10 Telltale Signs You Might Be a Theatre Kid

Do you  break out in random song and dance? Do you have a kitten named Grizabella? Have you spent hours upon hours searching out the perfect audition piece? Did you previously fail to fit our Band Geek, Orch Dork or Choir Nerd lists? Well, my musical friend, you might just be a Theatre Kid. There are more than a couple former Theatre Kids working at Musicnotes headquarters, and we’re always on the lookout for the next great Broadway, West End, Off-Broadway (or even Off-Off-Broadway) show to offer sheet music for. Take a look at some of our unmistakable Theatre Kid signs below, and offer your own Theatre Kid traits in
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Skill Building

The Best Sheet Music Selections for Developing Your Musical Skills

Are you looking to improve your finger dexterity or wrist flexibility? Do you want to increase sight reading speed and accuracy? Maybe you’re working on an overall mastery of scales, syncopation or repeated notes. No matter what musical skills you’re trying to advance, Musicnotes has a wide array of downloadable sheet music to foster and support your growth as a musician. We’ve chosen 8 works well-known for their skill-building and technique-advancing benefits. Take a look at our list below, and suggest any must-play pieces you have in your own musical skills portfolio. Skill-Building Sheet Music for Piano “Hanon’s The Virtoso Pianist“    Charles-Louis Hanon’s “The Virtuoso Pianist” is a staple
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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 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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Deconstructing Electronic Dance Music: Our Top 10 Stripped-Down EDM Covers

Today we’re talking about EDM (Electronic Dance Music). Maybe you’re already aware of the latest buzzed-about genre, which uses electronic soundscapes to create the anthems that dominate the radio airwaves, nightclubs and endless energy drink adverts. EDM is super-accessible, popular and not without its critics who argue there’s limited song-craft, little soul, and diminished musicality. From synth-pop to disco, electronic-inspired songs have been around for more than three decades, so with that in mind we’ve decided to put the latest pop EDM tracks to the test by stripping them back to their purest musical form, and the results might surprise you. Click on a title below to see official sheet
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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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New Pop Choral Sheet Music from Faber Music (UK) Now at Musicnotes

by Jonathan Miller, Director of Choral Catalog We heard what you want. While you’re browsing the titles below, take advantage of full-page preview of every choral score in the Musicnotes catalog! Faber Music, a British firm based in London, is one of the world’s leading sheet-music publishers. They excel in both classical and popular music. Through our strong relationship with Faber, Musicnotes is now able to bring you some of the finest choral settings of popular music by artists such as Queen, ABBA, The Rolling Stones, and Bruno Mars, as well as hits from the musicals Chicago and Grease. Browse any of these titles or artists at the Musicnotes choral
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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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