When I’m not spending my time working for Neat and writing this blog, I like to work at playing music. Music has been a passion of mine for my entire life, and I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of some pretty fun projects. It may not seem like a natural fit, but Neat has been an important part of my musical endeavors.
Musicians, at least the ones I know, tend to have a reputation for being less than organized. Blame it on the quirks of the creative mindset. But being organized helps make me a better musician – and Neat is a great part of that. I have a folder in Neat for music, with subfolders for my various projects. I’ve got lyrics and chord changes for all of our tunes, which makes it easy to practice new material. Whether I’m scanning in something that’s been written by hand, or creating a digital copy of lyrics I pull from a website, Neat helps me keep my musical resources organized and efficient.
But for the gigging musician, organization isn’t just a nicety, it’s a necessity. There are a lot of times when a musician has to step into a role where he or she only has a practice or two before the show. In situations like this, having easily accessible sheet music or chord charts onstage is a life-saver. Using Neat’s mobile app on my iPad makes this easy. Because Neat lets me search all of my files by keyword, it’s easy to find the right song when someone calls out a tune I’m not quite confident on. As one of my musician friends once said – looking at a chord chart isn’t cheating, it’s doing the audience a favor!
Neat is great for small businesses and home offices, but it’s such a flexible system that the possibilities really are limitless. And if it can help a flighty musician like myself stay a little bit more organized, who knows what it can do for you!