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What is the Best Music Paper for your Sheet Music?


Music notation is so much better on the right weight paper. Keeping editing and notes, reading and especially page-turning as effortless as possible is a real thing. Print out on cheap typing paper and you’re up for issues. With loose sheets of music, one-sided on translucent paper, the experience and the result is already set up to be below par. So here we are at sheet music paper size, weight, color and texture.

The most in-depth look into Paper for Sheet Music on the Web.


Foremost is the paper’s weight. Lightweight paper is a nuisance. Its flimsiness is unsuitable for both staying on the stand and two sided printing. It is less durable and more likely to be blown away, even when someone walks by or opens a door or window. Does that stop the Flow Of Music. You bet it does. Of course heavy weight paper can also be cumbersome and too ridged to roll over and expose the next musical section.  

The Major Orchestra Librarians Association (MOLA) offer guidelines that suggest the following: “the minimum requirement is usually 60 or 70 lb. [100 gsm] offset paper.”.  The 70 lb. weight paper is an excellent and readily available weight for the sheets. Music that looks good on the page, and flips well is more important than a novice or even intermediate musician may realize. Obviously“acid-free”  sheet music is for the non-hippies. :)


The main consideration here is obviously readability. Sheets that reflect light should be greatly avoided. Stage lights and sunlight glare can help us loose our place. Traditional sheet music is customarily on mat, buff, light textured white, off-white or cream-colored sheet paper. Accordingly, music created for these same genres today will likely be best received when it’s the same color – especially when working with players mature enough to recall buying buff, manuscript paper from places like Judy Green.

While concert and other music that was traditionally engraved was most often found on white paper, some might still argue that anything but white might be a little easier on the eyes. I suspect that jazz guys might complain if you print to white paper, but it’s unlikely that any legit players would complain if you print to buff.

Page Size

While I should point out that there are no universally accepted standards, MOLA guidelines suggest printing orchestra parts “on paper at least 9.5 x 12.5 inches.” They also suggest that 10 x 13″ is common, but that anything larger than 11 x 14″ is “inconvenient and unwieldy.” Jazz and commercial music is commonly printed 9.5 x 12.5″. That said, because 12 X 18″ paper is very readily available, 9 x 12″ page sizes are also very common for both jazz and legit parts.

Choral music, on the other hand, is often printed octavo size, 6.75 x 10.5″. My goal today isn’t to tell you exactly what size you should use, but simply to suggest that there are options to 8.5 x 11″. When in doubt you might look to some musicians who perform the type of music you’re creating to see what they have on the stand in front of them.

I’ll also share another professional secret: Larger page sizes can provide an informal copy protection method as not everyone can easily photocopy 9 x 12″ or larger pages.

Combining Pages

Composers and Arrangers use single pages to prepare their work then work with music publishers to provide a high standard print score. The score is bound at the seam so the Manuscript can be trained to stay open with ease. Printing to larger, better paper is the specialty of the Sheet Music printing suppliers. For example, as a Sheet Music Provider we know that a Composer will need to print two-up on 12 x 18″ paper if they are working with 9 x 12″ pages.  These short scores are sold as a booklet in post cases. 

"Printing from music notation software or a word processing application is a quick and easy way to check readability and make edits but it is no way to produce music for sale."JH

Finale users can find tips for booklet printing by searching the Finale User Manual for “booklet,” which will provide specific information for both Mac and Windows users.

While booklet printing is the standard for “legit” music, jazz or commercial music is more often printed as a fanfold, so that multiple pages can be seen without noisy or interrupting page turns. This is a little easier to do and uses some old school technology: tape. Again, good materials can make all the difference, especially for charts that may be played again next year or the year after. If you use clear tape, you’ll want something that won’t yellow. If you might replace a page or change page order somewhere down the road, you might consider a “repositionable” product that can be removed without damaging your page.


Where to Find Blank Sheet Music Paper

For common page sizes, local paper stores will have a variety of precut paper options: You should be able to pick and choose among different paper types when shopping for 12 x 18″ pages. 

Cover tiny file look inside Grand Staff Manuscript Paper (Blank) Blank sheet music (also called staff paper or manuscript paper). Staff paper. 10 pages. Published by SMP Music Publishing (US.11115).


Additional resources for Sheet Music Specifications & Requirements. 

