Tips for finding
Choral, Instrumental ...
Sheet Music & Guitar
- The links shown
at the left of screen allow you to search for Classical Sheet Music or
Pop/Rock Sheet Music. (If you can't find what you want
in Pop/Rock, try looking in Classical, as this searches the whole
database, but is a little slower).
- Start your
search with a minimum of information. For example, if you are looking
for orchestral parts for a Mass by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, but you
are not sure what the name of the mass is, simply start by typing Mozart in
the lower box and click Find It. (By the way, you can
use all lower case letters. Most databases regard mozart and Mozart as
- In this example
you would find over 8000 items, far too many to browse through in a
- But now, by
scrolling to the bottom of the search results page, you can add
another search term in the More Search Options box. For example, you might
type Mass (or mass) and then click Go. This would reduce the 8000
items found to about 160.
- By again
scrolling to the bottom of the page and typing Parts (or parts) in the
More Search Options box and clicking Go, you are presented with about 15
items, a manageable number to browse through.
- If your last
keyword produced no results, click the Back button on your
browser, and try a different keyword or phrase such as Orchestra or Full Score. Try
alternative spellings. For example, if you are searching for Carl
Philip Emmanuel Bach, you could first use Bach, then Carl. If that
brought no suitable results, try CPE, or C.P.E. There is no agreed way
for publishers to spell or abbreviate composers' names, so you might
have to try a few variations
When you do find a likely result,
click on the item to read further details.
- To add your
selection to the SheetMusicPlus Shopping Cart, just click the
Your shopping cart opens in a new
window. You can change the quantity (make sure you
click the update button if you do this. The unit price will often fall
because of 2+ pricing). You can keep searching
for and adding new items to this shopping cart. Just click the
minimize button to park the window on the toolbar while you search.
When you have placed all items you
need in the shopping cart, and have set the correct quantities, follow
the instructions to proceed to the checkout. You will have every
opportunity to verify your order, change quantities or delete items,
and select the freight method. SheetMusicPlus runs a secure web site,
so you can safely use your credit card to pay.
If you can't find the item you are
looking for, it may be out of print. Alternatively, it might be
published by a small, specialist publisher who is not included in the
SheetMusicPlus catalogue. In this case, try Google. By typing in a
general keyword, and then scrolling down to the bottom of the Google
Search results page, you can click on Search Within Results. By
gradually adding keywords, you can get closer to your goal. As above,
if you try a keyword and it does not give the result you want, just
click the Back button on your browser and you go back to the previous
search level. Then try a different keyword. Try alternative spellings.
When you find the reference you want,
make sure that you bookmark the page or write down the full URL
(the address in the top window of your browser), as it can be very
time-consuming and frustrating to find a reference a second time (if
you can't quite remember what keywords you used to get there).