Musicnotes.com Blog http://blog.musicnotes.com The official blog of Musicnotes.com Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:00:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 Too Good to Miss: Our Top 10 One-Hit Wonders of Sheet Music! http://blog.musicnotes.com/2014/04/18/one-hit-wonders/ http://blog.musicnotes.com/2014/04/18/one-hit-wonders/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:00:19 +0000 http://blog.musicnotes.com/?p=6727 Ah, the one-hit wonder. That time-honored cultural phenomenon of musical artists or groups breaking out with one fantastic, catchy, everyone-is-singing-along song, only to disappear faster than you can say “Macarena.” The truth is, many one-hit wonder artists are extremely talented musicians and/or song writers. And, just like the countless talents out there who haven’t scored the signature hit yet, there isn’t always a rhyme or reason to why only one song made it big. We’ve taken a look at our best-selling sheet music one-hit wonders below, defined as signature songs by artists who didn’t have another chart-topper. Just to note, we DID include songs by a-ha and Dexy’s Midnight Runner,
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Ah, the one-hit wonder. That time-honored cultural phenomenon of musical artists or groups breaking out with one fantastic, catchy, everyone-is-singing-along song, only to disappear faster than you can say “Macarena.”

The truth is, many one-hit wonder artists are extremely talented musicians and/or song writers. And, just like the countless talents out there who haven’t scored the signature hit yet, there isn’t always a rhyme or reason to why only one song made it big.

We’ve taken a look at our best-selling sheet music one-hit wonders below, defined as signature songs by artists who didn’t have another chart-topper. Just to note, we DID include songs by a-ha and Dexy’s Midnight Runner, even though the bands had additional #1 singles in the UK, “The Sun Always Shines on TV” and “Geno” respectively. But we did not include soundtrack songs like ‘Monty Python’s’ “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” and “That Thing You Do!” from the movie of the same name that told the story of, what else, a one-hit wonder.

Check out our Top 10 One-Hit Sheet Music Wonders below, click on an image or song title to preview/hear the sheet music, and see if you remember when these songs ruled the radio!

10. “Spirit in the Sky ” by Norman Greenbaum

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Charting for 15 weeks in 1970, Norman Greenbaum said he wrote the lyrics to “Spirit in the Sky” in just 15 minutes. The psychedelic rock-gospel hit continues to influence music lovers more than 40 years later.

9. “99 Red Balloons (99 Luftballons) ” by Nena

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New wave group Nena released an English language version of its hit “99 Luftballons” after the German hit went international in 1983. We’d venture to say it’s still one of the most fun-to-play pop songs in either language.

8. “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)” by Looking Glass

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Poor Brandy was left in love with a “man who’s not around,” but the digital sheet music for this #1 single of 1972 endures.

7. “Video Killed the Radio Star” by The Buggles

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Chosen as the music video to launch  MTV  in 1981, “Video Killed the Radio Star” was The Buggles’ debut single two years prior. The song continues to be a favorite of Musicnotes musicians, who are all stars as far as we’re concerned.

6. “Play That Funky Music” by Wild Cherry

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Boogie singers of 1976 got down to Wild Cherry’s “Play That Funky Music,” and we’re still dancin’ and singin’ and movin’ to the groovn’ of its sheet music today.

5. “Come On Eileen” by Dexy’s Midnight Runners

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Incorporating banjo, accordion, fiddle and saxophone into one of 1983′s biggest pop chart-toppers, Dexy’s Midnight Runners had us all crooning too-ra-loo-ra, too-ra-loo-rye, aye… and we haven’t stopped.

4. “What’s Up?” by 4 Non Blondes

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Linda Perry has written and produced a number of hits for Christina Aguilera, Pink, Alicia Keys and many more of today’s most popular musicians. However, as the guitarist and vocalist of 4 Non Blondes she only achieved one big single, the rousing anthem “What’s Up?,” in 1993.

3. “Take on Me” by a-ha

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Pop music had an ‘a-ha’ moment… literally… when the Norwegian synthpop group’s “Take on Me” spent 23 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1985. Now, hundreds of musicians take on playing the digital sheet music to this classic each year.

