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How best to organize music
#1
New user here who is taking piano lessons and wondering how best to organize categories of music and looking for suggestions.

Some pieces are memorized, and of these some I can play fairly well but some still need work.

The same goes for pieces that are not memorized.

Plus, there are usually a couple of pieces that I can play that I am working on memorizing.

Some pieces are items that I am currently working on that are assigned by my piano teacher with whom I meet weekly.  In addition to regular pieces, these can also include exercises such as Hanon.

Of pieces that I can play, they need to be played every so often (maybe weekly?) so that they stay fresh.  (Maybe a day of the week category (Monday, Tuesday...) with such pieces divided into those days?)

There are other pieces that interest me that I haven't started on yet, or did start on once upon a time but put aside meaning to revisit sometime.  Perhaps these should also be grouped together.

Just wondering if anyone else has had this issue and has any suggestions.
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#2
I'm kind of in the same situation. I have a two week practice schedule/cycle. What I started to do (still a work in progress) is to set up a setlist for each day, e.g. "Monday 1" for Monday of week 1, "Tuesday 1", etc. Then under each setlist, I load the specific practice stuff for that day (e.g. for "Monday 1" I have chromatic scales, Segovia scales, some exercises, and some songs).

It would be nice to group these setlists under another setlist (or maybe a collection?) named "Practice log" but it does not seem possible to do that (?).
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#3
Actually, I hadn't even thought of using Setlists.  I was just using Collections.
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#4
As Charlie says, Setlists are probably the way to go; at least until you get more familiar with the app.
Setlists also allow you to order the pieces and/or include one more than once.

Another alternative is that you add a piece to more than one collection - probably not as versatile as Setlists as sorting is not so easy.

Geoff
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#5
The boss says there's currently no way to group setlists, so not a big deal, I'll just have 10 setlists (Mon - Fri x 2). But I think you can attach notes to each file in the setlist, so that would be useful if you wanted to work on a specific technique for a specific song (e.g. vibrato on scales) for a cycle.
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#6
(02-09-2018, 02:42 AM)Geoff Bacon Wrote: As Charlie says, Setlists are probably the way to go; at least until you get more familiar with the app.
Setlists also allow you to order the pieces and/or include one more than once.

Another alternative is that you add a piece to more than one collection - probably not as versatile as Setlists as sorting is not so easy.

Geoff

Actually, that is what I have been doing, namely adding a piece to more than one collection.  I am only a low/mid level intermediate player, so I'm not talking about much of a repertoire here.
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#7
I organize my music completely differently.

I have >1,000 songs, including many orchestral keyboard parts and vocal scores (e.g. the Verdi Requiem is 144 pages, others are larger). I essentially never play from paper any more (left foot does not turn the page Smile ).

I deleted the Genre-s that come with MobilsSheetsPro, and created a Genre for each type of music I play: Classical Piano, Showtunes&Pop, Christmas Piano, Christmas Songs, Baritone Songs, ... -- use names that are most relevant for you and your library. I also created a Genre for each group with which I play, plus two more: "Working" and "Repertoire". Whenever I upload a PDF to MobileSheetsPro, I assign the relevant Genre(s). Now selecting Genre gives me just the songs I want (a specific group, my Working or Repertoire list, or simply Showtunes&Pop for sight-reading practice).

For large scores I usually put each movement into a separate file, starting its name with the movement number so they are automatically arranged in order (use 01, 02, ... if more than 9 movements). As I only have one large piece at a time per group/Genre, this works well (delete the whole piece after the concert).

I have two Hannspree 13" tablets for playing. I manage my music on a MacBook Pro (using VMware Fusion to run the Companion App in Windows 10). I never annotate or modify music using MobileSheets, I do it on the Mac in the PDF, and then upload to both tablets, keeping the two tablets in sync at all times. I have no need to backup the tablets, as I backup the Mac in 5 different ways.

I have found it difficult to navigate backwards with the pedal, especially multiple pages, and in the past I occasionally pressed the wrong pedal. So now both pedals do PageForward. I edit the PDF files to remove any repeats, copying them inline and whiting-out irrelevant staves, so I only move forward while playing.

I have been using MobileSheetsPro for many years, and I love it! This organization works well for me, but of course YMMV.
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