Campfire Songs and our Free Sheet Music

If you’re like many people, during the summertime or fall you might enjoy camping with your family somewhere in the wilderness. Whether you have an RV or a tent, you’ll probably light a fire when the sun goes down to enjoy the peacefulness of your trip. Of course, no campfire would be “complete” without marshmallows roasting over the open flames or hot dogs grilling on a stick. But there’s often something else that goes along with campfires — and that is a good, campfire song that everybody knows the words to. Many campfire songs have roots in folk music, like the ones you may find in our Campfire Folk Songs
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Help Decide March’s YouPerform Contest Winner!

We have had a number of great entries for March’s Musicnotes.com YouPerform Contest last month, and we need your help. Which of these great videos will be March’s winner? You tell us! Whether you vote for one of these duets or solos, tell us which one should win by casting your vote! This month, contestants performed their versions of Bunessan, Danny Boy and Hail to the Chief, which are Musicnotes Editions of sheet music from Musicnotes.com. For more ideas on sheet music to play for our YouPerform contest, take a look at these five classical sheet music contest selections. Good luck to all of our entrants for March’s contest! We
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Irish Sheet Music for St. Patrick’s Day!

Did you know that St. Patrick’s Day has been observed as both a secular and non-secular holiday? The religious feast day honoring St. Patrick has been celebrated by the Irish for over 1,000 years. Although the first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in New York City in 1762, it wasn’t until the late twentieth century that St. Patrick’s Day became recognized as a secular holiday. Irish sheet music, similar to songs found in a St. Patrick’s Day sheet music repertoire, offers a broad range of musical styles attributed to the Irish culture. In recent years, Celtic theme weddings have popularized songs like The Irish Wedding Song and the Irish
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5 Staff Classical Music Picks for February’s YouPerform Contest

Are you practicing your video entry for February’s YouPerform Contest? In January, we had announced new rules that would allow you to pick from over 1,000 songs featured in our Musicnotes Editions format. Some of you had asked why we limited the contest to the songs that we had arranged. All of our Musicnotes Editions are songs that are within the public domain that we arranged, which gives us the ability to offer you permission to record your performance. Even though you may love songs like Bella’s Lullaby or Stairway to Heaven, legally we can’t grant you permission to record the song. That right belongs to the copyright holder. The
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New Rules for Musicnotes.com’s January YouPerform Contest!

Back in October, we launched our very first video performance contest. Dubbing it the “YouPerform” contest, we have been offering you a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to Musicnotes.com by performing our free sheet music download of the month. As we had mentioned on the Musicnotes.com YouPerform Contest page and through various comments to our readers, the reason why we’ve focused the content around our free sheet music downloads is because they are Musicnotes Editions. We based our YouPerform Contest around these Musicnotes Editions for a few reasons. First, we wanted to ensure that no one had to worry about copyright restrictions. Copyright, as it relates to music
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Musicnotes Editions: What they Are, What Value they Provide

You may recognize this logo from our digital sheet music downloads and our free sheet music that we provide you with every month. Musicnotes Editions are sheet music downloads arranged by our talented staff. On every song bearing that green note, you will see this product description: This digital sheet music was arranged by Musicnotes’ staff of professional arrangers and composers or is a new engraving of the composition’s original printed arrangement. Upon purchase of Musicnotes Editions, you are granted performance and recording rights for the purchased piece. Musicnotes Editions provide musicians and vocalists with an added value for each and every piece of sheet music downloaded from our site
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