sheet music for weddings

Happily Ever After: 100 Wedding Songs for Your Ceremony and Reception

Love is in the air this time of year, and the right music can make your big day all the more memorable. We’ve pulled together 100 popular wedding songs for your ceremony and reception. Simply click on a song title to preview and listen to each of the sheet music options. You can also view all available arrangements of each song, if available, by clicking the ‘See other arrangements of this song’ link. Not only are these great suggestions for you to choose for your own wedding day, learning to play any of them for the bride and groom makes a one-of-a-kind, heartfelt wedding gift as well! Traditional Ceremony Wedding
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Tips for taking care of your vocal chords

Take Care of Those Cords! 5 Essential Vocal Health Tips for Singers

Just as a clarinetist greases his corks or a violinist rosins her bow, there are certain steps we vocalists need to take in order to keep our ‘instrument’ in proper working order. But, while you protect your clarinet or violin in a case between practices, our vocal health is always vulnerable to outside elements. Good overall health, diet, proper hydration and rest are especially important for singers. The following are essential tips to protect our vocal cords before, during and after practicing and performing. 1. Warm Up Right We all know that lack of stretching and warm-up prior to physical activity can increase the risk of injury, right? Well, the
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Funny jokes about music

Jokes for Musicians: Our 12 Most Favorite Musical Jokes

It seems there’s no shortage of humor coming from a music room. (Hey, we need a little diversion after practicing Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” for the umpteenth time, right?) Check out some of our favorite jokes for musicians below, and be sure to share your favorite (all-audience-friendly) musical jokes in the comment section! Don’t worry oboists and viola players, you’re completely safe from our musical joke list! Percussionists, we really do still love you. 1. Want to hear the joke about a staccato? Never mind, it’s too short. Want to hear the one about fermata? Wait, it’s too long. 2. Don’t let you kids watch symphonies on TV. There’s too much
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Classical music influenced by nature

Classical Music Influenced by Mother Nature

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and we’re sure you have all your sheet music at-the-ready to celebrate the special ladies in your life. We thought we’d take the opportunity to explore the classical musical influences of another sort of maternal figure… mother nature. From the obvious, like birds chirping and raindrops falling, to the more abstract, like the sound of river water swiftly rushing over a rocky bed, natural sounds and patterns have influenced classical composers throughout history. Antonio Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons,” for example, pulls inspiration from each of nature’s stages to create a 4-concerto work that’s become a beloved Baroque repertoire staple. (Download our sheet music
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transpose your digital sheet music

Your Questions Answered: How Do I Transpose My Sheet Music?

One of our goals for this blog is to provide a resource to help you make the most of all the added-value features Musicnotes sheet music offers. Song transposition is one great example! Many of the arrangements on our site include the option to transpose the song into different keys. When you purchase a piece, you’ll have all transpositions available to you in our free web, PC and mobile apps. If a song has transpositions available, you’ll find them in the right-hand column of the product page, as seen in the circle of the image below. You may click on any available transposition to preview/listen to the piece in each
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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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All About Copyright Law

Your Questions Answered: How Does Copyright Law Work?

One of the questions we are asked most frequently is why you can only print one copy of most sheet music titles after you purchase them. Well, the short answer is because we have an agreement with sheet music publishers to sell their property (the arrangement of a song) while fully protecting their rights under the law. Copyright law can be a tricky subject. It affects any tangible form of expression, including sheet music, recorded music, books, newspaper articles, movies, images and more. In addition to it ethically being the correct thing to do, adhering to copyright law obviously also has legal implications that, if aren’t followed properly, can have
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Ohe-Hit Wonders

Too Good to Miss: Our Top 10 One-Hit Wonders of Sheet Music!

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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Jazz

Take 10: We’re Celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month With a New Jazz Sheet Music Value

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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