posted on Jul, 31 2011 @ 02:55 AM
Over the years, I have noticed that most of the sheet music sold in music stores is wrong. When I say it's wrong, I mean it's nowhere close. I am not
speaking of classical sheet music. It's usually very good. Jazz sheet music doesn't generally get too detailed because Jazz is meant to be interpreted
and is big on improvisation. Rock and popular sheet music is horrible. I can easily pick songs out by ear, but that's not the point. So, let me get to
the main reason for this thread.
Why is the sheet music so bad? Popular music is not that hard, so the sheet music should be easy to create. I have bought books where they not only
had the wrong chord types, but even the wrong key. When it's for guitar, they will give some sloppy basic part that isn't exactly right, even in the
better books. When it's for piano, they don't seem to want to be bothered by writing out what the keyboard player actually played. Instead they make
the piano part a combination of some basic chords and the vocal melody. And for this, consumers are expected to drop 20+ dollars. I've even seen some
with wrong lyrics. These are the major publishing companies such as Hal Leonard. What is going on at these places? Who do they hire to transcribe the
music? Doesn't anyone check the transcriptions before publishing? Why do stores continue to carry them? Some of these guys had to be high while doing
this stuff, it's just that wrong. I fear that many young musicians who are just learning will be frustrated wondering why they can't get the song to
sound right and may think it is themselves.
And finally, why don't the artists complain? I know that if I was an established artist, and I gave a publishing company rights to transcribe my
music, I would insist that the book was completely accurate.
Maybe this should have gone in rant.
edit on 31-7-2011 by notquiteright because: (no reason given)