Free sheet music - Capotasto Music

Printable music scores and guitar tablature

I am Peter Edvinsson, musician, composer and music teacher. On my site Capotasto Music you will find my compositions and also easy arrangements of some very popular melodies and Christmas carols and songs that are public domain and free to use. This means that all music scores and guitar tablature arrangements are free to print, download and use without any obligations!

Available instruments

The music scores and tabs are easy arrangements for guitar, piano, ukulele, bass guitar, flute, clarinet, violin, viola, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, trumpet, trombone, cello and soprano recorder. Chord symbols are included and transposed for C-instruments. This means that a song written in C-major for alto saxophone will have the chords written in Eb-major for C-instruments.

New scores

I am constantly working on arrangements and compositions to download. New free sheet music and videos are usually added on a daily basis. My goal is to have beginner music, easy music, duets and other types of arrangements for all instruments on my site!

PDF format

The instrumental arrangements can be printed and downloaded without charge. The music scores are PDF files and can be viewed with Acrobat Reader or some other free PDF reader. You will also find suggested scores and books from Sheet Music Plus where you can browse copyright protected music that you will not find on this site!

Audio files

The scores are created using the notation software Sibelius. The audio files to the videos are mostly generated by the software and are subsequently lacking a bit of human touch and are only intended to be used as reference.

Sheet Music Plus

The most popular and downloaded melodies on my pages are Amazing Grace, Happy Birthday To You, Love Me Tender, Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, America The Beautiful and Ode To Joy. Some very popular contemporary songs like Imagine, Tears In Heaven, Yesterday and the Prayer are copyright protected and should not be offered for free on the Internet. If you are looking for these melodies I recommend that you visit Sheet Music Plus. As an affiliate I have placed a link to their music in the lnavigation bars on my sheet music pages.

Free Sheet Music on the Internet

by Peter Edvinsson

Did you know that you can find a lot of free sheet music on the Web? Maybe you are wondering why you can find so much free music to printout! If you want to publish your own music sheets you can also find some valuable tips if you read on!

How can music be free on the Internet?

This is a justified question as we can assume that most people at least don't want to lose money by producing sheets on the Internet for free. Here are some reasons for the presence of free sheet music:

1. The music is usually public domain which means that you can freely use it without charge or permission. The public domain is most often discussed in contrast with copyright protected works. Usually sheet music compositions are covered by copyright from the time of their creation for a limited period of time. When the copyright expires, the work enters the public domain.

The United States has specified a number of years following the creation or publication. Other countries might have specified the number of years following the death of the creator. Commonly this can be 50 years or 70 years. Traditional music without a composer are usually public domain. Copyright law varies from country to country and is sometimes very complicated to understand and subsequently many misunderstandings flourish on the Internet.

2. The music has been created by the website owner who subsequently do not need to get a permission to use it. However, the music is copyright protected even if it is free to print out. For example, a composition is automatically protected from the moment of its creation in the United States and many other countries.

Many contemporary composers showcase their sheet music compositions this way, maybe with the aim to be able to sell some of their other compositions. However, you might have to ask for permission to use the free music publicly.

3. Somebody has asked the copyright owner for permission to use the sheet music. He might also have paid for the permission to use it on his website.

What is the reason for offering sheet music for free?

There can of course be many reasons for this. Probably the site owner has another job and are not dependent on getting money out of the enterprise. But as you often have to pay money for having a website and a domain name there often is some sort of economic motive behind offering music scores for free.

Even if the sheet music is free the publisher might earn money indirectly by Google ads or commissions from advertisers. He can also consider the free music sheets a form of advertising by putting logos and the website address on the sheets and hope for more regular visitors. He might also ask for your email address in return for using his sheet music.

Can anyone publish free sheet music on the Internet?

Yes, as long as you have the right to use the sheets and they are not copyright protected. You need to have some sort of software that produces music notes. It is of course possible to write the sheets by hand and use a scanner to produce a digital file.

If you want to make the notes available on the Internet you need to convert them to a file format that makes them easily accessible. This can be done by using a free PDF creation software.

Even if you offer the sheets for free you might earn a decent amount of extra money by using the before mentioned methods!