To those who use books...

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  1. Han Solo

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    How do you keep them open?........I'm always struggling. What do you guys do? In your lap, musicstand? Or do you unceremoniously break the back into submission?
     
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    When I become Emporer I will pass a law that says all music books will have a spiral binding. I hope I can count on your vote.
     
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    I will also hire someone to teach me how to spell.
     
  4. DannyS

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    It's a combination of breaking the back into submission and a music stand.
     
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    Get the fricken idea out of the book and into your head before the book slams shut.

    Think of all the saved noses.
     
  7. stevel

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    Don't buy books without spiral binding.
     
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    Places like Kinko's will rebind books with comb binding for just a few bucks, I think. I haven't done it in long enough that I don't know the price.
     
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    Clothes pins, or little clamps from Home Depot. On a music stand.
     
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    I just got one of these last week. Love it.
     
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    I use a bungee cord on a music stand, usually I just place the metal part over the left corner and let the rest of the cord rest across the stand just touching the top of the book, that prevents the device from obscurring any of the information on the pages.
     
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    I have a cool little music stand that sits on a flat table and can hold just about any book open.
     
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    music stand... mine has some page holders and is a neat green
     
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    I use a music stand and often have to use a plastic clip to keep the book open. Yesterday I got really mad and almost broke the back of a particularly recalcitrant book.

    Hal Leonard lay flat binding = good (but you still need a clip sometimes), the crappy binding that Alfred's uses = bad.
     
  18. Sensible Musician

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    take it to any office type place (office depot, staples, kinkos) and have them put a spiral binding on it. the most i've ever spent on this is three bucks and change. brilliant
     
  19. Sykes

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    I usually put them down on my bed, and then hold them open with something. Usually maybe some spare electric tuners I have laying around. They are usually heavy enough to keep the pages open, but not damage my book in anyway.
     

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