10 Stretches for Musicians

Our Go-To Routine: 10 Essential Stretches for Musicians

Many people may not understand how physically demanding playing music can be, especially for those of us who have to hold the weight of an instrument through a long performance (we’re looking at you, marching euphoniums), or who often play lengthy, complex works solo (hello, concert pianists and strings musicians). Keeping your body in good physical shape is essential to playing your best, no matter your musical instruments. Endurance, control and overall flexibility will aid in preventing common injuries like tendonitis and muscle sprains, improve your posture, and ultimately help you to become a stronger musician. In addition to your regular cardiovascular and strength-building exercises, the following are helpful stretches
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10 Tips for Sight Reading Music

10 Tips and Tricks for Sight Reading Music

Sight reading seems to be one of those challenges that either a beginning musician loves or has recurring nightmares about. For those of us in the latter category, we’ve consulted with music educators who specialize in the important skill of sight reading music to make it less scary and (maybe even) a little enjoyable! Practice beforehand… Time signatures and key signatures are, well, key to being a successful sight reader. For a quick review of how to understand time signatures and key signatures, check out our basic sheet music reading primer. First, familiarize yourself with and practice a wide variety of time signatures so that you’re ready for any situation.
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Lindsey Stirling

Q&A with Superstar Dancer, Violinist and Musical Innovator Lindsey Stirling

Lindsey Stirling is an innovator in every sense of the word. Her ground-breaking fusion of hip hop, dubstep and classical violin wowed judges and audiences alike as a semi-finalist on America’s Got Talent in 2010. She’s fashioned an international-career-launching  YouTube channel, with upwards of 650 million views, showcasing her electrifying compositions, dazzling videos and imaginative collaborations. Her latest album, ‘Shatter Me,’ is topping charts around the globe. And, Lindsey Stirling just happens to be one of the nicest, most genuine artists we’ve had the privileged of working with. We asked Lindsey if she’d mind sharing a little about her musical background, her tips for building a YouTube audience and what’s
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Music from Around the World

Discover New Music from Around the World!

If you’re reading this post right now, there’s a 5% chance you’re joining us from Germany, an 8% chance you’re tuning in via Australia and a 12% chance you’re checking in from the UK. In fact, our sheet music is downloaded and played all around the world, in nearly every country. That’s why we work diligently to get new music from popular artists everywhere. What’s even cooler is that you can discover new music and artists just by browsing our website! Take a musical trip with us, and see what your fellow savvy sheet music shoppers are playing! Topping charts and sheet music stands in Ireland right now is Sam
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The Fault in Our Stars

Hot Summer Sheet Music Alert: ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ Selections Available Now!

Time heralded it as the #1 fiction book of 2012. The movie adaptation, out June 6, is projected to be a celestial summer smash. And we’re predicting the music chosen to accompany John Green’s emotional ‘The Fault in Our Stars‘ story will be topping many must-learn-to-play lists soon! ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ soundtrack, which quickly shot to #1 on the iTunes Soundtrack list and debuted on Billboard’s Soundtrack chart at #2, showcases many of today’s brightest mainstream and indie artists. And, it goes without saying, Musicnotes is proud to offer the best selection of instantly downloadable sheet music from the movie soundtrack! Learn a little about the soundtrack below,
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Challenging Classical Piano Works

Test Your Skill with Challenging Classical Piano Music!

Maybe you’re looking to pick a piano recital piece that’s sure to receive a standing ovation. Perhaps you want to impress friends at a impromptu dinner party session. Or, you could be on the hunt for a personal  challenge, classical piano music that will improve your finger dexterity or speed. Well, you’ve come to the right place! How difficult a classical work, or any piano piece, is to play can be interpreted many ways. Perhaps speed is a particular challenge for one pianist, while ornamentation is more demanding on someone else. Here at Musicnotes, we’ve opened up and explored our own portfolios to present to you works that have tested
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armed service songs

Memorial Day Music Class: The History of Armed Service Songs

Here in the US, we celebrate Memorial Day the final Monday in May to honor Americans who have died while in military service. Traditional festivities include parades, picnics and programs paying tribute to those who gave their lives in service to our country. Of course, these events are the perfect opportunity to feature the armed service songs from each military branch: “Anchors Aweigh” for the U.S. Navy, “The Caissons Go Rolling Along” for the U.S. Army,  “The Wild Blue Yonder” for the U.S. Air Force,  “The Marines’ Hymn” for the U.S. Marine Corps and “Semper Paratus” for the U.S. Coast Guard. Each of these armed service songs has a rich
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Honor Flight Donation Drive

Honored to Help Support Veterans, One Patriotic Sheet Music Download At a Time

MADISON, WI — May 17, 2014 — Sheet music and the military may not be associated with one another all too often, but for the nearly six weeks between Memorial Day and Independence Day, Musicnotes.com has made a tradition of donating $1 of every patriotic sheet music piece sold to Honor Flight programs. Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s war veterans through tours to their respective memorials in Washington, D.C. Musicnotes initiated the annual donation drive in 2011, after Musicnotes Chairman Tim Reiland happened to land at an airport the same time an Honor Flight trip was returning. While Reiland was familiar with the organization
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