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08-22-2014, 03:37 PM
Anyone have any suggestions as to where I can get good sheet music for instrumentals and such.

08-22-2014, 03:45 PM
Which instruments are you interested in? Is there a particular genre you are looking for? Try JW Pepper... http://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/welcome.jsp

08-23-2014, 04:51 AM
We'll I'm just looking for some songs I can transcribe to the ukulele

08-23-2014, 05:02 AM
We'll I'm just looking for some songs I can transcribe to the ukuleleI don't understand exactly what you have in mind, but I have the "Daily Ukulele" books and they are already ukulele friendly. I mean, if you are just looking for ukulele songs to play, they work well for me. Also, if I have a specific song that I want to play, I use ultimateguitar.com if I'm just looking for lyrics and chords.

08-23-2014, 05:02 AM
I do that with piano sheet music all the time. I mostly use musicnotes.com (which will transpose the key for you - yes, I'm that lazy!), fake books, and vintage sheet music found on eBay.

08-23-2014, 01:17 PM
A good selection of tunes (over 500) that'll fit well onto a ukulele can be found in Jack Campin's "Nine-Note Tunebook" at http://www.campin.me.uk/Music/Chalumeau.abc . These tunes have been selected/arranged specifically with the basic chalumeau in mind, but they're absolutely fine as written for the ukulele as none of the tunes play below "C" (third string open) or above "D" (first string, fifth fret). Much music of a similar standard, albeit possibly with a slightly wider range, may be found in many collections for descant recorder, this being a "C instrument" as well, or indeed in many collections for whistle (tin whistle/penny whistle), which are usually written for a "D" instrument. John Tose's collection of Welsh-orientated tunes for the pibgorn at http://www.mochpryderi.com/Resources/Tose%20200%20Tunes.pdf will also be suitable, the pibgorn being an 8-note pipe in "D".

Hope this helps, but if you have more specific requirements, please say so :)

08-24-2014, 03:55 AM
There's a lot of uke books at this site and you get 15% off book purchases of $15 or more with combined shipping to boot! http://www.bonanza.com/booths/mandolinbabes

08-24-2014, 04:49 AM
Depends on what era you're looking for. I have a few thousand songsheets and song boooks from the 1920s and 30s in my vintage music collection.

08-24-2014, 04:14 PM
If you like old jazz and pop tunes, especially from the 20s to the 40s, i recommend the PDF digital collection of sheet music Ian Chadwick put together. The melodies and harmonies are accurate. Ian posted previously on this thread. His collection is a treasure trove. I have lots of his music on my ipad.

08-24-2014, 07:57 PM
For music prior to 1923, you can find scans of lots of sheet music at these sites:

Indiana University IN Harmony website

Library of Congress: American Memory collection

Lester S. Levy collection at John Hopkins University

For music after 1923 until fifty years ago, you might find sheet music scans at the National Music of Australia digital music collection.

These sites are scrupulous to obey copyright laws; hence the limitations. Australia has different copyright laws, though they'll probably cave soon to the preposterous international extensions we can thank Sonny Bono for.

Most of the sheet music doesn't have ukulele or guitar chords, but music close to the 1920s might. I occasionally trip across uke chords in a stack of old Chemnitzer concertina music I bought, so they do turn up where you might not expect to find them.