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A must-have for the Beatlemaniac.

This special music book contains every song written and/or recorded by The Beatles (including covers), transcribed exactly as played by the Fab Four. Scores include all instrumental parts (even drums!), guitar, and bass in both notation and guitar tab, plus chords, and complete lyrics. 212 songs. 1,136 pages, hardcover in deluxe slip case.

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  • 212 songs
  • 1,136 pages
  • Hardcover
  • Complete Beatles music scores, in both notation and tablature, plus guitar chords and complete lyrics
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Hal LeonardThe Beatles Complete Scores Book
 
4.6

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THE BIBLE !

the ultimate Beatles score book. EVERYTHING you need to play ALL Beatles recorded tunes, including the ones they did not compose themselves (a rarity). A great plus : this book is NOT...Read complete review

the ultimate Beatles score book. EVERYTHING you need to play ALL Beatles recorded tunes, including the ones they did not compose themselves (a rarity). A great plus : this book is NOT available in Europe ( may be for copyright reasons), so this was a fantastic opportunity to get it !

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Well designed except...

A great full volume Beatles classic song book. I wished the lyrics were large enough to see. Even with the aid of eyeglasses still its not possible to read them. Impossible to play...Read complete review

A great full volume Beatles classic song book. I wished the lyrics were large enough to see. Even with the aid of eyeglasses still its not possible to read them. Impossible to play along and read the words even from A FOOT away. I thank Musician's Friends for their upmost dedication to customers. I was able to return it with no problems! A great company to deal with. What a pleasure to talk to a real personable caring customer service representative!

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(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A life saver.....musically

By RAZZ-TIA7G

from Iowa

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Great book, very well done.
You can be as critical about this book as you want to, all I can say is it's wonderful. I live in a very small town in the middle of Iowa, no guitar instructors anywhere....very frustrating. About 8 years ago I bought this book.... I was on the brink of giving up guitar all together and thought I would give it one last try through the music of the Beatles. Now I play in two bands, one playing acoustic guitar and the other strictly bass. I taught myself, with help of this book, every chord and every bass line I could handle and now I apply those concepts in every song I play. I also teach guitar to teenage kids!! Who would have known. The chord and bass line tabs were the most help to me. It's worth every penny. I might have to buy another one because this one is about fried.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The closest thing to completion

By R.J.-N1KuJ

from Cotati, CA

Comments about Hal Leonard The Beatles Complete Scores Book:

Many of the reviewers have commented on the print size and structure of this book, and for the most part they are all correct. This is a technical score written in condensed jazz style (handwritten-ish). Tab is only available for guitar and bass parts, everything else is written in standard notation. String parts are often lumped together on the same staff as are horn parts etc. All of which are written in concert pitch, not the key of the instrument itself (i.e. Bb trumpet is written in C).And while the cover totes it is EVERY song, it isn't. Nothing from the Anthology Series ("Real Love" and "Free As A Bird" in particular) or the BBC Radio Discs are included (there were plenty of songs on those CDs that didn't appear in other forms). What it does have is every song released on the standard Beatles CD collection from "Please Please Me" to "Let It Be" and the Past Masters discs too.This isn't for carrying around, it's a big heavy slipcase hardcover. It's pretty much for reference only, or as a display for the non-musical. But for what it is, it's the best option you have.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Reference

By Rossrcm

from Philadelphia

Comments about Hal Leonard The Beatles Complete Scores Book:

The Beatles Complete Scores is a very good, complete reference for figuring out Beatles songs. Probably the best option available. You have to remember that this is not for beginners. If you are just picking up a guitar and trying to play Beatles tunes, there are much easier alternatives. But if you are trying to learn all of the details i.e. Guitar, Bass, Piano, Violins, Cellos, Drums etc. This pretty much does it. It does a very good job of laying out all of the parts. (Parts are only labeled on the first page, so you do have to be prepared to go back to the first page to remind yourself of the staffs that pertain to a particular part...only real con, but I understand why.)The print is small...BUT...it has to be in order to fit in all of the parts, otherwise every song would be about 30 pages long. Right now, each song is several pages. For the price, this is well worth it. It is a nice hardback book, in a slip case. Pages are bound nicely so the pages stay open. You can't expect to put this on a music stand and play, as there is a lot of page turning to do, and the book is thick. However, If you are trying to completely learn Beatles songs. This will do a good job for you.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Rosetta Stone of Beatle Music

By Bushwhacker

from Baltimore, MD

Comments about Hal Leonard The Beatles Complete Scores Book:

