Ask a Music Publisher

What YOU Should Know About Music Publishing, with Sean Flahaven of Warner/Chappell Music

Downloading sheet music to play instantly is easy as can be, right? Did you know that before a song makes its way to the huge Musicnotes.com catalogue, joining more than 300,000 other instantly available works, it first takes a journey through a legal process, a proofing process and a technological process? Today, we’re going to focus on the legal part of sheet music publishing with our first-ever Ask a Music Publisher post, with guest expert Sean Flahaven of Warner/Chappell Music. In addition to writing and performing music, there are so many other musical fields that allow you and I to enjoy playing the songs we love. In the most simplistic
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10 Signs Your Bandmate Might be Crushing on You

Cupid’s arrow can strike anywhere, even in the rehearsal room. Have you noticed a little extra attention being thrown your way by a fellow bandmate? Do you think he or she might be interested in harmonizing outside of the band room? Check out our top 10 signs your bandmate has a crush on you below! #10 Your brass-playing beau or boo may also turn down the ick-factor by using the far more charming term ‘water key.’ #9 You’ve most likely built up your tubaist muscles already, why not give someone else the opportunity? #8 If your crush-er is a timpanist, that ‘glance’ might be more of an extended gaaaaaze. #7 Not familiar
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Learn The Many Ways That Music Benefits Your Mind – Fun Animated Infographic

As musicians, we appreciate a vast array of music benefits that come from playing and practicing. For some of us, music helps to relax us. For others, it helps to pep us up! Sitting down at the piano or picking up our violin can offer a fun diversion, or it can challenge you in unique ways. Aside from the general pleasure we get out of practicing and performing, learning and playing music has proven benefits when it comes to mental, cognitive and emotional health as well. For example, did you know that playing music increases memory, coordination, and can actually alter your brain’s structure? School students who study music are
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PDF Importer

Now Import ANY Sheet Music PDFs Into the Musicnotes Player App for iPads and iPhones

By popular demand, we’ve added one of the most sought after app features to our iOS Musicnotes Player app, and it’s FREE for everyone to use! Now you can import all of your own sheet music PDFs into the Musicnotes Player to have your entire sheet music library on-hand anywhere the music takes you. Organize your entire Musicnotes.com and imported PDF sheet music libraries into folders and set lists, markup your digital sheet music and PDFs using pen, highlighting and text tools, and view your sheet music on any iOS device with the Musicnotes Player app installed. As always, enjoy a fully interactive sheet music experience with all of your
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Books

By Song and By Book, Our 10 Favorite Lit-Inspired Musical Arrangements

The great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius wrote “music begins where the possibilities of language end.” As proud music nerds and book nerds,  we’re often reminded of how literature has served as an inspirational source for composers and songwriters throughout history. In celebration of National Library Week, we’re exploring the rich relationship between music and the written word with our top arrangements of downloadable sheet music inspired by literature and books. A prized book and a great song often incorporate many of the same storytelling elements: a compelling plot, an intentional cadence, and an emotional resolution. Paperback writers and piano men alike use universal human conditions to pull at our heartstrings and
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Spring Break

Spring Breakout Something New to Play: Hamilton Sheet Music, Lost Boy Piano/Vocal and More!

A new season means it’s time for new sheet music! Now that spring has officially sprung for us in the Northern Hemisphere, we’re on the hunt for fresh new music to grace our music stands.  Luckily this season is already rich with new digital sheet music releases, including the much-awaited official Hamilton sheet music, Ruth B’s YouTube original “Lost Boy,” and a trove of new pre-summer pop by Ariana Grande, Meghan Trainor, Sabrina Carpenter and more. First on our must-play list is Broadway mega-hit Hamilton sheet music, which, in case you’ve been completely cut off for the past year, features hip-hop / R&B / pop earworms that are adored by history
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What It’s Like to Audition for The Voice + Recommended Vocal Audition Sheet Music

“For me, it was just something fun,” said Chuck P. of his decision to audition for The Voice a couple of weeks ago. A vocalist/keyboardist in a very popular local cover band by night and Musicnotes’ go-to guy by day, our ‘Chuck-of-all-trades’ sat down to share his experience auditioning for The Voice, and offer his suggestions regarding which supplies to bring, how to prepare and what to expect when getting ready for your own talent show vocal audition. When Chuck heard that The Voice was holding first-round auditions in Chicago, just a short drive from Musicnotes headquarters in Madison, Wis., he figured he’d fill out an application and make a
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Come Again? 10 More Hilariously Misheard Lyrics. Win a $10 Gift Card!

We’re sorry, this contest has ended and the winner has been notified. Thanks for sharing your hilarious entries! We’re back for another round of “what’s that lyric?” where we share what songs we’ve flubbed the words to lately. Misheard lyrics often have hilarious results. Whether singing in the shower, holding a carpool karaoke session or showing off your vocal chops among  friends, we all can relate to that moment when you’re not 100% certain that what you’ve sung is accurate. These are just a few of our favorite recently misheard lyrics, as witnessed by Musicnotes employees and friends. Never ones to take ourselves too seriously, we’re offering these mondegreens (the official 
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Scholarship Opp from the National Music Council and Music Publishers Association

Calling all music-loving students! Can you creatively tell our friends at the Music Publishers Association why copyright is important? If so, you could win up to $5,000!* The National Music Council and the Music Publishers Association are looking for students to creatively present their viewpoints, in video format, on ‘The Importance of Intellectual Property and Copyright Law.’ Submissions are due by the end of May, and the top prize is $5,000. Here are some questions you might want to think about when making your submission: Who does copyright protect? Why is it important to protect intellectual property? What would the world be like if there were no protections for intellectual
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February’s Free Sheet Music is Good, Old-Fashioned Fun!

We are feeling particularly inspired, and hoping that you’d find musical inspiration this month, too. So, we put together a fun little video to highlight how awesomely convenient it is to have a world of sheet music available right at your fingertips! There’s no reason to NOT to be inspired to play something new to play right now. We’re even offering a FREE sheet music download of your choice for the month of February.* Choose from more than 7,000 qualifying arrangements covering all instruments and skill levels. Then, be sure to follow our protagonist John’s lead, and download our FREE mobile and desktop apps to have your music on hand
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