The Recital



Dear Friend:


I’m an amateur musician. It would be frightening to think somebody would pay to hear me perform. I’m good enough for a piano-recital-type-of-thing.  You know, with a captive audience of anxious parents, unruly siblings and smiling grandparents.  Everybody’s there for good cause; it’s just not for the music.

Now, when it comes to the music, that’s another issue. Better to have it memorized, of course! But only prodigies do that on a regular basis. For me there were only three other methods–pretty much used by everyone who never gave a flawless performance:

1) Carefully line up each sheet of music across the entire length of the piano rack.  Usually, that meant over-lapping the sides of each sheet of music too, to make everything fit. But that proved to be too risky. Get one sheet of music moving (for any cause) and the piano rack shed the rest of the sheets like a tree shedding leaves in an Autumn windstorm.  Yea, it might be a blast of air, or fumbling fingers, or some greasy little urchin in the audience trying to see what will happen if he runs up and touches the music (just for the heck of it). But whatever the cause, it wasn’t a good outcome for the accompanist OR the performer!  I can’t describe it further–there’s too much anguish in the recollection.

2) Sometimes I’d just tape the sheets together. There was probably a little more drama in that–a kind of hush would fall over the audience before that big wingspan of taped sheet music took off, somewhere near that tricky part that I hadn’t practiced enough to even remotely remember by heart. Oh, my heart!

3) Having a page-turner sit next to me on the piano bench worked OK, as long as he or she didn’t turn the page “too soon” or “too late” or tickle or bump your left elbow–on that tricky part that I hadn’t practice enough. I think maybe you get the picture?!



So, after a half-century of repeating #1-3 above, I invented 8Scape, a multi-page, music presentation folder. It solved over 50 years of folly, so to speak. I wince at the thought of how many times 8Scape might have saved me from that fire of embarrassment that colored my face bright red or from those cold sweats that broke out with just the mention of the word “recital.”

You can check out my folder, 8Scape, at It’s the real thing. No accompanist or performer should be without one. Trust me, I know what I’m blogging about. Now, would someone please point me in the directions of the next recital….

How to Use the 8Scape Folder

Here’s your easy 1-2-3 on how to use the 8Scape folder! Enjoy!


Step #1 – Open your folder to the following position




Step # 2 – Making the first page turn



Step # 3 – Making the last turn



Step #4 – Open your folder so that four panels are showing again (picture #2). Fold the left and right most panels in on the inner panels (refer to video on homepage).

Why 8Scape is the World’s Best Sheet Music Folder


Q: What is 8Scape?

A: It’s a multi-page music presentation folder capable of holding up to eight pages of music (or other documents).

Q:  Why is 8Scape so great?

A: You only have to make 1-2 page turns to utilize up to 8 pages of music during practice or performance. If you’re not musical, it’s nice to have something that’s more professional then a binder, slimmer, and pretty much like a portable storyboard. It’s awesome for keeping papers organized and crisp.

Q: What else can you tell me about 8Scape?

The plastic that you insert the sheet music into is non-reflective meaning you won’t get blinded by glare. Awesome right?! Instead of inserting the sheet music “top-down” style, you can insert paper into 8Scape from the side. It’s a breeze to put paper into the folder and take it out again.

Q: Why shouldn’t I use my ipad or tablet instead?

A: Technology has made so many things really convenient. We love when that happens in our lives! Our team enjoys making notations directly on the music with pen or pencil. It’s a quick “in and out” with 8Scape to make notations where you need them on your music. In the end, we prefer the bigger size of real sheet music and having the ability to mark what we want and where we want.