Musicnotes.com Blog http://www.musicnotes.com/blog The official blog of Musicnotes.com Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:17:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 A Fool’s Playlist: Songs to Get You Through April Fools’ Day http://www.musicnotes.com/blog/2015/03/27/april-fools-day-playlist/ http://www.musicnotes.com/blog/2015/03/27/april-fools-day-playlist/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:23:44 +0000 http://www.musicnotes.com/blog/?p=8701 Every April 1st people around the globe become a little more cautious of their surroundings, a little more hesitant to accept “gifts,” and a little extra mischievous.  Whether they are planning an elaborate hoax on co-workers, tricking their classmates, or trying to have some good-humored fun with their loved ones, no one wants to end up an “April Fool” on April Fools’ Day. We could have “Rick Rolled” the whole list as our joke on you (and we thought about it!) but instead we decided to give you a list of some of our favorite “Fool” themed tunes.  Whether you use them to provide inspiration for your joke planning, or
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Every April 1st people around the globe become a little more cautious of their surroundings, a little more hesitant to accept “gifts,” and a little extra mischievous.  Whether they are planning an elaborate hoax on co-workers, tricking their classmates, or trying to have some good-humored fun with their loved ones, no one wants to end up an “April Fool” on April Fools’ Day.

We could have “Rick Rolled” the whole list as our joke on you (and we thought about it!) but instead we decided to give you a list of some of our favorite “Fool” themed tunes.  Whether you use them to provide inspiration for your joke planning, or to console yourself after you’ve been pranked, here’s a list of ten songs (plus a bonus *wink*) for your learning pleasure.  Don’t forget to leave comments below with other titles your fellow April Fools might enjoy!

The Who: “Won’t Get Fooled Again

The Who Won't Get Fooled Again Sheet Music

Ricky Nelson: “Poor Little Fool”

Ricky Nelson Poor Little Fool Sheet Music

Aretha Franklin: “Chain of Fools”

Aretha Franklin Chain of Fools Sheet Music

Soul Asylum: “April Fool”

Soul Asylum April Fool Sheet Music

Avril Lavigne: “Nobody’s Fool”

Avril Lavigne Nobody's Fool Sheet Music

The Main Ingredient: “Everybody Plays the Fool”

The Main Ingredient Everybody Plays the Fool Sheet Music

The Doobie Brothers: “What a Fool Believes”

The Doobie Brothers What a Fool Believes Sheet Music

The Beatles: “The Fool on the Hill”

The Beatles The Fool on the Hill Sheet Music

Fitz & The Tantrums: “Fool’s Gold”

Fitz & The Tantrums Fool's Gold Sheet Music

Dionne Warwick: “The April Fools”

Dionne Warwick The April Fools Sheet Music

Rick Astley: “Never Gonna Give You Up”

Rick Astley Never Gonna Give You Up Sheet Music

We just couldn’t resist.

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10 Telltale Signs You Might Be a Choir Nerd http://www.musicnotes.com/blog/2015/03/20/10-telltale-signs-you-might-be-a-choir-nerd/ http://www.musicnotes.com/blog/2015/03/20/10-telltale-signs-you-might-be-a-choir-nerd/#comments Fri, 20 Mar 2015 15:20:17 +0000 http://www.musicnotes.com/blog/?p=8685 So you’ve failed the tests of signs you might be a Band Geek or an Orch Dork … but just because you spend all your time in the music room doesn’t mean you can’t put a label on yourself. If your practice time is spent with nothing but you, your friends, and a bunch of vocal chord stretching exercises … you just might be a Choir Nerd. But find out for yourself with our handy set of tests. Read on for our “Top 10 Signs You Might be a Choir Nerd” and enter to win your very own Musicnotes-exclusive “Choir Nerd” T-Shirt (P.S. we also have coffee mugs). Sign #10
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So you’ve failed the tests of signs you might be a Band Geek or an Orch Dork … but just because you spend all your time in the music room doesn’t mean you can’t put a label on yourself. If your practice time is spent with nothing but you, your friends, and a bunch of vocal chord stretching exercises … you just might be a Choir Nerd. But find out for yourself with our handy set of tests. Read on for our “Top 10 Signs You Might be a Choir Nerd” and enter to win your very own Musicnotes-exclusive “Choir Nerd” T-Shirt (P.S. we also have coffee mugs).

Sign #10

… and ask if they can transpose the backing track down a step.

