Archive for June, 2012

10 Little-Known Bassoon “facts”

By Charles Moehnke

It could be argued that all facts about the bassoon are little-known facts. That being said, most of them would also be pretty boring so I thought I’d focus on “facts” instead. The quotation marks mean we can have some fun while we learn!

“Fact” #1:
The bassoon is not an oboe.
You’d be amazed by how many times I’ve been asked, “You play the oboe, right?” The oboe and the bassoon are both in the double reed family and we do sit near each other in the orchestra, but they are, in fact, different instruments! All musicians who are already aware of the subtle differences between Continue reading ’10 Little-Known Bassoon “facts”’

Top 10 Facts About The Trumpet

By Brendan Lai-Tong

There are few instruments more familiar to the public than the trumpet. Influential artists such as Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Maurice Andre and Phillip Smith helped bring the trumpet into the public spotlight.  The trumpet is a versatile instrument that is present in a wide variety of musical genres such as classical, jazz, rock and more. As a result, there is an extensive amount of music composed for trumpet from solo repertoire to chamber music. Here are some facts about the trumpet that you may not know: Continue reading ‘Top 10 Facts About The Trumpet’

Happy Birthday – Igor Stravinsky

By Brendan Lai-Tong

Igor Stravinsky

Igor Stravinsky

Today we celebrate Igor Stravinsky, one of the most influential composers of the 20th century. Stravinsky was born on June 17, 1882, in Oranienbaum, Russia. His early years were spent learning piano and music theory. Despite having a natural talent for music at a very young age, his parents wanted him to become a lawyer. As a result, Stravinsky began law school studies in 1901. It was difficult

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Welcome to the official Sheet Music Plus Blog!

By Sheet Music Plus

Greetings music teachers, students and performers. Welcome to the official Sheet Music Plus blog!

We strive to bring you the most helpful, informative, and thought provoking articles written by musicians for musicians.Upcoming articles will feature composers, arrangers, and community ensembles, giving you insight into Continue reading ‘Welcome to the official Sheet Music Plus Blog!’

History of the B-Side

By Ryan Jobes

The disc record developed over the fist half of the 20th century and gained in popularity as radios and home stereos became an important part of family entertainment. By the 1940’s, thick 78 rpm records began to give way to crisper higher fidelity sound of records pressed on vinyl. During the 50’s and Continue reading ‘History of the B-Side’

Top 10 Little Known Facts About The Piano

By Brendan Lai-Tong

There are few activities more rewarding than learning to play the piano. While it is an amazingly complex instrument that takes years to master, it can also be fun for players of all levels. One of the greatest aspects about the piano is that it is immediately approachable and very versatile.

This is due in part to the wide selection of music available for piano, which spans many different styles and genres. There will most certainly be piano sheet music to play whether your interests are tuned to classical, jazz, pop or rock. Additionally, there are many great piano method books that make it really easy to teach yourself how to play piano.

Here are 10 unique and interesting facts about the piano that you may not know: Continue reading ‘Top 10 Little Known Facts About The Piano’



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