Archive for July, 2008

Online Sheet Music?

Friday 11 July, 2008

Ever wondered if you can get sheet music online for free? Well you can LEGALLY find partial music content, public domain sheet music, online instrumental lessons and guitar TABs.

Obviously, musicians earn their living from their music. We want to support that without breaking copyright rules. And we all know the internet has blurred some of these boundaries. For me, the internet is a great place to sample what music’s out there and if I like it, I go out and pay for it. That way I get better audio quality, a CD booklet with it’s information and art, and sheet music that is more accurate. But remember, it’s not against the law to play someone else’s music. It is only against the law to make a profit from their music or obtain their music illegally (this usually means without paying).

So with that out of the way, there are some good music sites with some good information. It is not illegal to post partial pieces of music, as long as it’s not considered “substantial”. With a little musical talent you can fill in the blanks and perform the music just like (or better) than the original artist. Here’s a list of sheet music, music lesson and guitar TAB sites I found on my travels…

  • 8notes.com – pick your style, artist and song. Go to “riff lesson” and you will see the song’s riffs with music notes, audio examples and written explanations. There are also guitar and piano chords down the bottom of each page that you can even transpose! A great way to start jamming out some tunes!
  • Free Piano Music – mostly classical. All music here is public domain (that means no copyright). The best thing here is you can view the sheet music (PDF) and then listen to the audio (MIDI) to hear how it sounds! Awesome!
  • Guitarnoise.com Lessons – click one of the light blue buttons. Each lesson has heaps of explanations, music notes and plenty of audio examples (podcasts). He’s not the best guitarist but he’s not bad. Best of all, these lessons are free!
  • MXTabs.net – unfortunately there’s lots of advertising! But you can choose from guitar, bass and drum TABs! You can also see user comments to help you decide if it’s a good TAB or not.
  • Ultimateguitar.com – enter your song or artist details straight into the search box. Nice, clean site. I love the “Auto Scroll” function, you can play your guitar infront of the computer and the screen will gradually scroll down so you can keep on playing! Cool!

How to Read Guitar TAB by John Heussenstamm

Once again, if you find any good sheet music, online lessons or guitar TAB sites please post a comment.

Kick Back to Some Music

Wednesday 9 July, 2008


Hey guys! I noticed there were quite a few hits over the past week, so I thought I’d post some audio and music links to give you some food for thought and some study music to kick back to.

Firstly… “Cog”. If you haven’t checked out this cutting edge Sydney band, then you’re missing out!

  • Cog @ whothehell.net (link currently unavailable, hopefully online soon) – Awesome blog post with “Resonate” mp3, you can actually download it (right click “mp3” – “save target as”) and put it on your mp3 player or mobile!
  • Cog’s Player @ MySpace – the band’s own music player from their Cog MySpace Music page. Wow 600,000 plays!
  • Cog @ Wikipedia – Find out how it all began. Maybe your band will be posted on Wikipedia one day?!
  • Triple J Live – A huge selection of recordings from all the latest bands. Check out Cog‘s eight song setlist! Forty minutes of awesome Aussie rock! WARNING ***Low Level Coarse Language***

And some links for your general listening pleasure…

  • Triple J Unearthed – Unearthed for the big boys and girls. Some radio edits on the current five nominees for this prestigious award.
  • Take 40 Player @ new.com.au – Cool browser player with heaps of songs that include video clips. Click the purple arrow for more song lists and if your bandwidth can handle it, try “super” video quality and go full screen! Music videos on demand for free!

If you find any other groovy Aussie music sites, please let me know by commenting to this post and I’ll include them here! Enjoy your holidays and keep the spirit of Aussie music alive!

Triple J Unearthed High

Saturday 5 July, 2008

And the winner is… Is!

The band “Is” from Macdonald College, North Strathfield NSW, took out the Triple J Unearthed High competition in May this year. Check out the competition details here and listen to their story hereDownload and listen to their winning track. I think you guys can do this! Get involved, start a band, practice during lunchtime or after school and win! Easy… right? So come and see me to orgainise a practice time in Term 3 and who knows, you might be the winners in 2009!