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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Music travel destinations

Destination: Music! Great Musical Travel Ideas

Every city has a soundtrack, and one of the most inspiring prospects of exploring a new locale is uncovering its pulse and the stories behind its unique sound. That’s why we decided to take a look at cities known for their rich musical backdrops, cities whose rhythms can be felt the second you step foot on their soil: our great musical travel destinations! Today we’ll highlight just seven of the countless cool musical cities to consider for your next holiday away. If a trip isn’t part of the budget this year, no worries. We’ve also included a few sheet music selections to help bring a bit of each city’s flair into your own music room. London A 10 minute photo shoot outside Abbey Road Studios in
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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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How to transpose sheet music

Music Theory Lesson: Learn How To Transpose Music

Digital sheet music aficionados like yourselves already know how easy it is to transpose your digital files into any key you want with a simple click of your mouse. However, if you’re playing from a non-digital file (gasp!) , it’s great to know the basics of music transposition. Additionally, just as a budding mathematician studies algebraic laws, it’s important for us musicians to have a firm grasp on the theory behind what creates all those emotive, provoking sounds, and learning how to transpose music will help with just that! Transposition is simply the process of changing the key of a piece of music. Any major key can be transposed into any other major key, and
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Audition Tips for Musicians

Accomplish Your Musical Goals With Our Top Audition Tips

A new school year/term  is quickly approaching, and that means audition time for many of us! Whether you’re hoping to join a particular ensemble, secure a soloist position or land a first chair spot, we’re sharing three of our best audition tips for musicians. You’ve chosen the perfect piece, spent weeks (or months) practicing, learned to control those pre-stage jitters, now all that’s left to do is step on out there and ace your audition. Even if you’re totally prepared there are things you can do to give yourself a little competitive edge come audition time. We’ll look at three awesome tricks that we’ve found to be successful, and we hope you share your words of advice
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The history of Canon in D

Beyond the Aisle with Pachelbel’s “Canon in D”

Perhaps the most influential eight bars of music ever written, Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” is instantly recognizable even to classical music rookies. With wedding season in full swing here at MNHQ, we thought we’d take a closer look at the story behind the nuptial favorite. Johann Pachelbel was somewhat of a mid-Baroque era superstar, credited with helping to develop the chorale prelude and fugue. His languid contrapuntal melodies were wildly popular throughout Europe, and he was a highly revered and sought-after teacher/mentor. Oh, and Pachelbel also was a close friend of the Bach family… yes, that Bach family. As is the case today, musical trends rose and fell out of fashion. Our friend Johann’s corales
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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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Georgia Stitt Interview

Q&A with Lyricist, Composer, Musical Director and All-Around Broadway Pro, Georgia Stitt

Dressing in a nun’s habit while singing in Latin on national live television? All in a day’s work for the supremely talented conductor, vocalist and writer Georgia Stitt! You may recognize Georgia from her role as a member of the nunnery in NBC’s ‘The Sound of Music Live!’ or as a vocal coach on ‘Grease: You’re the One that I Want!.’ You might also be a big fan (as we are) of her many  acclaimed written works including ‘Alphabet City Cycle,‘ ‘Sing Me a Happy Song‘ and ‘My Lifelong Love.’ We asked the lovely Broadway songstress to share a bit about her writing process, why she fell in love with the theatre, her best
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Madison, Wis

Facts, stats and interesting tidbits about the Musicnotes sheet music team!

Did you know that more than 4 million awesome musicians trust Musicnotes for their sheet music? And we’re proud to offer over 260,000 digital arrangements covering nearly every genre and instrument. But none of it would be possible without our super team of talented musicians, programmers and designers here at MNHQ in Madison, Wisconsin. We thought it’d be fun to survey our staff and learn a little more about the people behind all the great sheet music! Take a look at our results in the infographic below. Interested in learning more about Musicnotes? Check out our ‘About Us’ page for additional information. Want to join our team? See current job openings.

Practice Tips for Musicians

Maximize Your Time with These Practice Tips

Why do we practice? Sometimes it’s fun to pick up or sit down to your instrument and just play around, but that’s not really practicing. Practice, by definition, is a repeated performance or systematic exercise for the purpose of acquiring skill or proficiency. We as musicians are continuously honing our skills, reaching for the next level of competency and ultimate mastery of our instruments. Practice is work! And with these practice tips, you’ll be able to make the most of all the effort exerted during those precious practice hours. We’ll go through simple dos and don’ts of maximizing your practice time. And, like anything new, it’s going to take some practice
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