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February 14, 2022 - 3:42 pm
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I took the plunge and bought my first BOOK of sheet music. It has over 500 tunes and cost me almost $60. The thing is I probably will only ever play a dozen or so of the tunes but could not find single sheet copies for sale and even if I could at 3 to 5 dollars a sheet how much did I save in the long run?  How much have you ever spent or would be willing to spend for gardcopy sheet music? 


February 14, 2022 - 9:09 pm
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Congrats, and who knows, you might find more than enough to bring the cost per tune down to mere pennies! lol

At my stage in proficiency, it will probably be a long time until I can justify buying music. There is so much available, free, online that until I get good enough, will suffice perfectly.

February 15, 2022 - 7:00 am
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I almost never buy viola sheet music. Firstly because I'm an ear-learner, or at least I need to hear a tune before I even decide whether I want to try and play it or not ; and sheet music seldom come with accompaniment CDs or demonstration CDs. Having the sheet music can help me learn or memorize, but it doesn't come first.

Secondly, it's a pain getting a book to stay open while playing – unless it's spiral-bound but those are not the majority. If I end up having to make copies on standard A4 separate sheets, it's not worth the trouble.


500 tunes is a lot to choose from, though – plenty of fun ahead 🙂 ! Have you identified a few you'd like to start with? Are there recordings of them on the internet? (or better, a CD?)

February 15, 2022 - 1:02 pm
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I purchase books. I need the guidance from them and hate using the internet to find it and download it. I have some that are matching for my viola/violin/cello. Some I don’r”t have all three, but many I have at lease for two of the instruments. 

How much I would spend would depend on what is in it. I do have most of Violaman’s downloaded and printed, too.

I know what you mean about spiral. I was in contact with the people at Hal Leonard’s publishers. I asked about it. They said it is too hard for sellers to put them on display in spiral form because the spiral back snags. They are also more expensive to bind that way. 

I mentioned my Cassia Harvey cello books in another post. They have a soft bind. There is a score line along the binding, about 1/4” from the edge. They lay nice and flat when opened, at least so far. Maybe other publishers will pick up in that.

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