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Rolling Stone’s Top 10 Guitarists

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Rolling Stone knows a thing or two about great guitar playing, and their top 10 list is rooted in the classics. Click the pic above to see if you agree.

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Line 6′s New Amplifi Raises The Bar

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Incredible amp tones? CHECK!

Bluetooth capable? CHECK!

5 speaker sound system? CHECK!

On-board tone matching? CHECK!

Killer 2-tone look? CHECK!

All the new Line 6 Amplifi needs is a cape, because this is surely the Super Amp of 2014. Click the pic for more!

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What The Heck is a Cajon?

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A Cajon drum is a percussion musical instrument that existed in the eighteenth century. Its origin can be traced from the slaves of Africa and Peru which makes it known worldwide.

Another theory on the origins of the drum dates back to when the Spaniards colonized the African territories and banned music. The African slaves notwithstanding the risks it would cause them kept these drums and played with them secretly. The Cajon’s were made to appear like chairs and pieces of furniture so as to conceal their true nature.

The Cajon box drum became very famous around 1850 and towards the end of that century. Musicians, particularly the Cajon players, started experimenting with the designs and features of the drum thereby causing different beats and sounds to come out of the instrument. The drum has greatly evolved since then.

This instrument is made up of wood. The front side which is called the head is made up of thin plywood. This is the part where the musician slaps the palm of his hand to make a musical sound. A hole is located on the back of the box in order to release the sound. The musical player sits on the drum and slaps the head of the Cajon situated between his legs.

Other modern versions of the Cajon Drum have features that can adjust the tones and timbres in order to produce a variety of sounds. The percussionist or drummer may also slap the sides of the box with his hands if he wants to create further sounds. These types of drums are now being widely used globally. It has been known for its versatility and style that not only percussionists are playing this instrument nowadays but other musicians as well.

Click the pic for a great cajon solo!

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Super Hit “Royals” w/ a UK Spin!

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Lorde’s award winning hit, “Royals”, gets a basketball themed makeover by these UK Wildcat fans! Click to watch.

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Alternate Tuning Made Easy

In the scheme of things, tuning your guitar is pretty easy. But what about all those cool sounds from classic rock, jazz, folk and bluegrass that you seem to be unable to find? If you’re struggling to stretch your fingers across the neck in a musical game of Twister, these cool tunings might make your life a lot easier!

NameNotes in Tuning
Standarde1a1d2g2b2e3
Drop Dd1a1d2g2b2e3
Half Step Downd#1g#1c#2f#2a#2d#3
Full Step Downd1g1c2f2a2d3
1 and 1/2 Steps Downc#1f#1b1e2g#2c#3
Double Drop Dd1a1d2g2b2d3
Drop Cc1g1c2f2a2d3
Drop C#c#1g#1c#2f#2a#2d#3
Drop Bb0f#1b1e2g#2c#3
Drop A#a#0f1a#1d#2g2c3
Drop Aa0e1a1d2f#2b2
Open Dd1a1d2f#2a2d3
Open D Minord1a1d2f2a2d3
Open Gd1g1d2g2b2d3
Open G Minord1g1d2g2a#2d3
Open Cc1g1c2g2c3e3
Open C#c#1f#1b2e2g#2c#3
Open C Minorc1g1c2g2c3d#3
Open E7e1g#1d2e2b2e3
Open E Minor7e1b1d2g2b2e3
Open G Major7d1g1d2f#2b2d3
Open A Minore1a1e2a2c3e3
Open A Minor7e1a1e2g2c3e3
Open Ee1b1e2g#2b2e3
Open Ae1a1c#2e2a2e3
C Tuningc1f1a#1d#2g2c3
C# Tuningc#1f#1b1e2g#2c#3
Bb Tuninga#0d#1g#1c#2f2a#2
A to A (Baritone)a0d1g1c2e2a2
D A D D D Dd1a1d2d2d3d3
C G D G B Dc1g1d2g2b2d3
C G D G B Ec1g1d2g2b2e3
D A D E A Dd1a1d2e2a2d3
D G D G A Dd1g1d2g2a2d3

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Neal Schon’s Custom Fender Strat

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Sammy Hagar and Neal Schon of Journey have a very long friendship, and the two reunited for Sammy’s newest CD, “Sammy Hagar & Friends”. Neal’s guitar is all over the cover of “Personal Jesus”, and his new custom Fenders are all over the video. Click the pic to watch.