Absolutely the best Beatles songbook I've ever seen. The main reason being that most song books are primarily written for piano this book has all the guitar parts (including solos)both in musical notes and tablature. Amazingly, it also includes all the parts for bass, drums, piano, lyrics, melody and whatever significant instrument happened to be used in the song. The Beatles Complete Scores is truly the "Rosetta Stone" of Beatle songbooks. If you have ever wondered how the Beatles played a passage in a particular song or could never quite get that phrase right this is the book that will has the answers. Buy it!!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It is what it says

By thundercat

from NM

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Comments about Hal Leonard The Beatles Complete Scores Book:

It says that it is The Beatles Complete Scores and it is. No other Beatle music book that I have seen actually has ALL of the songs... nor, especially, ALL of the instruments. My husband got this book for me a couple of years ago, and it is just awesome. Yes, the print is small... I actually considered buying two so that I could tear the pages out of one and copy them enlarging the print. But I just transpose the music I want onto my own paper... I have also found a few mistakes this way... simple "typos" that common sense catches, nothing serious. Besides the print HAS to be small for the volume of the book (it is about two inches thick as it is). I love it!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Best Beatles Book Ever

By BeatlesFan47

from Peoria, IL

Comments about Hal Leonard The Beatles Complete Scores Book:

I've been a Beatles fan since 1964, but I'm not really a musician. I'm more of an music enthusiast. But, I do have a guitar, a digital piano, a bass, and a small mixer. In the past, I've used fake books to approximate the Beatles sounds, never really very well. I don't read music well (it's always a struggle), but if you give me enough time, I'll figure it out. All that said, I like this book better than any I've ever used. I love the guitar and bass tabs. If you want to know the precise note in the precise measure that George played in 1963 for any particular song, this is the book for you. I sat down last fall, and started recording, one instrument on a track, one track at a time. By the new year I had about 20 songs completely recorded. I was shocked (given my less than professional abilities) how dead on the covers were that I produced. I'm talking about songs like 'Please Please Me', 'Twist and Shout', 'Money', 'Anna', 'Please Mr. Postman', 'You Can't Do That', 'I Call Your Name', 'Nowhere Man', etc. They were all spot on, and I am very knowledgeable of these songs. If you want to nail these songs, and sound really great (not to mention, have a ball), get this book. You won't be sorry.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

THE BIBLE !

By Archibald Haddock

from Versailles, France

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Comments about Hal Leonard The Beatles Complete Scores Book:

the ultimate Beatles score book. EVERYTHING you need to play ALL Beatles recorded tunes, including the ones they did not compose themselves (a rarity). A great plus : this book is NOT available in Europe ( may be for copyright reasons), so this was a fantastic opportunity to get it !

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Great tunes but....

By littletoad

from chicago,il

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Pros

  • Complete

Cons

  • Difficult To Follow

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Comments about Hal Leonard The Beatles Complete Scores Book:

This is a marvelous music book when you consider the content. But the music is small and difficult to read.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Ultimate Beatles Book

By Aaron-W5NyP

from Indiana

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Comments about Hal Leonard The Beatles Complete Scores Book:

This book is great. It has every song except 3- Free as a Bird, Real Love, and My Bonnie. There's a few errors in the book, but nothing major. It has every single part too like piccolo trumpet, strings, sitar,tambora etc... If you're a Beatlemanic you need to buy it.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Absolutely Love It!!!

By Ripley91

from Minneapolis, MN

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Comments about Hal Leonard The Beatles Complete Scores Book:

I LOVE The Beatles and I also love learning their music!! Whether it be on guitar, piano, bass, or even vocally. If you feel the same way then go out and buy this book!!! I actually some how got a hold of it on CD-ROM which is great. This book actually contains every song and the music tabbed out for you for all of the instruments recorded with those songs!!!!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Well designed except...

By BONTRONICS TV REPAIR

from VISALIA CA

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    Cons

    • Difficult To Follow
    • Tiny Print

    Best Uses

    • Music Lessons

    Comments about Hal Leonard The Beatles Complete Scores Book:

    A great full volume Beatles classic song book. I wished the lyrics were large enough to see. Even with the aid of eyeglasses still its not possible to read them. Impossible to play along and read the words even from A FOOT away. I thank Musician's Friends for their upmost dedication to customers. I was able to return it with no problems! A great company to deal with. What a pleasure to talk to a real personable caring customer service representative!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Not just for Beatles freaks.

    By thebird55

    from Warner Robins, GA

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    Pros

    • Detailed
    • Improves Musicianship

    Cons

    • Small Print

    Best Uses

    • Learning To Play

    Comments about Hal Leonard The Beatles Complete Scores Book:

    This book is the #1 reason I play as well as I do today.