Sign #9

You also know all the words to “The Alto’s Lament.”

Sign #8

But you do wish sometime they’d let you take lead.

Sign #7

(And we really hope it features our Choir Nerd shirt).

Sign #6

You’ve said on many occasions, “Yeah it’s good, but have you heard the Pentatonix cover?”

Sign #5

Simon Cowell has nothing on you.

Sign #4

Because if not, why even bother breathing?

Sign #3

You’d make beautiful 2-part harmonies (if you know what I mean).

Sign #2

Definitely can’t gum up those vocal chords.

Sign #1

And you can’t wait to do it all over again.

 

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10 Telltale Signs You Might Be an Orch Dork http://www.musicnotes.com/blog/2015/03/13/10-telltale-signs-you-might-be-an-orch-dork/ http://www.musicnotes.com/blog/2015/03/13/10-telltale-signs-you-might-be-an-orch-dork/#comments Fri, 13 Mar 2015 16:03:32 +0000 http://www.musicnotes.com/blog/?p=8657 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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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. we also have coffee mugs).

Sign #10

Baroque comes before Classical, and not just because you’re alphabetizing.

Sign #9

… and you’re considering using it for your license plate.

Sign #8

Or, you shared this post with all your friends.

Sign #7

Ba-dump-bum-<COUGH>

Sign #6

People put on protective goggles when you turn on music.

Sign #5

Black is the new black, and will never be replaced.

Sign #4

You also have your own version of “who’s on first.”

Sign #3

Straighten up and play right.

Sign #2

Your parents think you may have a substance abuse problem.

Sign #1

You laughed ten times while reading this list.

 

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10 Telltale Signs You Might Be a Band Geek http://www.musicnotes.com/blog/2015/02/26/10-telltale-signs-might-band-geek/ http://www.musicnotes.com/blog/2015/02/26/10-telltale-signs-might-band-geek/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:00:33 +0000 http://www.musicnotes.com/blog/?p=8623 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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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

Band Geek

A neck strap can actually be considered one of the chicest band geek accessories.

Sign #9

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Why do they make cork grease smell like mint anyway?

Sign #8

Band Geek signs

Hey, the spit has got to go somewhere!

Sign #7

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Every day is a holiday and every hallway/sidewalk is your own personal parade.

Sign #6

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Just thinking about it makes us cringe a little bit.

Sign #5

Band Geek

If you don’t agree, we’re going to have ‘A major’ problem. Ba dum tss.

Sign #4

Band Geek signs

That moment when you ask yourself, “can I or can’t I still play with this?” Reeds are expensive.

Sign #3

Band Geek signs

Marching band pride FOREVER!

Sign #2

Band Geek signs

Doris Wrigley Bellbottom? Saxy G. Funktastic? Dr. Frankenslide?

Sign #1

bandGeek00_1-funk

Don’t believe me? Just watch! Download officially licensed instrumental arrangements for “Uptown Funk,” plus more current pop music favorites, at Musicnotes.com now.

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Our Top Suggestions for Easter Choral Sheet Music http://www.musicnotes.com/blog/2015/02/23/easter-choral-sheet-music/ http://www.musicnotes.com/blog/2015/02/23/easter-choral-sheet-music/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 20:29:27 +0000 http://www.musicnotes.com/blog/?p=8625 Does your choir have its Easter season program(s) chosen yet? Looking for a unique or well-known piece to round out your Lenten repertoire? We’ve been very busy adding even more Easter choral sheet music to our ever-expanding choral catalogue. Check out officially licensed professional arrangements for songs both traditional and contemporary, each available to download, print and start practicing instantly. In addition to the recently added Easter choral arrangements below, there are many, many more at Musicnotes.com, covering every service and choir type. I Will Rise Chris Tomlin SATB + Piano Cornerstone Hillsong SATB + Piano In Christ Alone Keith Getty SATB + Piano In Christ Alone Keith Getty SAB
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Does your choir have its Easter season program(s) chosen yet? Looking for a unique or well-known piece to round out your Lenten repertoire? We’ve been very busy adding even more Easter choral sheet music to our ever-expanding choral catalogue. Check out officially licensed professional arrangements for songs both traditional and contemporary, each available to download, print and start practicing instantly.

In addition to the recently added Easter choral arrangements below, there are many, many more at Musicnotes.com, covering every service and choir type.