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Laughter is the Best Medicine!

Musicians work hard, but they enjoy a great laugh as much as anyone. Below are some player-friendy jokes sure to bring a smile or two.

A young child says to his mother, “Mom, when I grow up I’d like to be a musician.” She replies, “Well honey, you know you can’t do both.”

Q: How do you make musicians complain?
A: Pay them.
Q: What’s the difference between a banjo and an onion?
A: Nobody cries when you chop up a banjo.

Q: What did the drummer get on his I.Q. Test?
A: Saliva.

Q: What do call a guitar player without a girlfriend?
A: Homeless.

Q: What is another term for trombone?
A: A wind driven, manually operated, pitch approximator.

Q: What do you call a guitar player that only knows two chords?
A: A music critic

Q: How many guitar players does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: 13 – one to do it, and twelve to stand around and say, “Phhhwt! I can do that!”

Tuba Player: “Did you hear my last recital?”
Friend: “I hope so.”

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Your Home is a Musical Instrument

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This video proves music can be made with anything!

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Great Video of Glass Breaking by Voice!

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Some hairbands of the 80′s may have sounded like they were breaking glass with their voices, but the TV show Mythbusters has shown everyone how to do it with a lot less spandex!

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Deal of the Day!

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Deal of the Day!!

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Deal Of The Day Feb. 24th!

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Great amp at a very great price!

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Hot Rod Walt Gretsch Guitars are Here!

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Gretsch guitars have been used for every type of music made. Country guys love ‘em, rockers swing ‘em around, punks slam power chords on ‘em and the jazz cats swear by their smooth tone. One thing everyone agrees on; Gretsch guitars look cool! Gretsch has now had renowned pin-stripe artist Hot Rod Walt come into the factory and do one-of-a-kind pin-striping on a few models, and we’ve got ‘em here at Willis Music in Louisville!

Click the pic to see Hot Rod Walt in action!

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How to Walk Like a Zombie!

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They’re everywhere…. ZOMBIES! In the days to come, we’ll be providing resources to help in your quest to evade the undead.

We make no promises…these are just tools. The burden of, pardon the pun, execution is entirely yours.

Click the link above if you want to live!!!

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Trick or Treat with Willis Music!

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Bring your little monsters by on Halloween, Thursday, October 31st between 4pm and 7pm for trick or treating! Willis Music will have spooky music & sweet treats for you and the kids… and maybe a scare or two!

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Shred Fest 2013 Recap & Showdown Video

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CLICK PIC TO SEE THE SHOWDOWN!

We’re all about giving musicians some glory here at Willis Music, and one of our most popular annual events is Shred Fest. This year we had 21 guitarists post 60 second videos of themselves “shredding”. The top 7 with the most “likes” came into our store on September 28, were split into 2 groups and played live in our auditorium for a packed house of guitar worshipers. Judging for this portion of the contest was done by 2012 Shred Fest winner Chris Alia and Louisville musician and educator, Brian White. The winners from those groups, Monte Phillips and Cheyenne Powell,  then went head-to-head against each other in hopes of winning a brand new B.C. Rich Flying V guitar. Judging for this portion of the event was based entirely on audience response. At the end of a spectacular guitar battle, Cheyenne Powell of local band Overload walked away the winner. Thanks very much to everyone who played, voted and came out to support musicians who’ve worked incredibly hard on their abilities. 2014′s Shred Fest will be the first to feature a backing track entry video, so start prepping now!

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The final 7 left to right are:

Sean Cook, Monte Phillips, Ryan Preston, Cody Weigleb, Garrett Morton, Mark Doss, Cheyenne Powell

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Cymbal Vote 2013 is Coming!

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What is cymbal vote???

