Free guitar sheet music pages
Welcome to my pages with guitar notes for beginners and advanced players. Most of my guitar scores are notated with both guitar tablature and traditional notation and can be printed and downloaded for free in PDF format!
I have made two guitar eBooks for beginners in PDF format that you can download and use to practice note reading. The melodies are popular tunes and new compositions in progressive order for guitar teachers and students.
Guitar tablature melodies with free sheet music notation, tabs. and chord symbols. Popular melodies like Happy Birthday To You, House Of The Rising Sun, El Condor Pasa and Amazing Grace.
Guitar tablature notation without sheet music and chord symbols. Popular melodies written with big note tabs. Including Amazing Grace, Happy Birthday To You and Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.
Easy guitar solos with free guitar sheet music notation and tablature. Melodies like Love Me Tender, Ode To Joy, Scarborough Fair, Streets Of Laredo, Skip To My Lou and Trumpet Voluntary.
Classical guitar scores with popular melodies. Melodies written with mostly sheet music without tabs. Including Allegro-Guiliani, Andantino-Sor, Bourrée-Bach and Minuet-Krieger.
Free Christmas guitar sheet music. Including music scores and tabs. Including popular Christmas carols like Jingle Bells, Silent Night, O Holy Night, O Christmas Tree and Joy To The World.
New classical compositions by Peter Edvinsson in classical and pop style. Guitar solos for beginners and intermediate students. Melodies written with sheet music and sometimes tab notation.
Guitar Tablature - How to Find It
By Peter Edvinsson
Guitar tab notation is a way of describing how to play chords,
melodies and other things on the guitar. You can find many resources on
the web with information in tablature format. But how do you find
quality tabs and what search terms are best?
What is tablature?
Traditional sheet music notation tells you which notes to use in order to play a melody and other things but not how to play them and where to play them on a guitar. That is what tablature can do for you! The principle is that tabs in one way or another shows you which fret and string to play.
This can be done in many ways but the most established way is to use a staff with six lines representing the strings on a guitar and numbers indicating frets to play.
Plain text tabs
When you search for this type of notation you will find a huge amount of pages in the search results. The reason for this is that tablature can be represented by a plain text computer file using numbers, letters and symbols to create the tablature staff.
Because of this it has become very easy for every guitarist having a computer to distribute their own guitar tab renderings of popular songs on the Internet. However, many of these tabs might be inaccurate in one way or another and also illegal. Many websites provide this guitar tabs free of charge but do not pay any royalties.
Some of these sites have shut down because of legal issues but so far most websites have only been warned. Anyway, since a few years back the music industry consider free tablature with copyrighted music illegal.
Tablature and sheet music
Another form of using tabs is as a complement to traditional sheet music notation. This is used in many guitar books with the sheet music written together with a tablature representation of the same notes below the staff.
This type of more sophisticated guitar tablature notation can also be found on websites with for example classical guitar sheet music. In these cases the music is often public domain including compositions of classical composers, traditional music and compositions by the website owner.
How to search
I have tried to describe two types of sites you will find when you search for tabs. You will find a huge amount of sites with text files with popular songs and also sheet music with an added tab staff with mostly classical and public domain music.
If you want to find the plain text files with popular rock music and more the most obvious search term is "guitar tab". If you want to be more specific you can include for example "rock", "easy", "blues" and other terms and see what will happen.
Finding tablature with sheet music is harder. This is because you will have to use a sheet music notation program to produce these files and therefore you will not find as many sites with this type of notation.
You can use the same search terms but you will have to browse through a lot of search result pages before you will find the right pages. Terms to use is "free sheet music" and you can include "classical", "guitar" and "tablature", "tabs" and "tab" for example.
Finding sites with quality tablature takes some patience. But, by bookmarking the good sites you will be rewarded with an easily accessible library of you favorite guitar tablature scores for later use!