I Will Rise sheet music

Cornerstone sheet music

In Christ Alone sheet music

In Christ Alone sheet music

I've Just Seen Jesus sheet music

Rise Again sheet music

Hallelujah Chorus sheet music

Forever

Redeemer sheet music

Panis Angelicus sheet music

Because He Lives sheet music

Because He Lives sheet music

We Shall Behold Him sheet music

How Beautiful sheet music

How Beautiful Sheet Music

How Beautiful sheet music

God So Loved the World sheet music

Mercy Tree sheet music

Were You There? sheet music

The Old Rugged Cross

Lamb of God sheet music

The Easter Song sheet music

The Happy Easter Bunnies sheet music

Arise, My Love sheet music


Looking for something different to sing? Be sure to check out the entire Easter choral sheet music catalogue, or browse our Easter sheet music store for fun children’s songs, Easter piano sheet music and more choral suggestions.

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How to Buy a Piano: ‘Keys’ to Help You Choose the Right Instrument http://www.musicnotes.com/blog/2015/02/18/how-to-buy-a-piano/ http://www.musicnotes.com/blog/2015/02/18/how-to-buy-a-piano/#comments Wed, 18 Feb 2015 18:05:25 +0000 http://www.musicnotes.com/blog/?p=8583 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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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 good starting point when you do start vising retailers.

Questions to ask yourself before you buy a piano:

1. How much am I willing to spend?

Like all big purchases, the price range for pianos is huge and you usually get what you pay for. However, unlike a new couch or car, pianos maintain their value over time. (With proper maintenance, pianos can last upwards of 50 years.) Purchasing the highest quality instrument you can afford will ensure you retain the most from your investment, and that your instrument will continue to spark musical creativity.

2. What style do I want?

Pianos come in a wide array of shapes and sizes, but a very general rule is ‘the bigger the piano, the better the tone.’ Consider where you’ll be placing the piano and the scale of the other furniture around it, as well as your personal taste and style.

Piano Sizing

3. Do I buy from a retailer or a private individual?

The main difference when buying a piano from a retail dealer is that you’ll receive a warranty, whether the instrument is new or used. Most also include complimentary tuning. Shopping at a retailer lets you test many different instruments in one place, and you can be assured that the instruments you’re considering have been and professionally inspected and cared for. Often, a dealer will provide moving services at minimal or no cost.

If you choose to purchase a piano from a private individual, you can definitely save a bit of money, but it can also be quite a bit more work. Be sure to have an experienced tuner/technician inspect the instrument before purchase. Pianos are very complex mechanisms with thousands of parts, and a technician can advise if any repairs will be needed or if major structural problems exist.

Next steps toward buying a piano:

Along with the size and style, you want to choose an instrument that feels and sounds right to you. This can only be accomplished by testing a variety of pianos. Pay attention to how responsive the keys are. Beginning players are more likely to connect to a very responsive keyboard. Also, listen for a tone that you find appealing.

Now comes the fun part: play, play, play! Visit your local retailer and get a feel for how the store is laid out. This will help eliminate pianos that are out of the scope you specified with the previous questions. Next, simply move from bench to bench and try them out. Don’t be afraid to ask your salesperson to leave you to play without distraction. Gradually narrow down your choices to two or three at a time.

Finally, inspect your potential investment. Ask about the vital parts: the soundboard, bridges, pedals, etc. Here is a great, comprehensive guide covering what to ask about/look for when buying a piano.

Meet the newest member of team Musicnotes!

We were inspired to write out a simple piano buying guide after purchasing our latest addition to Musicnotes Headquarters: a beautifully restored 1912 Steinway Model O. The fantastic instrument was a generous gift for the whole Musicnotes team this holiday season, and we’ve enjoyed many impromptu concerts, after-hours practice sessions and group sing-alongs around it since.

Musicnotes Grand Piano

The Musicnotes 1912 Steinway Model O.

Many impromptu concerts have been enjoyed around our new piano.

Many impromptu concerts have been enjoyed around our new piano.

A little bit about how the vintage Steinway was chosen, from Kathleen Marsh, our Vice Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder:

“We shopped for a piano that was not only a great instrument, but also reflects the character and values of Musicnotes. We looked at new grands (too expensive for us at that point) and older models. After trying many used pianos, we found this one, which was in superb condition and sounded great.”

“The Steinways built in the early 1900s were made of superior materials and have a sound that is hard to reproduce, even today. This piano was well cared for because it came from a convent that had it serviced over the years. The only problem with the piano? Someone had painted it black. It looked terrible.”