    If you are an intermediate player who grew up in the Beatles era, you will find it easy to pick up on many of the songs. And you will quickly learn SO MUCH that it will boost your overall abilities. I mean, you already know these riffs and melodies so well (probably more than you realize, and even if you weren't their biggest fan) that many of them come easily. And that gives you the incentive to work out the harder parts, so as to play complete songs, which will develop your skills at an amazing rate. Get stuck on one song? Put it "on a shelf" and turn a few pages. There is so much material here that inspiration will soon hit you again.

    This book will be even more valuable to those who can read standard notation, as you can learn some of the other instruments' parts. And if you ARE a Beatles freak, it can give you insights as to what's really going on in any given song.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great music

    By NorthernDancer

    from Phoenix, AZ

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    Pros

    • And Excellent Resource

    Cons

    • Small Small Print

    Best Uses

    • Improving Skills
    • Learning To Play
    • Specific Techniques

    Comments about Hal Leonard The Beatles Complete Scores Book:

    A great book for Beatles fans and lovers of the music, but oh-my-gawd could they make the print any smaller??? i doubt they could without including a magnifying glass...

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    If you like the Beatles....buy it

    By Parnell

    from Hayward WI

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    Pros

    • Easy To Follow

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Hal Leonard The Beatles Complete Scores Book:

        Love the book. The print is small but having all these songs in one book is great.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A must for any Beatles fan

        By Strat Stud

        from Tulsa, OK

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        Comments about Hal Leonard The Beatles Complete Scores Book:

        This book is unbelievable! Everything is tabbed from the vocal harmonies all the way to the drums! The guitar parts are tabbed correct, but not exactly how the Beatles played them(different chord types, scale locations) in their videos. Unless you're really picky like me, this isn't a tremendous problem. The only downside is that the print is really small. All in all, this book is an amazing value for the aspiring musician who is looking for correct tabs of Beatles songs, and I would recommend it to anyone.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Nice Resource

        By TheGrimace

        from Memphis

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        Comments about Hal Leonard The Beatles Complete Scores Book:

        I like this book. I have been a big Beatles fan and I enjoy the ability to look anything up I want to know. I did notice that some of the tabs were incorrect. The written tab would not correspond to the written note above it. However, it is mostly accurate, and the few times the tab is incorrect, it is close, and your ear will tell you immediately. Just another reason to learn how to read music, so that's good. I recommend this book.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Sketch scores for everything

        By Tilden

        from Minnesota Twin Cities

        Comments about Hal Leonard The Beatles Complete Scores Book:

        This is an outstanding resource for figuring out how to play _all_ the Beatles songs. Kudos to the contributors. Heck, even Revolution #9 is transcribed. I saw some reviews harping on the completeness of the scores. Back in college we called this format 'sketch scores' -- similar to what a conductor would use, has all parts represented but not on individual staves. And it's all the songs so it is a Complete Scores collection . . .I recommend it highly. It's helped me figure out several tricky bits, and also has been instrumental (pun intended) in helping analyze how the lads did what they did so well.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        get your glasses but still great

        By Drossi72361

        from Springfield, MA

        Comments about Hal Leonard The Beatles Complete Scores Book:

        This is fantastic, I am particularly pleased with McCartney's bass lines be transcribed. Yes, the print is small but so what. This is an amazing piece of work and at the price is an incredible value.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Not quite as advertised, but . . .

        By Bob Freedman

        from Gilbert, AZ

        Comments about Hal Leonard The Beatles Complete Scores Book:

        The bad news first: These are not "Full Transcriptions" from the recordings. A lot of the orchestral lines are indeed indicated (with varying degrees of accuracy) but a lot are also not there. So, the claim of "Complete Scores" is also false and misleading. Some of the guitar licks, etc., are not accurately transcribed.However, that being said, this book is truly a helpful resource when the material sought is Beatles songs. From what I've seen so far, the routines are complete and faithful to the original recordings and there no substantial errors in lyrics, melody lines or chord symbols. Given the small size of the lead sheets it would have been much easier on the reader's eyes if the lyrics hadn't been printed in Italics.Final word: For what this collection provides it is a valuable asset to a music library.

         
        4.0

        Bought as a gift

        By itiskel

        from GA

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        Comments about Hal Leonard The Beatles Complete Scores Book:

        Bought this as a Christmas gift for my father. It was something that he really wanted so he was happy to have received it. He did mention that the only downside was that the print was rather small.

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