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25 Awkward Musical Stock Photos To LOL At

Everybody who has scanned stock image sites looking for just the right photo has come across pictures that make you stop and scratch your head. Below is a series of awkward, puzzling or straight-out ridiculous stock photos we’ve come across while embarking on our musical image searches. Reader beware: this blog post contains instrument abuses, clowns, and plenty of bad jokes. 1. You play? Nah, just horsing around. 2. When practice goes downhill, fast. 3. I suggested he start with soprano sax. 4. Maybe no one will notice. 5. Will someone get the window? 6. How I feel auditioning. 7. You’re definitely not doing it right. 8. OK, this one’s totally relatable.   9. Again, not doing it right. 10. Oh deer. 11. The
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*Data gathered from Google Analytics most popular search terms by region from January 1, 2017 to June 1, 2017.

2017’s Most Popular Sheet Music Searches By State (Printable/Sharable PDF!)

From sea to shining sea, we’re looking at what our fellow musicians are currently playing (or are hoping to play) across America via the most popular search terms used at Musicnotes.com, the world’s leading source of professionally licensed digital sheet music and guitar tab. To compile our list, we looked at Google Analytics results for what sheet music terms Americans were searching, broken down by state from January 1 to June 1, 2017. Each result is the #1 searched term among Musicnotes.com’s more than 3 million US customers (the company serves nearly 3 million customers outside the US as well). Although some results were not surprising (Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” is
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The Most Expensive Musical Instruments of All Time

Start saving your pennies now, we’re counting down the most expensive musical instruments ever sold! While many would consider these ultra-rare instruments and the stories behind them priceless, they have been sold to collectors looking to preserve important moments in musical history. Do you think you know what the most expensive musical instrument of all time is? Read below to find out! 10. Gasparo Bertolotti da Salò Viola One of the earliest violin makers, only about 80 instruments made by Gasparo are still in existence today. The son and nephew of accomplished Italian musicians, Gasparo developed the art of string making during the 16th century, and took on pupils to
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Funeral sheet music

160+ Songs for Funeral Services and Memorial Celebrations

Music has the unique ability to speak to us when words fail, and that quality can comfort us at life’s most difficult moments. Music plays an essential role in funeral services, memorial gatherings and celebrations of life. We’ve created a comprehensive list of Christian funeral hymns, military funeral music, contemporary Christian/gospel music appropriate for funerals/memorials and secular memorial songs to comfort and commemorate. Simply click the title to preview/listen to a downloadable sheet music arrangement for each piece. We’ve linked to the most traditional versions & popular scorings of each of the titles below. However Musicnotes has many arrangements, covering every scoring, instrumentation/choral type and version for many titles (for example, modern
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Are You Ready for Another FREE Jonny May Piano Tutorial?

For those who joined us in the last FREE piano tutorial from Musicnotes Signature Artist Jonny May, how’s that Beginner Blues Shuffle coming along? Get ready for more Piano with Jonny goodness with another totally FREE lesson, complete with free sheet music from Musicnotes.com. One of the coolest things about Jonny’s piano lessons & tutorials, both with Musicnotes and on his Piano with Jonny YouTube page, is that you can slow down, study and repeat passages as many times as you want. In Jonny May’s latest Musicnotes piano tutorial, we build on our Beginner Blues Shuffle lesson, where we learned the basic blues chord progression, and add more chord changes while continuing to develop
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Songwriters Unite – Help Protect Artists’ Rights by Signing the Petition

This week the most important trial most people have never heard of will begin in Washington, D.C, as songwriters fight against big tech. The Copyright Royalty Board will decide on a royalty rate for interactive music streams over the 2018-2022 period over the course of this year, hearing proposals from all sides of the music industry. Musicnotes is in full support of the mission to protect the rights of songwriters, composers and music publisher members to make sure they are paid fairly for the use of their work across all platforms. Royalties represent an important income stream for many music creators – did you know Musicnotes has payed out over
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Jonny May

Free Piano Lesson/Sheet Music from Jazz Marvel Jonny May!

Learning to play the blues can be somewhat intimating for beginning or casual pianists. But, familiarizing yourself with the chord progressions, phrasing and rhythms/grooves that characterize blues music can open a whole new world of musical possibilities. That’s why our great friend (and Musicnotes Signature Artist) Jonny May recorded a free piano lesson on blues basics, complete with FREE sheet music! First a little about May’s outstanding credentials. As a jazz, blues and ragtime aficionado, Jonny May has performed with YouTube sensation (and fellow Signature Artist) Postmodern Jukebox, played at Comedy Central and Universal Studios, and has accompanied such luminaries as Tony winner Lin Manuel Miranda and Grammy winner Lari White. Jonny
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Booking a gig

How to Book Your First Gig: 10 Dos and Don’ts

You’ve arranged/written the songs, practiced performing, and feel ready to share your musical brilliance with the world. But how exactly do you take the leap from creating for personal enjoyment to getting ready to book your first gig?  We lay out 10 dos and don’ts to help you book your first gig, with anecdotal support provided by a few of our Musicnotes sheet music friends. Do: Record a demo You’ll want to have some demonstration of your talent to show booking agents/promoters. You don’t need to book studio time, at-home recording technology has improved so much in recent years that you can build a decent at-home studio with your computer, a mic
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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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