“Luckily, we bought the piano from a world-renowned piano restoration company right here in Madison, Wis. (Farley’s House of Pianos). We asked them to refinish the piano to its original satin black finish and the results were spectacular. It looks like new.”

“It is not only a wonderful instrument that looks great, it is also a good investment and reflects the values of the company (quality, tradition and value). We are proud to have a classic vintage Steinway in the office.”

It’s certainly true, whether at home or at the office, the right piano can really bring music to life. Have you recently purchased a piano? If so, what did you choose and why? Do you have additional tips for how to buy a piano? Please share in the comments section below.

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13 Anti-Love Songs for the Anti-Valentine http://www.musicnotes.com/blog/2015/02/12/anti-love-songs-for-the-anti-valentine/ http://www.musicnotes.com/blog/2015/02/12/anti-love-songs-for-the-anti-valentine/#comments Thu, 12 Feb 2015 22:08:00 +0000 http://www.musicnotes.com/blog/?p=8535 Walk down any store aisle the first few weeks of February and you’re bound to be inundated with an array of balloons, flowers, pink and red hearts, cards, teddy bears and just about every other super-sweet-lovey-dovey thing you can think of. It’s enough to make people who aren’t feeling the love this time of year want to go into an all black room, crawl under a blanket and hibernate for the next 30 years. But , there is a way to fight back – and it’s with music! Yes, there are more love songs out there than you could ever count … and there are just as many songs about
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Walk down any store aisle the first few weeks of February and you’re bound to be inundated with an array of balloons, flowers, pink and red hearts, cards, teddy bears and just about every other super-sweet-lovey-dovey thing you can think of. It’s enough to make people who aren’t feeling the love this time of year want to go into an all black room, crawl under a blanket and hibernate for the next 30 years.

But , there is a way to fight back – and it’s with music! Yes, there are more love songs out there than you could ever count … and there are just as many songs about heartbreak – but there are also plenty of songs out there for the grumpy, cynical, “down with love” types as well. And as usual, in our goal to help musicians of all stripes, we’ve collected a list of our thirteen best anti-love, anti-Valentine’s Day songs below. Take a listen to the track, or better yet, become one with your disgust for all-things-Valentine’s Day by learning to play a few of your favorites with our sheet music downloads.

… and so, without further ado, we present: 13 Anti-Love Songs for the Anti-Valentine.

Carrie Underwood: “Before He Cheats”

Carrie Underwood Before He Cheats Sheet Music

Sara Bareilles: “Love Song”

Sara Bareilles Love Song Sheet Music

Three Days Grace: “I Hate Everything About You”

Three Days Grace I Hate Everything About You Sheet Music

Ben Folds Five: “Song for the Dumped”

Ben Folds Five Song for the Dumped Sheet Music

Carly Simon: “You’re So Vain”

Carly Simon You're So Vain Sheet Music

Taylor Swift: “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”

Taylor Swift We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together Sheet Music

Miranda Lambert: “Kerosene”

Miranda Lambert Kerosene Sheet Music

Joy Division: “Love Will Tear Us Apart”

Joy Division Love Will Tear Us Apart Sheet Music

P!nk: “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)

Pink Blow Me (One Last Kiss) Sheet Music

Lyle Lovett: “She’s No Lady”

Lyle Lovett She's No Lady Sheet Music

Cher: “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)”

Cher Bang Bang My Baby Shot Me Down Sheet Music

Alanis Morissette: “You Oughta Know”

Alanis Morissette You Oughta Know Sheet Music

J. Geils Band: “Love Stinks”

J. Geils Band Love Stinks Sheet Music

That’s all for our anti-love songs for the anti-Valentine. If you’re looking for actual LOVE songs this Valentine’s Day, be sure to check out our must-play list for 2015.

