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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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Lauren Daigle

Q&A with GMA Dove Awards ‘New Artist of the Year,’ Lauren Daigle!

To say 2015 was a breakout year for CCM pop/rock sensation Lauren Daigle would be an understatement. Daigle’s debut full-length album, ‘How Can It Be,’ shot to #1 on the Christian album charts and #16 on Billboard’s top albums chart for all genres. Featuring the lead single by the same name, ‘How Can It Be,’ earned Daigle “Song of the Year” at the 2015 GMA Dove Awards, and Daigle was awarded “New Artist of the Year” that same night. 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
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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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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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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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Q&A With Lead Singer Chad Mattson of the Outspokenly Positive Band, Unspoken.

The chart-topping Christian band Unspoken is many things, but silent certainly isn’t one of them. The group, led by vocalist Chad Mattson, has a message, and they share that message loud and clear with songs focused on empowerment and gratitude. It’s that positive, uplifting message that has resonated with fans and earned Unspoken four straight top-five American Christian chart singles, “Who You Are,” “Start a Fire,” “Lift My Life Up” and “Good Fight.” Mattson was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule, which includes an upcoming Unspoken tour, to share a bit about his writing process, what it’s like collaborating with his bandmates, and how music can
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Jordan Feliz

Q&A With Christian Singer, Songwriter, and Purveyor of the Road-Less-Traveled, Jordan Feliz

One of the best parts of working at Musicnotes is that you get the opportunity to celebrate, appreciate and play an entire world’s worth of musical styles and genres. This is part of the reason we feel a kindred connection to singer/songwriter Jordan Feliz. Jordan Feliz’s single, “The River,” has quickly ascended the Christian music charts, and his debut album ‘Beloved,’ has garnered rave reviews from critics and fans alike. It’s hard to imagine that this soulful CCM breakout started his professional musical career as none other than a heavy rock vocalist for a band notably showcased via the punk-rock-focused Warped Tour. The journey from fronting the band A Current
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