FREE strings & FREE restring in Florence!!

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In support of International Guitar Month, Earth Day and to celebrate the launch of DAddario‘s Playback String Recycling Program, Willis Music invites you to attend DAddario‘s Guitar Restring and String Recycling Event!

Apr 23, 2016 11:00 AM

Willis Music
7567 Mall Rd
Florence, KY 41042

DAddario is rolling out the world’s first wide-scale string recycling program: Playback. The program is powered by TerraCycle, a highly awarded, international upcycling and recycling company that collects difficult-to-recycle packaging and products to repurpose the material into affordable, innovative products.

Collect your used strings (and from your friends and fellow musicians) and bring them to the store along with your electric or acoustic guitar. Your contribution of used strings qualifies you for a FREE set of DAddario strings and a complimentary restring by our expert team. Choose either a set of DAddario‘s premium NYXL electric guitar strings or DAddario‘s NEW Nickel Bronze acoustic guitar strings. The amazing string doctor, Terry Steding of Cook Instrument Repair, will also be in the store to do on the spot repairs!

Thank you for doing your part to reduce wasteful landfill and to support DAddario and Willis Music efforts to make the world a better place for all musicians.

We are looking forward to seeing you Apr 23, 2016 11:00 AM – 5pm!

Lessons you don’t pay for…count me in!

Saturday, May 23rd was Free Lesson Day at Willis Music. All of our stores offered a free guitar/keyboard lesson to anyone interested! I decided to take advantage of this! I have never played a musical instrument. You are probably thinking: “hold on…a music company hired someone who doesn’t play an instrument of any kind?” Yes they sure did! I mean I can’t even sing (believe me you don’t want to hear me try!). But, I have wanted to learn because it is never too late to learn. I always wanted to play an instrument, but I have never had the courage to learn. To me, it just seemed too difficult. When we decided we were doing Free Lesson Day, I thought to myself, “why not take a Ukulele lesson…start off small!” So I am writing a blog about taking my very first lesson!

I walked into the Willis Music-Eastgate store with my husband and incredibly cute niece in tow! My husband played as a child and my niece’s mom is a very talented flute player so of course it is just in their blood! (Lucky them). My family… well let’s just say we don’t have any Mozart’s in the fam! So I was totally new at this. I told Denise Burkhardt ,the manager, I wanted to take a Ukulele (aka “Uke”) lesson. She asked Mike Bachelier to give me a lesson! By the way, Mike is a great teacher! He grabbed a uke and a chord book and sat down to teach me. Now, he opened the book to the first set of chords he was going to teach me and it might as well have been Latin! No worries though, Mike showed me what strings and frets matched with those in the book and what fingers I was supposed to use on each. Here are a few pictures and a video of him showing me.

Pretty soon he handed the Uke over to me so I could try on my own. I got the first chord ,an A chord, down with no problems! Then I thought I was super cool so I was going to try the more difficult E chord… four fingers… psh I got this! Or so I thought! Darn small hands! I know it is great to have small hands to play a Uke, but apparently I have infant hands! My poor fingers couldn’t reach all of the strings! Mike made sure I had my fingers properly placed and assured me with time you get better… let’s hope so. Here is Mike placing my fingers (and stretching them as far as they could go) in the right places. Before long I had a few chords down. Here I am strumming a little!

It doesn’t sound like much, but hey, it was my first time actually playing real chords instead of me just pretending to play. I am pretty excited to buy my first Ukulele and learn more. I am proof that you are never too old to pick an instrument up and take lessons.
Here are a few pictures from others joining in on the fun! This is Leah Decatur getting a guitar lesson and my adorable niece Izzy starting off young! (Hey you are never to young to start right?)

Laura Barrowman

Have You Heard About Free Lesson Day?

Have you heard about Free Lesson Day?

We do many exciting things here at Willis Music- but I personally am really excited about this. We have decided that the best way for you or your child to decide if lessons are right for you- is to try them out- for free! So we invite you to come to any of our stores from 1:00-3:00 on May 23rd.

There we will have teachers ready to give you a short lesson to decide if private instruction is right for you. We will be focusing on piano and guitar. It is going to be a really fun day- introducing people to music is what we are here for. It will be a great way to meet some of our fantastic teachers. We can’t wait to see you there. Contact the store nearest you for more information.

Here is a short video telling you all about Free Lesson Day!

Congrats to our VIP+1 $100 Gift Card Winner

Congratulations to John Adamick who was the winner of the $100 gift card from our VIP+1 event last weekend!

john adamickThis event was by invite only and if you want to be invited to the next one, please stop by! We had refreshments, special pricing on everything in the store, and did a drawing for a $100 gift card! Thank you for everyone who came and a BIG thanks for supporting a locally owned music store!


Augustin Hadelich Violin Masterclass FREE

The CSO (Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra) and Willis Music invite you and your students to a Violin Master Class/Demo/Lecture with the great violinist Augustin Hadelich.  

The event begins at 12:00 noon on Saturday, April 12th, 2014

at the Performance Hall inside Willis Music, …7567 Mall Road, Florence, KY.

There will be a Q&A after the class. The CSO (Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra) will raffle off several pairs of tickets to Mr. Hadelich’s Saturday night performance at Music Hall.  

Here is a link to Augustin Hadelich’s website/bio:

There is no charge for the event as this is just one of many ways the CSO (Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra) is bringing music to the Northern Kentucky area. 

Willis Music “Music Money” Loyalty Program

Music Money is the best Loyalty Program EVER!!

