All About Copyright Law

Your Questions Answered: How Does Copyright Law Work?

One of the questions we are asked most frequently is why you can only print one copy of most sheet music titles after you purchase them. Well, the short answer is because we have an agreement with sheet music publishers to sell their property (the arrangement of a song) while fully protecting their rights under the law. Copyright law can be a tricky subject. It affects any tangible form of expression, including sheet music, recorded music, books, newspaper articles, movies, images and more. In addition to it ethically being the correct thing to do, adhering to copyright law obviously also has legal implications that, if aren’t followed properly, can have
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Ohe-Hit Wonders

Too Good to Miss: Our Top 10 One-Hit Wonders of Sheet Music!

Ah, the one-hit wonder. That time-honored cultural phenomenon of musical artists or groups breaking out with one fantastic, catchy, everyone-is-singing-along song, only to disappear faster than you can say “Macarena.” The truth is, many one-hit wonder artists are extremely talented musicians and/or song writers. And, just like the countless talents out there who haven’t scored the signature hit yet, there isn’t always a rhyme or reason to why only one song made it big. We’ve taken a look at our best-selling sheet music one-hit wonders below, defined as signature songs by artists who didn’t have another chart-topper. Just to note, we DID include songs by a-ha and Dexy’s Midnight Runner,
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Jazz

Take 10: We’re Celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month With a New Jazz Sheet Music Value

Did you know that April is Smithsonian’s Jazz Appreciation Month? Jazz often is called America’s classical music. Whether swing, bop, ragtime, scat,  soul or funk, the genre’s imprint is evident in nearly every modern musical form. One of the most important aspects to playing and performing jazz music is improvisation, or spontaneously creating a melody over a set harmony. As Duke Ellington famously said, “You’ve got to find some way of saying it without saying it.” Listening to and learning to play jazz standards is fundamental for anyone looking to hone his or her jazz improv skills. To celebrate the art of jazz, and help you learn to play, we’ve
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How to Read Sheet Music

How to Read Sheet Music: Channel Your Inner Musician with These Simple Steps!

Have you ever heard a song on the radio and thought, “Hey, it’d be really cool to know how to play that.”? Do you have friends who play musical instruments, and you want to get in on the fun? Do you just want to expand your general artistic knowledge? Well, learning the basics of how to read sheet music can help you achieve all of these, and in a shorter amount of time than you might have thought! At its very simplest, music is a language just like you’d read aloud from a book. The symbols you’ll see on pages of sheet music have been used for hundreds of years.
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"Happy" is our March Musical Mania 2014 Champ!

Congratulations to “Happy,” Our 2014 March Musical Mania Champion!

And the winner of the 2014 March Musical Mania Tournament of songs is… “Happy” by Pharrell Williams! In celebration of its big win, we’re offering 10% off ALL “Happy” sheet music arrangements for one day only. Download any of the following, and save 10% today: Piano/Vocal/Chords, Singer Pro Happy sheet music 3-Part Choir with Piano Happy sheet music SATB Choir with Piano Happy sheet music Easy Piano Happy sheet music 2-Part Choir with Piano Happy sheet music Piano/Vocal/Guitar Happy sheet music Leadsheet for Happy Easy Piano (from ‘Despicable Me 2′) Happy sheet music Beginner Notes Happy sheet music But hurry, this sale ends at midnight CDT tonight (4/11/2014). Thank you
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The March Musical Mania Grand Finale: Which Song Should be Crowned Champion?

Help your favorite song win! Just two songs remain from our bracket of 64 beloved contenders, “Over the Rainbow” from ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. Your votes will determine which song takes the March Musical Mania Championship title for 2014. Will it be the century’s ultimate soundtrack ballad, named ‘greatest movie song’ by the American Film Institute? Transcending genres and generations, the piece has been used as a backdrop to countless dreams over the years. Or, will the Billboard global chart-topper top the Musical Mania Bracket as well? Exuberantly upbeat and eternally cheerful,  it’s nearly impossible not to “clap along” with Mr. Williams, today’s pre-eminent popular
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Vote for Which Two Songs Should Compete in Our March Musical Mania Finale!

Our category contenders are: “Theme from Swan Lake,” representing Classical & Jazz, vs. “Over the Rainbow,” representing Movies & Musicals, and “Happy,” representing Pop & Rock, vs. “Bless the Broken Road,” representing Country & Christian. Vote for your finalists now! What started as 64 all-time favorite songs is now narrowed down to just four. Our March Musical Mania Tournament of Songs has had its share of upsets, close calls and even last-minute buzzer beaters. Now, it’s up to you to determine which two songs go head-to-head in this year’s most stirring musical battle. To see and/or purchase sheet music for any of the amazing songs in this year’s tournament, simply
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Musical Mania Bracket Round 4

March Musical Mania Epic Eight: Vote for Which Category Champs Move On!

And then there were eight! Vote for your favorite song remaining in each category to go on to our Fantastic Four, and compete for March Musical Mania Tournament of Songs Champion. Last round of voting was our closest yet. “Over the Rainbow” won by the thinnest margin possible, a single vote kept “Let It Go” out of our Epic Eight. And “Rhapsody in Blue” just squeaked past “What a Wonderful World,” earning its shot at the championship. If you’ve been playing along, and would like to preview, purchase and play any of the sheet music for songs featured in our March Musical Mania sheet music, simply click here. Vote today
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March Musical Mania Super 16: Vote for Which Songs Continue On to the Epic Eight!

Only 16 songs remain in the running for March Musical Mania Tournament Champion! Vote for your favorite song in each head-to-head match-up below to determine which continue on to our Epic Eight. You also may still fill out a printable song bracket to follow all the action. We’ve seen some close match-ups in the first two rounds of play. “William Tell Overture” and “The Entertainer” came to a dramatic round 2 finish, befitting of Rossini’s galloping finale. And “I Can Only Imagine” fell to “Bless the Broken Road” by less than 10 percentage points , securing its spot in our Super 16. Vote today for which songs advance to the
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Fill out your bracket and vote for your favorite songs to move forward!

March Musical Mania Round Two: Vote for Which Songs Continue On in Our Tournament!

Round 2 of voting in our March Musical Mania Tournament is underway now! Vote for your favorite song in each head-to-head match-up below, fill out a printable song bracket, and help decide which song will be crowned the 2014 champion! You will continue to narrow down the contenders for 4 categories in Round 2: Classical & Jazz, Movies & Musicals, Pop & Rock and Country & Christian, with 4 match-ups each. Cast your vote by choosing your favorite song in each head-to-head match-up below. Hurry! The polls close at midnight CST on Thursday. You may vote in any of the match-ups you’d like. Remember to visit Musicnotes.com to see and
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