Frequently Asked Questions
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Yes, you can. Most(*) scores can be printed from your browser instantly. You are only allowed to make prints once and for private use only. Unlawful distribution of printed scores is strictly prohibited.
Nevertheless, both the deliberate decision to concentrate on ways technology can enrich music and the abundance of copyright restrictions have led us to choose for a 100% digital platform and application. We believe you can do so much more with sheet music if you use the Gustaf App. Not only is Gustaf environmentally friendly, it’s designed to be portable, convenient, and available on any device.
(*) Some publishers do not allow printing. These scores are clearly marked as digital-only and will be added to your personal library after purchasing.
The Gustaf web application will work on any device and any browser, meaning you can access it on both Windows and Mac computers and tablets using the latest versions of the main browsers Explorer, Edge, Chrome, Firefox and Safari. We also offer mobile applications for iOS and Android tablets which you can download in the App Store and Google Play. We recommend the following tablets: iPad, Samsung Galaxy, Microsoft Surface and SCORA.
You can start playing music in 3 simple steps:
- Browse our catalog and discover music you can play. Study the score and test our interactive features before buying.
- Your digital score is added instantly to your personal online Gustaf library. You can also upload your own scores and save them forever.
- Our interactive Gustaf App makes it easier to play. Show or hide parts. Make annotations in color. Highlight staves. Your digital music scores look great on any device.
Our list of Gustaf Essentials is a collection of crucial pieces in music history. We’ve carefully selected these works because they are necessary for any musician or music lover. Keep an eye out, because we’ll be expanding the Gustaf Essentials collection regularly!
Interactive scores are based on a new technical standard called MusicXML. MusicXML files will adjust according to the screen making it an easier flow for the performer. They will also allow you to make annotations or make changes directly onto the score. PDFs have a fixed width so are not as responsive and can be challenging to annotate—and downright impossible to transpose. That’s why we call PDFs non-interactive scores.
When you purchase music through the Gustaf Store, the score is available immediately in your personal library in the Gustaf App. If you’re not already logged in, login to your Gustaf App account, select Library, and your sheet music will be ready to play.
Gustaf is cloud-based—this allows 24/7 access, on any Internet-enabled device, anywhere in the world. Downloading scores is currently not possible. Unlawful distribution of downloaded scores is strictly prohibited.
We thought of that—Gustaf was made by professional musicians for musicians. You can turn pages by swiping, tapping or using a foot pedal. One of the best aspects about performing with Gustaf—papers no longer fly off the stand.
There are several key steps for an optimal performance with Gustaf:
- Make sure your battery is fully charged and sleep (or energy savings) mode is turned off.
- In the Library in the Gustaf App, designate the scores to be played offline.
- Put the device in flight mode.
- Dim the screen to the desired brightness.
- If this is for a performance, turn on the Gustaf App Concentration mode to avoid all notifications, as well as hide toolbars and buttons.
To make your performance even easier: you can purchase a foot-pedal and stands, among other accessories, at DigitalMusicHardware.com
Gustaf is also available through the App Store for iPad or Google Play for Android devices. Currently, the iOS app will not support in-app purchasing of scores. Uploading your own files is only possible for iOS 9 or higher. We recommend you use the web application via your browser to take advantage of all Gustaf features.