Learn how to read leadsheets

Learn How to Read Lead Sheets: The Theory Behind Music’s Most Versatile Pages

If you’ve searched through the Musicnotes.com catalog, you may have noticed pieces scored as “leadsheets.” If you’ve looked at a lead sheet, you may have asked yourself “Where are all the notes!?”  A lead sheet is a type of sheet music arrangement used by many instrumentalists, bands, and even vocalists. They may only be a page or two, but their uses are many! In this blog, we’ll go over some of the advantages of using lead sheets versus traditional piano/vocal/guitar arrangements, discuss what other useful information a lead sheet provides and find out how using a bit of music theory can open up new doors for our playing.  So, what’s
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More Musical Jokes: 12 Laugh-Worthy Quips

If laughter is the best medicine and music is the aspirin of the soul, then these 12 MORE musical jokes should be enough to cure whatever ails you. If they’re not quite enough, check out our first joke post and keep the musical funnies rolling right along. From totally laughable, to downright groan-worthy, take a look at our latest favorite musical jokes recently overheard around Musicnotes headquarters. Fair warning: easily offended vocalists, violists or percussionists may want to skip the last three. 1. Q: What do you get when you drop a piano down a mine shaft? A: A flat Minor. 2. Q: What do you get when you put
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Mikey Wax

Q&A with Singer, Songwriter, and Refreshing ‘Pop’timist Mikey Wax

Music is many things to many people. A single song can turn a gloomy day brighter, which is why we sometimes refer to positive, inspiring artists like Mikey Wax as ‘pop’-timists. Just try to listen to and/or play his latest hit, “You Lift Me Up,” without feeling… uplifted. We had the opportunity to ask the pop and social media star a few questions about how he approaches songwriting, his live performance and professional tips and his run-in with a certain cheese-state MVP (we are headquartered in Wisconsin, after all). As you could venture to guess, Mikey was gracious enough to share his insights & experience. And so, without further delay,
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How to Read Guitar Tab

How to Play Guitar Tabs: Learn to Read Tab Notation & Play Your Favorite Songs!

Have you always wanted to play guitar, but are unsure about where to start? Guitar tabs offer beginning and experienced musicians alike a quick guide to playing their favorite songs. In this article we’ll explain the basics of how to play guitar tabs, give pointers on reading tab notation, and get you started on the right note with a FREE song and symbol guide! What is Tab? Tablature (or tab) is a type of sheet music scoring specifically designed to help guitarists and bassists quickly learn how to play their favorite songs. In addition to helping the reader associate fret positions with the notes on the staff, tablature also provides
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Songs of Summer

Songs of Summer: Top 10 Cool Sheet Music Picks for Hot Days

“Big cheers and cold beers, we’re in the clear because summer’s here.” While those words could easily come from a pop-country song they’ve got us thinking about one thing and one thing only, that’s right, you guessed it: Summer! Finally, it’s that time of year – for those of us north of the Equator, where we prepare ourselves to the let the latest summer jam become a constant earworm. What will be 2015’s summer ear worm of choice? We’ll let the airwaves, your subconscious and the endless array of YouTube covers decide, and come August we’ll all have ourselves a deserving winner. However, August is a while away and we
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Like This? Play That! Discover Popular New (To You) Sheet Music

Are you lovin’ John Legend? Head-over-heels for Hozier? Dedicated to One Direction? Find something new to listen to and play with the help of your friends at Musicnotes. We’re recommending new-to-you titles based on today’s most popular sheet music artists. Browse popular artists below, and see our suggestions for lesser-known sheet music of similar styles, subjects and sounds. We’ve also created  handy YouTube and Spotify playlists of all the popular sheet music titles and recommended new selections. Who knows? You might just discover your next favorite song. If you like John Legend… If John Legend has been dominating your piano and iPod, try “I Need a Dollar” by Aloe Blacc.
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Our Favorite Music Fashions from Around the Web

They say a smile is the best accessory, and we think a song comes in at a close second. Alas, one cannot dress in a smile and song alone. Thankfully there’s a plethora of music fashions available right at our fingertips. We’ve scoured the web to curate an array of musical wearables, covering your head, shoulders, knees and toes. Take a look at our fashionable finds, which we think also would make great gifts for Mother’s Day or graduation. (PS: find the best selection of instantly downloadable Mother’s Day and graduation sheet music at Musicnotes.com now!) Eighth Note Ring Married to music? “Put a ring on it” with this delicately
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Hitting the Wall

Tips to Bust Through Progress Walls and Practice Plateaus

We’ve all been there, the dreaded proverbial “wall.” It’s most commonly identified as a point in which, no matter how much you practice, you don’t feel that you’re advancing as a musician. These practice plateaus can (at best) be incredibly frustrating, and (at worst) cause you to believe you’ve reached your full potential and give up hopes of further improvement. Novelist David Foster Wallace wrote that the path to genuine mastery of any craft is “slow, frustrating. Humbling. A question of less talent than temperament.” If you look at your own path of musical improvement, it’s most likely not a straight inclining line but rather a series of peaks, small
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Player Piano BTS 3

Q&A with Performance MVPs (Musical Visual Phenoms) Player Piano

What do you get when you cross a world-renowned concert pianist/composer with an accomplished television and social media director/producer, and then throw in elaborate costumes, embellished pianos and dreamy backdrops for good measure? It’s the dramatically intriguing, musically electrifying Player Piano. Before introducing you to the dynamic duo behind YouTube sensation Player Piano, we’ll let you experience their exciting music and imagery for yourself with their latest “Doctor Who Theme” project, in which virtuosic pianist Sonya Belousova performs her mesmerizing arrangement (available at Musicnotes now) complete with the TARDIS and 12 costume changes. In addition to “Doctor Who,” director Tom Grey and composer/pianist Sonya Belousova have transformed video game classics,
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Easter Sheet Music

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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