Garage Band Theory Extras!

There’s lots of stuff in Garage Band Theory Extras – click the links to download.

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The notation files were done in MuseScore 3.6.2 and are available in 2 formats.
I like MuseScore, it’s free, works great, register and get access to the excellent well moderated forums.

MuseScore has released a major update, MuseScore 4.
The layout has changed enough that most of the instructions I included aren’t gonna be useful.
I looked at a few files in MuseScore 4, they looked and played fine.
I’m on a Mac, will keep using 3.6, works well enough for me and would recommend using
MuseScore 3 to get started with these if you’re not already pretty familiar with notation software.

This is the MuseScore page with a link for older versions – Mac and Windows.

This is the MuseScore page with a link for MuseScore 4 – Mac and Windows.
Download MuseScore



GBT MuseScore – 216mb

MXL for Finale, Sibelius etc

GBT MXL – 115mb


Now there’s tabs for banjo, bass, guitar, mandolin and ukulele as well as notation for keyboard and the transposing instruments.

All the songs and most of the exercises now have simple bass and percussion tracks that make it way more fun to play along.

Learning to play by ear implies ‘listening’ and these MuseScore files let you do that, so you can actually hear what you’re reading about – makes an enormous difference.

In addition, there’s not an easier way to get introduced to reading music. When people ask “Can you read music” what they mean is “Can you look at an unfamiliar piece of music and reproduce it on your instrument” – and that’s very different and much more difficult than having a good idea of what’s on the page – and that is what ‘reading music’ is.

You just click PLAY and you can see it and hear it – and you don’t have to make it happen on your instrument.

There’s a folder called MuseScore Basics that has instructions for opening a file and a few other functions that are useful for playback and practicing.

MuseScore reviews:

But lots of people like Finale NotePad – it’s also free and will play the files:

Here’s a NotePad review:

Here’s Sibelius’ download page:

GBT YouTube & Web, MuseScore Basics, more  The GBT YouTube channel has every song that’s mentioned in GBT by at least one artist, more than 400 videos, and the list here is sorted alphabetically by song title and artist as well as by chapter.
There are over 300 web links to WikiPedia, Britannica or, biographical info for every artist or band.
There’s a few links to MuseScore tutorials on YouTube. It’s pretty easy to get running for basic playback, well worth the effort. 

The folder “GBT music by Duke Sharp” (39mb) contains recordings I made of 11 songs that are used as examples in GBT.

Amazing Grace – After the Battle of Aughrim – Greensleeves – Home on the Range – Oh Susannah
Scarborough Fair – Silent Night – Swallowtail Jig – Swinging Baritone Bouree
Take Me Out to the Ballgame – You Are My Moonshine

MP3 for play along basic chords” (140mb) is back up tracks for practicing basic chords, melodies, etc.

Amazing Grace – Auld Lang Syne – Greensleeves – Home On The Range – House of the Rising Sun
Jingle Bells – Red River Valley – Scarborough Fair – Silent Night
Take Me Out to the Ballgame – We Wish You A Merry Christmas

Duke Sharp Music – 5 CDs – 288mb
Mostly acoustic instrumental originals and a few covers – some solo, some duets, some full band
Yucca Pie
Pickin After Midnight
Bozeman All Stars
Matkatamiba – Music From the Grand Canyon
Just the Two of Me






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