2. “Bad Day” by Daniel Powter

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“Bad Day” by Daniel Powter was the first single ever to sell 2 million digital copies in the US, it also was our Musicnotes “Song of the Year” in 2006, out-selling all other digital sheet music titles. Eight years later, Powter has yet to replicate the success of “Bad Day,” but it remains a popular choice for digital sheet music-savvy musicians.

1. “Hey There Delilah” by Plain White T’s

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Boy falls for girl, boy writes song to woo girl, song shoots to the top of the charts and earns two Grammy nods. Following the previous one-hit sheet music wonder entry, the Plain White T’s “Hey There Delilah” was our “Song of the Year” in 2007. It stands as the best-selling sheet music download by singularly (commercially) successful musician today.

Do you have a favorite one-hit wonder song to listen to and/or play? How amazing would it be to have even just a single song reach millions of people? Share your one-hit wonder-ful musings in the comments below!

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Take 10: We’re Celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month With a New Jazz Sheet Music Value http://blog.musicnotes.com/2014/04/17/standards-jazz-sheet-music/ http://blog.musicnotes.com/2014/04/17/standards-jazz-sheet-music/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:49:56 +0000 http://blog.musicnotes.com/?p=6776 Did you know that April is Smithsonian’s Jazz Appreciation Month? Jazz often is called America’s classical music. Whether swing, bop, ragtime, scat,  soul or funk, the genre’s imprint is evident in nearly every modern musical form. One of the most important aspects to playing and performing jazz music is improvisation, or spontaneously creating a melody over a set harmony. As Duke Ellington famously said, “You’ve got to find some way of saying it without saying it.” Listening to and learning to play jazz standards is fundamental for anyone looking to hone his or her jazz improv skills. To celebrate the art of jazz, and help you learn to play, we’ve
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Did you know that April is Smithsonian’s Jazz Appreciation Month? Jazz often is called America’s classical music. Whether swing, bop, ragtime, scat,  soul or funk, the genre’s imprint is evident in nearly every modern musical form.

One of the most important aspects to playing and performing jazz music is improvisation, or spontaneously creating a melody over a set harmony. As Duke Ellington famously said, “You’ve got to find some way of saying it without saying it.” Listening to and learning to play jazz standards is fundamental for anyone looking to hone his or her jazz improv skills.

To celebrate the art of jazz, and help you learn to play, we’ve put together a collection of some of the greatest, most influential standards. For just $19.95 you’ll receive 10 jazz sheet music essentials every musician should have in his or her repertoire, that’s less than $2 per song!

Included in our “10 Essential Jazz Standards” collection are these masterworks spanning jazz history:

  • It Had to Be You (1924)
  • Stardust (1928)
  • Ain’t Misbehavin’ (1929)
  • Georgia on My Mind  (1930)
  • Stormy Weather  (1933)
  • Summertime (1935)
  • Lullaby of Birdland (1952)
  • Cry Me a River (1953)
  • Misty (1954)
  • Fly Me to the Moon (1954)

Don’t wait too long to take advantage of this special collection, as it will be available for a limited time only. Download yours today, and appreciate jazz in one of the very best ways possible.

 

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How to Read Sheet Music: Channel Your Inner Musician with These Simple Steps! http://blog.musicnotes.com/2014/04/11/how-to-read-sheet-music/ http://blog.musicnotes.com/2014/04/11/how-to-read-sheet-music/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:50:34 +0000 http://blog.musicnotes.com/?p=6545 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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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. And they represent the pitch, speed and rhythm of the song they convey, as well as expression and techniques used by a musician to play the piece. Think of the notes as the letters, the measures as the words, the phrases as the sentences and so forth. Learning to read music really does open up a whole new world to explore!

Follow our step-by-step introduction to the language of music below, download your FREE tools at the end of this article, and you’ll be playing along in no time at all.

Step 1: Learn the Basic Symbols of Notation

Music is made up of a variety of symbols, the most basic of which are the staff, the clefs and the notes. All music contains these fundamental components, and in order to learn how to read music, you must first familiarize yourself with these basics.

