This Actor's Soapbox: Sheet Music, Glorious Sheet Music

This Actor's Soapbox: Sheet Music, Glorious Sheet Music

Katie Harden

I just saw Finding Neverland and I just love the song that Laura Michelle Kelly sings, "All That Matters",  gorgeous song. While a fairly new show, you would think they have the sheet music out yet? Nope. My go-to as a kid was always to go to a public library and copy the sheet music from there. Sometimes I'd be lucky (like when I did Joseph and Oliver) and they'll let you keep your scores from the shows you did. For Oliver I was lucky enough to be cast as Nancy, a part I'd do until my dying day. I had the whole score and script for future auditions. It was awesome! 

Considering the best library in Connecticut is in Hartford (where the traffic sucks and everything is locked up), my go-to is musicnotes.com. They have about around 200,000 selections.. It's a little pricey at about 5 to 6 dollars but I guess it could be worse. 

My newest purchase is "Dying Ain't so Bad" from Bonnie and Clyde. Which a friend of mine from a piano bar sang and did it beautifully might I add. I've heard it before once and then just fell in love with it.

But what happens when you're good at a song and love it...and they don't have the sheet music out yet? Well for one, you want to cry in your living room. I wish I knew how to read music (I learn by ear) and could just write it out myself. But that would be illegal, right? 

Went in doubt find your second favorite song. I'm a terrible person, the first time I walked into a piano bar I had my bright green binder with me with all of my music. The pianist immediately recognized this and called me out on it. It was a blast, I had fun and I got to sing the songs I was good at. 

 

Except when I wanted to sing Pulled from The Addams Family and it wasn't in the right key.

Me, not reading music, was hopeful that he could transpose. Well, he could thank God but even better he had an entire i-Pad of the sheet music. Who the hell has that? A very talented and resourceful person that's who. 

He even told me what key it was, E minor I believe.

Lower, that high version takes a lot of practice during the week. I stay up sometimes on my XBox, not a bright idea. Call of Duty VS. good sleep to practice the next day? Oops. Have to get back into the swing of things however as I'm singing Someone Like You for my best friend's wedding. 

No, not the Adele song. The Jekyll & Hyde song. As you can tell by now I'm in love with that musical. I want that part someday like I need air. 

The moral of the story is, always have a binder full of music you're good at. Don't prepare something last minute because you'll crash and burn at your audition. Trust me, I've done it. I almost did it again this week but decided not to. Don't go to the huge stores either in NYC that have all of the commercial sheet music. They're overpriced. Go to the library, go online. So many more ways to do it and less expensive ways. 

Have different styles too. Not just long, gorgeous torch songs (guilty) but fun, up-beat songs too. You'd be surprised what people want you to sing and how happy you are that you learned all of these different genres. It pays off. 

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