Musicals for Kindle

There are a lot of music books with sheet music available on Kindle now with the audio and video feature enabled.  If you are interested in musicals and play the piano, you should check out the Wicked book. It includes sheet music and a piano play along audio piece.  Wicked is about the unlikely friendship between the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch as young girls.  One was born with green skin and was a misfit in society. The other was charming, beautiful and popular.  It takes place long before Dorothy even landed in the Wizard of Oz.

The book includes songs from the popular Wicked musical such as “Dancing through Life,” “The Wizard and I,” “Defying Gravity” and more.  The audio includes a full performance and a “play along” performance that allows the pianist to play the melody.

I’ve read part of the book Wicked, but I hear the musical is a lot better.  I have also heard that the soundtrack is amazing.  So this book should be a great addition to the collection.  The reviews are good overall.

Mama Mia, the popular movie musical with Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried is also available on Kindle audio. This is a great movie set on a Greek island that is about a bride to be who searches for her father.  The music is from the popular 70’s band ABBA.  Some of the songs are: “Dancing Queen,” “Gimme Gimme Gimme” and “Honey Honey.”

Amazon does not include a very good description of this book and there are no reviews, but based on my own observations from the movie and from listening to the music associated with it, this book should be a fun, lighthearted one to play along with.

Since these books have sheet music in them, I would assume they would work best on the iPad since it is a larger device.  The iPhone and IPod Touch are fairly small.  However, the audio included should work well with all of these devices.

Sheet Music on the Kindle

The Kindle DX has a nice, big screen.  For the most part, the extra large screen is used to make newspapers and magazines easier to read.  But one of the cooler applications that Amazon offers is the ability to buy sheet music.

Amazon sells sheet music from the catalog of Novato Music Press.  While reading on a Kindle 2 is made a little difficult by the smaller screen, the Kindle DX does a great job of displaying full pages of music.  Plus, sheet music on the Kindle store is cheap: individual pieces can be as little as about $1.50.  The only real downside is the hassle of refreshing the Kindle whenever you need to turn the page, but this isn’t that different than regular sheet music.

Are there any musicians who read this blog?  Have you tried reading sheet music off of the Kindle?  Leave your thoughts in the comments.