The Staff

The staff consists of five lines and four spaces. Each of those lines and each of those spaces represents a different letter, which in turn represents a note. Those lines and spaces represent notes named A-G, and the note sequence moves alphabetically up the staff.

The-Staff

Treble Clef

There are two main clefs with which to familiarize yourself; the first is a treble clef. The treble clef has the ornamental letter G on the far left side. The G’s inner swoop encircles the “G” line on the staff. The treble clef notates the higher registers of music, so if your instrument has a higher pitch, such as a flute, violin or saxophone, your sheet music is written in the treble clef.  Higher notes on a keyboard also are notated on the treble clef.

The-Treble-Clef

We use common mnemonics to remember the note names for the lines and spaces of the treble clef. For lines, we remember EGBDF by the word cue “Every Good Boy Does Fine.” Similarly for the spaces, FACE is just like the word “face.”

Bass Clef

The line between the two bass clef dots is the “F” line on the bass clef staff, and it’s also referred to as the F clef. The bass clef notates the lower registers of music, so if your instrument has a lower pitch, such as a bassoon, tuba or cello, your sheet music is written in the bass clef. Lower notes on your keyboard also are notated in the bass clef.

The-Bass-Clef

A common mnemonic to remember note names for the lines of the bass clef is: GBDFA “Good Boys Do Fine Always.” And for the spaces: ACEG, “All Cows Eat Grass.”

Notes

Notes placed on the staff tell us which note letter to play on our instrument and how long to play it. There are three parts of each note, the note head, the stem and the flag.

In order to know how to read music, you must learn the parts of a musical note.

Every note has a note head, either filled (black) or open (white). Where the note head sits on the staff (either on a line or a space) determines which note you will play. Sometimes, note heads will sit above or below the five lines and four spaces of a staff. In that case, a line is drawn through the note, above the note or below the note head, to indicate the note letter to play, as in the B and C notes above.

The note stem is a thin line that extends either up or down from the note head. The line extends from the right if pointing upward or from the left if pointing downward. The direction of the line doesn’t affect how you play the note, but serves as a way to make the notes easier to read while allowing them to fit neatly on the staff. As a rule, any note at or above the B line on the staff have downward pointing stems, those notes below the B linehave upward pointing stems.

The note flag is a curvy mark to the right of the note stem. Its purpose is to tell you how long to hold a note. We’ll see below how a single flag shortens the note’s duration, while multiple flags can make it shorter still.

Learn musical note values in order to know how to read music.

Now that you know the parts to each note, we’ll take a closer look at those filled and open note heads discussed above. Whether a note head is filled or open shows us the note’s value, or how long that note should be held. Start with a closed note head with a stem. That’s our quarter note, and it gets one beat. An open note head with a stem is a half note, and it gets two beats. An open note that looks like an “o” without a stem is a whole note, and it gets held for four beats.

You need to learn note values in order to read sheet music.

There are other ways to extend the length of a note. A dot after the note head, for example, adds another half of that note’s duration to it. So, a half note with a dot would equal a half note and a quarter note; a quarter note with a dot equals a quarter plus an eighth note. A tie may also be used to extend a note. Two notes tied together should be held as long as the value of both of those notes together, and ties are commonly used to signify held notes that cross measures or bars.

Learn how to read music by counting musical notes

Learn how to read sheet music by counting musical notes

The opposite may also happen, we can shorten the amount of time a note should be held, relative to the quarter note. Faster notes are signified with either flags, like the ones discussed above, or with beams between the notes. Each flag halves the value of a note, so a single flag signifies 1/2 of a quarter note, a double flag halves that to 1/4 of a quarter note, et cetera. Beams do the same, while allowing us to read the music more clearly and keep the notation less cluttered. As you can see, there’s no difference in how you count the eighth and 16th notes above. Follow along with the sheet music for “Alouette” to see how beams organize notes!

But what happens when there isn’t a note taking up each beat? It’s easy, we take a rest! A rest, just like a note, shows us how long it should be held based on its shape. See how whole and quarter rests are used in the song “A Tisket, A Tasket.”

