I’ve been using YouTurn recently in my student’s piano lessons. I was curious to see what their reactions would be. Well, it turns out YouTurn has become a hit with my young piano students.
One of my 6-year old proteges is working out of his Level 1 Faber Piano Adventures. As soon as he plops the book open on the piano rack and it begins to close, he says: “I need the magnet! I need the magnet!” It’s so great, he’s YouTurn’s biggest fan now.
So as a member of Classical KUSC.org, I received my Members Guide today in the mail. I saw that Daniel Barenboim’s birthday is in November. He’s one of my favorite Beethoven interpreters as I have all his Beethoven Sonata recordings. I was recently in Milano for vacation eating lunch near La Scala, and who gets seated right behind me? Maestro Barenboim (wow!). Of course I fully intended to say hello, but, I wimped out completely. Who knows, maybe we could have struck up a decent conversation.
I designed YouTurn for all musicians in mind like myself who, when reading music, are many times interrupted. Not by an audience member or a phone call, but by the music book itself, which seems to have a life of its own.
I wanted a simple solution. Placing heavy books on top of pages? Hardly works! Photocopies? When I needed a copy machine in my piano studio, it wasn’t there. I had nothing except my other arm to hold the book pages flat.
During a practice session one evening, looking at my music pages, I thought about how nice it would be for them to be magnetically attracted to each other. This way, the book would stay open and flat, and I could also turn the pages quickly.
So, here it is! Click on this video or visit www.youturnmusic.com to see the YouTurn magnetic solution for turning music pages and keeping them flat.