Singalong
songbooks
now online

Price slashed on
easy sheet music
for 365 favorites

$24.95*

Plus electronic templates
for singalong lyrics sheets

Finally, a singalong songbook of sheet music with easy-to-follow melody lines, chords and lyrics for 365 oldtime favorites. Ideal for singalongs at nursing homes, senior residences – and we're finding that a lot of folks want them for their own use at home.songbook(A great help for beginning piano students.)

(To see a sample song page, click here, then right-click on the sample (several times, if necessary) and ask to 'view image.')

We now market and distribute our songbook, Sing Along with Ease, exclusively online: You order online with a credit card and we send you the book online via email for you to print out at home. While that requires a little work on your part, it eliminates the delay in mail delivery (often a week or more) and cuts the price by about half.

And we continue to offer a 100 percent money-back guarantee as well as unlimited technical support via email. If you're not completely satisfied with what we've sent you or how we help you via email, we refund all your money promptly.

The songs have been collected and transcribed over the past 20 years by the Hat Band, a family foursome of string players and singers who for those two decades have held singalongs at area nursing homes and senior residences as volunteers.

Marketed for years in printed and bound form, the songbook is the same one that has been used by the Hat Band in its volunteer singalongs. Any additional songs the band adds to its collection – it does so slowly – are sent out free to those who already have the songbook.

We also send out electronic templates of words to more than 240 songs that can be formatted into lyrics sheets. For volunteer singalong leaders, it's a great way to get audiences involved. For home use, it's a great way to help your guests sing along as you sit at a piano or with a guitar playing an old favorite.

To order Sing Along with Ease, use the PayPal button below. As soon as we are notified of the order (usually within 24 hours), we'll email you the songbook and lyrics templates.

Our money-back guarantee is based on the same sales philosophy we used when we marketed the songbooks by regular mail. Please see our entry entitled We trust you. (And please note that our attitude toward online financial transactions has evolved. We've found that PayPal has a gold-edge reputation for security.)

For any questions or assistance, email our site administrator at sidleavitt@yahoo.com.

* The old price of the songbook that we printed and shipped by regular mail was $39.95, and the shipping, because the book weighed about three pounds, was an additional $5.79 in the continental U.S., pushing the total price to $45.74.

(To Canada, limited to air mail only, shipping was $12.85, plus a $10 bank fee for processing international checks. That's a total of $62.80.)

The new price of $24.95 is complete, no extra charges.

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This blog was started as a nonprofit website giving writers a place to publish their work at no cost and readers a chance to read that work and, if they chose, to comment on it. Now we are concentrating on a singalong songbook, also an idealistic project that promotes volunteer music programs at nursing homes and senior residences as well as family singing at home, all through easy, low-cost sheet music. Although we no longer accept new works from authors, all previous submissions are still available in our 'Works' section. We also maintain a blogroll of diverse sites, all well-written, for readers to explore, although at present, no new sites are being accepted for listing. The site's founder and administrator is its first nonfiction contributor, Sid Leavitt, a retired newspaper editor who lives in Lake Katrine, N.Y.

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Come on along for the ride

January 3, 2011

balloons Yes, our songbook is ballooning, and a lot of volunteer singalong leaders are rising with it. Here’s how that happens:

When we in the Hat Band add a song to the book, Sing along with ease, we send free copies of the sheet music to everyone who’s already bought the book. That way, everyone’s repertoire grows.

When we began marketing copies of our book last January, it contained 313 songs. It’s now up to 331, all old favorites that are ideal for singalongs. Most of those additions have come from audience requests, some of them from our farflung group of songbook customers.

The process is simple: When we find a song we like, we convert it to simple sheet music in a singable key through a computer program called Finale PrintMusic. That gives us an electronic version of the song that we can print out for our own songbook and that we can email to everyone else who has the songbook. They print out the song and they’ve got it, too.

Now, I can’t say we’ve sold hundreds of the books in our first year, but it’s been in the dozens. And they’ve gone to a wide market — from New York to California, from Canada to Australia.

We’re not dealing with a mass market here. Singalong volunteers are, sadly, a rare breed. (Although I know of at least one case where a customer wanted a songbook just to help him improve his piano skills. Sing along with ease, with its single-note melody lines and simple chord notations, is ideal for someone who wants to dust off a guitar or return to a long-neglected piano for a little solo music at home.)

Basically, we’re in a small niche. Or, to add yet another metaphor, on the big ocean of the Internet, we’re in a little rowboat. But we stay in touch with others who’ve joined us bobbing around on the waves. And as we find additional songs, we mass-email them to everyone else, helping to raise the tide that, as they say, lifts all boats.

Or, to return to our original imagery, the balloon gets larger and more buoyant. And as long as the Hat Band keeps adding these wonderful old songs, the sky’s the limit. We all go up. We hope.

– Sid Leavitt

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2 Responses

  1. Morten says:

    Really sounds like an interesting project though I am not sure I get it completely. Anyways the sky IS the limit so I am sure you will make it with that attitude no matter what.

  2. Sid Leavitt says:

    Thanks, Morten. By the way, I visited your site, http://ratemybooks.com/, and was encouraged to see the written word being promoted. We’ve gotten away from that here now that we’ve moved into music.

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