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Florence Open Mic Night Nov 20 6pm

The holidays are approaching and with them are family get-togethers, seasonal parties, and groups of
folks congregating… they are all coming up and your peeps will ask “What new songs have you learned?”
It’s time to practice those live! Come on out to the Willis Music Open Mic Night – Wednesday,
November 20 th from 6-7:45 PM. It is in the studio/stage area which is immediately to the left as you walk
through the door.
Also, don’t forget, the holidays are just around the corner – if you have a list to fill out or know someone
who needs some new gear, sheet music or anything thing else musically, Willis has what you need.
Come on out, tune up, warm up your vocal cords and picking fingers and we’ll make some music on
Wednesday, November 20th from 6pm to 7:45pm. See you there!!!

Florence Open Mic Night – Oct 16th 6pm

The days are getting shorter and the leaves are changing color. Before you know it the holidays will be
here and people will be gathering. Those gatherings can always use some live music. No better place to
work on those new songs – or dust off some oldies – than an open mic night. Come on out to the Willis
Music Open Mic Night – Wednesday, October 16 th from 6-7:45 PM. It is in the studio/stage area which is
immediately to the left as you walk through the door.

Also, don’t forget, if you’ve broken a string or two, want upgrade to a more powerful amp & cabinet,
sheet music to that new song you want to learn, a seasonal guitar strap or anything thing else musically,
Willis has what you need.

Come on out, tune up, warm up your vocal cords and picking fingers and we’ll make some music on
Wednesday, October 16th from 6pm to 7:45pm. See you there!!!

Gibson and Willis Together Again.

One of the most asked questions we get when someone wonders into our guitar departments over the last 10 to 15 years is:  Where are your Gibsons?  Do you have Epiphone?  Sadly for a long time, for a variety of reasons, that answer was no.  But no more.  Willis proudly announces that we now again carry Gibson and Epiphone.  Guitars are trickling in to our stores, and special orders are being taken.

Gibson guitar designs have survived 125 years of changing musical tastes and fashion to remain a uniquely iconic part of Americana and world culture. From acoustic guitars at the turn of the 20th century, hollowbody and archtop instruments from the golden age of Big Band and Jazz, to the Rock n’ Roll revolution of the 1950’s and beyond, Gibson guitars have remained arguably the most copied designs of ANY instrument manufacturer. Imitated but never equaled!

The Les Paul pictured below is a 60th Anniversary Custom Shop ’59 VOS (Vintage Old Stock).  Made to the specs of the fabled ’59 Les Paul that sells for seven figures on the vintage marked.  It’s one of the finest pieces I’ve seen ever come out of Gibson.  All the new models have been virtually perfect so far.  Gibson has put a new stringent emphasis on quality control down to replacing every light bulb and fixture in the factory to purchasing 8 Pleck machines.  Every single Gibson branded instrument is now run through this machine that perfectly dresses the frets and makes sure every fretboard is perfect.  It really shows.

Stop in or call and make an appointment with a Willis Music sales associate today to experience some Gibson magic. Whether you’re ready for your first Gibson/Epiphone upgrade, add to your collection, or order a unique Custom Shop piece, Willis Music is here to assist in your selection of a fine Gibson guitar-a lifetime investment in enjoyment and inspiration!

 

                 

Florence Open Mic Night September 18th

School is back in session and its sports season!!!

Time for marching bands, tailgating, bonfires & post-
game parties. Those bonfires and parties often having singing and strumming. Do you have a couple of
new songs you want to try out before that bonfire? Come on out to the Willis Music Open Mic Night –
Wednesday, September 18 th from 6-7:45 PM. It is in the studio/stage area which is immediately to the
left as you walk through the door.

Now that school has started, the kids have started lessons. Heck, why don’t you start lessons too? Don’t
forget Willis has all your musical needs covered. Whether you need a repair, new sheet music, or you
want to start taking lessons, Willis has what you need!

Come on out, tune up, warm up your vocal cords and picking fingers and we’ll make some music on
Wednesday, September 18 th from 6pm to 7:45pm. See you there!!!

Florence Open Mic Night August 21

Summer is winding down. School is just around the corner. Kids are singing the blues and parents are
(some, not all) singing a happy tune! All genres are welcome to join us! Come on out to the Willis
Music Open Mic Night – Wednesday, August 21 st from 6-7:45 PM. It is in the studio/stage area which is
immediately to the left as you walk through the door.
School is starting. So it’s band and lesson time. Don’t forget Willis has all your musical needs covered.
Whether it’s a new instrument, new sheet music, or if you want to start taking lessons, Willis has what
you need!
Come on out, tune up, warm up your vocal cords and picking fingers and we’ll make some music on
Wednesday, August 21 st from 6pm to 7:45pm. See you there!!!

Florence Open Mic Night July 17th

It’s the middle of summer and it’s HOT!

Well, why not come on out and lay down some hot licks at Willis
Music’s Open Mic Night. There always new songs to learn… maybe you’re “this” close to having that
new song worked out but you want to play it in front some folks who are doing the same thing! Come
on out to the Willis Music Open Mic Night – Wednesday, July 17 th from 6:00 -7:45 PM. It is in the
studio/stage area which is immediately to the left as you walk through the door.

Don’t forget, if you need new strings, bongos or a tambourine to accompany the party, a beginner’s
steel drum for an island vibe, a new microphone or anything thing else musically, Willis has what you
need.

Come on out, tune up, warm up your vocal cords and picking fingers and we’ll make some music on
Wednesday, July 17 th from 6:00 pm to 7:45pm. See you there!!!

Florence Open Mic Night – June 19th

“Summertime, Summertime, Some, Some, Summertime”… whether it’s fun pop songs, relaxing
TropRock, country party music, or the staccato of surfer guitar, summer is celebrated in nearly every
way musically imaginable. Let’s make some summertime music together! Come on out to the Willis
Music Open Mic Night – Wednesday, June 19th from 6-7:45 PM. It is in the studio/stage area which is
immediately to the left as you walk through the door.

Don’t forget, if you need new strings, bongos or a tambourine to accompany the party, a beginner’s
steel drum for an island vibe, a new microphone or anything thing else musically, Willis has what you
need.

Come on out, tune up, warm up your vocal cords and picking fingers and we’ll make some music on
Wednesday, June 19th from 6pm to 7:45pm. See you there!!!

Florence Open Mic April 17th 6pm

Spring has sprung! It’s patio season (although some days are more patio-friendly than others in April). If you want to work on some new tunes, maybe get a new idea on how to transition from a G chord to a C# minor chord, or just hang out and listen and play, come out to the Willis Music Open Mic Night – Wednesday, April 17th from 6-7:45 PM. It is in the studio/stage area which is immediately to the left as you walk through the door.

Also, don’t forget, if you’ve broken a string or two, want upgrade to a more powerful amp & cabinet, sheet music to that new song you want to learn, a brighter strap or anything thing else musically, Willis has what you need.

Come on out, tune up, warm up your vocal cords and picking fingers and we’ll make some music on Wednesday, April 17th from 6pm to 7:45pm. Check in with Scott and let’s shred (or strum)!!!

Florence Open Mic March 20th 6pm

The days are getting longer (Ben Franklin’s clock adjustment not withstanding)… the grass is turning
green and the daffodils, crocuses, & other flowers are emerging from their winter slumber – or at least
they will if the snow every stays melted!.

Spring is about to sprung – or something… Hey, sometimes the best song writers make up their own
version of words for their songs (“pompetus of love” anyone?). If you have some songs you would like to
sing and play, come on out a couple nights before the Vernal Equinox and jam with us!!!

Make your way to Willis Music Open Mic Night – Wednesday, March 20th from 6-7:45 PM. It is in the
studio/stage area which is immediately to the left as you walk through the door.

Also, if you’re needing sheet music Willis has you covered! Willis has everything you need musically –
new and used instruments, instrument repair, sheet music, audio accessories, etc… – they have it!
Stop in, tune up, warm up your vocal cords, drumming hands, and picking fingers and we’ll make some
beautiful music on Wednesday, March 20th from 6pm to 7:45pm. See you there!!!

Florence Open Mic 1/16 @ 6pm

The presents have been opened and the wrapping paper has been thrown away – hopefully no envelopes of money with it! Now, Old Man Winter is on his way. Why not come in from the cold and play some music! Come on out to the Willis Music Open Mic Night – Wednesday, January 16th from 6-7:45 PM. It is in the studio/stage area which is immediately to the left as you walk through the door.

