I am a nearly-lifelong pianist (28 years ago this April I began piano lessons at age 8), and have given numerous public and private performances, as well as regular playing of hymns at church over the years. I have played many times from memory (when I was young), but more often than not, I am lugging one or two of my sizable collection of binders full of sheet music. I have binders full of hymns and older sacred music (going as far back as the 5th century), as well as binders containing classical and other styles of sheet music. I got the idea of putting my sheet music in plastic protectors in binders, from a fellow church pianist, years ago. However, while this is a very convenient way to store and organise sheet music, the weight of these binders adds up when I need to carry them (and my bad back is not getting any better).
Like every pianist, when I play at church or in a performance, there is also the annoying need to turn pages quickly whilst playing.
Now that the iPad has been out for 2 years now, I have finally seen how this device can be very useful for me, in my scientific research as well as in my life outside of research. This includes my piano-playing life.
Now, a question for my fellow pianists (and other performing musicians): Are there sheet-music applications now available for iPad, so I can eliminate carrying around stacks or binders of sheets? If there are such apps, can I simply pull up a song and "read" it right there, page by page, on the iPad (just like a book's page on an e-book reader)?
I envision myself simply carrying my iPad right up to the piano, placing it in portrait orientation on the music holder, and reading each page, just like physical sheet music. When I want to go to the next page, I could just swipe my finger across to the left to "turn" to the next page, all the while playing.
Are there such apps available?