Frequently Asked Questions

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Popular questions

What is Gustaf Premium

Gustaf Premium is a digital-only monthly subscription including unlimited access to our entire sheet music catalog. Scores can be added freely to your library for as long as you want. Upon request of the publisher, certain scores are excluded from the plan and printing or downloading is not possible. Cancelling your Gustaf Premium membership will remove access to all premium scores in your library. If you want to print a score you can still buy an individual copy of it and keep it forever.

Which hardware do I need to play with Gustaf?

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.

How does Gustaf work

You can start playing music in 3 simple steps:

  1. Browse our catalog and discover music you can play. Buy online and print your score instantly from your browser.
  2. After you bought a score online you can add a digital copy to your online Gustaf library, free of charge. Every score you select as part of Gustaf Premium will be transferred immediately into your personal library. You can also upload your own scores and save them forever. Since your library is stored on the cloud, it will always be available on any device with any browser.
  3. Digital scores from the Gustaf Store can only be used with the Gustaf App so you can enjoy additional viewing, editing and playback features. Your library is available in your favorite browser or download our app from the App Store or Google Play.
What is the Gustaf Essentials collection?

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!

What is an interactive score?

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.

Where can I find my purchases? What about downloads?

When you purchase music through the Gustaf Store, you can print a copy instantly from your browser. But you can also claim a digital copy of the score, free of charge. It will be 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. You can download scores including your personal settings and annotations for private use only. Unlawful distribution of downloaded scores is strictly prohibited.

Do I have to download and install the app?

The great part of being cloud-based is Gustaf can be played from any device, anywhere there’s Internet. Just surf to app.gogustaf.com using any browser. If you prefer, you can download our app for iOS and Android as an alternative.

How can I perform with the Gustaf App offline?

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.

Gustaf Library - Use score offline

To make your performance even easier: you can purchase a foot-pedal and stands, among other accessories, at DigitalMusicHardware.com

Can I print scores?

Yes, you can, for private use only. 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.

To print a score, you must open the score from your personal library in the Gustaf App. You can find the print function in the “options” menu or after you have opened the score in full.

Printing of Premium content – scores you added to your library as part of the Gustaf Premium plan – can not be printed unless you buy an individual copy of the score.

Print a score from the library using the options menu

Is Gustaf available through the Apple Store or Google Play?

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.