SignatureArtists

There’s Something for Everyone in Our Signature Artist Series

Collectively, they’ve amassed millions upon millions of YouTube views. Individually, they’re known as some of the most dazzling up-and-coming stars in their respective genres. With ground-breaking arrangements, imaginative production and virtuoso-level skills to boot, the Musicnotes Signature Artist series represents sheet music’s brightest stars of today and tomorrow. So, what makes an artist a Signature Artist? First and foremost, we at Musicnotes have scouted individuals who’ve inspired ourselves and others around the globe to take joy in learning to play new music. Whether it’s Brooklyn Duo‘s classical cello/piano renditions of pop songs, 92 Keys‘ popular piano/violin duets, The Theorist‘s monumental catalogue of piano solos from today’s Billboard Hot 100 or
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10 Signs You’re Absolutely In Love with Piano

Do you eat, sleep and dream piano? Are most of your waking hours spent tapping out the fingering of whatever song happens to be running through your mind? Are you already planning a special Valentine’s Day date with your beloved 88 keys? If any or all of these apply to you, congratulations! You’re an official Piano Lover. First things first, as a Piano Lover, you’re in very good company if we do say so ourselves. Here at Musicnotes HQ, among the Band Geeks, Orch Dorks, Choir Nerds and Theatre Kids, there is always someone pounding away at one of our company keyboards (headphones ensure the rest of us can continue
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Q&A with Jennifer Stirling: Transcriber and Assistant to Sister Lindsey, Trumpeter, and ‘Jen’ of all Trades

When you see your favorite artist perform in concert or hear their hit song on the radio, you know that you can likely search Musicnotes.com and find the sheet music. But, what occurs behind the scenes, from composition to digital sheet music distribution, is an intricate process in its own right. Retailers like Musicnotes work with artists/managers, songwriters, and publishers to ensure that you receive licensed, official content that not only offers authentic transcriptions, but also allows creators to continue making a living off music. One such personal relationship that we at Musicnotes are proud of is with Lindsey Stirling and her transcriber/assistant/sister, Jennifer Stirling. Jennifer’s own musical accomplishments and
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Best Holiday Commercial Music from 2016

‘Twer the weeks before Christmas and all though the air, adverts were clamoring for increased market share. A new electronic here, a big red bow there, truly moving displays of affection were rare. But what to our cynical hearts did we see? A bouncing boxer,  not-so-scary monster and thoughtful giving, set to Einaudi. For wonderful music transcends selling and branding, to help fill us all with love, joy and understanding. Take a look at a few of the holiday commercials of 2016 whose message and music melted our cold little hearts. Amazon’s ‘Two Old Friends’ Featured music is “I Giorni” by Ludovico Einaudi  PLAY IT NOW > Heathrow Airport’s ‘Coming
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Which Music Industry Job is Right for You?

Generally speaking, the music industry refers to businesses and people who create and sell music, musical performances, and music-related products to the public. The term “music industry” covers a wide variety of fields and positions. It can include everything from a concert pianist to a sound engineer to a pop star. For most people, their interest in the music industry begins with a simple love of music. The good news is that if music is your passion, there are myriad ways that you can channel that interest into a respectable, enjoyable career. The music industry is made up of individuals in a number of roles, including: Musical creators, such as
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Q&A with Inspired, Dynamic Composer/Pianist Helen Jane Long

While you may not immediately recognize Helen Jane Long‘s name, chances are you’ve heard her inventive, versatile compositions for television and movie scores (including programs on BBC and Discovery Channel), her commercial work for brands like British Airways and Volkswagen, or you may be one of the scores of contemporary-classical music fans who’ve discovered Long’s stunning original compositions from her bestselling solo albums. Long just released her fourth original solo album, ‘Identity,’ earlier this year, and is currently on tour with her string section, The London Players. Upcoming dates include engagements in Chicago on November 4th and at the San Francisco Herbst Theatre on November 16th. (Hurry! A limited number
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Start Playing Music Again – Tips for relearning an instrument

There are many of us out there who took music lessons as a child but stopped when we reached adulthood. If you are experiencing the urge to get back into playing music as an adult, you’re certainly not alone. Here are some tips and food for thought about how to prepare yourself for a successful musical restart. Finding the right teacher There are several reputable online resources out there that can help you locate a teacher that will be a good fit for you. As a teacher, I have favored Reverb Lessons, and have had some of my best students find me through that channel. Be sure to get in
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Three Piano Songs That Are Nearly Impossible to Play

The question of “What piano songs are the most difficult to play?” has inspired friendly arguments among music lovers, likely for as long as piano songs have been composed. The issue of what, exactly, makes a piece of music “difficult” to play is difficult to define. For example, a song which is ten hours in length is going to be “difficult” regardless of the complexity of the song itself. Then there is the question of entertainment value. If a song is not pleasant to hear, then pianists will have little interest in playing it simply to take on the challenge. Therefore, the only true way to determine which piano songs
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4th and 5th Graders Excitedly Open Their New Instruments, Donated by a Musicnotes Grant Through VH1 Save The Music Foundation

Musicnotes Teams with VH1 Save The Music Foundation to Bring Strings Back to Elementary School

The halls of one elementary school are alive with the sound of music, thanks to a partnership between Musicnotes.com and VH1 Save The Music Foundation. Musicnotes.com sponsored a $35,000 strings program through VH1 Save the Music Foundation at Sandburg Elementary school in Madison, Wis. The program will allow all 4th and 5th grade students, regardless of economic status, to participate in music education. The event, which took place September 12, 2016, featured a surprise ‘unveiling’ of the instruments for the school’s 4th and 5th graders, who were giddy with excitement over the new violins, violas and cellos. Representatives from VH1 Save The Music and Musicnotes.com spoke to the children about
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Musicnotes Song Spotlight

Introducing Musicnotes Song Spotlight: Musical Inspiration, Delivered On-Demand

While almost everyone can appreciate music in its completed form, we musicians respect and honor all the individual components that go into creating the art of music. From scores and arrangements to lyrics to performances, we know that a song isn’t only about the finished product, but that the some of its parts create an invaluable experience that has the ability to uplift, encourage, move and inspire. This is why we’re so proud to announce our NEW Song Spotlight video series. Musicnotes Song Spotlight videos were created to provide music lovers an inspiring, personalized ‘behind the curtain’ look at the art of writing music, speaking to the writing process and
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