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Magnify Sheet Music

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by lyla1953, Jan 21, 2014.

  1. lyla1953


    Jul 18, 2012
    I'm 60 - I generally play at night using sheet music (std notation 98% of the time) propped on a Manhasset Stand with their standard tube style orchestra light (40W).

    I'm starting to have difficulty seeing certain sheet music because the print is too small and the lower part of the pages get dark, usually stuff thats printed in a book. Even with supplemental lighting I'm having difficulty.

    Anyone have a magnifier that they really like/recommend?

    OR is there another way to handle this situation?

  2. john m

    john m Supporting Member

    Jan 15, 2006
    2 stand lights--- up the wattage if possible.

    Raise stand.

    Get eyeglass prescript tweeked for reading distance.
    I know pit guys that have "music" glasses and every day glasses.

    Copy and blow up sheet music if possible--- at least for the real difficult ones--- if not sight reading.
  3. eagle67


    Nov 12, 2010
    Yes. Use a pair of reading glasses that are WEAKER than the ones you're already using for everyday reading.
  4. wrench45us


    Aug 26, 2011
    I have recently run into the same issue.
    Some new books have about 2/3 the staff size as what I've grown used to and holding the music in my lap instead of on the stand for easier reading has all kinds of bad posture issues.

    I have "computer' glasses for work and may just switch to these for sheet music reading. The focal distance is a fixed reading distance or you can get progressive bifocals with the max distance at the reading distance. Just don't expect to be able to get up and walk around or drive with these.
  5. pfox14


    Dec 22, 2013
    Sounds like it's time for an eye exam.
  6. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    Yup, more light and more powerful reading glasses.
  7. Try the double goose neck lights, aim one to the upper half and the other to the lower half of the page.
  8. lhoward


    Apr 27, 2003
    Western NY State
    I've found that over the last few years, its not only the tweaked glasses that help, but I've been using daylight color temperature lighting. The lighting has really made a great difference in my ability to read for extended periods without as much fatigue. Tungsten lighting just hasn't been adequate enough since I was about 58-60.

    Just my 2 cents.

    Lloyd Howard
  9. Phil Smith

    Phil Smith Mr Sumisu 2 U

    May 30, 2000
    Peoples Republic of Brooklyn
    Creator of: iGigBook for Android/iOS
    You can always use a 60 watt bulb in Manhasset that has a different type of light. The suggestion of an eye exam is a good one, another thing you can do in the interim is go to a Walgreens or Duane Reade and check out the reading glasses section. Start with the 1.00 magnification and take something along with you that you struggle with reading and keep going up until it's clear.
  10. Phil Smith

    Phil Smith Mr Sumisu 2 U

    May 30, 2000
    Peoples Republic of Brooklyn
    Creator of: iGigBook for Android/iOS
    These don't work as well as the model with the wide bar and multiple LEDs.
  11. ZenG


    Dec 13, 2013
    Near the fridge
    I procured a pair of glasses with

    "Nikon Home & Office" lenses in them.....

    A graduated lens with close-up and medium range ....also normal distance right at the top of lens....

    Work pretty good for me......
  12. MalcolmAmos

    MalcolmAmos Supporting Member

    I enlarge my sheet music to 11 X 17. Don't remember the exact price I pay at the print shop, but six songs cost somewhere in the $2.50 range. Sometime a song takes two pages..... so the price for those 6 songs is never the same.

    If 11 X 17 will fit on your music stand might give this a try. I put mine in a standard 3 ring binder.
  13. CrashClint

    CrashClint I Play Bass therefore I Am Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 15, 2005
    Wake Forest, NC
    DR Strings Dealer
  14. radioface


    May 2, 2013
    Try an I Pad with a sheet music app., they are becoming more and more popular. Better than lugging books around, and they are back lit for easy viewing in poor light situations.
  15. lyla1953


    Jul 18, 2012
    Great tips all and thank you.

    Extra lighting fixed the situation until I started to learn the Jamerson songs transposed in the Shadows of Motown book. I like these in particular since there is no TAB. Unfortunately the notation in this book is just to darn small - looks to be half size from a typical download or book.

    Getting old just has it's down side occasionally.

    Truth be known, I'm probably way overdue for new glasses.
  16. lyla1953


    Jul 18, 2012
  17. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
  18. lyla1953


    Jul 18, 2012