Cymbal Vote allows drummers from around the world to determine what new models SABIAN will introduce in 2014. SABIAN has long been known for its innovation in cymbals, and frankly, each year we develop more cool new ideas than we can introduce as new products in a single year. So we decided to let you decide! These drummers get to hear cymbals never seen before and comment on how each performs; could be improved or what they love about it.

Want to hear these cymbals for yourself? A limited number of Cymbal Vote Tour stops have been scheduled around the world. Willis Music in Louisville is proud to have been asked to participate in this; join us Saturday, October 12 at Noon to be a part of this!

The votes from drummers from around the world will decide which 4 cymbals become the new models for 2014 and get to wear the Cymbal Vote crown. The winners will be announced at the NAMM show in January and available in local retail stores soon after that.

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Meet the 2013 Shred Fest Finalists!

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The voting is done!!! Shred Fest 2013 will feature these 8 monster players competing in our store auditorium on September 28th at 1pm to win a new B.C. Rich V! Come out and support musicians who obviously put serious time into their chops!

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Shred Fest 2013 is Here!!!

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We’re giving away a new B.C. Rich V this year… you should win it!

ENTRY RULES-

Submit a video no more than 60 seconds of you shredding any style on any kind of guitar to our Willis MusicSuperstore Facebook page.

The more “likes” your video gets, the better chance you have to be a finalist.

The 8 videos with the most “likes” come in on Sept. 28th and go at it.

Judging is determined by 3 panelists, including last year’s winner Chris Alia, and crowd response, so bring people!

The winner walks out with a brand new B.C. Rich guitar.

GOOD LUCK!

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Violins as Colorful as the Music You Make!

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The sound of the orchestra’s stringed instruments is rich and full of emotion and color. We thought it would be great if we could find violins in colors as vibrant as their sound, and we have. Stentor makes instruments that not only sound great, but look great, too! Drop by and check out our display soon- these are sure to move fast.

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Shred Fest 2013 is Here!!!

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ENTRY RULES-

Submit a video no more than 60 seconds of you shredding any style on any kind of guitar to our Willis MusicSuperstore Facebook page.

The more “likes” your video gets, the better chance you have to be a finalist.

The 8 videos with the most “likes” come in on Sept. 28th and go at it.

Judging is determined by 3 panelists, including last year’s winner Chris Alia, and crowd response, so bring people!

The winner walks out with a brand new B.C. Rich guitar.

GOOD LUCK!

 

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Name Your Own Price????

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We hear it on the radio… “No reasonable offers refused”. Sounds too good to be true, but isn’t it worth a look? If you could get a great product at a price you name wouldn’t you be pumped?

Willis Music not only has the coolest, most current musical equipment in Louisville, we also have great used gear at killer prices. But maybe the price could be even more killer, huh? When you see the tag above on instruments in our store, that means we’re opening the door to you setting a price. We’ll do everything we can to meet your offer. If we aren’t able to take your offer, we’ll make a counter-offer so you know we’re 100% serious about giving you the very best deal around.

Look for Mr. Brando. Get great gear. Save some money.

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Back 2 Band is Easy at Willis Music!

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Students rarely rave about lots of homework, walking to the bus stop in the rain or the math test they have on Friday. What they do rave about is their band and orchestra classes! Music’s benefits to students of every age are not just nationally recognized; they’re seen every day by the families and friends of that musician.

As Band and orchestra classes begin for this year, Willis Music has once again ramped up our selection of band instruments, accessories, books, cleaning and care products and stands. Great efforts are made my these musicians to succeed, and we’re committed to helping them in every way possible. We’ve even brought in 4 new band instrument teachers for those wanting private lessons!

Everything they need under one roof.

Expert help with no hassles.

Back 2 Band Season has never been easier!

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Hip Hop Dance Class @ Willis Music Louisville!

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Been wanting to get a little more fit as the warm weather rolls along? Maybe you’ve been itching to learn that new dance you’re seeing everyone do at the club. Maybe you just want some great exercise that is fun and keeps you interested. These are just 3 reasons you’re gonna love the new Hip Hop dance class we’ve started at Willis Music on Hurstbourne Pkwy. Instructor Deveron Woodson has smooth moves, big grooves & the experience to get your feet doing exactly what it takes to put you on the dance floor fast. Not only will you be learning great steps, you’ll be getting terrific exercise in an environment that’s stress-free. Classes begin July 10, and are every Monday and Wednesday from 6:30pm-7:30pm following. Each class is only $5 and there’s no contract or membership fees to deal with.