In case  you missed it, Willis Music has a loyalty program and it is FREE to sign up for! We will give you 5% back of your purchases (up to $25) after your 6th purchase. What happens then? You start a  new card, and every 6th purchase you get your gift card. It’s that easy!!

But wait, there’s more…

The best part of the program (other than Willis Money) is that we keep the card on file for you here! No more carrying around those cards, losing them and then your “points” are gone. This is the best program in the world!!


Stan Ginn’s Drum Tuning And Maintenance Workshop

Hey all you drummers! The question we are asked more often than any other concerning drums is: “How do I tune them?”  Well, on Tuesday, March 25 at 6:30, all of your questions will be answered!  Stan Ginn, one of the area’s best and busiest percussionists, will be here to demonstrate proper drum tuning, maintenance, and other tips and techniques to make sure that you are getting all you can from your instruments.

Stan is an incredibly gifted performer, educator, and authority on all things percussion, from drum set, to congas, cajons, and most things you strike.

So, load up your snares, congas, hand drums, and whatever, and join us on Tuesday, March 25 at 6:30 for the answers to all your questions!!!

Call John Coffey at 859-525-6050 ext 5 if you have any other questions.  Hope to see you there!


Let us Hide your Presents!!

Here at Willis Music we believe you should be treated like family, so we never charge extra fees or percentages for our layaways! We are here to help you hide your present.

All you have to do is come in, pick it out, pay $10 towards it and voila, its taken care of. Now you dont have to worry about the kids, or your spouse searching through the house to find their present!!

Stop in and ask any sales specialist for more details!

Sound and Lighting Workshop coming Up! Oh, it’s FREE too.

Have you ever wondered what lights would do for me, or how do I get a new PA installed, or we need to start recording our service? Then this workshop is for YOU!

We have 3 of our top reps coming to help make your life better. September 28 starting at 10am! Oh, the best part is this is all FREE to you!!

10am-11am ~ “Sound Systems: Selecting the Proper Equipment for Voice and Music” with Chris Bednar for TechRep Marketing. Chris has working the A/V industry for 14 years as a recording engineer, A/V system designer and manufacturers rep. His favorite thing in the whole world is helping people learn to use technology to make their lives better. Chris will make this confusing recording stuff easy for everyone!

11am-12pm ~ “The Process on Having PA Installed” with Steve Cook from Cook Audio Consultants. Cook Audio has been in business for 21 years and specializes in the design and installation of medium to large format systems. Being an audiophile, his designs take into account the acoustical physics of the space itself along with the specs of the equipment. He also has been certified in advanced rigging by the Crane Builders Association and uses those safe practice principals in every install.

12pm-1pm ~ “Recording: How to Record your Services and Why It Is Important” with Chris Bednar for TechRep Marketing. Chris has working the A/V industry for 14 years as a recording engineer, A/V system designer and manufacturers rep. His favorite thing in the whole world is helping people learn to use technology to make their lives better. Chris will make this confusing recording stuff easy for everyone!

1pm-2pm ~ “How to Pick the Right Lighting” with Dan Erickson from Chauvet Lighting. Dan has a particular passion for working with churches to help them find the right solutions for their audio, video, and lighting needs and creating systems that enhance the worship experience without the technology becoming the center of attention. Dan will help shed some “light” on the mystery of lighting.

RSVP with Denise @ or call 859-525-6050 ext 5. Remember that it is FREE!


10-11 ~ Lighting

11-12 ~ Install

12-1 ~ Recording

1-2 ~ Lighting

See you there!



Free DVDs This Weekend!


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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June 22 is going to be a blast!

We are going to have our Spring into Summer VIP event. We will have live music all day, a cookout from 12-2, giveaways throughout the day (must be present to win), factory reps in the store, Terry from Cook Instrument repair will be here 11-3 giving away strings with a paid setup, and of course special pricing on everything in the store! We will announce the band line up soon, but I promise you it will be awesome!

See ya there!

Attention Lexington Area Students: Hollywood Showcase May 30th

Attention all Lexington area musicians and students:
We are having our first annual Hollywood Showcase Recital on May 30th at 6:00 pm and you are invited to participate. It’s going to be a fun night at Willis Music. We’re going to roll out the red carpet and showcase your talents. Regardless of what instrument you play or if you are a vocalist, you are welcome to participate. We encourage you to play a Hollywood or movie song, or even just your favorite song you like to do. If you would like to dress up as a favorite actor or actress, that is welcome too. I have a feeling the paparazzi will be there to capture your performance.

If you would like to participate, just call the store at 859-273-4063 or stop by and register.
We just need your name and what song you will be playing so we can put you in the program.

It’s going to be a great fun night at Willis and we hope you will join us. We will have refreshments following the performances in our Reictal Hall at Willis Music, 130 W. Tiverton Way #135, Lexington, Ky. 40503.

Mike Shouse Group Guitar Class – Florence

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 Monday, May 20 at 8:00 pm at Willis Music. 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 June 3 through July 15 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.

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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Our Lexington store is having a grand opening tomorrow from 10-5, but if you aren’t getting to go to their party, come visit us!! TOMORROW ONLY (April 6) FROM 10-5, we will be doing special pricing on everything in the store AND we will give you double block on your Music Money card. Don’t have our Music Money loyalty card yet? Don’t worry, we will get you one and do the double block! How do we do it, you ask? Cause we love you being part of our Willis family and want to show the love… but don’t tell our boss, cause we didn’t run it by him! Hehehe.

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


“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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