Learn how to read sheet music with rests

Step 2: Pick Up the Beat

In order to play music, you need to know its meter, the beat you use when dancing, clapping or tapping your foot along with a song. When reading music, the meter is presented similar to a fraction, with a top number and a bottom number, we call this the song’s time signature. The top number tells you how many beats to a measure, the space of staff in between each vertical line (called a bar). The bottom number tells you the note value for a single beat, the pulse your foot taps along with while listening.
Learn how to play sheet music with a 4/4 time signature.

In the example above, the time signature is 4/4, meaning there are 4 beats per bar and that every quarter note gets one beat. Click here to listen to sheet music written in 4/4 time, and try counting along 1,2,3,4 – 1,2,3,4 with the beat numbers above.
In the example below, the time signature is 3/4, meaning there are 3 beats per bar and that every quarter note gets one beat. Click here to listen to sheet music written in 3/4 time, try counting the beats, 1,2,3 – 1,2,3.

Learn how to read sheet music with a 3/4 time signature.

Let’s look again at the above examples, notice that even though the 4/4 time signature in “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” calls for 4 beats per bar, there aren’t 4 notes in second bar? That’s because you have two quarter notes and one half note, which added together equal 4 beats.

In addition to your note values and time signature, the last piece to feeling the rhythm is knowing your tempo, or beats per minute. Tempo tells you how fast or slow a piece is intended to be played, and often is shown at the top of a piece of sheet music. A tempo of, say 60 BPM (beats per minute) would mean you’d play 60 of the signified notes every minute or a single note every second. Likewise, a tempo of 120 would double the speed at 2 notes every second.  You may also see Italian words like “Largo,” “Allegro” or “Presto” at the top of your sheet music, which signify common tempos. Musicians use a tool, called a metronome, to help them keep tempo while practicing a new piece. Click here to see an online metronome tool, and click on the circles next to the BPM values to see how a tempo can speed up and slow down.

Tempo examples you might come across when learning how to play sheet music.

Step 4: Play a Melody

Congratulations, you’re almost on your way to reading music! First, let’s look at scales. A scale is made of eight consecutive notes, for example, the C major scale is composed of C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C. The interval between the first note of your C major scale and the last is an example of an octave. The C major scale is very important to practice, since once you have the C scale down, the other major scales will start to fall into place. Each of the notes of a C major scale corresponds with a white key on your keyboard. Here’s how a C major scale looks on a staff and how that corresponds to the keys on your keyboard:

Learn how to play a scale

How to play a C scale on the piano

You’ll notice that as the notes ascend the staff, and move to the right on your keyboard, the pitch of the notes gets higher. But, what about the black keys? Musically, whole tones, or whole steps between the note letters, would limit the sounds we’re able to produce on our instruments. Let’s consider the C major scale you just learned to play. The distance between the C and the D keys in your C scale is a whole step, however the distance between the E and the F keys in your C scale is a half step. Do you see the difference? The E and the F keys don’t have a black key in between them, thus they’re just a half step away from one another. Every major scale you’ll play on a keyboard has the same pattern, whole-whole-half-whole-whole-whole-half. There are many other types of scales, each with unique sounds, like minor scales, modal scales and more that you’ll come across later on, but for now let’s focus just on major scales and the major scale pattern. Look at the C major scale again on the keyboard below.

Steps-on-a-Keyboard

Semitones, or half-steps on the keyboard, allow us to write an infinite variety of sounds into music. A sharp, denoted by the ♯ symbol, means that note is a semitone (or half step) higher than the note head to its right on sheet music. Conversely, a flat, denoted by a ♭ symbol, means the note is a semitone lower than the note head to its right. You’ll notice on the keyboard picture and notated staff below, showing each half step between the C and the E notes, that whether you use the sharp or the flat of a note depends on whether you’re moving up or down the keyboard.

Learn how to read sheet music using sharp notes

Learn how to read sheet music using flat notes.

There’s one more symbol to learn regarding semitones, and that’s the natural, denoted by a ♮. If a note is sharp or flat, that sharp or flat extends throughout the measure, unless there’s a natural symbol. A natural  cancels a sharp or flat within a measure or a song. Here’s what playing C to E would look like with natural symbols.

