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Offline jason_sioco

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Looking for a specific sheet music website?
« on: October 12, 2020, 04:25:11 PM »
I am looking for a website that is not asking you to print the sheet music, when you purchase. I am specifically looking for a website that allows you to download a PDF version of the sheet music and transfer it to Google Drive.

Also, I am specifically looking for lead sheet/fakebook type of sheet music arrangements. Not only jazz and pop standards, but arrangements/songs found in the Great American Songbook.

I am using this for my own research and personal projects that I am doing right now.

Thanks in advance for the suggestions and replies!

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Re: Looking for a specific sheet music website?
«Reply #1 on: October 12, 2020, 06:36:53 PM »
There are collections organized by composer for the American Songbook standards which feature the original "sheet music" (typically just a piano arrangement with lyrics, of the sort where either the composer or an arranger hired by the publisher knocks out "the" version to file copyright).

I don't have a link, but a number of jazz players have at least looked at these to get various added features not always found in the typical "Real Book"-type fakebooks:  verses, the original "vanilla" chord changes, mostly, so as to get a clean look before deciding how to reharmonize the tunes, if desired. 

You know, like The Harold Arlen Songbook and those kinds of titles. 

For jazz standards, I haven't seen anything more accurate and comprehensive than the Chuck Sher Real Books, which also include a number of regular standards, and even some more recent pop music.  And, I think they preserve the Real Book tradition of including tunes from the album Hotel Hello:  what jam session doesn't feature those beloved classics!  ;D  (That's an old joke I heard somewhere if you sit in on a real book jam session:  "How about a little "Hotel Hello?"  It's actually a very good album, just not really mainstream in the way that the more usual jazz standards are.)

I don't know how these are distributed or sold online.

As for being forced to print instead of download, I haven't run across that, mainly because I already have all the Real Books and just use those in combination with transcribing the changes of recordings I like.

BUT, do they disable "printing to a file," for example, a PDF?  I'd be a little ticked off at buying without that option.
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Re: Looking for a specific sheet music website?
«Reply #2 on: November 02, 2020, 05:00:21 AM »
Mel Bay sell most of their books online as PDF.

Alfred sells eBooks

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Re: Looking for a specific sheet music website?
«Reply #3 on: November 02, 2020, 06:36:29 AM »
Mel Bay sell most of their books online as PDF.

Alfred sells eBooks

There are also some bookstores.

I've heard.

But who in his or her life has not enjoyed the guitar stylings of one Mel Bay?

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Re: Looking for a specific sheet music website?
«Reply #4 on: November 02, 2020, 02:34:37 PM »
If nothing else found, you can print to PDF.

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Re: Looking for a specific sheet music website?
«Reply #5 on: November 02, 2020, 04:59:47 PM »
If nothing else found, you can print to PDF.

Yeah, that's what I'm guessing the OP ran into:  for some reason, even though he or she paid for the material, their website might have a kind of perma-block on printing to a file (PDF).

That would be frustrating.

Those particular composer/songwriter collections are kind of a niche category, so I doubt there are a bunch of copies floating around elsewhere on the internet.
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Re: Looking for a specific sheet music website?
«Reply #6 on: November 16, 2020, 03:07:30 PM »
Hi,

You are kindly invited to visit our online sheet music Library: www.sheetmusiclibrary.website

I think we have all you are searching for, and all the scores are in PDF format ready to download.

Best regards,