The Finale Forum is a great place to find a wide variety of opinions on just about any notation-related topic, including manuscript paper. Here’s just one of the threads that touches on this topic:

Valle Music is an old-school manuscript provider. Their catalog listings of manuscript paper offer some examples of popular page sizes:


Liner Notes by Jason Hunter

Sheet music is a way to communicate musical ideas throughout time. One music is in notation It can be moved into other realms of music more readily. Many modern Pop music is being broken into scores so audiences can have the best of both worlds, be it digital dance music or full Orchestra. The last place to get new sounds for a melody is the recording. Sheet music provides an accessible way for Artists to extract layers into new sonorities. Once a musician understands how the notes line up with their instrument, through slow development, like with an atrophied muscle, they can gain access to very well designed, deep and Masterful melody to their choosing. 


Having access to the notes of Great Composers is not to be taken lightly. These notes are access points to a greater understanding of music and ourselves. The tones open up regions of the brain that then become accessible for similar composition. This is evident in the past performances of virtuosos. They Can improvise on a musical meme. This ability comes from the familiarity and development. The musician with Sheet Music is a Musician that has immense value. 


Perspective dawns Wisdom. We know that years of perfection of musical craft is distilled into these black dots on the page that represent sonic frequencies. Not only do they represent frequencies but compound waveforms. These are resonant structures. Each person with access to this Music via modern printing and distribution, has a whole palate of palates to draw from. What an Abundance! Composers and Performers today continue to evolve Music with their personal contributions. When these contributions are recorded we have an ocean of vibration packages Sound Environments ready to open. 


If we were to take one day and transcribe music or transcribe the notes from our instrument onto blank sheet music it may be easier to lear to read. Mainly because we have real Respect through Experience of what it entails. When we simply follow Sheet Music and don’t Compose, we are missing about half of the learning. Composition is exploring new territory or complementing an existing one, while reading sheet music is bringing back the past. 


My Composition based Teaching Method is the extrapolation of this. Each person has the desire to keep the fresh excitement of flowing inspiration alive. This requires familiarization with that state of mind. When we do our chops, and beat our technique, we are not only ingraining habits but ignoring a vast potential development. 


Time put into Composition brings Life back into a performer’s music. It bring Life back into a Students Music. Much like in conventional schooling, such as that which many musicians find themselves going to school to avoid, regurgitating musical information can easily replace create development of the entire Human Sprit for the sake of every listener that will be modified by that Person’s music. Composers are people in the flow of creativity at all times. They are not simply re-reading someone else’s books with their own voice. 


Being a well rounded person means less mistakes as a Performer. More confidence. More Style. More Ease. More Self-Respect and Self_Care. This all comes through the Music like a Smile through the Phone. Musicians that have low vibe living habits hold that vibe in their system. This makes their style. Who’s vibe do we Like and Why? Physch. We intrust musicians when we hear them. We entrust our consciousness to that resonance. Some even say memory is an effect of Resonant embedded by electricity in our nervous system, more electricity the more important and available the memory. 


No music notation can take that away from their voice or their movements. When we enter Composition into the mix we get Self Development on a Different Level. When a mind is clear of obstacles it can perceive much beauty. When it is familiar with a quiet healthy poised state it is a tool for the expression of our will. Our purpose. If the purpose of our music is self, we will never be satisfied and have many problems, If we seek to help, we will have an enjoyable effective ‘career’ and help countless new people. 


Composers are inventors. Invention is Godly. Taking the disjunct parts and bringing coherence into something more that the sum of its parts. Modern Composers have sonic tools never before available before in writing music. Imaging harmony and geometry into Compositions modifying waveforms… Tuning Humans. Harmonizing. Healing. Wellness. Social Harmony. Ease. Sustainability.


Using sheet music to capture our ideas into a Composition is Magical. It can be a window in the door of reality. Sheet Music is a beautiful tool. Japanese plains appear simple but the designs have evolved through time. When we Respect and Appreciate what sheet music is, it’s history, its evolutionary significance, and just how New it actually is! A few hundred years when we have 5 billion years left of sunlight? We are Ancient History. 


These combinations of tones effect Atoms Molecules and DNA. They effect how plants grow, how crystals form, and even in which direction the Mind thinks. This is not an unimportant factor to consider. The direction of our mind dictates how our life unfolds, how we approach situations and sentences. If each day is a polyphony and our mind emits Hz with every Mind State and Thought, then how much further before we understand that we need to know the fundamental musical principals within nature, specifically within the Human’s Nature. 


