Audution Suggestions from TV Shows

20 Great Vocal Auditions from ‘American Idol’ and ‘The Voice’

We don’t know about you, but some of us here at Musicnotes HQ are serious TV talent show devotees. With new seasons of ‘American Idol’ and ‘The Voice’ now in full swing, we’ve been filling many a weeknight cheering on our favorite contestants and critiquing their audition choices. These TV programs can prove to be a great resource for ideas to apply to your own upcoming vocal auditions or end-of-school year talent show selections. Below are some of the audition songs that have especially caught our ‘ears’ this season, and that we think would make great additions to a vocal repertoire. Most are Singer Pro arrangements, sheet music created for
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Graduation Songs for 2014

Pomp, Circumstance and Sheet Music: Class of 2014 Graduation Songs

If a picture is worth a thousand words, we think a piece of music can express a thousand emotions. May is just around the corner, and it’s time to reminisce on the past, look ahead to the future, and pick out  graduation songs that represent all of those feelings in the most meaningful way. We’ve gathered a terrific assortment of sheet music for graduation to help you celebrate the big day and commemorate your fantastic accomplishment. Check out our list below, including graduation song favorites, rock nostalgia, recent hits and even a few less-conventional options. We’ve also included a link to the song’s official video, so that you can be
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How to Read Sheet Music

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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"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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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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