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Fun Easter Sheet Music for Kids and Novice Pianists (Beginner Notes)

This Easter, if you’re looking for a fun way to spend time together the little ones, make your piano the centerpiece of your get-together. With our Beginner Notes arrangements, we’ve made playing songs so easy, anyone can do it – with no musical training required! Beginner Notes are sheet music arrangements for beginning musicians, featuring large notes with the letter of the note name indicated in the note head. They are designed to make it easy for anyone to learn to play a song. We even have a free piano guide you can download to make following the notes as easy as a matching game! Once you’ve printed out your
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A Fool’s Playlist: Songs to Get You Through April Fools’ Day

Every April 1st people around the globe become a little more cautious of their surroundings, a little more hesitant to accept “gifts,” and a little extra mischievous.  Whether they are planning an elaborate hoax on co-workers, tricking their classmates, or trying to have some good-humored fun with their loved ones, no one wants to end up an “April Fool” on April Fools’ Day. We could have “Rick Rolled” the whole list as our joke on you (and we thought about it!) but instead we decided to give you a list of some of our favorite “Fool” themed tunes.  Whether you use them to provide inspiration for your joke planning, or
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10 Telltale Signs You Might Be a Choir Nerd

So you’ve failed the tests of signs you might be a Band Geek or an Orch Dork … but just because you spend all your time in the music room doesn’t mean you can’t put a label on yourself. If your practice time is spent with nothing but you, your friends, and a bunch of vocal chord stretching exercises … you just might be a Choir Nerd. But find out for yourself with our handy set of tests. Read on for our “Top 10 Signs You Might be a Choir Nerd” and enter to win your very own Musicnotes-exclusive “Choir Nerd” T-Shirt (P.S. we also have coffee mugs). Sign #10
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10 Telltale Signs You Might Be an Orch Dork

A few weeks ago, we filled you in with ten signs you might be a Band Geek … but as we all know, musicians come in many breeds. One of these breeds, most easily spotted by the “Yo-Yo Ma Rocks!” t-shirt, is what we lovingly refer to here as the “Orch Dork.” Of course, there are many other signs that you might be an orch dork, and we’ve put together a list of ten of them – you know, to aid in your identification skills. Read on for our “Top 10 Signs You Might be an Orch Dork” and enter to win your very own Musicnotes-exclusive “Orch Dork” T-Shirt (P.S.
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13 Anti-Love Songs for the Anti-Valentine

Walk down any store aisle the first few weeks of February and you’re bound to be inundated with an array of balloons, flowers, pink and red hearts, cards, teddy bears and just about every other super-sweet-lovey-dovey thing you can think of. It’s enough to make people who aren’t feeling the love this time of year want to go into an all black room, crawl under a blanket and hibernate for the next 30 years. But , there is a way to fight back – and it’s with music! Yes, there are more love songs out there than you could ever count … and there are just as many songs about
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Melodic Spooks and Spells: Solo Piano Halloween Sheet Music

The cobwebs are all up, the jack-lanterns are lit and the spooky snacks are all set out for your guests… but still, the atmosphere for your Halloween party isn’t quite right. Yes, you’re missing the mood music – and, of course, there’s no better music than live music. The problem is, with the guests on their way, you don’t have time to figure out what to play … While Musicnotes has a great selection of Halloween Sheet Music for all instruments, in a social setting your best instrument will be the piano – so we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite spooky piano solos, perfect for your
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New Feature: Browse All Arrangements of a Song

As a musician, you know not every arrangement is the right one for your particular needs. Perhaps you need a song arranged for a particular instrument, as performed by a certain artist, or in a specific notation like tab or leadsheet format, etc. With all these different possible iterations of a song, finding the right one in our search results can be a rather involved task. Sure, the categories on the left side of search results are useful for helping to narrow things down, as are the descriptions in the search results and the instant previews of the sheet music, but even then it can be difficult to find the
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News: Sheet Music Download Sales Increase 25% at In 2010

MADISON, WI – January 18, 2011 –, the leading digital sheet music retailer and publisher, announced today sales of digital sheet music at its online store grew 25% in 2010, accelerating from the 21% growth recorded in 2009 and exceeding $10 million in yearly sales for the first time. “Musicnotes added great content in 2010 – both new song releases as well as back catalog – and made marked improvements to the customer shopping experience, resulting in a solid increase in our conversion rate,” stated Musicnotes Chairman, Tim Reiland. “We are expecting further conversion gains in 2011 as we introduce significant site enhancements currently in development.” Other important developments
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A Revolution in Sheet Music: The New iPad App

