to find the pause point (eg. [ ] looping points finding). And this is not only the situation of violin-piano, it can apply to any instruments playing together;

3. MuseScore does not need a foot pedal to turn the pages, as a hidden playing cursor can do it automatically with the hidden piano score playing, synchronized. Why hide piano part? To make it looks like exactly as a real violin score;

4. Editing easier, for example: adjust piano accompanishment volume, rit. speed. Etc. at any point musician wants.

For the real time rehearsal playing, currently editing itself is not as easy as pencils on paper. It looks MuseScore is behind now for tablet editing. Advantages of tablet editing are very obvious, for example: musicians do not have to print again and again for the latest updates; with PCs auto sync software, one player (conductor, teacher) changes core (bowings, etc.) whole team members get updated immediately.

Well let's see things are getting better and better.

Thanks for providing these links, and so quick reply,,, I can feel there is a big future MuseScore has!

(5) With fingers moving on the tablet, there is always something get changed accidently, it makes me worried all the time: I may have to double check if it is all alright? or I have to close it carefully without saving and open it again? Yea, I set file property to read only, not easy if I want edit. Save it as pdf or paper printing? Losing the advantage of MuseScore real time now: a fake pdf looking MuseScore looking interface is going to be great.

(6) View → Show unprintable, hide them successfully, Thanks! Maybe we should consider One "Lock Mode" dose these all?

Imaging five years later, everyone is using a 24 inch tablet with MuseScore full screen on it on his music stand, no more papers..... please let everyone know Xianyue is the first one has the idea....

Are you talking about future version? sorry I do not get you.

The whole point of this thread is: imaging you are playing one instrument, you write the other instruments scores to play as ACC with you, and instead of paper, you want read on your tablet a PDF like single instrument live score, you want this score in front of you turn pages automatically without foot pedal----- a real senaria every musician dose in. How do you achieve this?

In this way MuseScore is not simply just an editing and printly tool any more, it becomes a living part of music--- by muting the instrument which instead user is doing the role to play, while the whole other instruments are played by MuseScore, a software from your hands!

Yea, imaging we have MuseScore brand music stands --- a 24 inch 4k display on a tripod, no keyboard, no mouse, no pen, no paper.... musicians tap on them like flip books.

We do not sell MuseScore softaware for even 1 cent, but can we sell MuseScore branded hardware for $600? Comparing software only ones “seebuyless” and “finally”, market is going to be tilted.

MuseScore, love it.

Already posible, with Android and the Songbook App... no need to write protect anything ;-)
Problem is just that 24 inch tablets are still quite rare and expensive, I don't think you get them for 600$. And MuseScore is not at all in the hardware business.
However, discussions like this are better suited in the forum rather than the issue tracker.

@Xianyue 賢越 Thank you for sharing your use case with the Surface Pro. While the MuseScore notation software is focused on the case of writing/editing music, we created an app for Android/iOS which is more oriented to the use case you described. What is missing though is the capability of running the app on Windows (Mobile) and the possibility of adding fingering and other markings. I'll come back to this issue once we have succeeded porting the app towards Windows. Patience is requested though, since MuseScore 3 and the MuseScore site are taking most of our attention for the moment.