What are you waiting on… get moving & in better shape now!

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Happy 5th Year Aaron!

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July 1st marks 5 years at Willis Music for the kingpin…. Aaron “Vinny” Flick! From his humble beginnings at the Jefferson Mall store to his current home at our Hurstbourne location, Louisville musicians have benefited greatly by Aaron’s honesty and attention to detail. Drop by or give him a call to congratulate him today!

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The Ky. State Fair Vocal Preliminary is July 6!

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The Kentucky State Fair is a serious deal in these parts, and not just because of the deep fried butter sticks. Though deep frying butter may take talent, we’re giving folks with a more musical talent a shot to hit the big stage during the fair! Willis Music on Hurstbourne Pkwy. is hosting a preliminary round July 6th at 1pm for singers ages 13-21 wanting to compete at the fair, and our top 3 will be there.

We have limited entry forms at the store, so don’t wait & miss out on your chance to get some real attention from your friends, family and neighbors across the state.

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Free DVDs This Weekend!

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Not much more to say… best prices in town on the coolest instruments from Orange, Gibson, EVH, Mesa/Boogie, Fender, Yamaha, Selmer, Blackstar, Mapex, Charvel, Gretsch, Martin and so many more AND a free DVD on top! Visit June 15-17 to take advantage!

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Meet The Mesa/Boogie Rep May 1st!

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Mesa/Boogie are without question the cream of custom built amplifiers. The variety of tones, options and details available from a Mesa amp are the realizations of the dreams guitarists have. May 1, we’re very pleased to welcome Shawn Farbman from Mesa/Boogie to the store for a one-on-one visit. Here’s your chance to ask anything from a man who has serious amp knowledge and experience.

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The New Charvels Are Almost Here!

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Hot-rodded for scorching sound and outstanding feel and performance, Charvel’s sleek Pro-Mods feature a one-piece quartersawn maple neck with classic San Dimas® profile, compound-radius fingerboard (12″-16″) with 22 jumbo frets, Seymour Duncan pickups, Charvel tuners and black hardware. The legendary designs that put Wayne Charvel & Grover Jackson on the map changed the way guitars were built. Eddie Van Halen and Jake E. Lee’s Charvels made guitarists re-think their playing, instruments & opened up their imagination. The new Charvel Pro Mods will have the same effect on you! Come feel and hear one for yourself.

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Mohawk Mike Returns To TV This Friday

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Willis Music Louisville store manager, “Mohawk” Mike McAfee returns to TV this Friday, April 26, as his band Eight Inch Elvis make their fifth appearance on WHAS 11′s Great Day Live morning show. Hosts Terry Meiners and Rachel Platt have joined in the fun on many occasions, and this week’s visit is sure to be a repeat of the laughter. The band is doing 2 songs, and the first is sure to cause a few eyebrows to raise. The show is on from 9am until 10am on WHAS 11. Eight Inch Elvis has been voted Best Rock Band and Best Cover Band twice by the readers of LEO Magazine.

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New Study On Effect Of Music On Our Brain

It’s no secret that music impacts more than a top 20 chart. Sounds are as strong a sense trigger as smells, and the things we find enjoyable are just one of the things that make each person so unique. Click the picture below to learn how we’re influenced to choose the music we listen to.

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We Make Learning Music Fun & Easy!

The love of music has no age & neither does the desire to learn to play it! We’ve assembled a staff of teachers that create individual lesson programs for each student to make sure they receive exactly what they want to learn. Flexible schedules & great studios mean we work around your needs while providing a comfortable atmosphere to help you make your musical dreams come true. Stop waiting & start playing… whether you want one-on-one private lessons or the experience of a group class we’re ready to get you making the music you’ve dreamed of today!

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Mogami Cables Are Coming!!

