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Sites with a good selection of sheet music

i have been searching for sheet music for the song Don't Mess With Mr. T by Stanley Turrentine for quite some time on google, but it has so far yielded no results. does anyone know a good website with transcripted tunes, or have a transcription of the specific song they can share? i play an Eb alto saxophone if that helps, but i can always transpose it if key is an issue


I'm sorry to say that websites such as you request are often run illegal. When you reproduce a work that is copyrighted you have to have the permission from the authors, which they often* don't have. I would advise you to start to transcribe yourself. It's much more rewarding.

*I've NEVER encountered one that had.

  • sigh what a shame. not a problem, I am able to transcribe songs myself, i was just hoping to find an easier solution for one of my students. Apr 28 '12 at 20:45
  • on the other hand, is the sheet music published by anyone for purchase? Apr 28 '12 at 20:46
  • you could search sheetmusicplus.com or amazon.com or whatever webstores there might be. Apr 28 '12 at 20:49
  • Note that mysongbook.com has the permission, but only has a few songs and only work with Guitar Pro 6
    – Julien N
    May 3 '12 at 12:58

Putting aside legality, which is a very valid issue in itself, there are a number of ways that you can get the music (or listener's interpretations of the music) for certain songs you want to play.

  1. (For Guitarists mainly, but applicable to all musicians) Tabs. You can take the tab and convert it back into the music notes (if you are a non-guitarist, using a fretboard diagram) and transpose up or down as you need to. You can find these for shedloads of songs, from tonnes of sites on the web these days.

  2. Chords. Again, you can get these from hundreds of sites, and gives you a starting point for notes of melodies or riffs that you can go on to figure out by ear. Some websites, such as Ultimate Guitar, actually have transposing tools on their pages for chord sheets, so you can get into the key you want.

  3. Guitar Pro Tabs: These are downloadable files that open in a program (the best free one in my opinion is Tux Guitar) and you can edit and play them. The advantage of this is particularly if you wish to play a guitar line on another instrument: the program displays notation as well as tab, so you can play what is given. Again, you can transpose as you need.

  4. Midi: Musical Instrument Digital Interface files are files that have multitracks of musical data that can be interpreted and played by software. If you find one for the song you want, you can open them in Sibelius or other notation program, and see which different MIDI instrument if playing what, as it displays the MIDI notes as notation.

  5. Buy them from eBay or Amazon or other online services: they have tonnes of them available; from sheets up to songbooks.

Incidentally I had a look for any Midi's or tab files for the song you quoted, I couldn't find anything. Unlucky

Hope this helps!

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