Must-know classic songs at your fingertips! Find your favourite Songbooks at your Library.

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Look for your beloved songs, your favourite singer or band and the music you enjoy listening to when browsing through the Songbook Collection at the Wellington Central Library. Play the music you love at home or during gatherings with friends and relatives. With so many songs to choose from, you’ll always find a favourite!

Syndetics book coverPure heroine / Lorde.
“(Piano/Vocal/Guitar Artist Songbook). 17-year-old New Zealand newcomer Lorde released this, her debut album, in September 2013. It reached the top of the modern rock/alternative and rock albums charts, and the lead single “Royals” won the 2014 Grammy Award for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. Our folio features this break-out hit plus nine other tunes: Buzzcut Season * 400 Lux * Ribs * Still Sane * Team * Tennis Court * and more.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGlam rock : [25 outrageous songs from rock ‘n’ roll’s revolutionary era].
“(Piano/Vocal/Guitar Songbook). Hits from Bowie, Queen, Iggy, Alice Cooper, T. Rex and others Includes: Ballroom Blitz * Bang a Gong (Get It On) * Killer Queen * Lust for Life * Rebel, Rebel * Rock & Roll Part II (The Hey Song) * School’s Out * Slave to Love * Sweet Jane * We Are the Champions * We Will Rock You * Ziggy Stardust * and more.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNumber ones / Michael Jackson.
“(Piano/Vocal/Guitar Artist Songbook). Features stunning color photos of Michael and P/V/G arrangements of all 18 songs. Titles are: Bad * Beat It * Billie Jean * Dirty Diana * Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough * Man in the Mirror * Rock with You * Smooth Criminal * Thriller * and more. ” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNature’s best 2, more of New Zealand’s top songs of all-time [music].
“A couple of years ago Music Sales published the matching songbook to the CD NATURES BEST: NEW ZEALAND’S TOP 30 SONGS OF ALL TIME. The matching songbook to the first album was so popular, Music Sales has been asked by music enthusiasts and retailers in New Zealand for another songbook with songs from the next two double albums. NATURES BEST 2: MORE OF NEW ZEALAND’S TOP SONGS OF ALL TIME is a selection of 30 songs from the CDs NATURES BEST: NEW ZEALAND’S TOP SONGS OF ALL TIME Volume 2 & Volume 3. Each song has been newly engraved for this songbook and features top line melody arrangements with guitar chord boxes and lyrics.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe big guitar chord songbook. More nineties hits.
“Sing and play all your favourite hits from the nineties. All the songs have been arranged in the original keys from the actual hit recordings, complete with full lyrics, guitar chord boxes and playing guide.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPower to the people : the hits / John Lennon.
“For voice and piano, with guitar chord symbols. Words and music mostly by John Lennon. “Includes free guitar tutorial DVD”–Cover

Syndetics book coverBruce Springsteen : sheet music anthology : piano, vocal, guitar.
“For music makers who love Bruce Springsteen, this collection features 29 sheet music arrangements that represent a more comprehensive span of Springsteen’s career than any other songbook can offer. Nearly 40 years of hits are contained within its pages, including 1970s favorites like “Blinded by the Light” and “Born to Run,” plus dozens more from the ’80s, ’90s, and beyond—all the way up to Working on a Dream (2009) and The Promise (2010). The unprecedented array of songs and carefully transcribed piano/vocal/guitar arrangements make this a must-own for Bruce Springsteen fans of all ages.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe music of Paul McCartney, 1973-2001 : piano, voice, guitar.
“This second bumper collection spans Paul McCartney’s career from Band on the Run through to his most recent album Driving Rain.All arranged for piano, voice and guitar.Band on the Run * Bluebird * Coming Up * Ebony and Ivory * From a Lover to a Friend * Jet * Let Em In * Mull of Kintyre * The Other Me * One of These Days * Pipes of Peace * Put It There * Say Say Say * Silly Love Songs * So Bad * With a Little Luck” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover150 of the most beautiful songs ever [music].
“This 3rd edition has been updated to feature 150 of the best ballads of all time! Includes: Always * Climb Ev’ry Mountain * Endless Love * Fields of Gold * Georgia on My Mind * How Deep Is Your Love * I’ll Be Seeing You * In the Still of the Night * Moon River * My Funny Valentine * People * Small World * Some Enchanted Evening * Tears in Heaven * Time in a Bottle * Unchained Melody * What a Wonderful World * When I Fall in Love * Yesterday * You Are So Beautiful * and more.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGreat American songbook : complete : the best hits from timeless songwriters / arranged by Dan Coates.
“Some of the most famous selections from the Great American Songbook are included in this collection. These classic favorites, masterfully arranged by Dan Coates for advanced piano, sound rich and full and will delight audiences as well as provide hours of enjoyment for hobbyists, advancing students, professional musicians, or any “popular performer. Some of the included songs are; Anything Goes * Cry Me a River * Fly Me to the Moon * I Got Rhythm * In the Still of the Night * Singin’ in the Rain * Summertime” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Play music to your ears at the Central Library

Discover new music and enjoy old favourites by browsing through the large collection of Songbooks and Scores at your City Library.
Use the Music Room available on the first floor to practice, experiment and play at the keyboard. You could even bring in your own guitar or ukulele if you’d prefer!
Look for your beloved artist, song or composer and play the music you love or browse through the music we have listed below for inspiration.
With so many songs to choose from, you’ll always find a favourite!