Mogami cables are unbelievable. Lots of companies say they make the best sounding cables in the world, but saying that doesn’t make it true! Mogami says they make the cables professionals choose, and that’s why we looked so long and hard at the line. We want to give our friends the best sounding and performing cable we can, and now we do!

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Click the pic to learn a bit more about why Mogami’s are so unique!

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The Sound of Your Art

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Eastman’s violins are works of art you get to hold. The tone makes you want to close your eyes as the music you make takes you to places a car never could. Whether you’re a new musician or seasoned player, an Eastman instrument will improve your playing simply because the stunning attention to every detail makes each violin a singular example of inspiration. You deserve this…  try one today!

Click the pic for a cool violin/guitar jam session video & contact us at 502-426-1818 if you’d like to sign up for violin/fiddle lessons!

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As Close To An Original ’58 As You Can Get!

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The 1958 Gibson Les Paul Standard Plain Top VOS guitar begins with a solid mahogany back and carved plain maple top. The one-piece mahogany neck is topped with a gorgeous rosewood fretboard that’s adorned with acrylic trapezoid inlays with shape and color true to the original. Early ’50s rounded neck profile delivers the vintage feel players love. BurstBucker 1 and 2 pickups deliver famous vintage Les Paul tone.

In an effort to jump start the steadily declining sales of the Les Paul model, Gibson abandoned the familiar gold finish and used a translucent, cherry sunburst finish which showed off the figured maple tops that were often used on Les Pauls. The renamed Les Paul Standard made its debut in 1958.

Vintage Original Spec series instruments receive a special nitro-cellulose finish treatment yielding the patina of a gently-aged vintage guitar while handcrafting enhances comfort and playability. Each VOS model has a solid mahogany back; historically accurate long-neck tenon for strength and sustain; and period-correct neck profile, hardware, and electronics.

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Memphis The Musical is Coming & We’ve Got Tickets!

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“Memphis” is set in the places where rock and roll was born in the 1950s: the seedy nightclubs, radio stations and recording studios of the musically-rich Tennessee city. With an original score by Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan, it tells the fictional story of DJ Huey Calhoun, a good ole’ local boy with a passion for R&B music and Felicia Farrell, an up-and-coming black singer that he meets one fateful night on Beale Street. Despite the objections of their loved ones (Huey’s close-minded mama and Felicia’s club owner brother), they embark on a dangerous affair. As their careers rise, the relationship is challenged by personal ambition and the pressures of an outside world unable to accept their love.

This Tony award winning show for Best Musical comes to the Kentucky Center April 2-7 and we’ve got 4 pairs of tickets to give away. To enter, go to our Facebook page (Willis MusicSuperstore) & post a picture of you holding something saying Memphis. Winners will be chosen from those who post and notified via Facebook message on March 29th.

Click the picture for a taste of the show & good Luck!

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New Store Hours March 1st!

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We’re making it even easier to get that guitar, violin, drum kit, amp…. you want! Our new hours are musician friendly & more convenient than ever.

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FREE Trial Lesson for Group Guitar Class!

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8 Week Group Guitar Class with Mike Shouse!

All ages and skill levels are welcome to this comprehensive class. Speed, accuracy, scales, chords, arpeggios, theory and how it all ties together are covered.
A FREE trial class is happening Thursday, February 21 at 7:00pm. Try the class on for size and see if you want to jump on board! Everyone who attends the free class gets a copy of Mike’s “Alone On The Sun” CD just for coming!
The 8 week course runs February 28 through April 18 and costs $250. Each weekly class is 30 minutes. Call, email or stop in today to register for the free night and your CD.
Mike Shouse graduated from GIT in 1993, has 20 years of teaching experience and was named winner of the 2011 “God of Indie Guitar” award.

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The New PA Room Is Coming!

Expansion continues at the Willis Music Superstore with our new PA room. Big, loud & loaded with gear, this room will make choosing the perfect system for your individual need a breeze. We’ll have single speakers and amps as well as full systems from Peavey, QSC, Fender, Yamaha, Kustom and more all ready for testing at your fingertips, as well as cabling, adapters & accessories. Here are the first pictures… more to come!

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