Being familiar with musical notation, transcriptionand with the access portal of the written note on paper, is a magicians bag of tricks, but of course a real musician is a Magician when they Know what their notes are doing. This is Using Sheet Music To Increase Musical Depth Skill Adventure and Enjoyment. I promote a Composition Based Learning System. Prospective Students can contact me through Jason Hunter on Facebook Messenger, or my Enthusiast Page. 

For those that are familiar with conventional music study and want more. 

Here is a Simple How-To, DYI Beginner yet Fundamental Method:

How to Read Music

Firstly, purchase blank sheet music paper. Having the right paper from the start is essential and is covered in detail on the Sheet Music page. Without the best sheet music paper we have little chance of taking our Composition seriously in times of doubt. Use pencil and have a good eraser. 


This methods protocol. 

  1. Without necessarily knowing the chord, start with one that is interesting new nice or appealing or in the mood you will induce. I often find a new chord while composing a previous work, then start my next work with that new chord. This is an easy way to get started. 
  2. Notate this Chord. When I notate I use three different notations on the page. On my music paper I plot the notes. To a dot diagram of how the chord looks on my guitar free in the open space between the two staves, as well as Chord Symbols below. I also add any bass notes that I prefer. 
  3. If time is an issue plot out an eighth or sixteenth note all along the top to get the spacing right. 
  4. Continue one of those notes as a lead melody line. Know where the pull is within the chord. Set up a resolution and another dissonance in the next chord, and choose one of these notes as the lead melody line. 
  5. Follow a conventional Music Form or Invent your own. The time tested Musical Forms are there for a reason. They are effective in soliciting an understandable musical experience for the Human Being. 
  6. Once your piece is completed, transcribe the piece onto a clean sheet of music paper, or go digital, (if you haven’t already) Going digital music composition effects the experience a great deal. Not only does the computer emit Hz that effect the central nervous system and specifically the brain, it is a distraction with complicated options. Sheet music is simple and direct. The technology of music software can have it’s place.



Developing The Source of Inspiration

Mind Practice is not simply for Spiritualists. Many non-religious Scientists, Athletes and Mathematicians do it. The purpose can be union with Universal consciousness or it can be simply to familiarize ourselves with silence and meditative equipoise.  


Music that comes from silence is Awesome. Music that comes from Habit is not. Capturing the New on Paper means that we are able to take the present with us into the future. What are we taking with us and why. These are important questions to ask because they effect our Diligence. Are we the noise that is keeping the voice of those that have perfected themselves and their Art to a level beyond themselves for the betterment of others? How many beautiful Musicians get lost in the noise of our Pop Culture? When Bad becomes the new Cool, so then evil is super cool were the leaders hang out? Dumb. A chain of pain. Not imaginary. Mothers at the sink crying pain. Their children did not start out bad. 

Loosing Respect for Musicians can occur when a communities are bombarded by a plethora of excellent Music through online media. The result? Many talented artists are buried in the stats. While the thousands that publish Music as a Hobby. The Market is Flooded by ‘musicians’ that are not Masters yet. Even paid Performers. Not even Master of their Own material. Proficiency. Dignity as a Musician is not performing before prepared. Respect for the Audience is Paramount. Thinking here with the Audience being all those who ever here it throughout the rest of Human Existence. Making the Audience uncomfortable with shoddiness shows that we do not care enough about ourself or our Audience to develop ourself or our art. Without Altruism my Music is just Science. 

This mentality is not underlying very many Music Schools in 2017. 

How can we eat non-organic food, watch horrors, and deliver clear and pure music beyond the note Top of Class? Neuro-Pesticides are Real. Frequency carrier tones are real. Brains emitting frequency is Real. Sympathetic Resonance is Real. Purpose and Motivation are Real. 

Clearly the take on Music of this author is Music is Medicine, Frequencies Effect Everything Pervasively. This results in musical development that is increasingly uplifting and enjoyable. Fun, Beauty, Bliss, Enlightenment, Symbiosis, Harmony and Healing.

Harmonic Resonant Effects of Words on Consciousness, Emotional Releases, and Thought.

Each word has now been linked to a specific frequency response ranges within the brain via Scientific Testing. Hundreds of participants, unanimous result.  

