You may download music from YouTube, upload songs to your iPod or MP3 player, listen to them with Music Box, but nothing will replace playing live music. I’ve never been good at music and I’ve always envied those people who can play a musical instrument – piano, guitar, violin, etc. They can easily play any song they want, just using music sheets and their inner talent.
There are numerous sites offering all kinds of sheet music, guitar tabs, chords, piano notes for beginners and amateur musicians. Still it took me much time to sort out really easy-to-use and free resources which I’m glad to share with you.
Sheet Music & Piano Notes
8notes offers free sheet music downloads for piano, guitar, violin, flute, viola, cello, percussion, etc. Just choose your instrument and browse for free sheet music available in GIF and PDF (requires $20 year subscription) formats. The entire track could be also saved in MP3 or MIDI format. If you’re looking for something particular, just use the music notes search. However, not all of music scores (especially full versions) are free, 8notes may refer you to other sites like SheetMusicPlus.com. Still all classical works are free, plus users may upload and share their own sheet music.
MuseScore is first of all a handy software that allows users to create, play and print sheet music. However, if you need only sheet music, you don’t need to download and install the program. Just go to Sheet Music section and find whatever you want. Sheet music is available for free download in PDF and Music XML formats. You may also register an account to be able to upload and share your own sheet music.
This site is in French, but you may easily use Google Translate or directly go to the search box and find the sheet music you need. There are thousands of free sheet music downloads in PDF format, available for all popular instruments. The collection is especially rich in classical music pieces.
4. IMSLP / Petrucci Music Library
IMSLP is a good resource of public domain sheet music, as well as a community of music lovers. There are over 235K scores for 66,000+ works and thousands are being added every month. You will find here multiple versions of sheets for popular works, all available for download as PDFs. To find and save a sheet music, just use the search box or look for scores by composer name or genre, then go to the work page and download the PDF file.
This is a small and not very popular site of sheet music, but pop music fans will definitely love it for a nice collection of pop music notes. All the singers and bands are listed in the alphabetic order, so you can easily find your favorite songs. To save a sheet, you just need to right-click the song title and choose “Save the link as…”. All the files come from another site – ffpianomelody.com.
Guitar Tabs & Chords
GuitarTabs.cc offers a great deal of free tabs and chords for guitar, bass, or drum. The search is quick and easy. Plus users may submit their own tabs. The only inconvenience I found is the absence of Print or Download button, so that users have to copy and paste the song into a document in order to save or print it.
This is a stock of free guitar tabs and a blog about music with lots of reviews, interviews, news, lessons, etc. To get guitar tabs for a desired song, just use the search option and choose a version that you need. There is Print button below the song, so you can easily start practicing. The resource also have apps for iOS and Android.
GuitarTab is a popular site hosting thousands of free guitar chords. Everything is simple and fast: you enter a song or a band name into the search box and go to what you were looking for. Tabs may be easily printed. It’s also possible to view chord diagrams in case you can’t recollect some of them and listen to the original song on Jango.