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If you're purchasing sheet music from Musical Progressions, please make sure you purchase the music in the correct format for your ability level. The format type is usually listed in the description and/or title so you know what you're getting. We have music available for a variety of different instruments and formats. If you're not sure about the format, please ask us before ordering. Some examples for guitar and piano are shown below.

Piano / Vocal / Guitar (PVG)

Songs in this format are usually the most accurately transcribed piano versions. Even though it mentions "Guitar", this type of music is typically purchased by pianists. Guitarists normally purchase Guitar Tab versions that include full guitar notation. The bass and treble piano staffs are included with the vocal staff. You also get chord symbols or fretboard diagrams.

Ability level: Intermediate to Advanced

Easy Piano

Easy Piano is a simplified version of the Piano/Vocal/Guitar version. These transcriptions usually have you play the melody (vocal) part with the right hand and the left hand plays a simple bass line, usually single notes or simple chords. Chord symbols and lyrics are included. Fingering numbers are sometimes included as well.

Ability level: Beginner to Intermediate

Five Finger Piano

The melody line is split between the left and right hand in this format. Great for the beginner piano student. A fingering diagram is usually included to help you. Some Five-Finger books also include music for optional duet accompaniment.

Ability level: Beginner

Big Note Piano

This large, easy to read format is perfect for beginners. Single notes or simple chords are used for the left and right hand. Includes lyrics and chord symbols.

Ability level: Beginner

EZ-Play Today

This is another large print format, but the note names are written inside the note heads to make it even easier. Only the melody line and chord symbols are included and only one staff is shown. Great for beginner students who are just getting started with piano.

Ability level: Early Beginner

Piano Solo

In the solo piano format, songs that normally contain a vocal part are played by the pianist along with the piano part. This format is also used for songs that normally do not have vocals. Songs are arranged in a way that they can be performed solo. Lyrics are not included.

Ability level: Intermediate to Advanced

Guitar Tablature

Guitar tablature transcriptions are usually note for note with the actual music. They usually include every detail written out including, full chords, guitar solos, guitar symbols, fretboard diagrams, strum patterns, etc. You may see this format referred to as Play-It-Like-It-Is, Guitar Recorded Versions, Note-for-Note transcriptions, or simply Guitar Tablature. Tab books are also available for bass guitar, banjo and ukulele.

Ability level: Intermediate to Advanced

Solo / Fingerstyle Guitar

This format is sometimes referred to as chord soloing or fingerstyle. Fingerpicking is normally used to play the piece. The arrangements sometimes contain a vocal part included in the guitar part. In the example here notice that the upper guitar part matches the melody. The guitarist plays both the chords and melody at the same time. This can be quite difficult depending on the piece.

Ability level: Intermediate to Advanced

Easy Guitar

Easy Guitar allows you to play the vocal part on the guitar. Tablature is sometimes included. It won't show you the actual music that is normally played by the guitarist. You normally are shown the melody part in this format. Chord symbols and/or fretboard diagrams are included so you can strum also. This format is similar to the FakeBook format.

Ability level: Beginner to Intermediate

EZ-Play Guitar

Just like EZ-Play for piano, the guitar version also includes the note names written inside the note heads. It includes melody line and chord symbols. Great for young beginners learning their notes. Tablature is also included to make reading guitar music even easier.

Ability level: Early Beginner

Fake Book / Real Book

This format can be very simple or complex. It will not show you how to play the chords, but advanced musicians often use this format for comping and improvising because they already know the chords. Beginners can use it to simply learn the melody. Lyrics, melody lines and chord symbols are shown. It can be referred to as Fake Book or Real Book, both are the same. The Real Books are usually written in the jazz font shown above.

Ability level: All

Piano and Guitar Chord Books

These books do not include any music notes or tablature. You will be shown guitar or piano chord diagrams, lyrics, and chord symbols to show you where the changes occur. Perfect for sing-alongs where you simply want to strum or play chords with a vocalist. There's also a similar version called Strum-It Guitar which includes rhythm notation.

Ability level: All

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