Originally Posted by Beefpatrol
Does anyone know of any sources of free sheet music for bass on the internet? (Not tablature, but the dots on sticks kind.)
Is the reason this kind of notation is relatively rare on the internet because of copyright concerns? Is it because there are a lot of people who can't read it, so people put things on the internet in tablature to reach a wider audience? Is it because tablature suggests fingerings while score does not? Do people who can read both actually find tablature easier to deal with in some way? Is it because until recently, fairly expensive software was required to produce regular musical staff notation but anyone can make tablature with just a text editor?
Answering any of the big pile of "why?" questions should be considered extra credit -- I am mostly just curious about those. The first question about sources of free sheet music is the one I really want an answer to.
Thanks in advance!
In my view, whether something is available as notation or tab depends a lot on the genre. For most popular music, if transcriptions are available at all, they tend to be tabs, which serve their basic purpose of conveying the fingerings for a recorded part. For the genres that I play -- mostly jazz -- tab is nonexistent.
Also, it depends on who's doing the notating. Unless the arranger is a bassist, they won't know bass fingerings.