For those who joined us in the last FREE piano tutorial from Musicnotes Signature Artist Jonny May, how's that Beginner Blues Shuffle coming along? Get ready for more Piano with Jonny goodness with another totally FREE lesson, complete with free sheet music from Musicnotes.com. One of the coolest … Read more about Are You Ready for Another FREE Jonny May Piano Tutorial?
Learning to play the blues can be somewhat intimating for beginning or casual pianists. But, familiarizing yourself with the chord progressions, phrasing and rhythms/grooves that characterize blues music can open a whole new world of musical possibilities. That's why our great friend (and Musicnotes … Read more about Free Piano Lesson/Sheet Music from Jazz Marvel Jonny May!
You've arranged/written the songs, practiced performing, and feel ready to share your musical brilliance with the world. But how exactly do you take the leap from creating for personal enjoyment to getting ready to book your first gig? We lay out 10 dos and don'ts to help you book your first gig, … Read more about How to Book Your First Gig: 10 Dos and Don’ts
The question of "What piano songs are the most difficult to play?" has inspired friendly arguments among music lovers, likely for as long as piano songs have been composed. The issue of what, exactly, makes a piece of music "difficult" to play is difficult to define. For example, a song which is ten … Read more about Three Piano Songs That Are Nearly Impossible to Play
Just like any language, musical notation has evolved over time. The stave, clefs, notes, accidentals, dynamics and other building blocks that we today recognize as notation didn't always exist. Similarly, it wasn't always as easy as downloading the sheet music you want in the key you need from … Read more about Take a Quick Trip Through The History of Sheet Music – A Fun Infographic
A lesser-known musical term, contrafactum, refers to a song in which the melody is similar or even identical to another song yet contains different lyrics. One of the most popular examples of contrafacta are "What Child is This" and "Greensleeves." While the lyrics convey very different meanings, … Read more about Contrafactum: What’s That?
Tips on how to do well at an audition are more or less universal, but the perfect audition piece is not. (Check out our Updated: 40+ Songs for Stage and Show Auditions blog post.) Each individual musician is different just as every performance of a piece varies ever so slightly from the one … Read more about Choosing the Perfect Audition Piece for You
As musicians, we appreciate a vast array of music benefits that come from playing and practicing. For some of us, music helps to relax us. For others, it helps to pep us up! Sitting down at the piano or picking up our violin can offer a fun diversion, or it can challenge you in unique ways. Aside … Read more about Learn The Many Ways That Music Benefits Your Mind – Fun Animated Infographic
The new year presents us with the opportunity to consider what we may want to improve upon or accomplish over the next 12 months. Have you chosen your musical new year's resolutions or goals yet? Read on to find popular articles relating to seven common musical resolutions, including everything from … Read more about Tips for Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions and Meeting Musical Goals