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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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Musical Mania Bracket

Play March Musical Mania: Vote In Our Tournament of Songs!

We’ve organized the most major of song showdowns to celebrate tournament season. Vote for which song you think should continue in the “big musical dance” today,  fill out a printable song bracket to follow along with the fun, and see which song is crowned tournament champion on April 11th! There are 4 categories to vote for in Round 1: Classical & Jazz, Movies & Musicals, Pop & Rock and Country & Christian, with 8 match-ups each. Cast your vote by choosing your favorite song in each head-to-head match-up below. You may vote in any of the match-ups you’d like. Remember to visit Musicnotes.com to see and hear the sheet music
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Most popular sheet music in each state of America.

America the Musical! Have You Played the Most Popular Sheet Music in Your State?

Chances are, you’ve happened across that clever map of distinctively popular musical artists making its way around the web. Highlighting those musicians who are more popular in given states vs. other states, the map gives us insight into how musical tastes vary based on our geography. Well, we at Musicnotes enlisted the help of our stat-savvy data team to bring you the distinctively popular sheet music titles of each state. And you may be in for a few surprises, like “Good Morning Baltimore” making the list… but not in Maryland, or the unmistakable connection between the sunshine and keystone states. First, a super-short methodical explanation: we looked at the best-selling
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Mondegreen

What’d You Sing? 10 Hilariously Misheard Pop Lyrics, Share Yours to Win a $10 Gift Card!

We’re sorry, this contest has ended and the winner has been notified. Thanks for sharing your hilarious entries! Have you ever been casually singing along to the car radio, or mumbling a catchy tune between classes, only to have a friend burst into laughter? “What’d I Say?” you may ask yourself. Chances are, you’ve sung a mondegreen. Mondegreens are the often hilarious result of mishearing a song lyric, and thus inadvertently replacing the actual words with your own similar-sounding set. Common examples of mondegreens have included “Hold me closer Tony Danza” replacing “Hold me closer tiny dancer” in Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer,” and substituting “There’s a bathroom on the right”
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Free Musicnotes apps

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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Download Academy Award Nominated Sheet Music

Lights, Camera, Sheet Music! Play Academy Awards Best Song Nominees

The red carpet is rolled out, the statues are polished, the performers are booked and our ‘Gravity‘ and ‘The Book Thief‘ sheet music is at-the-ready. I don’t know about you, but I’m eager to curl up with a mug of cocoa (its still harshly arctic here in Wisconsin) tomorrow night and celebrate recent big-screen thespian and melodic pursuits. In preparation for the main event, we’ve culled some  Academy Awards Best Song trivia. Take our Best Song challenge at the end to test your motion picture musical knowledge!

music for a rainy night

Slow Jazz Songs for a Rainy Night

Most people don’t like rain, but you’ve gotta admit: it creates a certain mood. Jazz also creates a certain mood. Put them together and what have you got? A time-machine back to the 1960s, and a ticket to becoming a lounge singer in a slinky dress, or a down-on-his-luck private investigator, or seeing Oscar Peterson perform live! Here, you’ll find a couple of our favorite slow jazz songs to help teleport you back in time. If you’re really committed to completing the transformation, put on Rainy Mood in the background and pour your favorite drink to enjoy while listening to, or even playing, these tunes!

Choose Your Own Sheet Music

Play the Castaway in our Desert Island of Sheet Music.

Looking out my office window into the snowy Wisconsin landscape, enduring yet another day of sub-zero high temps, I begin daydreaming about transporting from this bitter (albeit beautiful) climate to a place of sand, surf and a superb portfolio of sheet music. So goes a similar scene on the classic BBC Radio 4 program “Desert Island Discs,” only each week’s ‘castaway’ is to choose eight recordings of music (gramophones when the show first broadcast on January 27, 1942). Host and guest then discuss the list, playing excerpts of the songs and explaining why they were included. The tools with which to listen to your choices would be provided upon arrival
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