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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Peter Cincotti

Q&A with pianist, jazz prodigy and singer-songwriter sensation Peter Cincotti!

At age 12, he began to play piano professionally. At 17, he portrayed Frank Sinatra off-Broadway. At 19, he reached #1 on the Billboard Traditional Jazz charts (the youngest artist to-date to do so), and he had played for Stevie Wonder (read the story below). And today, Peter Cincotti is recording his fifth studio album, writing his second full-length musical (with sister, Pia Cincotti) and touring the world, captivating audiences with both his masterful renditions of jazz standards as well as his genre-spanning original works. Musicnotes caught up with Cincotti to chat about what it’s like going from a young prodigy to pop star, what influences his songwriting process and
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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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