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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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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Best Holiday Commercial Music from 2016

‘Twer the weeks before Christmas and all though the air, adverts were clamoring for increased market share. A new electronic here, a big red bow there, truly moving displays of affection were rare. But what to our cynical hearts did we see? A bouncing boxer,  not-so-scary monster and thoughtful giving, set to Einaudi. For wonderful music transcends selling and branding, to help fill us all with love, joy and understanding. Take a look at a few of the holiday commercials of 2016 whose message and music melted our cold little hearts. Amazon’s ‘Two Old Friends’ Featured music is “I Giorni” by Ludovico Einaudi  PLAY IT NOW > Heathrow Airport’s ‘Coming
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Q&A with Inspired, Dynamic Composer/Pianist Helen Jane Long

While you may not immediately recognize Helen Jane Long‘s name, chances are you’ve heard her inventive, versatile compositions for television and movie scores (including programs on BBC and Discovery Channel), her commercial work for brands like British Airways and Volkswagen, or you may be one of the scores of contemporary-classical music fans who’ve discovered Long’s stunning original compositions from her bestselling solo albums. Long just released her fourth original solo album, ‘Identity,’ earlier this year, and is currently on tour with her string section, The London Players. Upcoming dates include engagements in Chicago on November 4th and at the San Francisco Herbst Theatre on November 16th. (Hurry! A limited number
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Three Piano Songs That Are Nearly Impossible to Play

The question of “What piano songs are the most difficult to play?” has inspired friendly arguments among music lovers, likely for as long as piano songs have been composed. The issue of what, exactly, makes a piece of music “difficult” to play is difficult to define. For example, a song which is ten hours in length is going to be “difficult” regardless of the complexity of the song itself. Then there is the question of entertainment value. If a song is not pleasant to hear, then pianists will have little interest in playing it simply to take on the challenge. Therefore, the only true way to determine which piano songs
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Musicnotes Song Spotlight

Introducing Musicnotes Song Spotlight: Musical Inspiration, Delivered On-Demand

While almost everyone can appreciate music in its completed form, we musicians respect and honor all the individual components that go into creating the art of music. From scores and arrangements to lyrics to performances, we know that a song isn’t only about the finished product, but that the some of its parts create an invaluable experience that has the ability to uplift, encourage, move and inspire. This is why we’re so proud to announce our NEW Song Spotlight video series. Musicnotes Song Spotlight videos were created to provide music lovers an inspiring, personalized ‘behind the curtain’ look at the art of writing music, speaking to the writing process and
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The History of Sheet Music

Take a Quick Trip Through The History of Sheet Music – A Fun Infographic

Just like any language, musical notation has evolved over time. The stave, clefs, notes, accidentals, dynamics and other building blocks that we today recognize as notation didn’t always exist. Similarly, it wasn’t always as easy as downloading the sheet music you want in the key you need from anywhere. (Yes, those were dark times, indeed.) From stone to sheets to iPads, the portability of sheet music certainly has improved in the past 5000 years or so. Take a look at other ways notation, sheet music and sheet music publishing have advanced from ancient Mesopotamian beginnings to today. Click here for a printable PDF version. Click here to view the infographic
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Contrafactum: What’s That?

A lesser-known musical term, contrafactum, refers to a song in which the melody is similar or even identical to another song yet contains different lyrics. One of the most popular examples of contrafacta are “What Child is This” and “Greensleeves.” While the lyrics convey very different meanings, the melody remains the same for both. There are several reasons for why a composer would choose to repeat one melody across two different pieces. Often times, the composer has chosen to reuse the melody from another piece because it brings together the beginning and end of a show. For example, “Come to Me,” also known as “Fantine’s Death,” is sung in the first
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Choosing the Perfect Audition Piece for You

Tips on how to do well at an audition are more or less universal, but the perfect audition piece is not. (Check out our Updated: 40+ Songs for Stage and Show Auditions blog post.) Each individual musician is different just as every performance of a piece varies ever so slightly from the one previous. There is no “one-size-fits-all” audition piece. Not saying it wouldn’t be nice, but it just doesn’t exist. There isn’t a perfected audition piece that will work for everyone the same. There is, however, a uniquely perfect audition piece for you. Musicnotes.com is here to help guide you through three basic steps to take when selecting the
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Q&A with Song Spotlight Performer, Lauren Daigle!

In October we traveled to Ocean Way Studios in Nashville to record CCM pop/rock sensation, Lauren Daigle for our Song Spotlight series. Watch her performance of “Trust in You” and read the Q&A below for even more musical inspiration. Lauren Daigle graciously took time out of her whirlwind schedule and musical appearances to answer a few of Musicnotes’ most pressing questions, including what inspires her as a writer, how she feels about others playing her songs and her performance tips. Take a read below! Musicnotes: You’ve said your dream is to write music that helps and inspires people. Where do you pull that inspiration from?  Lauren Daigle: The inspiration behind this album came from new seasons of
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