The question of "What piano songs are the most difficult to play?" has inspired friendly arguments among music lovers for as long as piano songs have been composed. A song which is ten hours in length is going to be "difficult" regardless of the complexity of the song itself, and if a song is … Read more about Three Piano Songs That Are Nearly Impossible to Play
While almost everyone can appreciate music in its completed form, we musicians respect and honor all the individual components that go into creating the art of music. From scores and arrangements to lyrics to performances, we know that a song isn't only about the finished product, but that the some … Read more about Introducing Musicnotes Song Spotlight: Musical Inspiration, Delivered On-Demand
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
In October we traveled to Ocean Way Studios in Nashville to record CCM pop/rock sensation, Lauren Daigle for our Song Spotlight series. Watch her performance of "Trust in You" and read the Q&A below for even more musical inspiration. Lauren Daigle graciously took time out of her whirlwind … Read more about Q&A with Song Spotlight Performer, Lauren Daigle!
Downloading sheet music to play instantly is easy as can be, right? Did you know that before a song makes its way to the huge Musicnotes.com catalogue, joining more than 300,000 other instantly available works, it first takes a journey through a legal process, a proofing process and a technological … Read more about What YOU Should Know About Music Publishing, with Sean Flahaven of Warner/Chappell Music
Cupid's arrow can strike anywhere, even in the rehearsal room. Have you noticed a little extra attention being thrown your way by a fellow bandmate? Do you think he or she might be interested in harmonizing outside of the band room? Check out our top 10 signs your bandmate has a crush on you … Read more about 10 Signs Your Bandmate Might be Crushing on 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