Maybe you got a new instrument as a holiday gift or maybe some of that money is burning a hole in your pocket. Willis has what you need – new sheet music for that song you’re wanting to learn, maybe a new strap for that guitar, oops, someone forgot to include a stand or cord for your new mic – it’s all here!

Come on out, tune up, warm up your vocal cords and picking fingers and we’ll work on getting rid of some of the SAD (seasonal affective disorder – aka wintertime blahs!) on Wednesday, January 16th from 6pm to 7:45pm. See you there!!!

Florence Open Mic – DATE CHANGE – November 28th

ATTENTION! ATTENTION! DUE TO IMPENDING TURKEY GORGING, THE WILLIS MUSIC OPEN MIC NIGHT WILL BE ON THE 4TH WEDNESDAY OF NOVEMBER THIS YEAR!!!

Now where were we… oh yeah…

The holidays are approaching and with them are family get-togethers, seasonal parties, and groups of folks congregating… they are all coming up and your peeps will ask “What new songs have you learned?” It’s time to practice those live! Come on out to the Willis Music Open Mic Night – Wednesday, November 28th from 6-7:45 PM. It is in the studio/stage area which is immediately to the left as you walk through the door.

Also, don’t forget, the holidays are just around the corner – if you have a list to fill out or know someone who needs some new gear, sheet music or anything thing else musically, Willis has what you need.

Come on out, tune up, warm up your vocal cords and picking fingers and we’ll make some music on Wednesday, November 28th from 6pm to 7:45pm. See you there!!!

Florence Open Mic – Nov 15 @ 6pm

The holidays are approaching and with them are family get together, seasonal parties, and groups of
folks congregating… they are all coming up and your peeps will ask “What new songs have you learned?”
It’s time to practice those live! Come on out to the Willis Music Open Mic Night – Wednesday,
November 15 th from 6-8 PM. It is in the studio/stage area which is immediately to the left as you walk
through the door.
Also, don’t forget, the holidays are just around the corner – if you have a list to fill out or know someone
who needs some new gear, sheet music or anything thing else musically, Willis has what you need.
Come on out, tune up, warm up your vocal cords and picking fingers and we’ll make some music on
Wednesday, November 15th from 6pm to 8pm. See you there!!!

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Lexington July Calendar of Events

July is an exciting month at the Lexington, KY location of Willis Music!  For YOU we will have multiple sale events! These will be two of the best opportunities of 2017 for you to save money!

July 1-16 we are having a huge amplifier blowout sale! As many as 12 new guitar amplifiers from Blackstar, Fender, and Peavey – for a limited time will have a lower price than what you will find in any other store or even online!

July 20-23 is our annual Create Your Own Discount sale! You can save up to 20% on an item during this 4 day event!

Other events include:

  • Our 2nd ever Church Musician Day. This monthly event (second Tuesdays) provides not only good deals, but an opportunity for networking and a jam session! Mark your calendars for July 11!
  • Twice during July we will host our regular Yamaha Disklavier In-Concert Performance. You will want to come check out one of these dates: July 8 will be Shades of Sinatra & July 28 will be a performance by John Prouix.
  • July 22 will be our second (of three) Drum Corps International (DCI) live streaming events for the summer.
  • July 29 we will host both an Ukulele Workshop & Songwriting Workshop with David McLean.

Lexington June Calendar of Events

Willis Music was just named by NAMM as a 2017 Top 100 Dealer! This honor is exciting and we want to celebrate with you this summer!

Check out the calendar below to look at the events taking place at our Lexington, KY location this month.

Don’t miss our Amplifier & Guitar Sale Event, happening now until June 16!

This month we have 2 Yamaha Disklavier In-Concert Performances at our store on June 9 & 23.

Plus, we begin a monthly CHURCH MUSICIANS DAY which will take place on the second Tuesday of every month.

To wrap up the month we will host a Live Streaming Event of the Drum Corps International (DCI) competition that evening from Muncie, Indiana. Come enjoy drum corps with a massive pro-quality surround sound system.

YAY FOR SUMMER!

Lexington May 2017 Calendar of Events

May is one of our favorite months of the year! Recitals galore and our annual SHRED FEST event where we have AMAZING DEALS planned on guitars and amplifiers!

This year May will be sprinked in with a Yamaha Clavinova Event featuring Yamaha professional, Lori Frazier. Plus add 3 Yamaha Disklavier Night’s during the month.

Finally, we add 2 Ukulele Workshops by David McLean. If you do not have an uke, come purchase one at the workshop at 2pm on May 21. Then stay for he 2nd workshop immediately to follow for a crash course on ukulele techniques and songs.

Click on the calendar to see it closer up.

Lexington April Calendar of Events

April is going to be a month full of GREAT DEALS at Willis Music Lexington! Click on the calendar below to see all the events this month. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Guitarists: All month long we celebrate International Guitar Month with special savings on all Fender Telecasters on Tuesdays, and Fender Stratocasters on Saturdays. Take home a Tele or Strat over $375 and save money this month!
  • Band and Orchestra Instrumentalists: Current rental customers will receive special savings on a new Step-Up instrument this month!  Also, thanks to Yamaha we have the perfect graduation gift opportunity for the favorite wind player in your life! Get a $100 mail-in rebate April 1-June 30 on a purchase of a several Yamaha instruments, including Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Saxophone, Trumpet, French Horn, Euphonium, and Trombone.
  • All Musicians: You will want to come visit our store April 20-23 for our Indoor Yard Sale where tables of items that MUST GO will be on sale! This includes sheet music, accessories, and instruments! RAIN OR SHINE!!!!
  • Finally we are excited for our Spring Recital season to kick-off with several recitals during the month.

 

Florence Open Mic Night – March 15th

“Et tu, Brute?”…              

nah, don’t “beware the Ides of March,” let’s jam on March 15th! In fact, it’s 2 days before St. Patrick’s Day – we can all play “Sweet Molly Malone” and other standards, along with any other music that you would like to perform.

So come on out to the Willis Music Open Mic Night – Wednesday, March 15th from 6-8 PM. It is in the studio/stage area which is immediately to the left as you walk through the door.

Also, if you’re needing sheet music to bone up on your Irish Folk classics, Willis has you covered! Willis has everything you need musically – new and used instruments, instrument repair, sheet music, audio accessories, etc… – they have it!

Stop in, tune up, warm up your vocal cords and picking fingers and we’ll make some beautiful music on Wednesday, March 15th from 6pm to 8pm. See you there!!!

 

Willis Music KMEA Preview

This week Willis Music will be in the Exhibit Hall at the 2017 Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA) Conference in Louisville, KY. Stop by our booth between 9am-5pm on Thurs. & Fri. to say hello and Experience Yamaha! Be sure to ask us about our KMEA PRICING on all items we will have on display.

The Willis Music staff planning to be present include, Chris Teesdale (manager of our Lexington location), Matthew Powell (Keyboard Specialist for our Lexington location), Chase Clark (School Service Representative for Central KY), and Michelle VanSickle (School Service Representative for Northern KY). In addition to other members of our Willis Music team, we welcome representatives from the Yamaha Corporation Keyboard & Pro Music divisions who will join us in our exhibit.

Below is a brief preview of what we will have on display for demonstration:

As the ONLY Yamaha Acoustic Piano dealer in Kentucky we are excited to feature
the Yamaha B2 Acoustic Upright Piano with Silent technology.
This piano is perfect for practice rooms, small performance venues, and even at home.

 

The CLP-585 Yamaha Clavinova is one instrument in the KMEA Exhibit Hall you will want to hear!
Experience the unparalleled sound quality of a CFX Grand & Bosendorfer.
“Quite simply, the finest CLP Clavinova ever made.”

 

Woodwind, Brass, and String musicians will find numerous Professional and Intermediate instruments on display at our KMEA booth and available for demonstration!
This includes Yamaha flutes, clarinets, oboe, saxophones,
trumpets, french horns, and trombones!
Plus, we will have Eastman violins, and Yamaha Silent Electric Violins!

Too many instruments to include photographs – so come check this out for yourself at our booth!
Looking for a specific item or want to know more?  TEXT US AT 859-474-2664.

 

 

The Yamaha TF Rack Digital Mixer is one of the newest and coolest products in the music industry for 2017
and we will have it for you to play with and learn about at KMEA!

