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Online Sheet Music – What to Expect

Don’t Be Put Off By Its Format.

Sheet music on the Internet can be a little intimidating to the beginner because it incorporates some pretty advanced technology with an age-old format. Most of us are used to interacting with sheet music offline as single pieces of paper or pages of a large, flat book. On the Internet, there aren’t any pages to flip or sheets to mark or lose. Instead, we’re presented with a format that’s completely digital and behind a glass screen. The first question that seasoned musicians may have is, “How in the world am I supposed to use this?!”

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It’s All In The Software

Well depending on the resource that you use, your sheet music may be HTML or it may be a PDF file. It could be a Java applet or it could be a flash file. In order to see sheet music online, you’ll need software that’s capable of showing it to you. If your computer can view webpages with ease, then viewing HTML sheet music shouldn’t pose any problem at all. You may run into problems however if the music is encoded into some other format. The good news is that most web browsers are capable of displaying java applets or flash files without any intervention on your part and sometimes, without even having to know what these things are!

If the composition is presented as a PDF file, you may need to install Adobe Acrobat Reader. Adobe Acrobat Reader is software designed to open PDF files as soon as they’re detected on the Internet and most computers already have the reader installed on them. If you try to access a PDF file without having the software that opens it, your computer will prompt you to download and install Adobe Acrobat Reader onto your computer. Once installed, you can view all the sheet music that you want regardless of your computer type because Adobe Acrobat Reader works on both the PC and the Mac.

Patience Is Rewarded

Installing new software just to see more software may sound like a hassle, but the rewards are many. There are tons of files available on the Internet for many piano genres including over 30,000 compositions and 1,200 composers like Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Liszt, Mozart and Schumann).

Once you have the actual music notation on your computer screen, you may have several options. Again, depending the resource that you use, you may be able to hear it, print it, or even save it for later use. Since it’s too inconvenient to try to play a musical composition displayed on the computer, you’ll want to print out the songs that you find and play them way that you would play your music offline.

Watch That Inclination To Share

Just be careful about distributing what you find. Some of the music that you’ll see will be in the public domain, which means that you are free to distribute it to anyone you like. But some of the music will be copyrighted, which means that only you may use the music that you print. Always read the service agreement of the resource that you use before downloading, printing, and distributing what might be copyrighted material.

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  • Scott Evans January 9, 2010, 9:47 pm

    Thanks for the great post! It’s easy to be intimidated by the numerous formats and sheet music software available on the net today. I think that the interaction available with sheet music on the Internet (be it audio samples, video instruction, pop-up tips and other multimedia) far outweighs the minor inconvenience of having to learn how to use all this stuff. Once you find a site or software solution that works for you, you can really go far and learn new music in a manner that you never thought of before!

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