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Your Ultimate Grammy Music Guide, WIN a $25 Gift Card! http://www.musicnotes.com/blog/2015/02/06/grammy-music-guide/ http://www.musicnotes.com/blog/2015/02/06/grammy-music-guide/#comments Fri, 06 Feb 2015 18:43:14 +0000 http://www.musicnotes.com/blog/?p=8508 There will be celebrities, there likely will be a wacky outfit or two, and there will most definitely be some unforgettable musical performances at this year’s Grammy Awards on Sunday night. While Monday’s water coolers will buzz with the first two topics on Monday morning, we’re here to talk about the latter. Check out our ultimate Grammy music guide below, complete with sheet music from all your favorite nominees, as well as performance predictions and a fun quiz about the Grammys (psst… you could WIN a $25 Musicnotes Gift Card)!  The Nominees Record of the Year (click title for sheet music) Fancy, Iggy Azalea feat. Charlie XCX Chandelier, Sia Stay
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There will be celebrities, there likely will be a wacky outfit or two, and there will most definitely be some unforgettable musical performances at this year’s Grammy Awards on Sunday night. While Monday’s water coolers will buzz with the first two topics on Monday morning, we’re here to talk about the latter.

Check out our ultimate Grammy music guide below, complete with sheet music from all your favorite nominees, as well as performance predictions and a fun quiz about the Grammys (psst… you could WIN a $25 Musicnotes Gift Card)!

 The Nominees

Record of the Year (click title for sheet music)

Fancy, Iggy Azalea feat. Charlie XCX

Chandelier, Sia

Stay With Me (Darkchild Version), Sam Smith

Shake It Off, Taylor Swift

All About That Bass, Meghan Trainor

Or winner prediction: Stay With Me, Sam Smith

Song of the Year

All About That Bass, Meghan Trainor

Chandelier, Sia

Shake It Off, Taylor Swift

Stay With Me, Sam Smith

Take Me To Church, Hozier

Our winner prediction: Chandelier, Sia

Best New Artist (Click artist for all available sheet music)

Iggy Azalea

Bastille

Brandy Clark

Haim

Sam Smith

Our winner prediction: Sam Smith

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Fancy, Iggy Azalea feat. Charlie XCX

A Sky Full of Stars, Coldplay

Say Something, A Great Big World feat. Christina Aguilera

Bang Bang, Jessie J., Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj

Dark Horse, Katy Perry feat. Juicy J.

Our winner prediction: A Sky Full of Stars, Coldplay

Best Country Song

American Kids, Kenny Chesney

Automatic, Miranda Lambert

Give Me Back My Hometown, Eric Church

I’m Not Gonna Miss You, Glen Campbell

Meanwhile Back At Mama’s, TimMcGraw feat. Faith Hill

Our winner prediction: I’m Not Gonna Miss You, Glen Campbell

Other Nominees to Play Now

Rather Be, Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne (Best Dance Recording)

Do I Wanna Know?, Arctic Monkeys (Best Rock Performance)

Ain’t It Fun, Paramore (Best Rock Song)

Blue Moon, Beck (Best Rock Song)

Drunk in Love, Beyoncé feat. Jay Z (Best R&B Song)

The Worst, Jhené Aiko (Best R&B Song)

Write Your Story, Francesca Battistelli (Best CCM Song)

Shake, MercyMe (Best CCM Song)

Multiplied, Needtobreathe (Best CCM Song)

The Performances

This year’s telecast promises to feature some great live performances by many of the nominees above, including exciting collaborations. One live performance that we can’t wait to witness is the  just-released “FourFiveSeconds” by Rihanna, Kanye West and Sir Paul McCartney.

Other guaranteed show-makers?  Beck will team up Coldplay‘s Chris Martin, Mary J. Blige is set to duet with Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran is scheduled to take the stage with an all-star crew including Herbie Hancock, John Mayer and Questlove of The Roots, and Sia will perform with Sheeran and ELO‘s Jeff Lynne.

We’re also SO excited for Lang Lang to “add his musicality to one of this year’s most infections songs.” Remember last year’s rocking classical piano performance? Are there any performances that you’re especially looking forward to?

Win a Gift Card!

In addition to anticipating the excitement to come on Sunday, we also thought it’d be fun to take a look at Grammys past. Answer the 5 questions below correctly in our comments section for this post (simply type the number of each of your guesses, in order), and you’ll be entered to win a $25 Musicnotes gift card, good toward any sheet music you want to play. One winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday, February 13. Good luck!

Last year’s winner of “Best New Artist” was:

  1. Lorde
  2. Kacy Musgraves
  3. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  4. Imagine Dragons

Sir Georg Solti, conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1969-1991, has won the most Grammys of any musician. How many Grammy Awards did Solti win during his lifetime?

  1. 12
  2. 19
  3. 26
  4. 31

Three artists have won “Album of the Year” three times each. Which of these artists has NOT won “Album of the Year” three times?

