I play keys as well, and I've always had to handle a lot of paper music, and it's always been...well a giant hassle. When the iPad came out, I wrote an app to manage it all during worship. If you want to check it out, it's called NextPage. There's a short 2 minute video there that will give you a quick overview. It's PDF-based, so anything you scan into a PDF can be put into a set list and displayed a page at a time. You turn pages by tapping, swiping, or using a bluetooth foot pedal like Airturn or PageFlip. You can also hop back to segnos or codas with one tap.
I basically scan in full scores, lead sheets and chord charts, or whatever our music director gives me. With the way email attachments on the iPad work, I can also have our director email me the music and I can then add it directly into NextPage from within the iPad's mail app.
Not having to worry about the paper music has been incredibly freeing during worship and has dramatically improved what I am able to contribute to the worship experience.
OnSong is mentioned elsewhere in this thread, and that app has some cool features to handle problems that NextPage was not designed to solve. NextPage is strictly a live performance "sheet music" management tool designed with the worship instrumentalist in mind (i.e. me!) with two busy hands. If you need something that is just chord sheet specific (i.e. transpose chords on the fly, etc.) then something like OnSong will better serve you, but definitely do not be afraid to use an iPad in worship. I've been doing so since last November, and I can't imagine being without it now.
I am considering Fly Worship and I need a laptop or IPad. Has anyone used flyworship and what have you found more useful , a laptop or an IPad?
Tom, I took a quick look at their site, it it doesn't look like iPad is an option. I also checked the App Store and didn't find a version of it there, so I'm thinking your decision is now whether to go Mac or PC. I happen to use an iPad in worship for displaying music while playing keyboards, but your scenario is quite a bit different. I'd go the Mac route personally. They just seem to be more versatile in live performance, IMO.
Try Forescore on the iPad, it's a fancy PDF reader but lets you build song lists, sort them into sets, quickly flip between songs, enlarge sections for individual use, etc.
There are so many apps turning up for reading music with your ipad on stage. This is the future folks - carrying a whole library of tunes around in a small space. I'm thinking there must be one out there that actually allows transpose and recording of little ideas as they pop.
Here are a couple of readers I've stumbled upon lately:
Picking one up this week. Our team has them and use a program called OnSong. I think it is $5. It allows for capo and transposition and the iPads set up a bluetooth network so one can push the charts to the others. Also the master iPad will switch the charts on the others when the leader goes to another song.
OnSong is perfect when you have the capo and transposition needs!
Until they can truly fix the crashing issues, I'm not going to depend on it. It's a nice program and I like the display and how it works, but it has known issues and I've experienced them all. Just an FYI.
Didn't know about the crashing issues OnSong. I know about it's transposition capabilities, and so that's why I gave it a thumbs up. You touched on THE KEY issue however. It ABSOLUTELY can't crash during worship. That's why the app I use doesn't have more features than necessary. No connectivity with other band members or any of that. It just manages the sheet music, let's you make annotations, and use a wireless pedal to turn pages. But most importantly, it doesn't crash!!!
As for the crashing, I usually have the song well enough that the chart is just a reference anyway. I find that playing to charts all the time makes you a slave to them. When I learn new songs I do it by ear, even if I have a chart. If I do it by ear my brain remembers it. If I do it to the chart I always need the chart.
I don't have that much organic RAM...
A gift, to be sure!