pre-show rituals of the stars

Pre-Show Rituals of Popular Musicians

We all have our own routine prior to walking on stage for a big performance. Some of our pre-show rituals include certain exercises, meditation and maybe even a ‘lucky’ song you listen to in order to shake stage jitters and get into the ‘zone.’ We’ve looked at pre-show rituals of popular musicians you may have seen in concert or heard on the radio recently. Check out their typical (and some unusual) formulas for stage success! Beyoncé “Bey” told Vogue magazine that she takes a few hours to prepare the day of a performance. “I say a prayer with everyone in the band, then we do a stretch,” she shared. “I
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Back to School Sheet Music

Get Your Back-to-School Sheet Music Ready!

Those magical days of reading, writing and arithmetic are just around the corner. Are you ready?  If you’re anything like some of our friends here at MNHQ, it might take a little, shall we say, extra motivation to get back into school mode. Luckily we have just the cure to beat those end-of-summer blues and gear you up for another great term: the most fun-to-play back-to-school sheet music this side of homeroom. We’ve explored the more than 260,000 arrangements at Musicnotes.com (oh, did we forget to mention we recently surpassed 260,000 arrangements!?!), and narrowed down 10 of our back-to-school sheet music front-runners. These anthems are guaranteed to punch the keys on your calculator, squeeze the juice
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Summer Hits

Songs of Summers Past, Do You Remember These 20 Hot-Weather Hits?

There are certain things we absolutely can count on each summer (we’re especially thinking back to the days of marching band practice). Strange tan lines, endless bottles of water, copious amounts of sunscreen, and that one summer song that we absolutely love in May and have no way of escaping come August. Enter: the big summer hit! Each summer there’s quite a bit of buzz about what song will be ‘the’ song of summer.  After all, this is the singular popular jam determined to define what the past 4 months have been all about. And, undoubtedly, these ‘earworms‘ work their way into our collective consciousness, dominating airwaves, spawning YouTube covers and infiltrating nearly every barbecue and
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Funny jokes about music

Jokes for Musicians: Our 12 Most Favorite Musical Jokes

It seems there’s no shortage of humor coming from a music room. (Hey, we need a little diversion after practicing Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” for the umpteenth time, right?) Check out some of our favorite jokes for musicians below, and be sure to share your favorite (all-audience-friendly) musical jokes in the comment section! Don’t worry oboists and viola players, you’re completely safe from our musical joke list! Percussionists, we really do still love you. 1. Want to hear the joke about a staccato? Never mind, it’s too short. Want to hear the one about fermata? Wait, it’s too long. 2. Don’t let you kids watch symphonies on TV. There’s too much
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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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