Voted Best of NKY!

Willis Music is proud to be selected as a finalist for Best of NKY again this year… but we need your help! You can vote for us at the event on May 18th from 5:30-8:30 pm at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center. Tickets are normally $30 but you can use the code: finalist15 for $15 tickets! We hope to see you all there to help us WIN! 

Willis Music Company Chosen For Top 100 Music Stores In America

Free Drum Workshop – February 13

Is your child playing percussion at school?

Does your child need extra pratice & tips on mallet percussion, snare drum, or auxilary percussion?

Have you always wanted to play the drums?

Did you get a drumset for Christmas, and it’s started collecting dust?

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On Saturday, February 13, 2016, Willis Music in Lexington, KY will host a hour long Workshop for beginning percussionists from 4-5pm! And it’s FREE!

The workshop will made given by Willis Lexington staff, Chris Teesdale and Dillon Garnett! Door prizes will be given out for all participants!

Chris is our store manager, but also a percussionist & music educator who has taught at many schools in KY.

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Dillon is a part of our sales team, but also a member of the drumline and pep band at the Univ. of Kentucky!

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Come learn basic technique, get an introduction to different drumming styles including rudiments, and discover how to adjust/put together hardware and other parts of your drumset. That’s not all! We will be providing instruction on auxilary and mallet percussion instruments – perfect for any child playing at their school in grades 5-8 in the Lexington area!

To pre-register for this workshop you can stop by the Lexington Willis Music location, send us an email, or give us a call at 859-273-4063.

We look forward to seeing you on February 13! Be sure to bring your own mallets/drumsticks and practice pad!

Workshop participants will also receive a special discount for the day of the workshop on drumsets, cymbals, and more!

Beginning Guitar Workshop – March 19

Have you always wanted to learn the guitar?

Did you receive a guitar for Christmas and it’s starting to collect dust?

Here is how you can get a jump-start on one of the most popular instruments in history!

On Saturday, March 19, 2016, Willis Music in Lexington, KY will host a two-hour Guitar Workshop for beginners!

1:30pm – Registration
2-4pm – Beginning Guitar Workshop

The workshop will made given by Brent Larimore. A great music educator in the Lexington area!

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Come learn basic technique, picking and strumming styles, chords, a popular 12 Bar Blues progression, plus an easy scale for soloing! Each participant will receive a booklet to take home with you.

The cost for this two-hour workshop is $20. (A normal 30-minute guitar lesson would cost at least $20!) To pre-register for this workshop you can stop by the Lexington Willis Music location, send us an email, or give us a call at 859-273-4063.

We look forward to seeing you on March 19! Be sure to bring your own guitar (sorry no amps this time!). If you do not have a guitar, come see our awesome sales staff at the Lexington Willis Music store location and they will be glad to help you find the perfect guitar for you!

Instrument Petting Zoo @ Tween Night

On November 14, 2015 part of our staff at the Willis Music Lexington location, packed up several instruments and took them to the Explorium in downtown Lexington.  The city’s children museum hosted a Tween Night for about 100 children. As part of the event, Willis Music created an instrument petting zoo!

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This was a great event to promote music education to the children of Lexington. We also used this evening to promote our music lesson program to everyone in attendance. We provided violins, trumpets, trombones, a guitar, ukulele, keyboard, djembe, a drum pad, and a melodica!

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Congratulations to Sayuri Jones & students!

This is what making music is all about: Family, Friends and Community! Congratulations to Sayuri Jones and all the musicians that performed at the Sayuri Jones Music Studio Recital at the Willis Music Florence Performing Arts Center.  Well done! The piano that is center stage is the Steinway Model B (7′).

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Willis Music Florence Steinway Piano Gallery!

You are cordially invited to the Willis Music Florence Steinway Piano Gallery! We have the finest selection Steinway & Sons Family of Pianos (Steinway & Sons, Boston and Essex).  We also offer the top names in used pianos, Roland Digital pianos and Yamaha Digital pianos and keyboards. Ask for Rick Fuchs for all your piano and keyboard needs.

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New Sign on Mall Road says it all “Just Play”!

Willis Music Florence Super Store has a new look! We at Willis Music want to share with you the great benefits of music making. Take the first step and visit us in the store and experience our passion for music and helping you “Just Play”!

 

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Feature – ” Kid’s Got Talent “

Tired of Watching People You Don’t Know on TV

Here’s the solution – Willis Music Presents ” Kids Got Talent ”

Featuring young talent right from your own neighborhood and the teaching studios of  Willis Music – here is “Cool Hand” Luke playing “Indians”

Remember to “Like” Luke on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/WillisMusicCompany

Heavy Metal Uke and Scales and Lessons

So this video strolled by on the Facebook feed this morning and we just had to see it.  Pretty impressive playing on a uke!

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So being three quasi theory geeks we then began talking about which, if any, scale the guitarist from the original band that did this particular song would use.  We came to the conclusion that there isn’t one really, confirmed by a quick google search for articles about it.  It’s really just the chromatic scale and notes that “kind of” fit around the rhythm of the song, although we were initially intrigued about some talk of “the Devil’s Scale”, that turned out to be a bust and really just a reference to tritones.

 

So what is your favorite scale to play in?  Pentatonic?  Minor? Major?  Lydian Flat 5?  No right or wrong answer here, just let’s hear it? Or are you one of those people like these guitarists that prefer to NOT purposely use a scale, or just really have no idea what I’m talking about?  That’s ok too.

 

This reminds me and brings up another point.  If you’re one of those that has no idea what I’m talking about but don’t want to be, we have one of the best teaching staffs around.  Lessons are where we all learned our scales and how to use them.  It takes a lot of the frustration and what feels like literally reading Greek out of the process.  We just recently scheduled our 300th student here at Moeller of Willis Music West Chester!  Schedule lessons today and help us get to 400!

We have a handy website to help you out.  It’s called looking4lessons.com.  Simply click on the link and search for the instrument and area you want (use 45069 as the zip code if you’re looking for our store) and find the teacher that’s right for you.  Each teacher has a bio and their rates and times available.  Hope to see you soon!