I've become frustrated with the lack of reasonable piano transcriptions available or in print from reliable publishers or online communities alike. Transcriptions of music in Piano-Voice-Guitar (PVG) format is bewilderingly common, despite the fact that the arrangements are just that - arrangements, which can bare little resemblance to the recorded piano part. Playing piano for popular songs containing piano and keyboard (Todd Rundgren, The Doors, Billy Joel, Elton John, The Beatles, infinitely more...) requires one-on-one instruction, playing by ear, interpretation of an arrangement, or manual transcription. Keyboards play a crucial role in modern music as well as classic rock and similar genres.
The desire to play as part of a band is strong, and in order to understand the method of playing keyboard in a group, it is incredibly useful to play transcriptions. Interpreting from PVG, playing by ear, getting a personal tutor, these things are not accessible to many people who want to learn keyboard. The songs themselves are not difficult, but there is a huge barrier to entry for learning. As evidence of the use of transcriptions, look at the thriving guitar community, with millions of people able to play transcriptions of popular songs to varying degrees of accuracy, all while being properly licensed and easily accessible (e.g. Hal Leonard books or Ultimate-Guitar.com).
I am not the first person to ask this question, but the responses I have seen (on other websites albeit) range from unhepful to elitist and rude. Music is supposed to be shared, everyone can agree with that, so why are piano transcriptions exceedingly uncommon for modern music?
Transcription books (note-for-note as they say) do exist, e.g. for The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Carole King, Elton John, and others. But I have only seen 1 (The Beatles book) in a music store, and only rarely. I don't mean to get up on my high horse and preach about how cold and elite the piano community is, because that's not true. But I need to understand!
Why is finding piano transcriptions so difficult?