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2006 September Newsletter

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Find Your Music Fast! Advanced Search Help >>
Want to find your items quicker? Many people use very general search words, get general results, then scroll through numerous pages to find their items of interest. There is a better way. The secret to effectively using our powerful SearchTool lies in the selection of multiple keywords - even three, four, five or more. With the right approach you can find anything in a few clicks!

Screening Out Results
Suppose you want to find music by Mozart for piano that includes an audio CD. Don’t enter Mozart and go on a fishing expedition through 3,571 results. Just enter Mozart piano cd and up come the 8 items that meet all three criteria. The additional keywords can act as a filter to screen out irrelevant results.

This works because the SearchTool’s default “Titles & Names” method will not only search titles, but also the series title, the format (book, CD, DVD, etc.), the composer or author or arranger name, the publisher and even the beginning part of the description. This makes it easy to screen out irrelevant results, as in the approach above. You see, unlike big search engines such as google, where a very specific, six-keyword search will actually drop many relevant results, our SearchTool accurately reads our entire database. So for all choral music arranged by Mac Huff, just enter choral huff. For all Hal Leonard books for trumpet, just enter hal leonard trumpet. For all violin books in the Suzuki series, enter suzuki violin. It’s that easy.

You can also reverse this approach to broaden your search. Suppose you located the piano book “Disney Favorites – E-Z Play Today” and wondered about other EZ play titles for piano. Simply enter E-Z Play Today piano to locate all titles in the series. Or maybe you want to broaden your search to include all Disney books for easy piano, but not necessarily just within the E-Z Play Today series. Enter disney easy piano and you’ll see 51 titles. Enter disney piano and 237 items come up, all sorted top-down by popularity. (Search is not case-sensitive so you don’t have to worry about capitalization.)

Try any of these, or your own searches, in this SearchTool
box to see how this works:
Sheet Music, Music Books, Methods, Scores, Choral, Vocal, Band, Orchestra, Ensemble, Jazz, and more.
 
 
 


Plurals
Our SearchTool performs what is called a “string search.” This means that it looks within words to find a match to your specified “string” of letters. So a search for guitar will find both guitar and guitars. A search for bari sax will find bari saxophone, baritone sax and baritone saxophone.

Therefore it is often better to use the shorter, and singular, versions of keywords. This is because a search for “guitars” will NOT find “guitar”; a search for “books” will not find “book.” Enter “Alicia Keys book” for example, and you’ll see we have 2 items. But enter “Alicia Keys books” and there are no results. (No items have a format listed as “books,” only “book.”)

Song Search
One thing to keep in mind is that a Titles & Names search does NOT search for song titles within the items. So it will find a song title only if it also happens to be the title of the item—for example when the item is a single piece of sheet music. Then it’s title is the song name. For song searches, click the drop-down menu on the SearchTool and select “Songs & Names”.

Now you can enter keywords of a song’s title, or even the entire title. Because many song titles have very similar names, you may also want to add the composer or artist last name along with the title to screen irrelevant results. This can be tricky, however, because sometimes the artist is not the composer. Although we strive to include as many songs as possible, not ALL songs in all products are listed here, and not ALL composers and artists are listed with their songs. Fortunately, most are.

Change the drop-down menu
to “Songs & Names” and try
a song search for your favorite
tune.
Sheet Music, Music Books, Methods, Scores, Choral, Vocal, Band, Orchestra, Ensemble, Jazz, and more.
 
 
 

Finding the Needle in the Haystack
 
Searching becomes more difficult when the keywords are particularly common. Your items can become buried under a huge volume of results. For example, a search for bass method will bring up method books, CDs and DVDs for bass guitar, upright string bass (including jazz and orchestral styles) and double-bass drum methods.

In a case like this, put quotes around several words to search only for occurrences of that phrase. In other words, a search for bass guitar without quotes will match occurrences of bass and of guitar separately. But a search for “bass guitar” within quotes will match only occurrences of bass guitar as a two-word phrase.

 

When All Else Fails!
If your searches are still coming up empty, don’t despair. Change the drop-down menu to try a “Search All” method. If that produces nothing, call us toll free at (866) 419-6497. We may be able to coax out the right results by knowing the product line and other possible terms that may pull up more items.
 

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Your friends at the The-Sheet-Music-Store / Music44.com

 

   
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