Music notation is a powerful tool for performers to develop their own understanding for the compositions they play as well as the virtuosity contained within contained to their own relative virtuosity. Lines on paper representing a three dimensional phenomena that is at the basis of every thing in the known Universe. Atoms are vibration. Quantifying that is pretty amazing. 

Delving into the world of matter we can see the particles shift slightly at the physical perspective and significantly at the molecular one. When we observe water molecules in the presence of compound frequencies we arrive at molecules moving about in a more relatively organized manner. This leads to more coherent bonding of water molecules. The structural bond of the water molecules has Everything to do with health. Google The Fourth Phase of Water by Dr. Robert Pollack Univ. Washington. We are in Materials Science Terms, Liquid Crystals. 


All of this from Musical Notation and Sheet Music? Well we are looking at relative frequency structures on a page when we look at sheet music. Each chord is a picture of a sound bundle. Why we are not currently utilizing Colored Notes Music Paper is parallel to before we had color TV. When we take a band of the light spectrum down 30k Octaves or so, we have a pitch. Seeing the color while playing that frequency is a good idea for multiple reasons. For instance, Colored Notes could also have the positive benefit of making the notes down below the staff or above it, more easy to read in succession. Repeated notes are obvious. The mind has more ram for other processing. It’s also less tiring on the eye, which Can be a Huge factor for some Professional Musicians. 


Sheet music will continue to evolve. Moving away from less-effective conventional systems and taking what we can from them, seems innate to Human Beings. When we take the perspective of Evolution to our Music we do have the real opportunity to Change Music, the goal of so many Musicians. Changing Music entails changing our understanding of sound as well as our human mind and body. Being the best we can be is more than just being our best on stage, then ‘Whatever’, the rest of the time. When we know that our body is a liquid crystal and that whatever we here see and experience influences our consciousness we may begin to take more care of ourselves for the sake of our music and our audience. It entails an understanding of our own mind, which gives us the ability to both concentrate without difficulty as well as a direct line on inspiration and energy. The performer’s Purpose is very important in the effect that the music will have on the listener and on society. A musician playing for fame and money as their main motivation, may likely elicit a Greedy Self Absorbed Mindstate in their audience, and cause actions that are not good for them or their friends and family, for example. If they were motivated by care, concern or community the music may be more valuable. 


The printed music world is a fraction of the world of music. Our discoveries as to the parallels in nature to the sounds that we ingest are only now beginning to be understood. These thought breakthroughs can quickly transform economies and societies with little effort. Sound and the principals of compound resonance are Universal. 


Every composer knows that the creation of music is not just a conceptual game or an intellectual exercise. It is a combination of this and more. Capturing the creative mind on sheet paper is possibly the best way to increase proficiency as a Musician. Each time we work on reading, writing, transcribing, or transposing it gets easier. If we force ourselves to much and too fast, we may learn to interact with sheet music with apprehension or stress and from there forward influence our playing. Reading music from the page is a means to an ends. A tool. For some it can be a way to have full access to the creative side of the brain, while entertaining the logical side. Sort of like singing and driving. 


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How To Read Music In Six Steps By an Expert Musician:

Almost anyone can memorize the lines and spaces of the Staff within a week. Almost anyone can memorize the notes of one mid octave scale on their instrument within a week. 

If the new Student is fortunate enough to respect the meaning of Don’t Practice Mistakes and takes each note at a speed that insures both accuracy clarity and time, then they will more quickly achieve mastery. 

The Student may feel daunted by the vastness of learning music. This is due to Music’s innate Vastness. Musicians learn that the unknown can be a welcome friend or a harsh enemy. They thus prepare themselves for victory in how they prepare. 

If the Student take one scale per week, and match one written scale per week, then take the third and fourth week to bring them all into rote, then repeat this for the minors, the student will find themselves accidentally being able to play music quite easily for the rest of their Learning experience. This same technique is used with chords. 

Finding sheet music with scales is not difficult or expensive. Find blank sheet music on our homepage of various types. Stave with Tablature, Treble and Bass Clef together. Just Treble etc. Make a page by hand and print it out for $.25 page and get flimsy frustrating smudgy paper that doesn’t stay put. Get some good sheet music paper and catalogue a schedule. The first finish line is in a few months.  

Investing in yourself as a musician is not a short term ventures, so why think we can gain aptitude without consistency? 

