When Kevin Bailey's fingers glide across the keyboard, he doesn't miss a beat.
That's because his invention -- the digital page turner for paperless sheet music -- does all the work.
It's a new concept that integrates convenience, technology and innovation to provide the musician with a simple, inexpensive method of improving their skills.
"When you're playing an instrument, you have to stop and turn the page," Bailey, a co-owner of Payson Music Center. "You're limited to how well you can play by how fast you can turn the page."
The digital page turner is designed to utilize your existing entertainment center.
Here's how it works: Set up your musical instrument in front of the TV and pop the DVD into the player. The sheet of music appears on the screen -- the speed of the page-turning is set to the music's tempo.
If you don't have a DVD player, you can use an Xbox or a PlayStation -- even a computer.
And if you want to sing along, the words come with it too.
The configuration of Bailey's own setup is simple. He's replaced the music rack of his keyboard with a small, cheap TV and DVD player. And as he bangs out the tunes, he follows the notes on the screen.
The best part of this, Bailey said, is the ability to learn unfamiliar tunes. The DVD offers flexibility, especially useful when tackling a new ditty.
"You can pause it, learn the song, learn the arrangement," he said.
Bailey's passion for music took hold when he was a 7-year-old. He wanted to play the guitar like everyone else, but his father, who told him his fingers were too small, fitted him with an accordion. Bailey honed his keyboarding skills and now enjoys the freedom to express his talent as a soloist.
But he needed a better way to maintain the musical flow.
Bailey developed the first prototype of the digital page turner back in 1998 to improve his skills. He attempted to incorporate a music stand and an electronic apparatus, but the technology just wasn't up to par.
As the years passed, and the technology improved, he began to digitize sheet music.
And now, he's taking his digital page turner into the future.
Video lessons, which offer a hands-on view of the technique, and a smattering of music theory, will accompany the sheet music, creating more learning opportunities.
Playing popular music can get expensive. Books that contain the music of contemporary musicians, such as Metallica, sell for more than $20. And most of the time, he added, his customers just want one composition, not the entire the entire publication.
And that's Bailey's goal: to customize music selections for his customers online.
That process, though, will take time. He already has a patent pending, but must work on securing the rights. Currently, he offers public-domain songs such as hymns and patriotic favorites.
Bailey said he will provide a demonstration or help musicians digitize original pieces. Payson Music Center also offers guitar, keyboard, mandolin, violin and fiddle lessons. For more information, contact Bailey at (800) 672-SING (7464).