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Top 10 Sheet Music Categories

by Chandler Warnick

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Few things are more enjoyable than playing music, and new sheet music helps keep the music-playing experience fresh. But with so much sheet music and so many songbooks out there, sometimes it's hard to know where to start. If you're having trouble finding sheet music you love, keep reading. We've prepared a list of the 10 most popular genres of sheet music to help you find songbooks, musical scores and music instruction books that you'll enjoy for years.

The Top 10:

  1. Broadway sheet music. From newer hit musicals like "Wicked" to classics like "The Music Man," Broadway songbooks are filled with fun scores that you and your friends or family will love.

  2. Instructional sheet music. If you're interested in learning to sing or play an instrument or want to improve your musical skills, then pick up a beginner's guitar songbook, some basic piano sheet music or more advanced instrumental music.

  3. Movie score sheet music. Movie scores have become more and more popular through years, and for good reason. Movie score sheet music can range from moving and beautiful with movies like "Titanic" and "Pride and Prejudice" to fun and funny with movies like "Funny Girl" and "Home Alone."

  4. Piano sheet music. When you think of songbooks and sheet music, you probably think of piano sheet music. Piano music can range from the ultra-difficult with virtuoso scores to ultra-simple with beginner's piano music books. Piano scores can also be great gift for your musically inclined friends.

  5. Beatles sheet music. While pop music of all types is fun to play, Beatles sheet music is in a league of its own. You can enjoy playing Beatles music for hours and hours with Beatles guitar music or Beatles piano music.

  6. Holiday sheet music. It's true. Christmas comes but once a year; nevertheless, few types of music are more fun or more enjoyable to play than Christmas and holiday songs, from "O Tannenbaum" to "Auld Lang Syne."

  7. "Glee" sheet music. It hasn't been around long -- and who knows how long it will last -- but the hit TV show "Glee" has become a phenomenon, and sheet music from "Glee" has become one of the fastest selling types of sheet music on the market.

  8. Disney sheet music. Whether you're a big "Aladdin" fan or you're just having a hard time getting your kids to practice their music lessons, playing music from songbooks for Disney hits like "Beauty and the Beast," "Cinderella" and "The Lion King" is a blast for the whole family.

  9. Top hits sheet music. The only thing more fun than listening to current radio hits is playing current radio hits. If you want to keep your music-playing experience as fresh as the pop charts, then pick up some Josh Groban sheet music, some Taylor Swift sheet music or some Alicia Keyes sheet music.

  10. Guitar sheet music. Next to piano sheet music, guitar music is some of the most popular sheet music out there. If you've only been playing on tablature music, then up your guitar game with some new guitar sheet music.

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