PlayScore - sheet music scanner -needs good camera

This app needs a top-end camera
Tip - stand music up and take photo from centre in good light. Page should be flat. Capture whole page

Plays and exports notes, rests, dynamics, articulation, tremolo, hairpins repeats fermata etc.

NB - results depend on a good photo or a high resolution imported image. Can take a little practice.

Place music upright in good light. Make sure the page is flat

Take photo square-on. Good focus essential.

NB PlayScore does not support music and parts such as Real Books that are or look handwritten.

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PlayScore takes traditional music scanning to the next level. PlayScore understands all the symbols of standard music notation and can play all kinds of sheet music and scores directly from a photo (** requires a good quality camera **)

- Want to hear a song from a book
- Play through a Bach fugue
- Hear or accompany your instrumental or vocal part

Or just browse through a pile of sheet music? then let PlayScore amaze you!

*** NEW! Developers - want to build optical music recognition capability into your apps? See for details ***

Just hold your device up to the music, take a picture and watch your music come to life as PlayScore plays it right there on the screen, following bar by bar.

PlayScore is recommended by many top classical musicians including John Lubbock CBE (Orchestra of St John), Ian Brown (Nash Ensemble) and top oboist George Caird.

PlayScore works in portrait or landscape and can easily handle a whole page at a time.

PlayScore works best with a well lit, well focused image with the music square on to the page.

PlayScore writes MIDI and MusicXML files for use in Sibelius, Finale and most other music apps and PC and Mac applications.
After you tap the SAVE button you will find JPG, MID and XML files saved In this folder on your device
: DCIM/camera/scores

- Tap the camera button
- Take a well focused, well lit picture of one page of music so it fills most of the screen squarely
- Tap the eye button, then tap Play when it appears

- good light and crisp focus. Take the picture square on – see illustration
- tap the metronome button to change the tempo
- tap any bar to play from there

If you experiences difficulties when you tap the camera button, try again but this time hold the button down for a moment. Then choose USE SYSTEM CAMERA.
If you still have trouble with PlayScore Lite on your device then please get in touch and we will help.

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Preparing for Music Exams?

Associated Board Grade I – VIII, GCSE Music, A-Level music – these are all exams that test your ability to work with music notation.

If you sing or play but want to be better at sight reading PlayScore will help. Want to practice ear training or sight reading exercises without a teacher on the spot? Or suppose you have a book of pieces and you want to hear them through before deciding what to learn. Now you can find out what they should sound like.

Just snap the music and have PlayScore play it back – slow, fast, as many times as you want. You can repeat tricky passages, play along and more.
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What's New

Faster, more accurate, better dynamics, more symbols including tremolo notation
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Additional Information

Eligible for Family Library
Eligible if bought after 7/2/2016. Learn More
May 19, 2017
Current Version
Requires Android
4.1 and up
Content Rating
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