Digital Piano Sheet Music - The Revolution That Starts on Your Music Stand!

by Elke Galvin October 28, 2022 • 4 minute read
Immediate access to songs & fun! More choice, less paper chaos or lugging stuff around, and more effective practicing - this is why piano players around the world love digital sheet music!
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The Advantages of Digital Sheet Music

Always with you, wherever you are

No matter how remotely you live or how far away you travel - digital sheet music allows you to have all the music scores you want right at your fingertips - without breaking your back carrying them. Do invest in a tablet or other suitable reader so you can use digital sheet music comfortably.

Swap paper chaos for sleek organization

It is so much easier and more comfortable to organize your repertoire digitally. No more lugging fat folders stuffed with sheet music around, no more leaves of paper strewn around the piano - paper chaos is a thing of the past if you switch to digital sheet music.

Way more choice

Let's get real - how often do you really walk into your trusty old music store to buy new sheet music? We bet you mostly play what you already have at home - except if you're able to find interesting new sheet music on the web. Luckily, nowadays, this is easy to do.

Practice made easy

Whoever decides to use digital sheet music platforms does not only acquire a huge choice of material but also practical help. Turning pages is a thing of the past, with auto-scroll functions. Metronomes and videos are often included, too.

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Digital Sheet Music - Do's and Don'ts

Don't ... download free sheet music from obscure sources

You might have come across digital sheet music you did not like - hardly readable files, strange "home-cooked" arrangements, dubious legal situation ... all of this can spoil the fun. You will not encounter any of these problems when opting for serious, renowned platforms.

Do ... trust tried-and-tested platforms

Trustworthy sheet music platforms cooperate with renowned music publishers. Their sheet music editions are often exactly the ones that you can also buy in print. You will find out about that on their website.

Do ... use all their digital tools

If you just print out digital sheet music you may miss out on a fair share of its advantages. For example, the option to scroll digitally instead of having to turn the pages manually. Or the option of having a score-roll center the notes you need to play, whatever device you're using. Or a digital metronome. And the list goes on.

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Quiz: Where to Buy Your Sheet Music?

In your local music store if ...

  • You live in close proximity to a music store
  • Your spacious living quarters leave ample room to store sheet music and method books
  • You like to wait for your sheet music orders (joyful anticipation is the purest form of joy)

Purchase individual digital music sheets if ...

  • You love to research the web
  • You play so little that you are sure you'll only ever need "this one piece"
  • You play mostly Classical music that you first try to download for free, and should the free score's quality not be satisfactory, you go back to researching the web and purchasing the piece

Digital sheet music subscription if ...

  • You want to play as many pieces as you like without having the costs add up
  • You want to be able to access your sheet music from wherever you happen to be
  • You want to start playing your favorite sheet music immediately
  • You want a constant supply of new sheet music for your skill level to motivate you to play more
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Digital Sheet Music Suits Your Lifestyle

People used to have shelves upon shelves crammed with books, hundreds of LPs and a record player for listening to music, and DVDs to watch films. Nowadays, we all stream music and movies and download books onto readers. We still want to read, listen, and be entertained - just like in earlier times. But we enjoy the comfort our digital devices offer (and having to store less stuff, and having to dust much less often). Why should the same principles not apply to sheet music?

  • You can stream your favorites among 20,000+ pieces of sheet music, just like you stream your favorite movies and music!
  • You can get inspired and discover new music when choosing new scores to play on your piano - in just the way Spotify and Netflix would inspire you.
  • You can be independent of delivery times and opening hours - you have immediate access to your new scores.
  • You can easily organize your digital library to meet your requirements.
  • Digital extras like an integrated metronome and play-along videos make it easy for you to save on having to buy these tools.
  • You do not need a page-turner. Your sheet music service does that for you.
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Make Faster Progress Using Digital Sheet Music

You'll still have to practice - but it's a lot quicker to access the music you want to play if you

  • can just choose between 20,000+ pieces and spot pieces you'll be able to play in your preferred genre at a glance,
  • find plenty of pieces you can play, whatever your skill level is,
  • always carry your sheet music and all piano tools with you - no matter where you find 88 keys
  • find inspiration and discover a lot of new music you can play

Elke Galvin
Elke Galvin is a British-Austrian singer, multi-instrumentalist, and writer. She has worked both as a musician and journalist for over 25 years. Not only is she an acclaimed songwriter, she loves to write about music, too! Making music theory easy to understand is her passion, as is writing about music styles, music and the brain, and how to have fun learning and playing music.

Frequently asked questions

  • How can I know which digital music provider to trust?
    Trustworthy sheet music providers work together with renowned publishers and composers. This information will be clearly shown on their website. You can also google sheet music platform reviews by reputable bloggers.
  • How do I practice most effectively using digital sheet music?
    Compile a repertoire. Choose songs that you want to learn, and save them in your individual playlist. Then choose your first piece, listen to the video and just read the score. Take some notes. Tackle the hardest part first. Practice with your metronome and the teaching videos and take more notes - add your fingering and stick to it. Once you can play the piece, file it, and rate it. Your feedback helps fine-tune the difficulty of the piece, which in turn helps other players.
  • What are the advantages of cooperating with reputable sheet music publishers?
    Whoever uses sheet music from reputable, tried-and-tested publishing houses can be sure that composers and arrangers receive their fair share of royalties. In times where creative arts are fighting for survival and against exploitation this is important to bear in mind. The other big advantage is that you can be sure the arrangements are playable and are arranged well. The third advantage: Big publishers' official sheet music are landmark originals that enable you to sound just like the artists themselves.
  • Can I print digital sheet music, or give it as a gift?
    Yes, but it depends on your provider. A gift card is a very versatile present for piano players of all skill levels. At OKTAV, to give an example, 2 prints per month are included in your subscription. More prints can be purchased very cheaply, starting from 1 Euro per piano piece.

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