Prepping setlists for live sets
I recently purchased an iPad and the ForScore App. Can you talk me through importing scores? An iPad plus ForScore (£9.99 on the App Store) is a powerful combination onstage for all your live setlist needs. You can import PDF scores or use the program to import PDF notes for each song and flick through those by hand, or by using a Bluetooth page-turning pedal. It may seem complex but getting scores/notes into the app is pretty straightforward. As long as the document you’re importing is in PDF format, just drop it into a cloud service (Dropbox, Google Drive etc) and then directly import your PDFs into the app/setlists.
Load the ForScore app on your iPad and click on the suitcase icon (which can be found at the top-right of the app). Click on the option labelled ‘services’, select the cloud service where your PDFs reside (in this case Google Drive) then tap on each PDF to import.
You can now reorder the setlist easily by hitting Edit and then dragging the songs into any order you like. You can also add tags (including options for composers, keys etc) so that you can find the songs easily again in the future, annotate and amend the scores and more!
Now your PDFs are imported into the app, you can start creating setlists. Hit the + button under Setlists (which is found under the three horizontal lines menu icon), name your setlist, then once again hit the + button and tap on the songs that you’ve imported to add them.
First off, gather all your scores, notes or any other PDF docs you want to import and drop them into a folder within your cloud service of choice; here we’re using Google Drive. If you have JPEGs, you can open them in Preview on your Mac and export to PDF.