MADISON, WI – October 6, 2010 –, the leading digital sheet music retailer and publisher, announced today a new release of its free iPad app, designed to allow musicians to import, manage and interact with their digital sheet music library on the popular mobile device. The app provides’s customers the ability to interact with their sheet music on their iPad by synchronizing it with their existing account. Once songs are downloaded to the iPad, they are stored locally on the device, allowing musicians to play their sheet music even if they are unable to access the Internet. Features in this release include: The ability to instantly
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Join Us for 2010 Musicnotes Rock for the Cure

Musicnotes is joining forces with the Susan G. Komen Women Rock for the Cure organization again this year to promote breast cancer awareness especially early diagnosis and treatment. There are many great things happening during this year’s awareness month of October including free mammograms so please visit if you’d like to get more involved. Musicnotes is participating by hosting a show featuring Musicnotes-related bands on the day of the city-wide Women Rock for the Cure event on October 15th. We’d love it if you could join us! Here are the details: Musicnotes Rock for the Cure Event Friday October 15th 8:30 to midnight Hemingway Lounge 2960 Cahill Main, Fitchburg,
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What Has Been Working On For You

If you’ve been a customer of for some time now, you’re probably aware that we’re continually making changes to improve your shopping experience when you order songbooks or download sheet music.  Over the last few months we’ve made quite a bit of changes to the site that we feel you’ll be really interested to learn about. Many of these changes came as a result of a survey thousands of you filled out to share your thoughts about our business. Easier Ways to Shop One of the biggest changes we’ve put in place over the last few months is something geared toward our new customers. When you browse our site,
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Love Irish Music? Suggest a Long Lost Song

We’re sorry, this contest has expired. is proud to announce we have a brand new contest for the month of February. In celebration of the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day celebration, we’re on the hunt for long lost Irish songs and we need your help. Simply suggest an Irish song that we do not have digital sheet music for on in the comments below. If we add sheet music for your song by St. Patrick’s Day, you’ll win a twenty-five dollar gift certificate to our online store! You can use the gift certificate to purchase anything you need including: Irish sheet music, Guitar Guru Sessions, movie sheet music and
Continue reading… Revenue Growth Exceeds 20% Going into Holiday Sales Season

MADISON, WI – November 17, 2009 –, the leading digital sheet music retailer and publisher, announced today it is seeing better than 20% sales growth year-over-year as the holiday sales season begins. The site, which recently sold its six millionth download, is approaching 200,000 paid downloads per month and is receiving 120,000 visitors to the site daily.  A meaningful percentage of this growth in sales and traffic is due to Musicnotes’ international business, which now accounts for more than 20% of sales and is growing at a faster rate than overall business. As a result of the continually growing sales, Musicnotes is also approaching $15 million in total royalties
Continue reading… Launches Guitar Guru 3 with $10,000 Give-a-way in Guitar Guru Sessions

Madison, WI – September 2, 2009 – Musicnotes, Inc., the market leader in downloadable sheet music, announced today it recently launched Guitar Guru 3, the latest major upgrade to Musicnotes’ popular Guitar Guru software platform. To celebrate this release, is giving away $10,000 in Guitar Guru Sessions starting Thursday, September 3rd 2009 at 3:00 p.m. CDT. Guitar Guru provides an enhanced interface to help guitarists and bass guitarists learn to play their favorite songs through downloadable Guitar Guru Sessions. Currently, the ever-growing catalog features over 1,500 songs including artists such as Metallica, Jason Mraz, Green Day, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Muse, Ozzy Osbourne and more! Some of the new
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Alfred Music Publishing and Partner to Honor Les Paul’s Memory with a Free Guitar Lesson Download of “Over the Rainbow” has partnered with Alfred Music Publishing to offer music lovers everywhere a free Guitar Guru Session and guitar tab download of “Over the Rainbow” to honor Les Paul‘s memory. Now through midnight on September 2, 2009, visitors to can download a free, interactive Guitar Lesson (including matching guitar tab that’s worth $7.95) for “Over the Rainbow.” This particular arrangement was arranged by Grammy award-winning artist Aaron Stang, from Alfred Music Publishing to match the performance recorded by Les Paul and Chet Atkins and featured on the album, ‘Masters of the Guitar – Together.’ “Les Paul closed every show at the legendary jazz club Iridium in New York City
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Musicnotes and Tunecore Team Up to Offer Artist Sheet Music

