I thought this would be helpful, from my creative mind to yours, if you don't have a music stand, there are so many ways to still see your music! Here are a few creative ways. And by the way, music stands are awesome. So you should probably get one at some point. And I'll have a few suggestions on good ones that you can pick up from Amazon at the bottom
1.Bottom of the Drawer Trick
If you have a dresser, then you can read your music!
Simply tuck the sheet into the bottom of the top drawer, and close the drawer. Somehow it works, and is totally genius
2. Music in Case Trick
Every musician I know has done this at least once. I used to have the fancy, heavy kind of case, but then I started gigging ALOT, and it got heavy. And since I'm a super hands-on parent, and a super overachiever, I would be dragging a baby, stroller, sheet music, music stands, microphone stands, and a monster case which weighed like 20 pounds. Great advantage to that case: it had straps holding the top and bottom of the case together. That makes it perfect for holding music. If you have one like me, you can prop it up on a chair or put a blanket or heavy books behind it to hold it up.
3. Music on the Computer Trick
You can use your laptop as a music stand! Of course, you won't be able to be on facebook and read your music at the same time, but who's multitasking while practicing? Not you, my friend, not you.
4. Play Dough!!!!
Say WHAT, my friends? That sticky, gross tacky stuff? Well, yes, as a matter of fact! The truth is, think of the words "sticky" and "tacky" and oh, wait. I just stuck it to my wall. There are different brands, and the regular play dough that's name brand I know goes on and comes off without leaving any imprints. This kind
And here you can see how beautifully it sticks to the wall! CRAZY AWESOME. (This is obviously a good option if you have play-dough in your house. If you have to go out and buy...less good)
5. Music on the couch, sit on the floor, Buddha
It works, it's just not the most comfortable option in the universe. unless you're super into yoga and not wearing a skirt.
I love yoga, so I got one out of two today.
6. In the Bathroom mirror say WHAT?!
If you have a bathroom mirror cabinet, this is an awesome idea. Also, we have two bathrooms, so if I go in and close the door, I can have some privacy, most of the time. This is a great option if you have roomates and don't want to practice in the room. Oh right, and this room is actually just a bathtub and a shower so it's not gross. Maybe if you don't have a seperate room for your toilet, skip this one.
If you have a refridgerator, or a metal door, or a metal cabinet, magnets are AWESOME!!!! And a super plus, every time we get pizza we get more magnets. So every metal surface in my house can be constantly covered with sheet music
8. Music on the floor, awkwardly bend over it.
Ok, this is the most ghetto/awkward way of playing from sheet music. I don't recommend it. And since if you are doing this, it means you don't have a violin case, but you're reading this so you DO have a computer. Hmm... Seriously, it messes up your balance, so not recommended.
Tape and stickers are awesome ways of keeping your music in plain site, and you can also have the whole free expression thing down and decorate however you want.
10. Pants Hangers
I thought of this after the fact, so no picture. But those clips you use to hang up your pants? hang the hanger on the top of the door, hang your music to the clips, and if you are all set!
11. Buy a stand, man!
After all is said and done, you can make do with all these different awesome ideas, and figuring out which one you'll do for a while can be great, but let me tell you, music stands are REALLY awesome.
I'm not a huge fan of these folding metal ones, since I break things easily and am super not tech-savvy (although I am getting way better from all the internet stuff I've been doing) not for me. But if you are one of those delicate people, then that's great! I bring them to gigs all the time, and I have four matching ones I use for quartet gigs. They take up very little space when folded, too, and come with a carrying bag, so that's also super useful. I think every musician need to have a stand, and this is the default.
The fact is, though, that at home in an idea setting, my music stand is covered in sheets ALL THE TIME, and I need something strong enough to withstand my one year old trying to knock it over at least 5 times a day. So this is the one I use.
There are more expensive ones that are probably better, but I'm not spending my time looking for them. If it's not broke, don't fix it!! This one folds up and the top comes off, so that's also more convenient than a super-strong one that stands all the time.