Do you by any chance have sheet music for this song?

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Do you by any chance have sheet music for this song?

Is this a correct way to ask a question? And is it a polite one?
 
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Do you by any chance have sheet music for this song?

Is [STRIKE]it[/STRIKE] this a correct way to ask a question? And is it a polite one?
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Could you explain what's the difference bertween "it" and "this" in this context? The thing is, I always use them interchangeably and they look very similar to me.
 

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I'd probably say 'the sheet music', but it's not a big deal.
 

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I'm struggling to find a way to explain why this works better. All I can say is, it points more directly to something; in this case, the sentence immediately above it. Once you establish what you're talking about, you can refer to it as "it".
 

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I'd probably say 'the sheet music', but it's not a big deal.
Maybe the issue needs some explanation. With the help of this question I was going and then did ask a youtube musician if he had sheet music for the song he had played. I first wanted to use 'the' there, but then I thought that there are many ways to arrange a piece of music, not only one. I would be happy to find any sheet music for the song (arranged for any instrument) because myself I couldn't have found any. Of course, I would be happier if it were exactly the one being played by that musician arranged for the piano, but I'm not in the position where I could pick and choose, so my choice was the zero article. Do I understand it correctly? Or not?
 
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Your understanding is perfect, and the zero article was the right choice.

You could also ask for a lead sheet, which shows the melody and chords. It's also called a cheat sheet.
 

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You could also ask for a lead sheet, which shows the melody and chords. It's also called a cheat sheet.
Thanks for these new (for me) words. Knowing them, I feel, is going to widen the scope for search for written music considerably!
 
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