You Might Be a Band Geek If...

10 Telltale Signs You Might Be a Band Geek

If you’re a band geek and you know it, raise your hand. It’s no secret that Musicnotes is home to more than a few band geeks. In fact, you can frequently catch us proudly wearing our exclusively designed t-shirts and sipping from our mugs. (Psst… check out how to WIN your own band geek tee at the end of this post.) So, as any good band of musical geeks would do, your friends at Musicnotes compiled a list of signs that you, too, may very well be a fellow band geek. Sign #10 A neck strap can actually be considered one of the chicest band geek accessories. Sign #9 Why
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How to Buy a Piano: ‘Keys’ to Help You Choose the Right Instrument

Searching for the right piano can be one of the most exciting, inspiring times for a musician. After all, this instrument will be an extension of your creative expression, and you want to make sure it fits your purpose and needs perfectly. We’ve gathered our most helpful tips based on our experience selecting and buying both new and used instruments, and we’re excited to show off the latest addition to Musicnotes headquarters, our very own recently purchased restored Steinway. A piano is a major investment, and not one that you want to make without doing some research. By asking yourself a few simple questions ahead of time, you’ll have a
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Grammy Music

Your Ultimate Grammy Music Guide, WIN a $25 Gift Card!

There will be celebrities, there likely will be a wacky outfit or two, and there will most definitely be some unforgettable musical performances at this year’s Grammy Awards on Sunday night. While Monday’s water coolers will buzz with the first two topics on Monday morning, we’re here to talk about the latter. Check out our ultimate Grammy music guide below, complete with sheet music from all your favorite nominees, as well as performance predictions and a fun quiz about the Grammys (psst… you could WIN a $25 Musicnotes Gift Card)!  The Nominees Record of the Year (click title for sheet music) Fancy, Iggy Azalea feat. Charlie XCX Chandelier, Sia Stay
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Valentine's Day sheet music

Songs for Valentine’s Day 2015. See What Hits Made This Year’s Must-Play List!

Every February 14th sparkling rays shine down from parted cotton candy clouds and little balloon hearts appear above our heads, right? Hmm… maybe not. If you’re anything like us, Valentine’s Day can cause a bit of anxiety. Sometimes you fall short of ideas trying to make the holiday extra special for your special someone. Fear not, we’re here to help with the top 10 most romantic songs for Valentine’s Day 2015. These tunes are guaranteed to impress your sweetheart and make this Valentine’s Day one to remember. 1. Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran (See the Video) “And, darling, I will be loving you ’til we’re 70 And, baby, my
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How to choose a music teacher

How to Choose a Piano Teacher

The benefits of learning to play music are indisputable, and one of the most important aspects in creating an exciting, valuable music education experience for yourself or your child is knowing how to choose a piano teacher. Communication styles, learning methods and preferred genres are highly personal, meaning that it takes a little bit of background work to choose the best music teacher FOR YOU. Below we’ll go over our 5 helpful tips for choosing a piano teacher, which actually may applied to choosing any music instructor, and our top resources to turn to for additional help. By following these tips, you can be sure to choose a teacher who
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Best of 2014

What Sheet Music Topped Musicnotes Musicians’ Most-Played in 2014?

As we bid 2014 adieu, it’s fun to look back and summarize the year in sheet music. Each January, Musicnotes releases its list of the 100 best-selling pieces (out of the now nearly 300,000 arrangements) in its digital sheet music catalogue. Follow along with our top 100 sheet music arrangements here, and read ‘note’able highlights from this year’s list below. ‘Frozen’ freezes out competition 2014 will forever be known as the year of ‘Frozen’ sheet music. “Let It Go” shattered digital sheet music sales records, achieving 100,000 downloads in just eight months, a phenomenal feat to say the least. In fact, 10% of our entire 2014 top 100 list is
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What Sheet Music Should You Play?

What Sheet Music Should I Play Now?

Are you having a difficult time deciding what sheet music to play or sing next? We’re here to help with our top sheet music suggestions of the year. These songs may not have hit our bestsellers list, but their beautiful compositions make them our choices for some of the most sheet-music-friendly (known as ‘SMF’ here around Musicnotes headquarters) songs added to our catalogue in 2014. Click on the song title to preview and/or purchase the song’s officially licensed digital sheet music arrangements. And, if you’re still not sure what to play/sing, take our fun quiz to find which of the following pieces is best suited to you! 1. How Do
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New Years sheet music

Our Top 10 All-Time Favorite New Year’s Songs

There are certain songs this season that help us reminisce on the past, celebrate the present and look forward to the coming year. We’ve compiled our 10 favorite New Year’s songs whose sheet music will help ring in 2015 musically. 1. “What Are You doing New Year’s Eve?” by Frank Loesser A classic among New Year’s songs, “What Are You Doing…” was written by Frank Loesser, the songwriter behind Broadway’s ‘Guys and Dolls‘ and ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,’ in 1947. The song has since been covered by scores of artists, including Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler and even Idina Menzel on this year’s ‘Holiday Wishes’ album. 2.
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Alan Menken interview

Q & A with Legendary Composer of Film and Stage Alan Menken

Alan Menken is undoubtedly one of this generation’s most preeminent composers of film and stage. His work with Disney has helped defined the musical movie experience of countless young people, and his musical stage adaptations continue to innovate and leave audiences awe-struck, allowing us to fall in love all over again with songs like “A Whole New World,” “Part of Your World,” “Beauty and the Beast” and so many more. We were beyond honored to have the opportunity to ask Menken a few questions about his musical background, his process of adapting film music to the stage and just what it’s like to have Grammys, Oscars and Tonys solidifying a
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Ralph Peer Biography Contest

Music for the Masses. Win Your Ralph Peer Biography + A Musicnotes Gift Card!

Are you a fan of blues, folk, R&B, country or rock music? Chances are, you’re more familiar with the work of Ralph Peer than you might have known.  Barry Mazor’s new biography of the legendary music publisher and label A&R visionary takes a close look at just how influential and radically innovative Peer was, during a time in which music traditionally divided rather than united. Read a bit about Ralph Peer’s influence, and then enter for your chance to win your own copy of Mazor’s book, along with a $25 Gift Card, in the contest below! (Update: This contest has now closed. Congratulations to our winners, Jordana, Melissa and Joerg,
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