Instrument care

How-To Tips: Basics of Musical Instrument Care and Maintenance

The start of a new school year brings many exciting changes like new teachers, new routines and, often, new musical instruments. For parents of children starting school music programs, we’ve put together some tips on basic musical instrument care and maintenance. Not only will proper instrument care teach budding musicians responsibility, it will also ensure they stay excited and motivated to continue on their musical paths. Below we’ve broken down care tips by instrument. Click on a tab to see essential musical instrument care based on your instrument type. Be sure to stock up on fun sheet music for each of the instruments mentioned at And remember, when you
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Q&A With Superstar Pianist Lang Lang + FREE Sheet Music Download

He’s sold out great concert halls around the globe,  made Time Magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People,’ and, at just 33 years old, Lang Lang is the most popular concert pianist in the world. We were beyond honored to get the chance to ask Lang Lang about his astounding professional career, including his latest venture, Piano Academy, featuring a series of books that are sure to influence the next generation of piano virtuosos in the making. (Enter to WIN your own copy of Lang Lang’s Mastering the Piano series, a $70 value, at the end of this post!) What’s been dubbed the “Lang Lang effect,” watching and hearing the exuberant, virtuosic
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Give Hands-Free the ‘Thumbs Up’ and Win a Bluetooth Page Turn Pedal!

Enjoy total page-turning freedom with the AirTurn Bluetooth pedal. Paired with your iPad or tablet and the FREE Musicnotes apps, the AirTurn Bluetooth page turn pedal makes it simpler than ever to play your digital sheet music anywhere and everywhere. Since the AirTurn hands-free pedal is one of the things we like most, we’ve decided to give a complete AirTurn Concert Package to one lucky Musicnotes follower! In order to enter the contest, you just need to visit our Facebook page and ‘like’ or comment on the “Hands-Free Thumbs Up” AirTurn Contest video post. One grand-prize winner will receive an AirTurn PED Bluetooth SMART wireless foot control, a MANOS universal
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Choral sheet music

See Your Choral Sheet Music Headquarters in Action!

Feeling a little blue or even downright sad? Looking for a fun way to boost your heart health? Want to help set future generations up for academic success? Singing with a choir has proven to benefit your overall well-being in these ways and more! According to a 2009 Chorus America study, there are nearly 270,000 choruses in the U.S. alone, with at least 42 million people participating in choral singing weekly. That’s a lot of voices, not to mention a whole bunch of choral sheet music. It’s no secret we here at Musicnotes are huge proponents of choral participation. In fact, our Director of Choral Catalog, Jonathan Miller, has traveled
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Your Questions Answered: Why Free Sheet Music Costs More Than You Might Think

A question that comes up from well-meaning customers now and again is why all of the sheet music at isn’t free. The (very) short answer is, because we love music. Like, really, really love music. And we want to be able to ensure future generations are able to fall in love with music, too. We’re aware that there are websites that claim to offer ‘free sheet music.’ The problem is, not only are these sites illegal, the unlicensed, unprofessional arrangements they’re advertising come at a much higher hidden cost, the burden of which is put on music’s greatest supporters. Often these sites ‘sell’ advertising space, so they’re making a
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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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honor flight donation

Musicnotes’ Annual Honor Flight Drive Soars Again

MADISON, WI — July 13, 2015 — More than a dozen military veterans will be honored with a trip to their respective war memorials, thanks to the help of Musicnotes customers who purchased patriotic sheet music between Memorial Day and Independence Day this year. The annual six-week Musicnotes Honor Flight donation drive provides $1 from every patriotic download to local chapters of the Honor Flight Network, a non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s war veterans through tours to Washington D.C. memorials. Exceeding previous years’ sales and reaching this year’s goal, 2015 proved to be the most rewarding drive yet. A total of $8,200 will be divided equally between the Badger
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Song suggestions for vocal auditions, special events and even karaoke!

We’re always on the hunt for new additions to our own repertoires, from vocal auditions and gig/performance songs to fun solos and duets for our impromptu company karaoke nights! Our friends at have put together a comprehensive guide of 400+ Songs to Sing for Every Occasion, complete with song suggestions, vocal practice tips, how to choose what to sing and more. There’s a ton of great content to explore in the guide. Molly R., a vocal instructor in Hayward, CA, offers her suggestions for what songs NOT to sing for a musical theatre audition.  Musical coach Heather L. shares her top 10 songs for sight singing practice (download sheet
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