Books

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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Spring Break

Spring Breakout Something New to Play: Hamilton Sheet Music, Lost Boy Piano/Vocal and More!

A new season means it’s time for new sheet music! Now that spring has officially sprung for us in the Northern Hemisphere, we’re on the hunt for fresh new music to grace our music stands.  Luckily this season is already rich with new digital sheet music releases, including the much-awaited official Hamilton sheet music, Ruth B’s YouTube original “Lost Boy,” and a trove of new pre-summer pop by Ariana Grande, Meghan Trainor, Sabrina Carpenter and more. First on our must-play list is Broadway mega-hit Hamilton sheet music, which, in case you’ve been completely cut off for the past year, features hip-hop / R&B / pop earworms that are adored by history
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What It’s Like to Audition for The Voice + Recommended Vocal Audition Sheet Music

“For me, it was just something fun,” said Chuck P. of his decision to audition for The Voice a couple of weeks ago. A vocalist/keyboardist in a very popular local cover band by night and Musicnotes’ go-to guy by day, our ‘Chuck-of-all-trades’ sat down to share his experience auditioning for The Voice, and offer his suggestions regarding which supplies to bring, how to prepare and what to expect when getting ready for your own talent show vocal audition. When Chuck heard that The Voice was holding first-round auditions in Chicago, just a short drive from Musicnotes headquarters in Madison, Wis., he figured he’d fill out an application and make a
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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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MPA

Scholarship Opp from the National Music Council and Music Publishers Association

Calling all music-loving students! Can you creatively tell our friends at the Music Publishers Association why copyright is important? If so, you could win up to $5,000!* The National Music Council and the Music Publishers Association are looking for students to creatively present their viewpoints, in video format, on ‘The Importance of Intellectual Property and Copyright Law.’ Submissions are due by the end of May, and the top prize is $5,000. Here are some questions you might want to think about when making your submission: Who does copyright protect? Why is it important to protect intellectual property? What would the world be like if there were no protections for intellectual
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FebFree

February’s Free Sheet Music is Good, Old-Fashioned Fun!

We are feeling particularly inspired, and hoping that you’d find musical inspiration this month, too. So, we put together a fun little video to highlight how awesomely convenient it is to have a world of sheet music available right at your fingertips! There’s no reason to NOT to be inspired to play something new to play right now. We’re even offering a FREE sheet music download of your choice for the month of February.* Choose from more than 7,000 qualifying arrangements covering all instruments and skill levels. Then, be sure to follow our protagonist John’s lead, and download our FREE mobile and desktop apps to have your music on hand
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Unspoken

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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Mary Did You Know

25-Year-Old Seasonal Classic Named Musicnotes’ 2015 Song of the Year

Madison, Wis.– January 26, 2016 – You could say that the Musicnotes 2015 Song of the Year is a sign of our musical times. The world’s largest downloadable sheet music retailer and publisher today released its annual award to the top-selling title of 2015. However, unlike previous years in which top-selling titles mirrored pop charts, this year’s #1 sheet music download wasn’t featured in Billboard or a big screen blockbuster. “Mary, Did You Know?” is a modern Christmas classic, written a quarter-century ago, that has been recorded by more than 30 genre-spanning artists, including stars Kathy Mattea, Rascal Flatts, Cee Lo Green and YouTube a cappella sensation Pentatonix. The latter inspired more
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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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New Artists 2015

Our Top Sheet Music by New Artists of 2015

Every year, a group of breakthrough artists provides new sheet music hits that we and our fellow music lovers get particularly excited about, and 2015 was no exception. This year’s top new artists span the globe, and cover a wide array of genres including R&B, pop, country and even EDM sheet music. We’ve selected our top 10 new artists of 2015 based on their sheet music popularity. You’ve likely heard of many of the musical men and women, however some of the new artists on this year’s list may be new to you! Simply click on their name to browse officially licensed, instantly downloadable sheet music by each musician. Happy
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