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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Find Music Fast

1,2,3 Play! Find the Sheet Music You Want, Fast

Often on this blog we discuss what happens after you download your sheet music: the practicing, the performing and expanding your music theory knowledge and musical skills. The essential component to improving in all of these facets is that you’ll need sheet music. Astute sheet music shoppers know that Musicnotes.com has nearly all the sheet music you could ever want or need. Browsing a nearly endless sheet music catalogue could prove quite the challenge. That’s why Musicnotes has made it easier than ever to find the music you want to play. You may have noticed our search tool upgrade earlier this year. When you type your query into the search
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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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New Exclusive Choral Editions

New Exclusive Pop Choral Sheet Music Editions at Musicnotes

From Jonathan Miller, Director of Choral Catalog I’m particularly pleased to let you know about a new series of exclusive choral arrangements that we’ve created. These are choral versions of the hottest pop tunes, set by skilled and experienced choral arrangers. We are happy to provide these for you now, so you can get a jump on performing them. Use them in your spring concerts, your summer showcases, any time you want. These are not available anywhere else—only at Musicnotes.com. In addition to giving you great music to perform, we’ve gone the extra mile to provide you with demo recordings for six of these arrangements. Paul Langford, the brilliant musician
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