The MusicNotes.com for iPad Review

If you want to buy professional guitar TAB sheet music online, you really have two choices:  Hal Leonard’s GuitarInstructor.com and MusicNotes.com that offers a lot of Alfred Publishing songs.  Between those two services, you should be able to find almost any song you want to play.  Here’s the PR blurp for MusicNotes.com:

Musicnotes, Inc. offers an online catalog of 100,000 digital sheet music titles, built on the strength of content agreements with Alfred Publishing, EMI Music Publishing, Faber Music Ltd, Sony/ATV Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group, Disney Music Publishing, Cherry Lane Music Company, Peermusic, Word Music, EMI Christian, Bug Music and many others.

I usually buy my songs online from Hal Leonard, but now that I’m dipping a bit more into guitar Jazz, I was desperate to find “Take Five” — scored for the guitar — written by Paul Desmond and made popular by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. I found just what I wanted, and more, on MusicNotes.com:

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Hal Leonard Does the Right Thing

We love Hal Leonard’s fine GuitarInstructor.com website, and we spend a lot of money there downloading song TABs and play-along tracks and teaching videos.   GuitarInstructor.com recently launched a new Guitar Chords/Lyrics feature where, for about a dollar, you can download “one sheets” for over 5,000 new songs.  That means you get the lyrics and simple chord patterns, but no actual guitar TAB.  These one sheets are more for strumming and/or cheat sheets used in a live performance.  I decided to buy one of those one sheets for the great Bob Dylan song — “Make You Feel My Love” — and I was disappointed that my purchase of that song looked and printed out just as you see below. I blurred most of the chords and lyrics on purpose to protect the song from being printed out from this review and used for free.

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