How to keep lots of sheets tidy on the music stand?

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How to keep lots of sheets tidy on the music stand?

Post by Adrian Allan » Wed Oct 19, 2016 8:36 pm

I will be playing a few small concerts as preparation for a diploma exam.

I am somebody who likes to have the music there on a stand, but in a long piece (such as Paganini Grand Sonata and Bach Chaconne), I don't want to have a mass of sheets stuck together that look like they might collapse at any point. I also want to avoid as many page turns as possible.

For those who like to have the sheet music in a performance, what practical solutions do people use?

Do you use an even bigger board attached to the stand, and if so, where could I buy such a board?
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Re: How to keep lots of sheets tidy on the music stand?

Post by markodarko » Wed Oct 19, 2016 8:39 pm

You could always have two stands next to each other...?
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Re: How to keep lots of sheets tidy on the music stand?

Post by Stephen Kenyon » Wed Oct 19, 2016 8:41 pm

Beyond four pages of A4 taped together it is probably impossible to avoid looking messy. Sometimes it can work if you photo-reduce the pages to half size, then you've got eight. But there's at least one reason why the assumption is usually that such large repertoire is played from memory, and this is one of them!

It can work to use a tablet and either a bluetooth page changer or programme in the audio, the former requires the system to keep working and the latter requires sufficient accuracy for the audio recognition to know what you're playing.

Or you can employ a human to turn pages for you. Pianists do it all the time!
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Re: How to keep lots of sheets tidy on the music stand?

Post by Adrian Allan » Wed Oct 19, 2016 8:53 pm

I have just done a bit of googling and have come up with something called Correx, which is the the corrugated plastic that estate agents' signs are made of. I am thinking of ordering an A2 sheet in black.

Basically I am looking for a way of making a music stand bigger, without looking messy.
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Re: How to keep lots of sheets tidy on the music stand?

Post by Erik Zurcher » Wed Oct 19, 2016 8:57 pm

Begin by printing your sheet music on heavy paper (180-250 grams). If you have more than 3 pages, use an extra stand. I prefer one high stand, the other very low. I find that more comfortable than 2 stands next to each other.
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Re: How to keep lots of sheets tidy on the music stand?

Post by stevel » Wed Oct 19, 2016 9:09 pm

3 ring binder with clear plastic sheet protectors that you can insert the paper into. Keeps them from blowing away, stays organized - you can pop them out and re-order them for various events, keeps music dry in the event of any rain or mist, etc. You can even use a marker (any color) on the outside of the sheet protector to mark up music without damaging the paper itself. You can also cut things to size (I did this with pieces that were so short 2 would fit on a page) and if you need a "fold out" you can still go old school and tape the edge on. You could also put 11 x 17 (or whatever the equivalent is) on thick paper with holes punched in one edge, fold that in half and either print music on it or glue it on, so you can spread 4 pages out from the center of the binder.

There are such things as "dual width" stands, though most people I know simply use a piece of cardboard.

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Re: How to keep lots of sheets tidy on the music stand?

Post by Adrian Allan » Wed Oct 19, 2016 9:27 pm

Thanks for the advice so far
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Post by Bill B » Wed Oct 19, 2016 9:43 pm

stand outs. with two extended i can lay5 full pages side by side. they only work with Manhasset stands though. i prefer the Manhasset orchestra model. its short
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Re: How to keep lots of sheets tidy on the music stand?

Post by hpaulj » Thu Oct 20, 2016 4:55 am

I'm using that corrugated plastic just to improve the support of a cheap folding stand. My piece is a re-purposed towing company sign (the kind they put on your whether you ask for it or not). And after the election you'll have your choice of signs - just look for one with a plain backside (though that's not going to work on stage).

Performers have had fun with this problem. Victor Borge and Hungarian violinist Katica Illenyi (Fun with page turning video) are two that come to mind.

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Re: How to keep lots of sheets tidy on the music stand?

Post by Evocacion » Thu Oct 20, 2016 2:22 pm

And there are, of course, electronic methods of displaying music...

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Re: How to keep lots of sheets tidy on the music stand?

Post by JohnB » Thu Oct 20, 2016 3:59 pm

Many years ago, when my eyesight was better, I reduced the Weiss Passacaglia by 4, so there there four pages per sheet of A4 - that worked very well for me.

Although the printing was small it was clear enough to be functional - I knew the piece quite well but hadn't memorized it.
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Re: How to keep lots of sheets tidy on the music stand?

Post by Adrian Allan » Tue Oct 25, 2016 11:45 am

I ordered an A2 sheet of Correx

See what you think:
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Re: How to keep lots of sheets tidy on the music stand?

Post by chelson » Tue Oct 25, 2016 12:00 pm

Adrian Allan wrote:I ordered an A2 sheet of Correx

See what you think:

correx1.JPG


correx 2.JPG
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Re: How to keep lots of sheets tidy on the music stand?

Post by markodarko » Tue Oct 25, 2016 12:05 pm

Ha ha ha! Will the audience actually see you!? :mrgreen:
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Re: How to keep lots of sheets tidy on the music stand?

Post by Adrian Allan » Tue Oct 25, 2016 12:05 pm

chelson wrote:
Adrian Allan wrote:I ordered an A2 sheet of Correx

See what you think:

correx1.JPG


correx 2.JPG
Adrian, truly epic, Bro! I almost fall off the chair. Hahaha!
Can anybody name the epic on the stand?
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