Learn how to read sheet music using these simple steps!

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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There’s An App for That: Useful Apps for Musicians

Need to distract your cat with an iPad game? There’s an app for that. Want to check for nearby ghosts? Yup. App for that too. (It’s an EMF detector.) Got a work rival or annoying classmate you want to perform digital voodoo on? As Iggy Pop sang in ‘Search and Destroy,’ “Look out honey, ’cause I’m using technology!” In our ever-evolving world, nearly anything you’d like your iPad, tablet or reader to do is simply a download away. As musicians, apps are changing the way we learn, practice and perform. Musical apps can help you remember a chord, they can take the place of heavy, cumbersome gig gear, and there
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6 Amazing and Odd Instruments

I’m sure we’ve all put cardboard tubes over our mouths to make horns or banged on a few pots and pan lids as makeshift cymbals in our time, but these weird and odd instruments really take the cake. We’ve got one that was created by Benjamin Franklin almost 400 years ago, and another that was created by a Russian inventor only in 1928. Some you play without touching, and others need water to work. Take a look below at 6 of the oddest musical instruments we’ve ever seen!

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Inspire, Encourage and Reward Beginning Pianists with New Beginner Notes Music

As we approach the circular drive my stomach starts knotting up, and I question my preparedness. We pull up to the ranch-style home,  paint-peeled decorative trim framing the large sun-catcher-filled bay window,  leading my eyes to the well-worn upright Mason & Hamlin inside. I say goodbye to my dad, tuck my loose sheets into my lesson book, jump from the truck and nervously head to the door, ringing the bell reluctantly. Mrs. Bindley is already waiting on the other side. Opening the door, she offers me a grandmotherly smile, I breathe in the lemony Pine-Sol and rich cookie-scented air, and I’m instantly at ease, ready and eager to make music.
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What’s In an Anthem? Get Ready for the Sochi Olympics with National Anthem Sheet Music!

Uganda’s is the shortest at 8 bars, while Uruguay’s is one of the longest at 105. Austria’s “Bundeshymne” has been dubiously attributed to Mozart,  and Haydn’s work is the anthem of Germany (although “Einigkeit Und Recht Und Freiheit” has only been officially so since 1922). As the world turns its attention on Sochi, we can look forward to hearing a spectrum of national anthems in the coming weeks. With 15 sports forming 98 events, there are nearly 100 opportunities to musically salute the gold medal winner’s native flag. And there’s little doubt home-based Olympics celebrations, no matter where on the globe that happens to land, will feature patriotic songs of
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Three Secret Skills Musicians (Probably) Didn’t Know They Even Had

Disclaimer: No, you can’t shoot lasers out of your eyes or stretch your limbs super long or fly. Obviously as a musician, you’ve gained a lot of experience. You know how to care for your instrument well, how to read and interpret music, and how to perform. But there are a few other skills you might have picked up along the way and not even known about it, and these skills can definitely be applied outside of just the musical realm. Try your hand at one of these activities, and you might be surprised at how easily they come to you!

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Updated: 40+ Songs for Stage and Show Auditions

Do you want to try out for a talent show like the X-FACTOR or AMERICAN IDOL? Are you preparing for a musical theater audition or just want to sing on stage? Musicnotes is here to help! We’ve explored our digital sheet music files and consulted with auditioners and fellow auditionees to offer you suggestions for songs that we think you’ll love. One song in particular that you might want to consider practicing is  “The 60 Second Audition.” This song was written specifically to highlight a vocalist’s ability performing different musical styles and techniques within sixty seconds, and you may transpose the key after purchasing to fit your vocal range. If
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Sheet Music for Schoolhouse Rock & Back to School

Get ready to break out your sheet music and practice your instruments – school is almost back in session. Believe it or not, going back to school can be a lot of fun because there are a ton of great songs for you to play and perform. Why not get a head start and play some school-inspired songs to get in the mood to learn music? For starters, you could groove to School of Rock Guitar Tab. This song was featured in a comedy film by the same name, starring Jack Black. To help you learn this song, we also have a Guitar Guru Session of School of Rock, too.
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Ask Musicnotes for Beginner Piano Players

Are you learning to play piano? From asking questions related to playing piano with both hands to learning how to play for the first time, many of you are interested in how you can play piano sheet music. While there is no musical wand we can wave to help you play like Peter Cincotti or William Joseph in a matter of days, there is one thing that you can do to help get your fingers used to practicing. Beginner Piano Playing Tip: It’s not uncommon for beginner piano players to experience difficulty playing songs with both hands. To help strengthen your fingers and learn how to play with both hands,
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