8 Notes are at its core, a sheet music supplier. However, the app includes a sheet music player and teaching app. This site is mainly free and does support itself with ads on the free side of the elements. 8notes.com was founded in 2001 by British composer Dr. David Bruce an MA in Composition from the Royal College of Music, London and a Ph.D. in Composition from King’s College, London. Apart from the app, David is commissioned by the Carnegie Hall and the Royal Opera House, London as well as being a resident composer for the San Diego Symphony.

The company, Red Balloon Technology Ltd., was set up in St.Albans, England and is run by David on a daily basis. Apart from the generous number of classic sheets, many compositions are the product of David’s work and the works are copyrighted. This means that any visitor or subscriber can download and print all the music scores, but cannot copy or use them online.

8Notes for Students

The site was founded with a dedication to teaching young musicians in mind, and as such, its GUI is simple and easy to navigate. The site is highly professional and is a great place to score music for everyone from a young’s starting child to an experienced adult.

8notes.com is designed to connect with children and young adults with its easy to navigate, read and print music. There are many traditional song sheets as well as a full range of simple to complex scores, ranging from “happy birthday” to “Beethoven’s 5th”.

There is some inconsistency in the site; some scores come with a complete supplement of information, for instance, Adele’s “Someone Like You,” has a complete song breakdown and chord structure, while the more complex and long “1812 Overture” of Tchaikovsky includes a brief bio and theme identification.

What might also be frustrating to youngsters is the fact that David is no fool, he has made the modern and desired scores non-free, so you need a subscription to get all the latest songs, scores and data.

Using 8Notes

There are two options of use, either on the main site in a PC or via a smartphone that has iOS 11 or above. In fact, the smartphone version is quite enjoyable and when investigating its full potential.

The PC navigation is, as I stated earlier, easy, and here is a screenshot of the main complex, which is a table of icons and text to send the user to a specific page.

You can also use the pull-down menu, which has textual navigation to each location, and you can choose from new music to styles, specific songs, instruments and go via the resources links.

When you reach a specific song, you can play the score sheet, which will highlight the section the music is being read from, and follow the keys and instruments per score.

Music scores are presented in a classic form.


8notes.com is, in my opinion, an advanced music learning and music enjoyment site for people that can read sheet music. Essentially, it is a site for musicians and students of music and is a perfect complimentary site for any student of all instruments.

You can choose whichever music score you want, any instrument too, and either supports your studies or bolster your professionalism. If you are an experienced music player, this is a great way to enjoy widening your scope and vision of all music types.

Another great feature of this software is that all score sheets have an mp3 file accompanying them. This is to enable a “by score” view of the music. Another great aspect is that it is not just about the music score, it is about music in general and comes with a plethora of music theory and lessons in the history and instruments.