This is perfect for any marching band program looking to amplify instruments and voices.
Plus, it works great in a theater or any portable environment!

 

Be sure to check out the affordable and dynamic Yamaha DBR Loudspeaker Series we will have in our booth at KMEA –
as well as Chauvet Lighting.
We offer free installation for any school environment needing pro audio or lighting!

 

Guitar has quickly become a large part of music classrooms in Kentucky!
In 2016 we helped fill up a classroom of guitars at Coventry Oak Elementary (Lexington),
George Rogers Clark High (Winchester), and East Jessamine High (Nicholasville).
Come strum a few chords with us this week at our KMEA booth
featuring some popular classroom guitars by Yamaha.
We also have their Transacoustic Guitar on hand for those of you who want to experience something really special on a guitar!

We plan to bring a few Kala Ukuleles with us too! Another great tool for music educators!

   

In 2016 Yamaha released the Montage synthesizer! It will blow your socks off!
Imagine the MOTIF and DX models combined – and it’s user friendly!
For KMEA we will have the Montage and a CP4 Stage Piano on display.

 

Percussionists, we’ve made sure to bring some fun items for you at KMEA as well.
A sweet sounding custom made Holloman snare drum, along with two BRAND NEW
concert snare drum sticks by Promark! We love these!

Featuring the Concert One and Concert Two drumsticks. Come give them a try!

 

And finally…. the Yamaha DTX Multi 12 pad! Used extensively in the Hamilton musical, as well as through out the marching band and indoor percussion activities.

Florence Open Mic Night – February 15th

It’s February, one day will be in the 50’s, the next day we will get 5 inches of snow – what the heck! But spring is just around the corner – Valentine’s Day, pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training, the Daytona race, all signs that the flowers will be popping up! In preparation for that reemergence and revival, let’s play some music! Come on out to the Willis Music Open Mic Night – Wednesday, February 15th from 6-8 PM. It is in the John Thompson Performance Hall which is immediately to the left as you walk through the door.

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and your beau would love for you to play some music just for them – Willis has that music! Maybe you need new strings, a new strap, heck maybe some bongos to accompany your love poem – it’s all here!
Come on out, tune up, warm up your vocal cords and picking fingers and we’ll make some beautiful (well, maybe to us :)) music on Wednesday, February 15th from 6pm to 8pm. See you there!!!

The New Ortega Horsekick Pro

New at Willis and Moeller Music is the New Ortega Horsekick Pro!  This is a great accessory for just about any musician.  Solo acoustic player?  Add hands free kick drum, tambourine, cajon, cowbell, or casaba to your song.  Great for percussionist also.  Bassist can also benefit as you’ll see in the video below.  Stop by and check one out today!

DIGITAL STOMP BOX with multiple built-in digital samples of percussion sounds that can be played on its own, as a percussive instrument, or blended with your stringed instrument signal through the output.

Join Us For The 2016 15th Annual Warehouse Sale

Our long anticipated warehouse sale is coming up this month! This is the 15th annual sale and it will be bigger and better than ever! We have new surprises in store and more awesome deals that you don’t want to miss!

New this year are pianos.  Check out our used pianos and pre-shop the warehouse sale.
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Check out some videos to get you hyped for the Warehouse sale!
A look at how we make the magic come together
 

Here is a look at the 2015 warehouse sale! It is always buzzing with excitement!
 

Florence Open Mic Night – October 19th 6pm

The days are getting shorter and the leaves are changing color. Before you know it the holidays will be here and people will be gathering. Those gatherings can always use some live music. No better place to work on those new songs – or dust of some oldies – than an open mic night. Come on out to the Willis Music Open Mic Night – Wednesday, October 19 th from 6-8 PM. It is in the studio/stage area which is immediately to the left as you walk through the door.

Also, don’t forget, if you’ve broken a string or two, want upgrade to a more powerful amp & cabinet, sheet music to that new song you want to learn, a seasonal guitar strap or anything thing else musically, Willis has what you need.

Come on out, tune up, warm up your vocal cords and picking fingers and we’ll make some music on Wednesday, October 19th from 6pm to 8pm. See you there!!!

New Blackstar ID:Core High Power Series Amps

New to Willis and Moeller Music are the new Blackstar ID:Core High Power series of amps. These two new models take the existing features of the ID:Core 10, 20 and 40 and scale them up from practice amp size to gig ready, gig volume levels. Available with either 100 or 150 watts, both with 2 10 inch guitar speakers. The original amps have full range speakers which function well at practice levels, but with guitar speakers you’ll find a much better live guitar tone. There is also a new 30 second looper built in. Combine this with the new Octaver effect and it makes it easy to record a bass line and then jam over it with multiple guitar tones. Included is a 2 button footswitch that allows for effects switching or looper control. An optional 5 button programmable footswitch can also be added and be combined with the 2 button footswitch to have a wide range of control right at your feet. Want to record? Just plug into your computer and the USB out functions as an audio interface. You can also use the free Insider software to do in depth editing on all of the effects. Truly everything you could need in an amp in once compact, lightweight combo. Stop by and check one out today!

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Open Mic Night – Florence

School is back in session and it’s sports season!!! Time for marching bands, tailgating, bonfires & post-

game parties. Those bonfires and parties often having singing and strumming. Do you have a couple of

new songs you want to try out before that bonfire? Come on out to the Willis Music Open Mic Night –

Wednesday, September 21 st from 6-8 PM. It is in the studio/stage area which is immediately to the left

as you walk through the door.

Now that school has started, the kids have started lessons. Heck, why don’t you start lessons too? Don’t

forget Willis has all your musical needs covered. Whether you need a repair, new sheet music, or you

want to start taking lessons, Willis has what you need!

Come on out, tune up, warm up your vocal cords and picking fingers and we’ll make some music on

Wednesday, September 21 st from 6pm to 8pm. See you there!!!

Open Mic Night – August 17 – Florence

Open Mic Night August 17 Florence

Summer is winding down. School is just around the corner. Kids are singing the blues and parents (some, not all) singing a happy tune! All genres are welcome to join us! Come on out to the Willis Music Open Mic Night – Wednesday, August 17 th from 6-8 PM. It is in the studio/stage area which is immediately to the left as you walk through the door.

School is starting. So it’s band and lesson time. Don’t forget Willis has all your musical needs covered.

Whether it’s a new instrument, new sheet music, or you want to start taking lessons, Willis has what you need!

Come on out, tune up, warm up your vocal cords and picking fingers and we’ll make some music on Wednesday, August 17 th from 6pm to 8pm. See you there!!!

Taylor Roadshow 2016

Do you have a beautiful Taylor guitar? Maybe you have always wanted one? Or have you had your eye on that one special Taylor? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then we have one awesome night planned for you! Come join us Wednesday May 18th at 6:30 p.m. for the 2016 Willis Music Taylor Roadshow for a night of guitar talk and demos with the Taylor factory staff and guitar makers. What better way to spend a Wednesday night than talking about guitars and getting to ask the people who make those little beauties questions! You may even get to take that Taylor you have had your eye on for a little test drive!

If this sounds like something you don’t want to miss (believe us you don’t want to!) then click here to RSVP.
Make sure you RSVP quickly because spots are filling up fast!

Here are the Taylor Roadshow deets

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Lexington May 2016 Calendar of Events

View the calendar to find out all the exciting things happening during the month of May at our Lexington store location:

May Calendar

 

New Acoustic Gig Tools

Have an acoustic gig at a coffee house this weekend?  Having people over and playing on your deck? Playing small venue acoustic gigs has never been easier.  We have several new acoustic gig tools to add to your box to make you sound even better.

 

The TC Helicon Play Acoustic

Play Acoustic combines all the things you need to make a live acoustic performance shine: lavish vocal sounds, perfect backing harmonies, best-selling guitar effects, and unique processing that makes your six-string sing – in perfect harmony with your voice.

FEATURES
Professional vocal effects and tone
Natural sounding vocal harmonies guided by your guitar
Guitar FX styles from TC Electronic®
BodyRez™ Filtering and Onboard EQ and DI for impeccable acoustic guitar tone

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Fender Acoustic Pro and Acoustic SFX

Acoustic Pro

TRANSPARENT SOUND, REFINED FORM
Offering a sonic experience like no other, Acoustic Pro amplifiers are true “audiophile amps,” delivering superior live sound with studio-quality effects. Along with a flexible pro feature set, Acoustic Pro offers high-grade components and technology, pure Fender tradition and expert sonic imaging—allowing every note to be naturally and painstakingly replicated, letting your acoustic personality shine.

