September 15, 2012 at 6:33 PMI get these kinds of messages all the time:
"Hello, I'm a 12 year old violinist student,, kinda beginner student,, kindly ask something ? can you give me some easy music sheets ? (popular music) , thnk you, ASAP"
Has the Internet age made people this passive? Just, "Find me some music and send it, ASAP," really?
I would argue that you can learn quite a lot, just in the act of looking for music. Certainly, you can find such arrangements on the Internet. Further, consider going to your local music store, meeting the people there, and looking through whatever music they have to offer.
Also, you need to pay for the sheet music you use. No one owes you the service of transcribing popular music into an easy format for free, so you can play it on your violin as a beginner. Try transcribing it yourself. Too hard? That's why you need to pay for the music.
Have you checked out your local music store?
Tech advances (along w/ various other "advances" in society/culture) have certainly made all this possible. But it's most likely also a human nature sorta thing... to take the easy way out whenever possible, usually disregarding (or perhaps feeling helpless about) the long term consequences of it all. There are exceptions to this of course, but that's not what we're discussing here.
And I guess there's something to be said about "necessity being the mother of all inventions", innovations, resourcefulness, etc. Maybe if the kid actually felt all that great a need to find this music for himself, he'd do so -- and that's not to say he didn't actually do more than just make such a seemingly lazy request as that may indeed occur to him and some others after-the-fact (or so one would hope anyway)...
PS: Although we apparently have a great, master violinmaker in our neck of the woods, there are no actual (quality) music stores truly local to us... at least none readily accessible in our borough AFAIK and maybe none (w/ an extension collection of sheet music available) in Manhattan anymore either (though I could be mistaken on the latter). I do definitely like the effectively local presence of GoStrings.com and have given them some of my business in the past year or so (and recommend them to other parents and violin teachers as well). Not quite sure how they're managing it in Manhattan (although they did move much of their lower-end/margin operation to a different lower rent location), but they're actually very competitive w/ all the other online shops like Shar, Southwest Strings, etc. near as I can tell while still offering great, personal service whenever/wherever needed. So kudos to them on that!
My teacher has noted my finally moving into the violin repertoire and away from fiddle music since I acquired my new violin. She lent me an extra copy of her Suzuki volume 3 so I could work on several of the pieces presented in that edition.
It would be so easy to just scan and print these, plus I would have all the markings in her editions. But when you think of all the people in the chain from arraigner to publisher to store is it really an advantage to save the $8.00+ it cost me at my violin shop minus the paper and ink of printing a “illegal” copy at home.
We used to have a wonderful store, Alpha Music. It closed last year, the owner citing the internet as one of the reasons for the demise of shops like his. This store primarily sold sheet music and books. There are no other stores like it.
The general music stores that deal in band and orchestra instruments have methods and competition pieces. My nice violin shop does have a nice selection for the classical and popular violin / fiddle (plus those other siblings of the bowed world). But there are so many general collections, particularly in the folk section of my office that I found only because they were on the shelf at Alpha Music.
One thing I hope you noticed my allusion to above. I can get most of Sevcik off of IMSLP. By the time I print a book on my ink jet, if I think about the cost of ink and paper, I don’t think I save much.
And in any case if we don’t buy the old stuff from the publishers, which is mostly available at a reasonable price, then who will publish the new stuff.
It is quite an educational experience transcribing!
I like to find music online and then if I want to work on it I go and buy the original at the shop. I can alway sdrop in and try a violin or two too if I feel like it. Its nice being a 'good prospect' ...
There is a local luthier who has a shop in his home and he sells violin strings and some other accessories at prices that I consider reasonable. But it's not really a "store" in the sense that one cannot just show up and browse his inventory. I just call ahead to see if he has what I need, usually he does.
"No one owes you the service of transcribing popular music into an easy format for free, so you can play it on your violin as a beginner. Try transcribing it yourself." Be careful -- if you transcribe a popular tune from a recording, you may be infringing the artist's copyright. The distinction between infringement and fair use is one that is quite unclear.
As for your teacher's markings, yes you would capture all of those by scanning and printing. But you will learn more by sitting at a table and copying each marking by hand with your own pencil, as the tune works its way through your mind phrase by phrase. Also, markings change, and if you've made all the markings yourself in pencil then you can erase.
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