10 Telltale Signs You Might Be an Orch Dork

A few weeks ago, we filled you in with ten signs you might be a Band Geek … but as we all know, musicians come in many breeds. One of these breeds, most easily spotted by the “Yo-Yo Ma Rocks!” t-shirt, is what we lovingly refer to here as the “Orch Dork.” Of course, there are many other signs that you might be an orch dork, and we’ve put together a list of ten of them – you know, to aid in your identification skills. Read on for our “Top 10 Signs You Might be an Orch Dork” and enter to win your very own Musicnotes-exclusive “Orch Dork” T-Shirt (P.S.
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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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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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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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A Day in the Life: Meet Musicnotes’ Customer Support Specialists

Have you ever wondered who’s answering your questions via email, live chat or over the phone? We asked our Customer Support Director Anna Fischer to share a behind-the-scenes look into the inner workings of Musicnotes Customer Support (we refer to our Specialists as ‘Superstars’ here at the office). Anna graciously agreed to take time out of her oh-so-busy holiday-season schedule and give us a look into a day in the life of your very own Musicnotes Superstars. As we head into the holiday (read: busy) season, we want to take the time to share a little more about the talented team of people who field your calls, emails and chat
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Counting musical notes

How to Count Music: Be Rhythm Ready with These Basic Tips

Are you a budding musician just starting to learn to read music? Maybe you have plenty of experience playing interpretively, but want to get a better handle on musical technique and hone your timing and synchronization. Either way, learning to properly count music is a skill that you’ll find helpful throughout your musical journey, not to mention absolutely essential if you’re planning to play with other people. The first thing you’ll need to learn in order to keep time is your basic note values. We explored note values in our “How to Read Sheet Music” blog post a while back. You can familiarize yourself with note values, as well as
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Let It Go and Let It Be

Should We Let It Be or Let It Go?

Years before millions of Elsas-in-training were belting out “Let It Go,” Paul, George, Ringo and John were imploring us to ease up and “Let It Be.” Both songs have seen cross-genre success, dozens of notable artists have clamored to cover each, and the duo of “Let It” tunes appears on the Musicnotes all-time bestsellers list. We thought it’d be fun to dig a little deeper into each of these momentous anthems. There’s no doubt in our minds that each holds a very special place in musical history, and that they both are as fun and beautiful to play as they are to listen to. Authorship It’s been noted that both
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