FEATURES

200-watt 12″ combo amplifier ideal for solo performers or acoustic duos
Two channels for instruments or microphones
Onboard hall reverb and tone controls with sweepable midrange
Integrated tilt-back kickstand easily converts the amp into a stage monitor
Includes deluxe fitted cover; optional two-button footswitch for reverb bypass

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Acoustic SFX

RICH, ROOM-FILLING SOUND IN A STUNNING PACKAGE
For the discerning player in search of an eye-catching piece of acoustic architecture, the Acoustic SFX offers state-of-the-art technology for a lush sonic experience unlike any other. The ultimate solution for acoustic players, the lightweight design and portability suit anyone looking for a grab-and-go rig for small venues, offering a pleasing sound image to people located all throughout the room.

FEATURES

Two-channel 160-watt (2x80W) stereo combo amplifier; ¼”-XLR combo jacks
Adjustable SFX® technology creates lush, room-filling sound
Onboard studio-quality effects include hall reverb, echo, delay, chorus and Vibratone
Tempo-sync all effects with two quick taps
Includes fitted cover; add optional two-button footswitch for per-channel effect bypass

The AER Compact 60/3

The ultimate in pure, natural acoustic tone.  The amp of choice for Tommy Emanuel and Eric Johnson.
The AER Compact 60/3 has proven that there is an all-round, small, powerful and yet simple to use complete solution for stage, studio and home use that works up to the highest demands and standards of acoustic players.
60 watts, dynamic control
8” (200 mm) twin cone speaker twin channel, 3 and 2 band EQ
Digital effect processor with 4 presets
(2 x reverb/delay/chorus)
14.30 lbs

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Stop in you local Willis or Moeller Music today and check out these great tools and many others!

Open Mic Night – April 20 @ Florence

Spring has sprung and we are having Open Mic Night – April 20 @ Florence! It’s patio season (although some days are more patio-friendly than others in April).

If you want to work on some new tunes, maybe get a new idea on how to transition from a G chord to a
C#minor chord, or just hang out and listen and play, come out to the Willis Music Open Mic Night –
Wednesday, April 20th from 6-8 PM. It is in the studio/stage area which is immediately to the left as you
walk through the door.
Also, don’t forget, if you’ve broken a string or two, want upgrade to a more powerful amp & cabinet,
sheet music to that new song you want to learn, a brighter strap or anything thing else musically, Willis
has what you need.
Come on out, tune up, warm up your vocal cords and picking fingers and we’ll make some music on
Wednesday, April 20th from 6pm to 8pm. Check in with Scott and let’s shred (or strum)!!!

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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!

When:
Apr 23, 2016 11:00 AM

Where:
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!

Come show off your chops- Open Mic Night

Pitchers and catchers have reported, Daytona is done, & March Madness is starting – spring is just

around the corner. Soon enough patios will come alive with live music – if you want to practice your

songs and chops on a stage with a great sound system, come out to the Willis Music Open Mic Night –

Wednesday, March 16th from 6-8 PM. It is in the studio/stage area which is immediately to the left as

you walk through the door.

Also, if you need to replace your strings, want a new music book or two, need a loop-pedal, heck, even a

back-up instrument, remember – Willis has all of your musical instrument, music, & accessory needs

covered.

Come on out and we’ll get the music rolling on Wednesday, March 16th from 6pm to 8pm. Check in with

Scott and let the music play!!!

March Cincinnati Band of the Month

 

Misnomer was born in basements. Originally from the northern suburbs of Cincinnati, Misnomer is a band full of interesting individuals that set out to break down the conventional boundaries of popular music. By implementing various influences and styles, Misnomer offers a familiar sound that exists within the paradox of “contemporary” versus “classic”.  They refuse to recycle, yet retain a sense of familiarity and freshness. The music that is produced by their individualistic, non-generic format has the effect of making an audience want to shake their booties, bang their heads, and groove with euphoric melancholy, through a sound that has never reached ears before.

In the early years of the band, Randy Clark (drummer) and Kyler Davis (guitar/vocals) formed a strong relationship based solely around a mutual love for the art, craft, and expression of music. After developing their abilities further, they decided to recruit Dominic Franco (bassist) to the line-up. As a 3-piece, they established themselves and developed an identity through their interesting and unique sound and approach. Misnomer added the fourth member, Logan Brown (multi-instrumentalist), after collaborating with him to independently record and release their first full length album.

Misnomer has played in the Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, and Northern Kentucky circuit for roughly 4 years. After finally picking up momentum, they decided to release their first full-length album in early 2016, which will be followed by an extensive tour in the summer.

Now that you have met the band, go check them out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, anywhere you can find them online! Come in to Willis at Moeller Music West Chester and show an associate that you “Liked” their music page on Facebook and receive discounts!

Misnomer keeps their fans updated with the latest news, music, merchandise, promotions and whatever through various social media accounts.

 

 

https://www.facebook.com/MisnomerOfficial/

https://twitter.com/misnomermusic

https://www.instagram.com/misnomer_official/

Want to be the next Band Of The Month in Cincinnati? Click Here!

Worth More than A Penny

Do you feel that a Penny isn’t worth anything these days? 

Well at Willis Music, we want the penny to be worth lots more!! Come visit us at our Annual Penny Sale February 18-21! Need a new drum set? Buy any Gretsch, DDrun, Mapex Saturn, MyDentity or Armory kit and GET FOR A PENNY, in stock hand drum, snare drum or hardware! (Some restrictions do apply). How about a new guitar? Buy any American made guitar/ bass and get 6 re-strings from a pro guitar tech FOR A PENNY!

There is so many more deals, you have to stop in to see them all! And as always, we are bringing back our Penny A Page Sale Music!! Choose from selected titles of music!! It’s amazing!

See you there!

February Band of the Month – Jason Owens Band

Willis Music Florence Band of the month is the Jason Owens Band!

 

Jason OwensThe Jason Owens Band offers a high energy show with a mixture of all the Nashville style guitar playing chops, similar to Brad Paisley and Keith Urban. The Jason Owens Band offers an upbeat sound resembling the energy of a Jason Aldean show. This band will keep the crowd rocking all night! There is nothing like this new and up-coming band. The Jason Owens Band performs songs that appeal to the most discriminating music lovers. The Jason Owens Band performs originals, oldies, all the new country hits as well as rock and pop songs. If you love country music and like to have a good time, you cant miss out with this group!
The band is fronted by Jason Owens, the lead vocalist and super picker who has been talked about by Brad Paisley and Justin Moore for his abilities. Jason’s voice is also diverse, he can hit the low notes of a Johnny Cash song as well as hit high notes from groups like the Eagles. Paul Kelley plays bass guitar and keeps the crowd groovin all night. Andrew Gray rocks the drums and keeps the crowd wanting more and more with his showmanship and stellar playing. The newest addition to the group is Justen Jette, who plays guitar and keyboards for the band. Terry Ranck hits the stage improvising on the saxophone. Justen and Paul also add some outstanding harmony vocals to the mix.
These musicians have played all over the country including The Ranch in Anaheim , California , The Kentucky Speedway Sprint Cup Race, The Yakov Smirnoff Theatre in Branson, Missouri, The Academy Of Country Music in Encino, California, The Viper Room in Hollywood, California, Hard Rock Cafe in Nashville, TN, The Country Music Association in Nashville, TN… just to name a few! Their social media presence is gaining notoriety with a staggering 28,000 plus follow count on Twitter and 10,000 plus on Instagram. Katie Walters and Bud Stross from B105, Q102, and 97.3 The Wolf, some of Cincinnati’s premier radio stations, recently shot a promotional video for the band. You can find it on Youtube, search “Behind The Music With Jason Owens”. If you are looking for a high energy group that keeps your crowd going all night` this is the group for you!

Check out more info at:

http://www.jasonowensmusic.com/  https://www.facebook.com/JasonOwensMusic/

or https://twitter.com/jasonowensmusic

Like his facebook page or twitter page and get a 10% discount on any one item. Show you are a fan to your salesperson!

 

Want to be the next band of the month? Contact Denise at deniseb@willismusic.com for details!

 

 

January Calendar of Events

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New Teacher Alert!

We are very excited about our new teachers right now at our Kenwood location. We love the energy that a new teacher brings- and we can’t wait to see them in action.