Once these notes are well associated with your instrument you may now accidentally be able to fret and name notes as your eye gets used to scanning across a page like reading a sentence. The brain is processing. When we slow down it’s because we are low on processing power. We practice so that it is easy. We practice beyond our performance tempo, so we can comfortably deal with physical errors and distractions without interruption. Our equipment is built upon familiarity with written music. It’s about familiarity. Conditioning the mind and having some extra to use as needed. Otherwise its just seeing the note and pressing our trigger. This will naturally lead to memorization. 

Using Sheet Music simply for memorization is another option. The drawback is a big one. Not being able to read complicated music fluently is the drawback. Using a piece of sheet music to simply find the notes on the instrument for instant memorization does enable a quick build up of Repertoire, but leaves the Musician unable to perform long pieces from sight comfortably, for instance. The Goal is important here. 

Performers simply looking to get the notes under their hands to match and exceed sound recordings can do so without remorse. Music Teachers will need to be able to go through a lot of Music to keep their Students satisfied. Charts, Sheet Music, Lead Sheets or Scores, the map is there, the music is here. 

We may find ourselves without any personal character formed from our good family, friends and experiences that outwardly appear as confidence and style. Moral strength gives us Unconditional Confidence so we can Show-Off or not, and easily enjoy both. 

Style is key in reproducing music, both subtly more as in Classical Music, or Magnificently such as in Rock & Roll. 

Getting the 80% of what it takes to fluently read music within two years?

Composition Based Learning 

By Jason Hunter 8/12/2017

My technique of learning new music : Pick a very very slow starting tempo on a pleasing and quiet Metronome that insures you can both begin and continue to learn the piece without mistakes. The result is that at very fast tempos both the mind and the body only know one way to play it. 

Furthermore my technique for Super Fast Integration: take many breaks. For instance play a section as above a few times, then play a bit of something fun and familiar to you so your system is at rest, after a minute or so switch back to the work. This acts as a neurological reset. The brain has had time to quantize the piece into a Whole from a set of dots. Rather than the conventional hammering the piece again and again, mental and physical fatigue and so forth ( contrary to everything successful in nature besides fight and flight ) we have here an elegant and simple means to quickly advance in Music. 

I also created a Meditation to increase concentration and access to Inspiration, specifically for Musicians. It is modified from the Zen Buddhist Tradition. It is helpful in removing intentional distractions and expedite integration. The purpose is to lower the brain frequency rate while keeping the mind engaged. This preparation only takes a few minutes and the rewards are Great. 

The meditation is as follows: Count breaths from one up to ten and back down passing one and continue to 0. Repeat 0 with each breath until the mind gets board of 0. Then continue attention to the breath with no counting, just quiet. Use the technique of naming “initial thought” and/or “developing thought” as anything arises. 

This simple technique will create space between thoughts. Although the consciousness naming the thoughts could also be considered to be thought itself, it is using the Mind as a tool to develop the tool of Mind. This is like leverage for a musician or a student of any type. It is a fast and reliable way to improve the quality of consciousness in fundamental way. It enables special skills that may appear Amazing or Profound to others. 

Napping to Improve Our Learning

A Lesson in Leveraging Biological Reset Mechanisms to Expedite our Aptitude and Proficiency. 

Naps are also very affective. Both in attaining inspirations, as well as resetting the Central Nervous System. Napping after a session? Gladly. Increased Integration. When we have a Practice that supports excellence that is what we get. The result of practice is a reward that is very rich. Being able to see music on the page, and bring it into Vibration is very powerful. It arranges molecules and minds. Approaching music in this way can keep us fresh and invigorated in our life long enjoyment/development of our Music. 

Playing a polyphonic Bach Sonata at night at a super super slow tempo, then at full tempo without error in the morning? yes. 

The movement back to sheet music makes complete sense in an age over Mass Publication. Any Musician can now easily become a published public musician and sell their music. This has led to a saturation in the quality of music. Finding good and great musicians becomes looking at the top charts, where there are hundreds of thousands of talented and even gifted musicians. Many of whom don’t even want to be famous. 

When all is said and done with this Age. When this paper society has moved on from hate and harming and worked together as a species, then there will be some residue left of these Generations. The music worthy of being written, is being written. If Technology fails how much music will be left? An EMP ElectroMagneticPulse wipes Data too. Having sheet music is one more insurance that music of the past will survive.