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I'm not really sure if "visual disability" is correctly said since english is not my native language and had to use Google Translator.

My worries are about reading sheet music. I'm trying to learn playing trumpet, and only a few days into it, not even a month, but have played guitar for years and I think I have some musical sensitivity developed and I understand what musical scores' symbols and notation mean.

Though I learn by ear with more ease than if I haven't played any instrument before, I want to be able to read sheet music, mainly for learning more and using some exercise book, either digital or physical books, so I can try to do it like professional musicians do when learning songs, and even try to learn to fluently read while playing (if possible).

My problem is that I've been losing sight over the years due to a visual disease and I have very little sight. I can't read properly, and scores are written normally with a small font size. I have to use high contrast and bigger font size in order to be able to not have that many problems.

I tried software like "Guitar Pro", "Musescore" etc but would not find anything that puts scores at least in high contrast, since most of these software lets you make some kind of zooming.

Do you know of any app, software or anything that lets me read sheet music more confortably at least for learning purposes with my instrument?

I edit:
I managed to change page's background color in Musescore 3, I know how to change fonts and different symbols and notations size, text color and style and font type, but I don't know how to change lines and notes and symbols' color to white since they are black and can't be seen on a black background.

  • unfortunately you don't tell us what device you have: phone? tablet? pc? If you are looking for sheet music and search for images you can choose those with the highest resolution. – Albrecht Hügli Apr 7 at 12:24
  • Have you tried your computer's accessibility features? There might be an option to make everything high-contrast or negative, white on black instead of black on white. – piiperi Apr 8 at 15:52
  • @piiperi I use high contrast on windows but since most software nowadays use third party libraries to create their interfaces, since those libraries are not native, they are not affected by Windows Accessibility, at least high contrast. – Mister Equis Apr 8 at 19:08
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you can save a screen print or an image copy img,pgn etc, a pdf and zoom it or enlarge it 200% or 400% with any foto programm or picture app as paint etc.

I just did download a sheet with very small resolution:

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I tried to enlarge it: The result was very bad!

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Than I clicked into the same picture on the webside, made a full screen image and copied it with a snipping tool:

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I opened it with a foto app and enlarged it again and copied it with a snipping tool: enter image description here

latest edit:

I have found now a much simpler solution: Save the sheet music as image file and open it with the foto viewer of windows 10. There is a magnifier and you can follow the lines by the arrows (left-right and up-down. So you hold in one hand your trumpet and with the other you can guide through the sheet.

If you can't read this solution I you must train your ear that you'll be able to play any music just by listening.

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  • This can be a decent solution. I wish there was a solution like a web app, or tablet or pc program that displayed scores in a reversed colors and maybe auto scroll lines of a entire song or exercise. – Mister Equis Apr 7 at 16:47
  • so can't you just download the pdf and zoom it and let it scroll down? or use a pdf invert reader: Open a PDF file (any file) in Adobe Reader. Go to Edit>Preferences. In the Preferences window, click the 'Accessibility' tab and enable the 'Replace Document Colors' option. Next, select 'Use High-Contrast Colors' and select a color scheme from the presets available. addictivetips.com/windows-tips/… – Albrecht Hügli Apr 7 at 16:59
  • Yes, I know that, but sometimes it doesn't work. Text keeps being invisible or nothing appears sometimes. PDF that is made with images normally doesn't work well. – Mister Equis Apr 7 at 17:39
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    you still didn't tell what device you are using. I have found now a much simpler solutione: save as image and open with the foto viewer of windows. There is a magnifier and you can follow the lines by the arrows (left-right and up-down. So you hold in one hand your trumpet and with the other you can guide through the sheet. look the latest edit of my answer. – Albrecht Hügli Apr 8 at 15:47
  • PC. Training the ear is a solution I like and see the most confortable for me, since I already have some ease to learn by ear. However, If I am learning trumpet, my worries are to learn to do some things wrong, play fast notes without knowing if I have to slur or legatto instead of articulating them, and I guess in sheet music all those details are specified so I know when to articulate and how and that's a big question I have right know. I'm trying to learn articulating and learning by ear maybe I can't tell when a sequence of notes are articulated, when to use single tonguing... – Mister Equis Apr 8 at 22:21
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It will obviously be very limiting to require music that is specifically formatted to your requirements. You need a way to take ANY piece of printed music and make it readable. Which suggests a camera, some computer processing and a screen.

The tablet I'm typing this on has a rear camera and a zoom function. Various processes, including contrast control, are available. Could this be a way forward for you?

  • may be a bit complicated. I was thinking more on a software solution. – Mister Equis Apr 7 at 16:42
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I recommend you take two steps. One is to find a "Sheet music viewer" application, of which there are many. Grab one which supports a page-turn pedal.

Next, either
1) use a PDF editor that can convert to the "negative" of the source file, or
2) use the native operating system of your tablet to specify "white on black" display.

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