Musicians are always looking for new music to play. Whether professional or not, the next fun comes with the next new piece. For string quartets, it can be a challenging search, though, because quartet sheet music that is not traditional can be a hard find in many music stores.
Music stores do attempt to keep a lot of the most common repertoire in stock, but it is harder for them to keep up with everything that is newly available. They need to sell their inventory so they primarily stock works for popular solo instruments such as violin, cello, flute, trumpet and guitar. Though string quartets are also popular, the sheet music scores are larger, cost more money, and may take longer to sell. It can be hard to find more than just the basic repertoire.
This scenario is changing rapidly though because of the Internet. You can order music online and have it delivered. Your choices are greater, because you can literally shop anywhere in the world. But the best technology allows online stores to play MP3 audio of the arrangements that interest you, and you can download it on the spot to print out on your own printer. The extra expense is worth the wider variety, and many times you will not be able to find the music someplace else.
Some string quartets are also playing arrangements of rock music arranged for strings to play. The Hampton Rock String Quartet created arrangements of classic rock tunes, and now you can buy these online. Listening to audio samples and checking the first page of each arrangement is a way to get exactly what you want from their official website.
Online music stores are expert at making downloads for printing available. Some specialize in movie sound tracks, or top hits arranged for quartet. Many audiences are pleased to hear their favorite movie tunes at social events.
String quartets to perform at weddings are readily available as online downloads. Many quartets do make a nice living performing for weddings so it is nice to see wedding standards that may be purchased for a reasonable price. The wedding collections often allow you to hear audio recordings of the arrangements, and to look at the first page of music. This is helpful to get an idea of whether or not the arrangement suits you.
If you are not in a hurry, and you would like to explore some new classical or jazz pieces for quartet, there are many new collections on the market. Some interesting options include pieces that are arranged as famous quartets play them. Quartets often develop unique or signature ways of playing certain sections of music. Musicians tend to find this fascinating and learn new techniques or improve their musicality by listening to others.
With so many options, there is no reason not to try many and see which selections your string quartet really enjoys. Popular music is great and there is a lot of it available for sale online. You might find that all the choices make your playing together more enjoyable.
This is particularly true if you have not yet played much of the standard classical literature. Most any music that your group will enjoy playing together will be what you should play. It can be difficult to form a group, but with all the music to play, it may be easier to keep the group together than it ever was before.