What is Tonara?
Tonara is the world’s first interactive sheet music app. It shows your position on the score with a cursor as you play, turns the pages for you with Tonara Magic, and lets you not only record your playing but also instantly skip to any specific passage in a score to review it on playback. You can also easily add annotations and share them as well as your recordings with students or fellow performers with a tap. It’s free to download, offers a catalog of thousands of free and paid scores, and provides the ability to import scanned PDF scores from other sources (see below).
Where can I get Tonara?
Tonara is currently available as an iPad App on Apple’s AppStore
How does Tonara differ from other sheet music apps?
Other sheet music apps are passive – they display sheet music pages, and you have to pause your playing to manually turn the pages. Tonara actually listens to your playing, indicates your current position on the score in real time with a cursor, and turns the pages for you automatically at precisely the right moment.
Which instruments can I use with Tonara?
You can use any acoustic or electronic instrument, even your own voice. Tonara’s music store currently includes pieces for piano, violin, cello and flute, and we plan to support additional instruments as our user base grows.
How do I get sheet music for Tonara?
The Tonara App comes with a few built-in music scores. Additional Tonara Magic Sheet Music – including hundreds of free scores as well as thousands of paid titles – is available directly from within the app. You can also upload your own PDF files.
How do I upload sheet music I already own to Tonara?
Click here for a full guide. In short, you can open a PDF file from a web browser, email message, Dropbox or other app, tap the ‘share’ icon, select ‘Open with Tonara,’ and fill in a few fields in a popup window. (Note: The Tonara Magic automatic page-turning feature is not available for uploaded scores – only for those downloaded from Tonara’s store.)
How does Tonara work?
Tonara is based on our exclusive, patented polyphonic score following technology. Score following is the ability to track a performer’s exact position in the music score in real time, a goal that has eluded algorithm designers since the 1980s. This goal was realized after three years of intensive research by Tonara’s engineers, and implemented in an app that will change the way people play music forever.
Will Tonara continue to follow my playing if I change my tempo, make mistakes, repeat a section, etc.?
Yes. Our technology is so robust that it will continue to track your playing whether you are a beginner or a pro, whether you stay on key or not, if you go faster or slower in certain parts, and even if there’s a lot of noise around you. However, when you are in the first stages of learning a piece, it is advisable to practice with the Magic off to avoid confusing the app with major discrepancies between the score and your playing.
How does the Tonara Magic page-turning function work?
Just play any sheet music from the Tonara store, and the pages will flip automatically just before you reach the last chord on the page. (Make sure the Tonara Magic is set to ‘On.’)
How do I flip pages in scores I’ve imported from other sources?
Simply set the Tonara Magic switch to “Off’ and use your AirTurn or PageFlip external foot pedal when you’re ready to turn the page. Please see the app tutorial (the button with an ‘i‘ mark on the top right side of the screen) or click here for a step-by-step guide on how to pair a pedal with your iPad.
Why can’t I find sheet music in your store for a specific artist I’m looking for?
We are continuously working on expanding the selection of sheet music we have available in the Tonara music store. We are currently in discussions with major music publishers regarding licensing content for Tonara, and hope to have many of your favorite tunes available soon. We’d love to hear from you. Please tell us what you’re searching for and we’d see if we can get it quickly.
Where have all my scores disappeared?
If you open the Tonara application and don’t see any scores in your library, simply enter the store with a solid Internet connection, and go back to the library. Once you do this, you will see all of your scores again.
Is Tonara available on the iPhone or iPod touch?
No. We believe the screen on these devices is just too small for viewing musical scores as you play.
Is Tonara available for Android or Windows tablets?
Currently Tonara is only available for the iPad. We plan to support additional tablet platforms in the future based on user demand and device popularity.
Does Tonara support MIDI playback?
We added MIDI playback to scores in Tonara version 3.0. Any new score you download will have midi playback! To add it to the scores you already have, simply tap the restore option from the settings menu.
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