Click here to sign up with our new teachers today!


 

KJ Summerville

I come to Willis music as an experienced guitar instructor and performer. I was a guitar teacher at Buddy Rogers Music in Montgomery for almost 20 years. I won multiple Cammy Awards in Cincinnati as Best Instrumentalist. I have been performing with The Stagger Lee Band as lead guitar and vocalist in and around Cincinnati since 1994. I am dedicated to providing a positive learning experience tailored to the needs of the individual student.

“I’ve been taking acoustic guitar lessons from KJ for several years. I’m an older student (senior citizen now) and picked up the guitar later in life. KJ is an excellent instructor playing a wide range of styles. He helps me set realistic challenging goals for my playing. My lessons are a combination of learning covers and application of music theory and playing styles to songs I write. He not only takes the time to point out ways to improve my playing, but is very supportive reminding me of how much I’ve improved when I begin to get discouraged. I play much more confidently and have been willing to explore a much wider range of music and playing than I expected to. He is not only good at what he does, but he is good at designing lessons to meet your specific goals.” -Vince Bennett

Sign up with KJ today!


 

Brad Levine

I have been teaching for over 7 years and playing guitar for more than 30 years. I have written and recorded over 70 pieces, love to play and love teaching. My influences range from Bach to the Beatles. For beginners I like to start by using a beginner book, but will augment lessons with songs the student is interested in. After successfully completing a beginner book, we’ll focus on songs, practice exercises, and scales. I also like to help students with miscellaneous things related to the guitar: changing strings, choosing strings, choosing a guitar, writing and recording, etc. Being patient, encouraging and easy to understand have greatly contributed to my success as a teacher.

Sign up with Brad today!


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!

A Summer Full Of Music

I think it is safe to say that we are all ready for summer. Don’t get me wrong- I used to think snow was really pretty- but not anymore! Spring is one of the busiest times of year for a lot of people, so summer is that promise of a little relaxation. Even through the hustle of getting the kids out of school, final exams, and work deadline, there is still the promise of a great summer at the end of it all.

That being said- summer was so much more fun we you were young. So here at Willis Music- we want to help you plan the perfect summer for your children- and maybe you can even get involved too! We are planning several different summer group programs in our different locations.

The benefits of group music making are endless. While one-on-one instruction is crucial to the learning process, starting with a group can be a great way to shake off the nerves. Starting something new is scary, but starting something new with 10 other people doesn’t sound so bad. We have had several group classes here and we love them.

We are planning all sorts of group lessons for the summer. We are still developing some- but here is a little bit more about one I am really excited about

In our Eastgate location, we will be holding a kids keyboard class called “Teaching Little Fingers to Play”. The class will be taught by our very own piano teacher Mike Bachelier. Mike teaches Piano, Guitar, and Voice several days a week at Willis Music and is excited to do some group work. The class will be on Monday mornings, 10:30-11:30, and will last for 6 weeks starting on June 15th. The price of the class will be $100. Space is limited so sign up in store or give the store a call at 513-752-6341.

More information on other group classes will be coming soon. If you would like to stay in the loop, make sure to visit www.willismusic.com/lessons or stop in a store today to find out what they are planning for you this summer.


Playing music in a group is a great way for your child to excel, as well as make new friends and learn new skills. You don’t have to take my word for it- check out this video of brothers who have always played music together and are proof that hard work and practice can really pay off!

 

Does That Guitar Need a Little “More?”

Got the amp you want, got the guitar you want, but it’s still missing that certain sound? Try adding some effects pedals! We stock all kinds of different brands, but our favorite is the Rotosound. They are hand wired in Great Britain and are awesome looking and sounding. Come on in and check these out!

RFB1 – 1960’s Fuzz Reissue
A faithful reproduction of our original 1960’s unit using the same circuit configuration as the original design.
Combined with modern resistors, capacitors and original germanium diodes.
The new pedal combines yesterday’s mojo and tone flavour with the reliability and stability of today’s technology.
The original prototype pedals were only ever available in limited numbers and never released for general sales.
Nonetheless these pedals were found all over the place – there is even a picture of Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page playing one.
This is the only original Rotosound fuzz pedal of the era and should not be confused with the lesser cheaper copies currently available.
New circuitry designed by Dr. Barry R. Pyatt (of BBC & Rediffusion history)
Hand built at the Rotosound factory, Sevenoaks, Kent, England

RWB1 – THE WOBBLER TREMOLO
Vintage optical attenuator
High headroom
Smooth wide range control of rate and depth
Unique control of silicon and germanium signal path
Authentic components and hand wired assembly methods
Real authentic 60’s design techniques using today’s technological approach
Super low power LED indicating unit powered on and effect rate speed
Input socket for power supply connection (9 volt to 18 volt internally regulated)
Designed by John Oram of VOX & TRIDENT history
Hand built at the Rotosound factory, Sevenoaks, Kent, England

RKH1 – THE KING HENRY PHASER
High headroom
Smooth wide range control of rate and depth
PEAK is a regeneration control for a wider range of phasing effects
Authentic components and hand wired assembly methods
Real authentic 60’s design techniques using today’s technological approach
Super low power LED indicating unit powered on and effect rate speed
Input socket for power supply connection (9 volt to 18 volt internally regulated)
Designed by John Oram of VOX & TRIDENT history
Hand built at the Rotosound factory, Sevenoaks, Kent, England

LV1 – THE LEVELLER EQ
High headroom
Smooth wide range control of low, mid and high EQ frequencies
Authentic components and hand wired assembly methods
Real authentic 60’s and 70’s design techniques using today’s technological approach
Silicon and germanium signal paths
Super low power LED indicating unit powered on and effect on
Input socket for power supply connection (9 volt to 18 volt internally regulated)
Designed by John Oram a.k.a. “The Father of British EQ” of VOX & TRIDENT fame
Hand built at the Rotosound factory, Sevenoaks, Kent, England

RAM1 – THE AFTERMATH DELAY
High headroom
Smooth wide range control of rate, feedback and depth
Authentic components and hand wired assembly methods
Real authentic 60’s design techniques using today’s technological approach
Traditional analogue Bucket-Brigade delay
Audio dynamics controller providing noise reduction
Super low power LED indicating unit powered on and effect on
Input socket for power supply connection (9 volt to 18 volt internally regulated)
Designed by John Oram of VOX & TRIDENT history
Hand built at the Rotosound factory, Sevenoaks, Kent, England

RPU1 – THE PUSHER COMPRESSOR
High headroom
Smooth wide range control of ratio, compression on one control and expansion on another
Authentic components and hand wired assembly methods
Real authentic 60’s design techniques using today’s technological approach
Audio dynamics controller providing noise reduction
Super low power LED indicating unit powered on and effect on
Input socket for power supply connection (9 volt to 18 volt internally regulated)
Designed by John Oram of VOX & TRIDENT history
Hand built at the Rotosound factory, Sevenoaks, Kent, England

RTC1 – THE CRUSADER CHORUS
FEATURES INCLUDE
High headroom
Smooth wide range control of rate and depth
Chorus effect can be mixed from min to max with LEVEL control
Authentic components and hand wired assembly methods
Real authentic 60’s design techniques using today’s technological approach
Audio dynamics controller providing noise reduction
Super low power LED indicating unit powered on and effect rate speed
Input socket for power supply connection (9 volt to 18 volt internally regulated)
Designed by John Oram of VOX & TRIDENT history
Hand built at the Rotosound factory, Sevenoaks, Kent, England

Tele Me About It.

Tele Me Some History

During the period between 1932 and 1949, guitar makers were experimenting with the idea of a solid body electric guitar.  In 1950, Leo Fender crafted the Fender Telecaster, the guitar that put solid body electric guitars on the board.  From that point on, the Telecaster (often referred to as the “Tele”)  placed Fender above the rest in guitar production and creation.

Tele Me Some Facts

The Modern American Tele Deluxe is a force to be reckoned with.  With a solid body made from hand selected Alder wood, N3 Noiseless Pickups, and a 6-Saddled Chromed Brass Bridge, this guitar is a monster.  The hand selected wood gives players a higher quality tone, and is built to last.  With the N3 Noiseless Pickups, your Tele will contain a “snappy, bell-like chime” without the hum.  Locking Tuners help maintain perfect and precise tuning, along with, the 6-Saddled Bridge making the maintenance of intonation a breeze.

