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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Great audition songs to land you the part.

40 MORE Audition Songs for the Stage

Need a musical piece for your school or college tryout?  Searching for a number suited to the part you’re looking to land? Musicnotes is back to help with 40 MORE songs to prepare for musical theater auditions. Following up on our popular “40+ Songs for Stage and Show Auditions” post,  we’ve again consulted with multiple auditioners who’ve worked on professional  productions of all sizes to bring you this extensive list of 40 great (think: not overused) audition pieces for the stage. What’s more, we’ve selected these works from 40 different shows, meaning even if one doesn’t seem like quite the right fit, you can explore a bit further to find
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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!

Downloadable Frozen Sheet Music

News: Frozen Sheet Music Breaks Sales Records

MADISON, WI – February 24, 2014 – Disney’s latest animated adventure, ‘Frozen,’ not only is proving to be a box-office behemoth and soundtrack smash, sheet music from the land of Arendelle is melting away the competition at Musicnotes.com, the world leader in downloadable sheet music and digital sheet music publishing. Downloadable sheet music for “Let It Go,” the film’s powerful tribute to embracing your individuality, has sold more than 25,000 copies since it was added to the Musicnotes catalogue early this year. Piano/Vocal/Chords, Singer Pro, Easy Piano and Beginner Notes sheet music for “Let It Go”  has outsold all other songs in each arrangement category. Additionally, many of the instrumental
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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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