Syndetics book coverBig book of 70s songs : 26 of the very best songs from the 1970s / compiled and edited by Jenni Norey.
“For voice and piano, with guitar chord symbols. Words and music by various songwriters. Compiled and edited by Jenni Norey.” –Back cover

Syndetics book coverWe will remember them : music for remembrance : for mixed voice choirs.
“Contains 18 choral works suitable for Remembrance Sunday, concerts, memorial and funeral services.
They are mostly unaccompanied (with piano reduction for rehearsal only). Some with organ or piano accompaniment.” –Back cover

Syndetics book coverRachmaninoff : 16 great classics.
“It comes complete with song background notes, and playing hints and tips.
Works and selections are arranged.” –Back cover

Syndetics book cover20 classic hawaiian songs for ukulele / compiled and edited by Adrian Hopkins.
London : Wise Publications, [2014]
“A lovely collection of twenty classic hawaiian songs for ukulele including: Akaka Falls / Darlene Ahuna — Aloha ka manini / The Gabby Pahinui Hawaiian Band — Hawai’i aloha / Nina Keali’iwahamana — Aloha oe / E. K. Rose / Blue Hawaii — Ellis March / Tau Moe & Mmm. Rivière’s Hawaiians — Everybody does it in Hawaii / Jimmie Rodgers — Hard hearted Hannah / Cliff ‘Ukulele Ike’ Edwards — Hawaiian cowboy / Sol K. Bright’s Hollywaiians — The Hawaiian wedding song / Andy Williams — Hi’ilawe / Gabby Pahinui — Honolulu city lights / The Beamer Brothers — Hula blues / Jim & Bob, The Genial Hawaiians — I’ll remember you / Kui Lee — Little pad / The Beach Boys — Mele Kalikimaka (Merry Christmas in Hawaii) / The Puppini Sisters — That’s how much I love you / Eddy Arnold — Over the rainbow ; What a wonderful world / Isreal Kamakawiwo’ole — Sophisticated hula / Sol Bright — Sweet Leilani / Bing Crosby.” –Back cover

Syndetics book coverRodriguez : selections from Cold fact & Coming from reality / piano, vocal, guitar.
“Songs as performed by Sixto Rodriguez on sound recordings originally released 1970 and 1971; words and music by Rodriguez. For voice and piano; with chord symbols and guitar chord diagrams. “Universal Music Publishing”–Back cover.

Syndetics book coverCarly Simon : guitar chord songbook.
“Includes complete lyrics, chord symbols & guitar chord diagrams.”–Back cover

Syndetics book coverRiverdance : music from Riverdance the show / composed by Bill Whelan.
“Instrumental pieces and songs from Riverdance, the show (composed in the idiom of Irish folk music).
Reel around the sun — The heart’s cry — The Countess Cathleen/Women of the Sidhe — Caoineadh cú chulainn (lament) — Shivna — Firedance — Slip into Spring — The harvest — Riverdance — American wake — Lift the wings — Heal their hearts — Freedom — Trading taps — Macedonian morning — Marta’s dance/The Russian dervish — Oscail an doras — Andalucia — Home and the heartland — Heartland.”–Back cover

Syndetics book coverThe best jazz piano solos ever : 80 classics, from Miles to Monk and more!
“Afternoon in Paris — Allen’s Alley — Along came Betty — Azure-Te (Paris Blues) — Back home blues — Bags and Trane — Bags’ groove — Baia (Bahía) — Bernie’s tune — Billie’s bounce (Bill’s bounce) — Birdland — Birk’s works — Blues for Martha — Blues in A minor — Blues in the closet — Born to be blue — Bouncing with Bud — Bremond’s blues — C-jam blues — Close your eyes — Come Sunday — Cotton tail — Crazeology — Day dream — Dear old Stockholm — Delauney’s dilemma — Django — Dolphin dance — Don’t you know I care (or don’t you care to know) — Doodlin’ — Doxy — Everything but you — 52nd Street theme — Giant steps — Ginger bread boy — The golden striker — Gotta be this or that — Gravy waltz — Groovin’ high — I hear a rhapsody — I mean you — In walked Bud — Intermezzo — Invitation — Jeru — Jordu — Killer Joe — Like young — Line for Lyons — Midnight sun — Moonlight in Vermont — Moten swing — My little suede shoes — Nica’s dream — A night in Tunisia — Night train — Nuages — Oh, good grief — Oleo — On Green Dolphin Street — Relaxin’ at the Camarillo — Robbin’s nest — Seven come eleven — Shiny stockings — Sippin’ at Bells — So what — Some other spring — Song for my father — Stolen moments — Things ain’t what they used to be — Topsy — Tune up — Turnaround — Un poco loco — Up jumped spring — Watermelon man — West coast blues — What am I here for? — Whisper not — Yardbird suite.” –Back cover