Love Piano Sheet Music? Learn about Types of Notation!

Notation is the way music is represented by written symbols. Symbols can include notes or other markings that indicate how to play your song. A few of you had asked what some of those musical symbols mean, and our production team recommended this list of modern musical symbols which includes everything from a “staff” to the “fermata” symbol, which looks like a bird’s eye. Did you know that sheet music is a form of music notation? There are several different ways that a song can be written into sheet music. Often, the notation may change depending upon the arrangement, complexity and musicians involved in the piece. For example, our Singer
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Chopin, Ask Musicnotes and U2 in The Whole Note

According to the Wikipedia entry on Chopin, “Chopin’s music for the piano combined a unique rhythmic sense (particularly his use of rubato), frequent use of chromaticism, and counterpoint. This mixture produces a particularly fragile sound in the melody and the harmony, which are nonetheless underpinned by solid and interesting harmonic techniques. He took the new salon genre of the nocturne, invented by Irish composer John Field, to a deeper level of sophistication. Three of Chopin’s twenty-one Nocturnes were only published after his death in 1849, contrary to his wishes. He also endowed popular dance forms, such as the Polish mazurek and the Viennese waltz, with a greater range of melody
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Had a Song Suggestion? Here’s a Few of Your Requests!

Seems like only yesterday when we posted about our continued efforts to help you find your song. We’re not ready to make our big announcement yet, but we can tell you that we’ve made significant changes on the back end to get ready a change. Before we revisit the song suggestion tool for those of you who are new to Musicnotes, here’s the Top Five most requested songs that are now available on Musicnotes.com. These are songs that YOU asked for, and are now available through our site for the US and Canada. One Pair of Hands by Carroll Roberson Never Say Never by The Fray Where the Story Ends
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How to Review Sheet Music on Musicnotes.com

Did you know that Musicnotes.com customers can review the sheet music they’ve purchased on our site? Sheet music reviews can be pretty subjective, because musicians and singers might have different levels of proficiency. That’s one of the reasons why we designed the reviews the way we did. Customers can score sheet music based on its difficulty, the quality of the arrangement and its accuracy. Combined with the ability to add personal comments, these star ratings offer a great perspective on the downloadable sheet music we have on our site before you purchase them. Take a look at the customer sheet music reviews for the song, “Viva La Vida.” The “reviews
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Follow this List of Your Favorite Musicians and Bands on Twitter!

Are you using Twitter to interact with your friends and family? Twitter is a micro-blogging service where you can send links and brief bits of news to your followers, reply to “Tweets” and get the latest news from people you follow. If you are already using Twitter, then you might want to consider follow your favorite bands and musicians, too! (We hope that you “follow” Musicnotes! Our Twitter account is located at: @music_notes.) Well, we’ve scoured the web to find a nice, long list of musicians and bands who have embraced this medium. Bands and Musicians on Twitter This is a long list of bands and musicians who are on
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2008: Highlights from Musicnotes.com

Whew! We’re already a few weeks into 2009, and it’s only just now starting to sink in.  2008 was a tremendous year for us at Musicnotes and, as usual, the holiday season was extraordinarily hectic (in that good kind of way, though).  Now that I’ve had a chance to finally take a step back and catch my breath, I’ve also had a chance to take a good, long look at everything that happened in 2008 – and there was a lot.  So much so, that there’s no way I could do everything justice.  There were quite a few highlights though, and if you haven’t been keeping a close eye on
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How to Suggest Your Song to Musicnotes.com

From weddings to funerals to the holidays and changes in your mood, there is a song for everyone. Musicnotes.com prides itself on offering a variety of songs that span a wide range of musical genres including everything from Broadway sheet music to movie soundtracks like the sheet music from Lord of the Rings. Even though we’re rapidly approaching 90,000 songs available for you to download instantly and offer almost 200,000 sheet music and songbooks, you may not find the song you’re looking for. There may be a number of reasons why we don’t offer the song you’re looking for on our site. The world of music publishing is a complicated
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How our Data Team Helps You Find Your Song

Did you know that our Data Team starts researching Christmas sheet music in July? Our Data team (pictured here with some geeky robots ordered from the fine folk over at Think Geek) researches a song’s origin, arrangement, history, lyrics, style and copyright holder well before the song can be turned into a sheet music download. As you can imagine, the older a song gets, the harder it is to research — especially if there are different versions of lyrics in other languages. You might understand why they have to research all the information they can about the song, but do you know why they need to track down the copyright
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Music Gift Ideas for Kids

Do you have a child that loves music? Are you shopping for your nephew or godchild for Christmas and have no idea what to get them? We put our heads together to come up with a list of musical gift ideas that are great for kids. Not only will these gifts foster their music abilities, but they can be as fun as they are educational, too! You’ll notice that some of these music gift ideas are perfect for kids that are younger than ten years old. If your child is taking music or theory lessons, we encourage you to double-check with them to see if they have any other ideas
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