Music Theory Quiz Challenge: Think Can You Get All 20 Correct?

Calling all musical brainiacs! We’ve consulted with our fellow music theory geeks to bring you one of the most difficult music theory quizzes around. From notation’s most trying nuances to ultra-tricky time and key signatures, only the most deft music theory students will get an A+ on this quiz. So buckle in and prepare to test your music theory expertise!   Be sure to share your score and challenge your fellow musical friends on Facebook/Twitter. Want to put some of your knowledge into practice? Find particularly challenging sheet music in these former Musicnotes Blog  posts Three Piano Songs that are Nearly Impossible to Play Test Your Technique with Challenging Guitar Tab Selections The
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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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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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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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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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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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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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