Finding Violin Sheet Music
Hello all! I am a beginning violinist (and musician in general) and have been having a lot of trouble finding sheet music for songs I am interested in playing. I have not been able to find a clear description of what kind of sheet music to look for. For example, if I am trying to find violin sheets for a specific song (In this case "These Days" by Jackson Browne) is there a way to make piano or guitar sheet music work for this instrument? I also don't quite understand where chord sheet music fits into the mix either. If anyone has information on this or a reference to a clear explanation of the differences between these kinds of sheet music it would be much appreciated! Also if anyone knows where I could find the sheet music for the song I referenced above that would be amazing!
Ok let's slow down there for a bit.
Do you have a teacher right now? If not, and it's for legitimate reasons (e.g location, finances, personal issues, etc), I would learn the basics online before you try to play your tune.
Popular music songbooks are most often arranged for piano/vocal/guitar, or just piano/vocal, and violinists can play from the vocal part. Of course there won't be fingering or bowing suggestions, you'll have to create those on your own.
When I first started teaching myself violin a little over 2 years ago, I took a similar approach, fiddling around with the 2-volume Beatles Complete sheet music books that are for piano and voice (with guitar chords also noted). But quickly I decided that the best way to learn violin is to buy violin sheet music, and after some more wandering around through the easy repertoire I settled on a baroque focus. Probably that's more a question of personal taste than good general advice, but it has been working great for me as I collect various baroque violin sheet music and practice by sight-reading. I turn many pages, some pieces are easy enough I sound almost musical and some are excruciatingly difficult where every few months I take it out just to set up various chords and phrases as exercises to whet my appetite for the future when I am a better player.
I agree with Mark. Just get arrangements with voice parts, then you can work out your own fingerings and bowings. Most of the stuff you want to play is not all that hard.