Tele Me How to Get One!

Not only do we carry these beautiful Teles, but we also are able to order you custom ones like the one in the video above!  Here at Willis Music, we value a great guitar, and our selection of Telecasters is second to none.  But, don’t just take my word for it.  Come in anytime at our Mall Road location and pick up a Tele.

Tele me how you like it!

Cody

12 Things You Should Never Say To A Musician

Saw this article the other day and had a nice laugh so I thought I’d share it with a few notes of my own added.

 

1. So Are You Trying To Be A Musician
I am a musician. Not trying. Trying to be a musician is watching the first YouTube video on how to hold a guitar. Not what I have done for the past 15 years. That is BEING a musician. Why don’t people understand just how much work it takes to be a musician?  How many hours and late nights and how much sweat and pain goes into it? Most professional musicians have WAY more education than your average executive and certainly way more than your average plumber yet barely can scrape by.

2. You Sound Like…
I know you’re trying to be nice by putting me in good company, but musicians want to feel original. We don’t want to hear we sound like everyone else. That we’re unoriginal. It’s fine for you to sell your friends on listening to someone new by comparing them to well known artists, but when talking to a musician, the best compliment is “you sound like YOU and it’s awesome.” Unless you’re talking to a pop producer, then yeah, “it sounds like Katy Perry” is probably the best compliment you could give. At one point in my life I actually stopped learning other people’s guitar solos because I’d get so into figuring out what made that person sound the way they did that I’d end up sounding like them for a couple of months.

3. You Should Try Out For American Idol
I will slap you. The odds of making it there are so slim, really?

4. When Am I Going To Hear You On The Radio?
When your radio plays better s**t. More likely when I happen to run into the right person and the sun and moon align just correctly so that a record company executive just happens to fall into my lap and invest a huge amount of money to make that happen.

5. You Should Be On The Voice
Because that’s a career builder. Right Jermaine? See American Idol comment above.

6. You Must Love Karaoke
No, actually, I hate karaoke because I have to listen to you sing. Or I just need a good laugh.

7. Can I Get On The List? Plus 1?
You don’t have $10 to support my music, but you have $50 for the round of shots you just bought everyone? I could barely afford the gas to get here.  Do you give me free stuff from your work?

8. What’s Your Real Job?
It’s this little field called music. It’s way more real than those TPS reports you put together for the Bobs. No my job is plastic, made from entirely synthetic material engineered by an evil corporation bent on world domination.

9. What’s Your Backup Plan
What’s yours? Selling stuff in a music store. 🙂

10. It Will Be Great Exposure
Meaning, it doesn’t pay. No thanks. Really bar/restaurant owner, can you cater my next party for free because it may be great exposure for your restaurant?

11. I Have A Great Idea For A Song
And I have a great idea on how you can fix my faucet better. But let’s keep these things to ourselves. And please tuck your shirt in and pull your pants up.

12. Free Bird
That stopped being funny in ’97. My band used to have a Skynard medley ready for this situation, including the end of the live version of Free Bird where the guitar solo goes on for like 10 minutes.  We also had a Metallica one ready.  Be careful what you ask for…..

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!

Check it out!

 

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!

 

 

 

Amazing Deals! Get them while they are hot!

We just marked down 100s of instruments to some Amazing Pricing! Every department got some items marked down, so now is the time to buy!!!  Stop in today!

Seagull Merlin now in stock

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Come check out this New Strumstick Dulcimer!

Made in LaPatrie Quebec, Canada and inspired by the dulcimer, the Seagull Merlin is a very portable & compact 4-string diatonic acoustic instrument that is simply fun to play and very hard to put down!

The Merlin was designed to introduce & stimulate people of all ages (some of whom may not necessarily be players) to the joy of creating & playing music.
Small in stature. Big in fun!

Click here to Pickup in store! Or use coupon code 359 for Free Delivery to your home!

May 2014 Calendar of Events for the Willis Music Florence Super Store.

May is recital season! Welcome to the students of Denitsa Van Pelt, Peggy Wolverton, Anna Bonham-White, Lara Koogler, Debbie Starosciak, Katie Davidson, Becky Slater, Dan Walsh, Christina Day, Janice Greenhalgh. May is also International Drum Month and we are celebrating all month long with extra savings. May Sales Events: Cinco de Mayo (5/5), Mother’s Day (5/11) and Memorial Day (5/26). May Concerts: Steinway Young Artist Concert (5/14) featuring Hannah Meloy and Christina Haan. Willis Music / Woodsongs Coffeehouse Concert (5/17) featuring Wendy Miller and the Country Grass.

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May 2014 Calendar of Events

Take a look at what is going on here at Willis Music in Lexington, KY during the month of May!  We’ll have Special Deals, Recitals, Classes, and much more.

Plus, be sure to mark your calendars for SHRED FEST 2014 on Saturday, May 24. Electric Guitars, Amps, & Accessories will be on sale! AND….we will be holding a competition looking for the best shredding from electric guitar musicians in the Lexington area!

May Calendar

Music Money: Customer Loyalty Cards

Do you have Music Money?

At Willis Music in Lexington we like making every day a Customer Appreciation Day! We like it so much that we have trees growing Music Money especially for you.

As a thank you for choosing Willis Music we will give you a gift card after every 6 purchases you make in the store.

After every 6 purchases, you will receive a gift card as a GIFT from Willis Music for 5% of those 6 purchases (not including tax), up to $25.

Be sure to sign up to get your Music Money Card on your next visit to our store!

 

Ukulele – Pronounced ew-kə-lay-lee, from Hawaiian

 

Kala Exotic Mahogany Tenor Ukulele

Kala Tenor Exotic Mahogany

So what is a Ukulele and why on Earth would I want one?  They simple answer is they’re FUN!  I didn’t get it either at first.  I kept getting images of Tiny Tim in my head, why would anyone want one of those?  Then I played one and low and behold, I get it.  I really get it.  They’re just plain fun.  It’s darn near impossible to play anything on one and not just feel happy.  I even tried playing in the key of D Minor, you know the saddest key of them all?  Nope, still happy.  Even committed a music store sin and played Stairway to Heaven.  Still happy.  So all of this got me wondering where these strange little joy producing instruments came from.  So I did what anyone else would do, I turned to our friend Wikipedia and here’s what they have to say about the subject:

 

Ukulele

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The ukulele, sometimes abbreviated to uke, is a member of the guitar family of instruments; it generally employs four nylon or gut strings or four courses of strings.

The ukulele originated in the 19th century as a Hawaiian interpretation of the machete, a small guitar-like instrument related to the cavaquinho, timple, braguinha and the rajão, taken to Hawaii by Portuguese immigrants, many from the Macaronesian Islands. It gained great popularity elsewhere in the United States during the early 20th century, and from there spread internationally.

The tone and volume of the instrument varies with size and construction. Ukuleles commonly come in four sizes: soprano, concert, tenor, and baritone.

History

Hawaii

The Ukulele is commonly associated with music from Hawaii where the name roughly translates as “jumping flea,” perhaps because of the movement of the player’s fingers. Legend attributes it to the nickname of the Englishman Edward William Purvis, one of King Kalākaua’s officers, because of his small size, fidgety manner, and playing expertise. According to Queen Liliʻuokalani, the last Hawaiian monarch, the name means “the gift that came here,” from the Hawaiian words uku (gift or reward) and lele (to come).

Developed in the 1880s, the ukulele is based on several small guitar-like instruments of Portuguese origin, the machete, the Cavaquinho and the Rajão, introduced to the Hawaiian Islands by Portuguese immigrants from Madeira and Cape Verde. Three immigrants in particular, Madeiran cabinet makers Manuel Nunes, José do Espírito Santo, and Augusto Dias, are generally credited as the first ukulele makers. Two weeks after they disembarked from the SS Ravenscrag in late August 1879, the Hawaiian Gazette reported that “Madeira Islanders recently arrived here, have been delighting the people with nightly street concerts.”

One of the most important factors in establishing the ukulele in Hawaiian music and culture was the ardent support and promotion of the instrument by King Kalākaua. A patron of the arts, he incorporated it into performances at royal gatherings.

Canada

In the 1960s, educator J. Chalmers Doane dramatically changed school music programs across Canada, using the ukulele as an inexpensive and practical teaching instrument to foster musical literacy in the classroom. 50,000 schoolchildren and adults learned ukulele through the Doane program at its peak. Today, a revised program created by James Hill and J. Chalmers Doane continues to be a staple of the music education in Canada.

Japan

The ukulele came to Japan in 1929 after Hawaiian-born Yukihiko Haida returned to the country upon his father’s death and introduced the instrument. Haida and his brother Katsuhiko formed the Moana Glee Club, enjoying rapid success in an environment of growing enthusiasm for Western popular music, particularly Hawaiian and jazz. During World War II, authorities banned most Western music, but fans and players kept it alive in secret, and it resumed popularity after the war. In 1959, Haida founded the Nihon Ukulele Association. Today, Japan is considered a second home for Hawaiian musicians and ukulele virtuosos.

United Kingdom

The singer and comedian George Formby was perhaps the UK’s most famous ukulele player, though he often played a banjolele, a hybrid instrument consisting of an extended ukulele neck with a banjo resonator body. Demand surged in the new century because of its relative simplicity and portability. Today the ukulele’s popularity in Great Britain continues to grow with the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain touring globally and Paul McCartney’s 2002 tribute tour to George Harrison, a huge fan of the instrument. Note that ukulele is often spelled ukelele in British English.

United States (mainland)

Pre–World War II

The ukulele was popularized for a stateside audience during the Panama Pacific International Exposition, held from spring to fall of 1915 in San Francisco. The Hawaiian Pavilion featured a guitar and ukulele ensemble, George E. K. Awai and his Royal Hawaiian Quartet, along with ukulele maker and player Jonah Kumalae. The popularity of the ensemble with visitors launched a fad for Hawaiian-themed songs among Tin Pan Alley songwriters.[18] The ensemble also introduced both the lap steel guitar and the ukulele into U.S. mainland popular music, where it was taken up by vaudeville performers such as Roy Smeck and Cliff “Ukulele Ike” Edwards. On April 15, 1923 at the Rivoli Theater in New York City, Smeck appeared, playing the ukulele, in Stringed Harmony, a short film made in the DeForest Phonofilm sound-on-film process. On August 6, 1926, Smeck appeared playing the ukulele in a short film His Pastimes, made in the Vitaphone sound-on-disc process, shown with the feature film Don Juan starring John Barrymore.

The ukulele soon became an icon of the Jazz Age. Highly portable and relatively inexpensive, it also proved popular with amateur players throughout the 1920s, as is evidenced by the introduction of uke chord tablature into the published sheet music for popular songs of the time, a role that would eventually be supplanted by the guitar in the early years of rock and roll. A number of mainland-based instrument manufacturers, among them Regal, Harmony, and Martin, added ukulele, banjolele, and tiple lines to their production to take advantage of the demand.

The ukulele also made inroads into early country music or old-time music. It was played by Jimmie Rodgers and Ernest V. Stoneman, as well as by early string bands, including Cowan Powers and his Family Band, Da Costa Woltz’s Southern Broadcasters, Walter Smith and Friends, The Blankenship Family, The Hillbillies, and The Hilltop Singers.

Post–World War II

From the late 1940s to the late 1960s, plastics manufacturer Mario Maccaferri turned out about 9 million inexpensive ukuleles. The ukulele continued to be popular, appearing on many jazz songs throughout the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.[25] Much of the instrument’s popularity was cultivated via The Arthur Godfrey Show on television. Singer-musician Tiny Tim became closely associated with the instrument after playing it on his 1968 hit “Tiptoe Through the Tulips.”

Post-1990 revival

After the 1960s, the ukulele declined in popularity until the late 1990s, when interest in the instrument reappeared. During the 1990s, new manufacturers began producing ukuleles and a new generation of musicians took up the instrument. Jim Beloff set out to promote the instrument in the early 1990s and created over two dozen ukulele music books featuring modern music as well as classic ukulele pieces.

Hawaiian musician Israel Kamakawiwo’ole helped re-popularise the instrument, in particular with his 1993 medley of “Over the Rainbow” and “What a Wonderful World,” used in films, television programs, and commercials. The song reached #12 on Billboard’s Hot Digital Tracks chart the week of January 31, 2004 (for the survey week ending January 18, 2004).

The creation of YouTube was a large influence on the popularity of the ukulele. One of the first videos to go viral was Jake Shimabukuro’s ukulele rendition of George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” on YouTube. The video quickly went viral, and has received over 12 million views and launched Jake’s career. The ready availability of thousands of instructional videos has greatly expanded the popularity of this easy to learn instrument.

So that’s it in a nutshell, there was more to the article, but who am I kidding, I’m a musician, I have the attention span of a 2 year old so I won’t bore either of us with detail of construction and such.  But the bottom line is Ukuleles are fun, everyone should own one.  We should be issued one at birth. Come in and check out one today and make your world a happier place.

 

 

Take the Great Martin String Challenge (4/25) 5-8pm

Join us and take the Great Martin String Challenge on April 25th from 5 – 8pm. A Martin representative will be at the Willis Music Florence Super Store to conduct the challenge. See if you can tell the difference in strings! Win swag!

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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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Ukulele Club Resumes At Kenwood

uke clubThe Ukulele club is starting up again at Willis Music, Kenwood location. We are fortunate to have John DiMauro head our Ukulele club. John is a Uke enthusiast in the area. You will  find him playing at local senior centers entertaining the locals.

The club will meet the first Wednesday of the month. The first meeting will be May 7, 6:30PM at the Willis Music store in Kenwood, 8118 Montgomery Rd. Cincinnati, Oh. 45236. Call for any additional information 513-252-0445.

So dust off your ukuleles and come join us. This is open to all ukulele freaks. Having fun is mandatory!

 

How Eric Clapton’s Fender Strat Gets Made from bloomberg.com

Hey everyone,

Saw this video this morning and thought you’d enjoy it!  Thanks to the fine folks at bloomberg.com.  It guides you through the Fender factory and shows how Fender makes some of the finest, most desirable, American made guitars.  All available here at Moeller of Willis Music West Chester or online here!

 

 

7 Guitars That Changed History

1. Gibson L-5

Gisbon L-5 GuitarFirst introduced: 1923

Also Known As: The First Masterpiece

Notable Players: Mother Maybelle Carter, Eddie Lang, Wes Montgomery, Scotty Moore, Tuck Andress, Lee Ritenour, Pat Martino, Jan Akkerman, John Mayer, Eric Clapton

Quick Facts:
– The Gibson L-5 is the first modern orchestra guitar, the first f-hole archtop guitar, and the first guitar with a 14-fret neck to the body that had an adjustable truss rod.

– It was originally offered as an acoustic instrument, with electric models made available in the 1950s, and was considered the premier rhythm guitar in the big band era.

– Maybelle Carter’s L-5 is now kept at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee.

2. Martin D-45

Martin D-45 GuitarFirst introduced: 1933

Also Known As: The Flagship of the Martin line, The Pearl

Notable Players: Gene Autry, Neil Young

Quick Facts:
– From the fretboard markers to the trim, D-45s glitter with abalone, a shellfish whose mother-of-pearl interior gives us the name “pearl.”

– Only 91 D-45s were made between 1931 and 1941. Each is truly irreplaceable and carries an astronomical price tag.

– Gene Autry originally contacted Martin and requested a custom guitar with 12 frets and style 45 trim. He also requested his name be on it, but Martin refused.

3. Fender Broadcaster/Telecaster

Fender Broadcaster Telecaster GuitarFirst introduced: 1950

Also Known As: The Most Important Electric Guitar Ever Made

Notable Players: James Burton, Muddy Waters, Roy Buchanan, Albert Lee

Quick Facts:
– The Model-T of guitars, the stripped-down, easy-to-play solid-body Fender Broadcaster electric guitar was the first guitar of its kind to be produced on a substantial scale.

– Two single-coil pickups introduced the clean, bright Fender sound, developed out of Leo Fender’s love of the lap steel guitar and its Hawaiian twang.

– The name was changed from Broadcaster to Telecaster in the late 1950s to avoid a possible trademark conflict with Gretsch.

4. Gibson Les Paul

Gibson Les Paul guitarFirst introduced: 1952

Also Known As: The Legend

Notable Players: Les Paul, Jimmy Page, Paul McCartney, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Freddie King, Hubert Sumlin

Quick Facts:
– From mid-1957 until 1962, Les Paul humbuckers were stickered “Patent Applied For” and some players (and collectors) believe that have an almost mystical quality.

– The body is mahogany with a maple “cap.” The wood is bookmatched to create symmetrical patterns under the finish, giving the magical sunburst effect.

– The significance of Les Paul’s contributions to his Gibson guitar design remains controversial. The book “50 Years of the Gibson Les Paul” limits Paul’s contributions to two: advice on the trapeze tailpiece, and a preference for color (stating that Paul preferred gold as “it looks expensive”, and a second choice of black because “it makes your fingers appear to move faster on the box”, and “looks classy—like a tuxedo”).

5. Fender Stratocaster

Fender Stratocaster guitarFirst introduced: 1954

Also Known As: The Standard

Notable Players: David Gilmour, Mark Knopfler, Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Holly, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, George Harrison, John Lennon, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Everyone

Quick Facts:
– The Stratocaster is the most played, most popular, and most copied electric guitar ever.

– The perfect six-on-a-side peghead was designed in response to the minimal Telecaster style. Everything is new: two cutaways, the beveled body, an unheard-of three pickups with selector switch, adjustable bridge for each string, protected output jack, and angled lead pickup for better treble response.

– The vibrato unit, or “whammy bar,” was so revolutionary that it took a decade, when Jimi Hendrix came along, to be fully explored.

6. Gibson Flying V

Gibson Flying V guitarFirst introduced: 1958

Also Known As: The Modernistic

Notable Players: Lonnie Mack, Albert King, Dave Davies, Jimi Hendrix

Quick Facts:
– The original Flying V was made of korina, a trade name for African limba wood.

– The prototype of the Flying V has a black pickguard and input plate, but most original models had white trim.

– Gibson shipped only 98 Flying Vs in the 1950s, making original models very rare and collectible. Flying V reissues started showing up in 1967.

– Dealers originally took the guitars off the floor, where they weren’t selling, and hung them in the window to attract attention. Sales caught on a decade later, and eventually the design became recognized as a classic.

7. Paul Reed Smith Santana

First introduced: 1980

Also Known As: The Stradivarius of the Electric Guitar

Notable Players: Carlos Santana, Ted Nugent, Al DiMeola, Joe Walsh, Dickey Betts

Quick Facts:
– The famous bird markers, used on higher-end models, are inspired by a guidebook belonging to Paul Reed Smith’s mother, a bird-watcher.

– Beautiful, popping wood grain is a PRS signature. The first wood Smith used was curly maple from the drawer-fronts of a friend’s dresser.

– Carlos Santana, the person for whom the guitar was made, was so impressed with the guitar that he called it “an act of God.”

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New Shipment of G&L Guitars

Just got a new flock of G&L guitars in stock. Just in time for VIP weekend. Great guitars for the $$$. Stop in to check them out – (our favorite is the ASAT Bluesboy).

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Check out more info here!

Guitar Digital Wireless Done Right

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A groundbreaking offering to guitarists, Shure’s GLX-D Guitar Pedal Digital Wireless System combines revolutionary LINKFREQ Automatic Frequency Management and battery rechargeability with unparalleled Shure design and construction. The GLXD6 guitar pedal receiver easily integrates into any pedal board and features integrated strobe and meter guitar tuners, providing exceptional digital audio clarity with seamless operation.

Features include:

  • GLXD6 wireless guitar pedal receiver
  • GLXD1 bodypack transmitter
  • WA305 premium locking-thread guitar cable
  • SB902 rechargeable Lithium-ion battery
  • USB charge cable
  • SBC902 battery dock charger
  • Padded zipper case
  • LINKFREQ Automatic Frequency Management
  • Revolutionary intelligent frequency management quickly identifies the best open channels
  • Bi-directional communication enables the transmitter to follow any frequency change on the receiver automatically
  • Continuous interference monitoring avoids signal interruption by automatically and seamlessly switching to backup frequencies without performance interruption
  • Globally-unlicensed 2.4 GHz frequency band allows operation of up to 8 compatible systems

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Melvin the “Mello” – phone….Do you name your instruments?

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Melvin the Mello

Came across this case in the store the other day.  A school had dropped off about a dozen mellophones for their yearly maintenance and there was a huge stack of them clogging the isles.  Obviously someone (name deleted for privacy reasons) had become so attached to this mellophone and spent so much time with it that they felt compelled to give it a name.  It reminded me of a middle school girl who came in the store once who was renting a viola.  I can’t remember the size but violas come in different sizes and as a child grows they have to upgrade occasionally to a bigger size.  This child’s teacher had decided that it was time for her to go to the next size up  The girl came in with her mother and was on the verge of tears because she was so attached to the viola which she had named, can’t remember the name unfortunately.  She refused to give it up.  She threw a virtual fit until her mother finally gave in and decided that despite the teacher’s wishes, she would let her daughter continue to rent the original viola.

 

Musicians can be strange birds sometimes.  We spend so much time with our instruments that we form a special “bond” with them, sometimes to the point of an unhealthy obsession with them.  We’d rather spend time with our special “someone” than humans.  This got me thinking about some of the famous examples of this out there.  Huge stars are no exception to this.  Below are some examples:

Yngwie Malmsteen’s “The Duck”

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Eddie Van Halen’s “FrankenStrat” or “Frankenstein”

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Willie Nelson’s “Trigger”

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and probably the most famous:

BB King’s “Lucille”

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Have you named your instrument?  Tell us about it either here or on one of our Facebook pages.  Need a new love of your life?  Come see us and pick out a new one.  Speed dating available daily!  Check out some of your fine choices here!

 

 

 

 

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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This Day In Music History

1953, The Stargazers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Broken Wings.’ The first record by any British group to reach No.1. Stargazers’ member Fred Dachtler is the father of Clark Datchler of 80′s group Johnny Hates Jazz.
1956, Elvis Presley played the first of two nights in San Diego Arena in San Diego, California. The local Police chief issued a statement saying if Elvis ever returned to the city and performed like he did, he would be arrested for disorderly conduct.
1960, RCA Victor Records announced that it would be release all Pop singles in mono and stereo simultaneously, the first record company to do so. Elvis Presley’s single, ‘Stuck on You’ was RCA’s first mono / stereo release.
1964, The Beatles held the top five places on the US singles chart, at No. 5 ‘Please Please Me’, No.4 ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’, No.3, ‘Roll Over Beethoven’, No.2 ‘Love Me Do’ and at No.1 ‘Can’t Buy Me Love.’ They also had another nine singles on the chart, bringing their total to fourteen singles on the Hot 100. 

New Teachers in West Chester- Sign up Today!

We have several exciting new teachers at our West Chester Moeller/Willis Music location. These four new teachers are a great addition to our lessons!

Shelia Gardner- View Profile Here!

Voice lessons, Thursday Evenings 

Register for Lessons With Shelia Today!

 

 

Keith Lykins- View Profile Here

Acoustic, Electric, and Classical Guitar- Saturday, Sunday, & Monday

Register for Lessons With Keith Today!

 

Josiah Wolf- View Profile Here!

Drums- Thursdays 

Register for Lessons With Josiah Today!

 

Mike Haid- View Profile Here!

Drums- Sundays

Register for Lessons With Mike Today!

 

 

To see all of the teachers at our West Chester location, Click Here

Or Click Here to find a teacher near you!

 

Calendar of Events for April 2014 at the Willis Music Florence Super Store.

April is a VIP+1 (Very Important Person – bring a friend) month. This special event is our way of saying Thank You to our customers. April 11-12 enjoy great savings, music, give aways and refreshments. Great Martin String Challenge is April 25th. This event kicks off our Pick Your Martin Sale (April 25-27). All month long enjoy rebates for that new Yamaha band instrument. April is Spring Recital time. Recitals for the students of Suzanne Butler, Dephne Walters, NKMTA (Northern Kentucky Music Teachers Association), Christie Arquiness and Debbie Starosciak. Re-occurring events include: 4/9: Steinway Young Artist Concert (Marcus Schwarting and friends), 4/16: Open Mic Night (with Scott Stuckswich), 4/20: Open Blues Jam (with Don Jackson), 4/23: Ukulele Club Jam (with Joe Yoakum), 4/25: Open Bluegrass Jam (NKBMA). Willis Music/Woodsongs Coffeehouse Concert: 4/19: featuring Sammy Adkins and the Sandy Hook Mountain Boys.

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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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Live Performance by “Guitar God” Diana Chittester

We are excited to announce a new performance series titled “Guitar Gods: Live!” