I’m at the Nashville Convention Center (Tennessee) for the Summer NAMM convention (National Association of Music Merchants). This is where musical instrument store owners and purchasing agents meet all the companies that sell musical instruments, recording studio equipment, sheet music–pretty much everything you can buy at your local Sam Ash or Guitar Center–and they meet with the representatives from all the companies that make the instruments–Roland, Yamaha, Casio, Gibson, Martin, Taylor, and everybody else. They try out the new models being released this year, and they place orders for products to sell in their stores.
Saturday is open to the general public (tickets cost around $25). My boss Doug Roberts of Roberts Creative Systems is teaching classes in a computer classroom with 20 MacBook Pros. I’m one of his assistants. His classes are in beginning home and studio recording with GarageBand, Logic and what have you. At 3:00 pm on Saturday, he’s teaching a class on music apps for the iPad, and he’s asked me to give a short presentation on apps for reading sheet music on the iPad–to use the iPad in place of, or as an augmentation to, your usual sheet music folder or stack of scores, fake books and folios. I’ve done a lot of research in this area.
More info later.