How to read sheet music with natural symbols.

Finally, in order to read music, you’ll need to understand key signatures. You actually already know one key signature, the key of C! The C major scale you learned above was in the key of C. Scales are named after their tonic, the preeminent note within the scale, and the tonic determines what key you play in. You can start a major scale on any note, so long as you follow the whole-whole-half-whole-whole-whole-half pattern. Now, following that pattern in keys other than the key of C will require you to use sharps and flats. Since that’s the case, we place the sharps or flats for your song’s key signature right before the meter, after the clef, on your sheet music. That tells you to maintain those sharps or flats throughout the music, unless of course there’s a natural symbol to override it. You will begin to recognize the key signatures of pieces based on what sharps or flats are shown. Here’s a quick glimpse at some key signatures using sharps and flats:

Learn how to read sheet music with sharp key signatures.

Learn how to play sheet music with flat key signatures.

Step 5: Print Out Your FREE Tools!

We hope you’re excited to start reading music! In order to help you along on your musical journey, we’ve created a few FREE tools to start practicing with.

First, we’re offering you a FREE Beginner Notes download! Click here for the sheet music to “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” and be sure to take a look at our huge Beginner Notes sheet music assortment, all of which you’ll be able to play using the steps above. Play current hits like “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, “Let It Go” from ‘Frozen’ and “Say Something” by A Great Big World, just to name a few. We’re adding NEW Beginner Notes daily, so be sure to check back often and learn to play all your favorite songs!

We’ve also created a handy guide for lettering the keys on your keyboard or piano. Download your Keyboard Note Guide here, to print, fold and place on your keyboard. Once you become familiar with the keys, you can easily remove it and continue to strengthen your note-reading skills.

For those who don’t have access to a keyboard, you can download a free keyboard app for your iPad here, or a free Android keyboard app here. Don’t forget to download your Musicnotes Decks: Music Flash Cards app for iPhone and iPad as well. For just $2.99 you’ll receive three decks of flash cards, including music symbols, two full octaves of treble clef notes and two octaves of bass clef notes.

Good luck, and most importantly, have fun!

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Congratulations to “Happy,” Our 2014 March Musical Mania Champion! http://blog.musicnotes.com/2014/04/11/congratulations-happy-2014-march-musical-mania-champion/ http://blog.musicnotes.com/2014/04/11/congratulations-happy-2014-march-musical-mania-champion/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:27:54 +0000 http://blog.musicnotes.com/?p=6717 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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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:

But hurry, this sale ends at midnight CDT tonight (4/11/2014). Thank you to all who voted and participated in our tournament, you each deserve a standing ovation!

 

-The Musicnotes Team

 

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The March Musical Mania Grand Finale: Which Song Should be Crowned Champion? http://blog.musicnotes.com/2014/04/08/march-musical-mania-grand-finale-song-crowned-tournament-champion/ http://blog.musicnotes.com/2014/04/08/march-musical-mania-grand-finale-song-crowned-tournament-champion/#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 14:51:30 +0000 http://blog.musicnotes.com/?p=6674 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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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 music luminary.

Vote for your favorite of the two now, and be sure to share with your friends to help make your favorite the Tournament Champion!

Finals voting runs 4/8-4/10 and the winner will be announced 4/11. Click here to see voting results from Round One, click here to see Round Two results, click here to see Round Three, click here to see Round Four, click here for semi-finals results.

VOTE BELOW! FINALS VOTING ENDS AT 11:59 CDT ON APRIL 10, 2014.

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Be sure to check out all the sheet music featured in this year’s tournament bracket. Browse, buy and play all 64 fantastic contenders here!

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Vote for Which Two Songs Should Compete in Our March Musical Mania Finale! http://blog.musicnotes.com/2014/04/04/vote-two-songs-compete-march-musical-mania-finale/ http://blog.musicnotes.com/2014/04/04/vote-two-songs-compete-march-musical-mania-finale/#comments Fri, 04 Apr 2014 13:57:25 +0000 http://blog.musicnotes.com/?p=6623 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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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 click here.