TuneCore has teamed up with to provide yet another way for musicians to make money off their fame. Kicking off in May 2009, any TuneCore Artist selling over 25,000 songs within 90 days can have at least one of their songs professionally scored, translated to sheet music and made available for sale via paid download at, earning money from each sale. has sold over five million sheet music downloads since its inception in 2000 at an average price of $4.95. This relationship further democratizes the industry by providing, for the first time in the history of the music and publishing industry, a unique opportunity for artists based
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Susan Boyle Phenomenon Resonates in Sheet Music

Madison, WI – April 20, 2009 – Musicnotes, Inc., the market leader in downloadable sheet music, announced today that Susan Boyle, the singer who stunned viewers the world over with her performance of “I Dreamed a Dream” on the ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ TV show, has influenced sales of sheet music as well. “We have never encountered anything like this in the history of Musicnotes,” indicated Marketing Director, Bill Aicher. “This one song is even outselling songs from the hit movies ‘Twilight’ and ‘Hannah Montana: the Movie.’” Sheet music sales for “I Dreamed a Dream” have surpassed sales for the Miley Cyrus song “The Climb” from ‘Hannah Montana: The Movie.’ In
Continue reading… Sells Five-Millionth Download; Growth Continues In 2009

Madison, WI – March 12, 2009 – Musicnotes, Inc., the market leader in downloadable sheet music, announced today that it recently sold its five-millionth download since the site first launched (1999). The five-millionth download was a Guitar Guru Session of Don McClean’s “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night),” and was sold to a customer in Germany. Musicnotes also announced today its sales growth continues in 2009.  “We have seen some moderation in our rate of growth as the recession has deepened,” indicated Chairman and CFO Tim Reiland, “however our current growth rate remains strong at 20 percent year-over-year.” One area where growth has actually accelerated for Musicnotes is its Guitar Guru product
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Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” Wins Song of the Year Award

Madison, WI – February 24, 2009 – Musicnotes, Inc., the market leader in downloadable sheet music, announced today that songwriter Leonard Cohen, and music publisher Sony/ATV Music Publishing, are the recipients of the seventh annual Musicnotes Song of the Year Award for the song, “Hallelujah.” The Musicnotes Song of the Year Award is presented each year to the songwriter and publisher of the best-selling sheet music for a song made popular in the previous calendar year. In 2008, that song was “Hallelujah.” “Hallelujah” has an interesting song history, as the song was originally released in 1984 by Leonard Cohen. In 2008, the song had a dramatic resurgence in popularity for
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2008: Highlights from

Whew! We’re already a few weeks into 2009, and it’s only just now starting to sink in.  2008 was a tremendous year for us at Musicnotes and, as usual, the holiday season was extraordinarily hectic (in that good kind of way, though).  Now that I’ve had a chance to finally take a step back and catch my breath, I’ve also had a chance to take a good, long look at everything that happened in 2008 – and there was a lot.  So much so, that there’s no way I could do everything justice.  There were quite a few highlights though, and if you haven’t been keeping a close eye on
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Announcing November YouPerform Contest WINNER!

As you might already be aware, November was the second month for our YouPerform Contest, where five performers submitted videos based on our “Free Sheet Music Download of the Month” for November. We encouraged you, our customers, to upload your performance of November’s free download, “A Christmas Medley,” for your peers and music fans to vote on for a chance to win a $100 Musicnotes Gift Card. Today we are proud to announce the winner of the $100 Musicnotes Gift Card is Weena. Watch for an upcoming post about this award-winning piano player. As stated, this decision was made by all of you who have come to the site,
Continue reading… Earns Spot on Hot 100 Internet Retailer List for 2009

Madison, WI – December 17, 2008 – Musicnotes, Inc., the market leader in downloadable sheet music and guitar tablature, announced today that Internet Retailer has named as a Hot 100 Internet Retail Web Site for 2009. The Hot 100 list for 2009 is the 10th annual recognition of e-commerce leaders chosen by Internet Retailer. Other retailers selected include: iTunes,, and According to the December 2008 issue of Internet Retailer, was selected because of its continual enhancement to its customers’ ability to buy and interact with sheet music. Traffic to currently exceeds 120,000 visitors per day and sales of downloadable sheet music continue to grow
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Announcing October YouPerform CONTEST WINNER!

This past October we tried something new here on our YouPerform Contest, designed to An extension of our popular “Free Sheet Music Download of the Month,” we encouraged you, our customers, to upload your performance of October’s free download, “In the Hall of the Mountain King,” for your peers to vote on for a chance to win a $100 Musicnotes Gift Card. Today we are proud to announce the winner of the $100 Musicnotes Gift Card is Daniel (Musicnotes user, mallenor2007. Watch for an upcoming post about this award-winning piano player. As stated, this decision was made by all of you who have come to the site, viewed the
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