Sheet Music Resources – UPDATED 9/29/10

Updated this post on 9/29/10 with more resources.

I’ve taken it upon myself to get musicians in Atlanta to see my point of view – that Middle Eastern music is amazing and should be played often! In doing this, I’ve also taken it upon myself to collect a large amount of classical Arabic sheet music. Here is a list of sheet music resources that I’ve found to be very helpful:

http://www.angelfire.com/music4/bilbilau/sheetmusic.htm – UPDATED 9/29/10 Great resource for Balkan, Turkish, and SCA-type music

http://www.istanpitta.com/cds_books/
– UPDATED 9/29/10 Avatar’s Early Music Books. His arrangements are…

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These sessions will help you get on the right track for your dance aspirations. I don’t teach…

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“Make sure to…

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Sheet Music Craziness!

I read sheet music. I was trained as a musician to read sheet music. Learning pieces by ear has been a challenge to say the least, learning Middle Eastern songs by ear? HA! I need some guidelines before I can dive off that cliff. Over the last couple of weeks I’ve bought some Arabic sheet music compilation books and CD’s with sheet music files. I found these on all corners of the inter-webs and beyond. I’ll share my initial thoughts with each…

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