  1. Paul Simon
  2. Stevie Wonder
  3. U2
  4. Frank Sinatra

Sam Smith is up for 6 awards this year. Should he take home all 6 honors, he’ll be the first artist to do so since…

  1. Beyoncé in 2010
  2. Taylor Swift in 2011
  3. Adele in 2012
  4. Daft Punk in 2013

The first Grammy Awards, in 1959, had 22 categories. How many awards, including those not on live telecast, will be presented this year?

  1. 50
  2. 62
  3. 75
  4. 83

Bonus Question: Name the NEW category added this year

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Songs for Valentine’s Day 2015. See What Hits Made This Year’s Must-Play List! http://www.musicnotes.com/blog/2015/01/30/songs-for-valentines-day-2015/ http://www.musicnotes.com/blog/2015/01/30/songs-for-valentines-day-2015/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 20:07:53 +0000 http://www.musicnotes.com/blog/?p=8482 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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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 heart could still fall as hard at 23″

Ed Sheeran has said he wrote his ultra-romantic ballad as a ‘walking-down-the-aisle’ song, although clearly it’s a great ‘waltz-around-your-castle’ song, too, based on his video. Borrow Sheeran’s lyrics (and music) for your sweetie this Valentine’s Day and maybe you, too, will find love “right where you are.”

2. “All of Me” by John Legend (See the Video)

“‘Cause all of me Loves all of you
Love your curves and all your edges, All your perfect imperfections”

One of 2014’s biggest hits and our record-breaking #2 most popular download of 2014, “All of Me” was praised as a “mountainous piano crusher” by Rolling Stone’s Jon Dolan. This mountain of a song should most likely be reserved for those in pretty serious relationships, casual daters need-not-apply.

3. “Let Her Go” by Passenger (See the Video)

“Well you see her when you fall asleep, But never to touch and never to keep
‘Cause you loved her too much, And you dived too deep”

OK, so Passenger’s “Let Her Go” was released in 2012, and the song, technically, is about loving so much that you ‘let her go,’ but this song still resonates an air of romanticism. This poetic song might be just the ticket if you’re trying to win back an ex-flame.

4. “Love Me Like You Do” by Ellie Goulding (See the Video)

“You’re the cure, you’re the pain, You’re the only thing I wanna touch
Never knew that it could mean so much”

Even if you have no plans to see the somewhat controversial film, Ellie Goulding’s sultry contribution to the ’50 Shades of Grey’ soundtrack is one of our favorite recent sheet music releases. And, unlike the movie, this Valentine’s Day song is approved for all audiences.

5. “Sugar” by Maroon 5 (See the Video)

“Yeah, you show me good loving, Make it alright
Need a little sweetness in my life”

There’s nothing sweeter than sugar, and Maroon 5’s latest funky love song beats any chalky conversation hearts or stale boxed chocolates we’ve had. This song is great for couples who like to laugh, dance and joke around for Valentine’s Day.

6. “Unconditionally” by Katy Perry (See the Video)

“There is no fear now, Let go and just be free
I will love you unconditionally”

A power vocal ballad that declares unconditional love, Perry told MTV “I love this song because not only can it be a romantic, intimate song, but it can be about the type of love that a mother has when she sees her first child, or best friends or partners.” We, for one, love the idea of celebrating all kinds of love with Valentine’s Day sheet music.

7. “#Beautiful” by Mariah Carey feat. Miguel (See the Video)

“It’s beautiful, ooh you make me feel invincible
And I can’t pretend that doesn’t mean a thing to me”

Mariah is quite possibly the queen of love ballads, “Hero,” “Always Be My Baby,” “My All“… and the list goes on. Our list of songs for Valentine’s Day would be incomplete without a contribution by prolific pop star, who’s still got it after all these years. (Can you believe “Vision of Love” is 25 years old?!?)

8. “XO” by Beyonce (See the Video)

“Your love is bright as ever,  Even in the shadows
Baby, kiss me, Before they turn the lights out”

Did you know that the origin of the use of “X” to represent a kiss dates back to the Middle Ages? Bey’s fun-to-play, mid-tempo hit takes a light-hearted approach to love, incorporating Caribbean grooves and un-filtered vocals that are sure to woo your honey on Valentine’s Day.

