Help Decide March’s YouPerform Contest Winner!

We have had a number of great entries for March’s Musicnotes.com YouPerform Contest last month, and we need your help. Which of these great videos will be March’s winner? You tell us! Whether you vote for one of these duets or solos, tell us which one should win by casting your vote! This month, contestants performed their versions of Bunessan, Danny Boy and Hail to the Chief, which are Musicnotes Editions of sheet music from Musicnotes.com. For more ideas on sheet music to play for our YouPerform contest, take a look at these five classical sheet music contest selections. Good luck to all of our entrants for March’s contest! We
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Easter Sheet Music, Guitar Guru Coupon and YouPerform Winner in The Whole Note

With the rise in popularity of Christian sheet music the past, few years, many of these music lovers have renewed their interest in sheet music for Easter. Musicnotes.com offers a broad selection of Easter sheet music by your favorite Christian music artists like: Newsong, Glad, Point of Grace and much, much more! If you enjoy Easter sheet music, we also have sheet music for the movie The Passion of the Christ which was released in 2004 and was directed by Mel Gibson. We invite you to check out our Easter sheet music selection, and are happy to announce that we have more new songs on the way! If you can’t
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Vote on February’s YouPerform Contest Entries!

In February, we received two contest entries for our monthly YouPerform contest. Today, I am pleased to present you with two contest entries that we hope you’ll enjoy. Each performance qualifies for our contest. One contestant decided to play the song “When My Baby Smiles At Me” which was February’s free song of the month. The second chose a classical Musicnotes Editions piece for their contest entry. The full title of the piece is the Sonata in C Minor “Pathetique” II. Adagio Cantabile Op. 13, No. 8 composed by Ludwig Van Beethoven. As we mentioned in January, we released new YouPerform contest rules. We hope you submit your music performance
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Bunessan Free Sheet Music, More from Twilight in The Whole Note

Do you remember the song Morning Has Broken? The popular melody performed by Cat Stevens in the early 1970s was originally based on a song by Scottish composer Mary MacDonald (1789 – 1872). The original lyrics for her hymn entitled Leanabh an Aigh were written in Gaelic. When the hymn was translated into English by Lachlan Macbean, the song title was renamed Bunessan after a Scottish village close to Mary MacDonald’s hometown of Ardtun. Believe it or not, the song was originally associated with a hymn called Child in the Manger. (1) This March, download your free sheet music for the song Bunessan and enjoy this gorgeous melody. To download
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5 Staff Classical Music Picks for February’s YouPerform Contest

Are you practicing your video entry for February’s YouPerform Contest? In January, we had announced new rules that would allow you to pick from over 1,000 songs featured in our Musicnotes Editions format. Some of you had asked why we limited the contest to the songs that we had arranged. All of our Musicnotes Editions are songs that are within the public domain that we arranged, which gives us the ability to offer you permission to record your performance. Even though you may love songs like Bella’s Lullaby or Stairway to Heaven, legally we can’t grant you permission to record the song. That right belongs to the copyright holder. The
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Free Jazz Love Song, Death Cab for Cutie Guitar Tab Sale and More in This Week’s The Whole Note

Can you hear birds singing? While it might not be Spring just yet, our hearts are all a-flutter here. February’s free sheet music download of the month is an interesting love song called “When My Baby Smiles At Me.” Composed in 1920 by Bill Munro, the lyrics for “When My Baby Smiles at Me” were written by Ted Lewis and Andrew B. Sterling. Ted Lewis was the original performer of the song. Ted Lewis enjoyed a career in music, spanning over fifty years. “When My Baby Smiles at Me” marked the beginning of the roaring twenties and the start of Lewis’ world-wide popularity. Lewis used to enjoy world-wide recognition for
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Announcing the December YouPerform Contest Winner

We are thrilled to announce that fourteen-year old Daniel was the winner of Musicnotes.com YouPerform contest for December. Performing a challenging Nutcracker Medley, Daniel arranged the selections from The Nutcracker for the organ. Let’s listen to Daniel as he talks about his love for the organ and a bit about his musical background. I arranged the music for the organ and performed it on my Allen Home Organ. I love Theatre Organ and wanted to give the medley a Theatre ending so the last part is my own special arrangement. The organ is more versatile than a piano and the the different sounds and pedals that I chose made the
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Battle of the Contest Videos. Vote for December’s Winner!

Help us decide December’s contest winner in this new round of video performance voting! We received two entries for December’s challenging Nutcracker Medley. This composition was a special arrangement put together by our professional staff, and included Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Nutcracker March and Dance of the Reed Flutes. Certainly an extremely challenging piece to learn in a month, these two contestants were up to the task. Just as a special reminder, don’t forget about our new contest rules! We released new YouPerform contest rules for January last week. We hope you submit your music performance video to our YouTube! January Musicnotes.com Contest group for your chance to
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New Rules for Musicnotes.com’s January YouPerform Contest!

Back in October, we launched our very first video performance contest. Dubbing it the “YouPerform” contest, we have been offering you a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to Musicnotes.com by performing our free sheet music download of the month. As we had mentioned on the Musicnotes.com YouPerform Contest page and through various comments to our readers, the reason why we’ve focused the content around our free sheet music downloads is because they are Musicnotes Editions. We based our YouPerform Contest around these Musicnotes Editions for a few reasons. First, we wanted to ensure that no one had to worry about copyright restrictions. Copyright, as it relates to music
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Introducing November’s YouPerform Contest Winner!

November’s contest winner is a true music lover at heart. Weena learned how to play piano at an early age, and played for eight years before going off to college. After successfully pursuing a career in architecture, Weena only recently got back into playing piano. We asked our contest winner this question about our Christmas Medley – “What tips can you share with your fellow music lovers about learning this medley?” I believe that in playing a “medley” such as this, it is extremely important to preserve the character of each song. This includes getting used to the tempo and the progression of the song. More often than not, players
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