Digital Sheet Music

Written by Serena Berger
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Digital sheet music comprises the majority of selections available for downloading online. The alternative would be music which was scanned from pages of physical sheet music, and in some cases you can find this format. Generally, however, digital sheet music has many advantages which make it the preferred format for sheet music online.

The Convenience of Digital Sheet Music

The biggest advantage of sheet music in a digital format is that you can listen to sound clips which are read directly from the sheet music by a program such as MIDI. For people buying music online, this is an extremely helpful attribute. If you are searching for a piece such as a Bach prelude or Chopin nocturne, you'll find that there are many of them out there, and unless you know the opus and number of the piece, you might not know which one you wanted. Listening to the sound clip solves that problem easily.

At this point, there is digital sheet music available in almost every genre. Some sites specialize in one particular type of music such as classical or popular music. Generally, you can expect a specialized site to have a greater selection of music available in your area of interest, but a general site might have more serendipitous surprises in store for you.

If you're lucky, you can even find some of the music you want for free. Because many first-time customers don't know what to expect from an online sheet music source, sites will offer free samples so that you can discover the merits of their product first hand. If you find that you benefit from getting your sheet music online, you should look into sites which have membership options; you can sign up for unlimited downloads from libraries of thousands of pieces for a low yearly fee. Work on your sight-reading skills or expand your repertoire with the great pieces you can find online.

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