Vote for your favorites in each of the two semi-final head-to-head match-ups below, and be sure to tell your friends to join in. Voting ends at 11:59 CDT on Monday, April 7.

Without further ado, we present to you your March Musical Mania Fantastic Four!

Semi-Finals voting runs 4/4-4/7 and Finals voting runs 4/8-4/10. Click here to see voting results from Round One, click here to see Round Two results, click here to see Round Three, click here to see Round Four.

VOTE BELOW! SEMI-FINALS VOTING ENDS AT 11:59 CDT ON APRIL 7, 2014.

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March Musical Mania Epic Eight: Vote for Which Category Champs Move On! http://blog.musicnotes.com/2014/04/01/march-musical-mania-epic-eight/ http://blog.musicnotes.com/2014/04/01/march-musical-mania-epic-eight/#comments Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:52:40 +0000 http://blog.musicnotes.com/?p=6555 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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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 for your favorite songs in each category final match-up below! Quarter-final voting closes at midnight CDT on Thursday!

Quarter-Final voting takes place 4/1-4-3, Semi-Finals 4/4-4/7 and Finals voting runs 4/8-4/10. Click here to see voting results from Round One, click here to see Round Two results, click here to see Round Three.

VOTE BELOW! CATEGORY FINALS VOTING ENDS AT
11:59 CDT on APRIL 3, 2014.

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March Musical Mania Super 16: Vote for Which Songs Continue On to the Epic Eight! http://blog.musicnotes.com/2014/03/28/march-musical-mania-super-16/ http://blog.musicnotes.com/2014/03/28/march-musical-mania-super-16/#comments Fri, 28 Mar 2014 14:03:31 +0000 http://blog.musicnotes.com/?p=6540 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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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 Epic Eight. Round 3 of voting closes at midnight CDT on Monday!

Third Round of voting takes place 3/28-3/31, Quarter Finals 4/1-4/3, Semi-Finals 4/4-4/7 and Finals voting runs 4/8-4/10. Click here to see voting results from Round One, Click here to see Round Two results.

VOTE BELOW! ROUND THREE VOTING ENDS 11:59 CDT on MARCH 31, 2014.

Classical & Jazz Round 3

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Movies & Musicals Round 3

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Pop & Rock Round 3

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Country & Christian Round 3

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March Musical Mania Round Two: Vote for Which Songs Continue On in Our Tournament! http://blog.musicnotes.com/2014/03/25/march-musical-mania-round-two/ http://blog.musicnotes.com/2014/03/25/march-musical-mania-round-two/#comments Tue, 25 Mar 2014 18:37:19 +0000 http://blog.musicnotes.com/?p=6524 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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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 hear the sheet music for each song, follow along with your printable song bracket, and get your friends to join in the fun!

Second Round of voting takes place 3/25-3/27, Third Round 3/28-3/31, Quarter Finals 4/1-4/3, Semi-Finals 4/4-4/7 and Finals voting runs 4/8-4/10. Click here to see voting results from Round One!

VOTE BELOW! ROUND TWO VOTING ENDS 11:59 PM CST on MARCH 27, 2014.

Classical & Jazz Round 2

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Movies & Musicals Round 2

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Pop & Rock Round 2

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Country & Christian Round 2

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Play March Musical Mania: Vote In Our Tournament of Songs! http://blog.musicnotes.com/2014/03/21/march-musical-mania/ http://blog.musicnotes.com/2014/03/21/march-musical-mania/#comments Fri, 21 Mar 2014 13:02:18 +0000 http://blog.musicnotes.com/?p=6467 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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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 for each song, follow along with the results when you print out your March Musical Mania song bracket PDF, and get your friends to join in the fun!

First round of voting takes place 3/21-3/24, second round 3/25-3/27, third round 3/28-3/31, quarter finals 4/1-4/3, semi-finals 4/4-4/7 and finals voting runs 4/8-4/10.

VOTE BELOW! ROUND ONE VOTING ENDS 11:59 PM CST on MARCH 24, 2014

Classical & Jazz Round 1

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Movies & Musicals Round 1

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Pop & Rock Round 1

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Country & Christian Round 1

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