9. “She Looks So Perfect” by 5 Seconds of Summer (See the Video)

“If I showed up with a plane ticket, And a shiny diamond ring with your name on it
Would you wanna run away too? ‘Cause all I really want is you”

5SOS’s debut single is pop-punk without being cynical or stale. The song describes young romance by way of mixed tapes, skinny jeans and tattoos. Tell your punk-loving lady “She Looks So Perfect” with the gift of song, and she’ll surely start swooning over your shaggy haircut and ripped skinnies.

10. “A Sky Full of Stars” by Coldplay (See the Video)

“Because you’re a sky, you’re a sky full of stars
Such a heavenly view, You’re such a heavenly view”

Shakespeare had star-crossed lovers, E.E. Cummings wrote love into the stars, and Coldplay themselves declared the stars shine for love. A slight departure from the band’s usual piano ballads, “A Sky Full of Stars” was co-written and co-produced by EDM favorite Avicii. However the song beautifully displays an age-old tradition elevating love to other-worldly status, making it the shining example of songs for Valentine’s Day.

And there you have it, our top 10 choices of songs for Valentine’s Day 2015. Be sure to check out last year’s list for more recommendations, and share what YOUR top songs this Valentine’s Day are in the comments below!

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Vocal Audition Song Additions. Find Your Perfect Audition Piece Today! http://www.musicnotes.com/blog/2015/01/23/vocal-audition-additions/ http://www.musicnotes.com/blog/2015/01/23/vocal-audition-additions/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:36:43 +0000 http://www.musicnotes.com/blog/?p=8462 By popular demand, we’re back with even more song suggestions for your next stage or show vocal audition. Finding the perfect vocal audition song can be a challenge, to say the least. Musicnotes is here to help with the best array of officially licensed, professional vocal audition sheet music, all ready to download and start practicing immediately! There are many reasons Musicnotes digital sheet music takes the lead when choosing a new vocal audition piece. First, it’s easily transportable. No matter where you go, so long as you have an internet connection, you’ll be able to access the audition sheet music you need. (Goodbye nightmares about forgetting your accompanist copy!)
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By popular demand, we’re back with even more song suggestions for your next stage or show vocal audition. Finding the perfect vocal audition song can be a challenge, to say the least. Musicnotes is here to help with the best array of officially licensed, professional vocal audition sheet music, all ready to download and start practicing immediately!

There are many reasons Musicnotes digital sheet music takes the lead when choosing a new vocal audition piece. First, it’s easily transportable. No matter where you go, so long as you have an internet connection, you’ll be able to access the audition sheet music you need. (Goodbye nightmares about forgetting your accompanist copy!)

Musicnotes digital sheet music also is clearly laid out, easy to read, and, using our free interactive apps, you’re able to instantly transpose and mark up your pieces right on your iPad, tablet or phone. Additionally, rather than buying book after book to use just one or two songs from each, you can save money by purchasing and downloading only the audition sheet music you want and will actually use, and you can print it out right at home or school.

Which leads us to perhaps the most important reason to trust Musicnotes with your audition sheet music needs: the selection. The Musicnotes catalogue is the most comprehensive you’ll find anywhere, spanning every era of musical theatre, the latest pop hits, and every standard you’ll ever want or need to sing. Often, you’ll find vocal sheet music available at Musicnotes.com long before it’s available in print, and we also have audition hidden gems (the songs that will help you stand out from the audition pack) that are either no longer in print production or that are incredibly difficult to find.

Case-in-point: our huge selection of 16-bar vocal excerpts, specially arranged for 60-second musical auditions. You’ll find excerpts from every major Broadway show, as well as from new, off-Broadway and lesser-known books like Jason Robert Brown’s ‘The Last Five Years,’ Andrew Lippa’s ‘The Wild Party‘ and the 1960s Victorian spoof ‘Drat! The Cat!.’
Browse and preview all downloadable 16-bar vocal excerpts now.

We’ve also put together some carefully curated suggestions for both female and male vocal leads below. If you don’t find the right piece in the list, please also see our “40 NEW Audition Songs for the Stage” article as well as our popular “40+ Songs for Stage and Show Auditions” blog post.

Recently Added Vocal Audition Songs for Female Leads

Recently Added Vocal Audition Songs for Male Leads

Now that you’ve found your next stand-out sheet music, check out our top audition tips and vocal chord care essentials, to ensure your next vocal audition is your best yet.

Do you have a big audition coming up? Any suggestions for your fellow vocalists? Share you expertise in the comments section below!

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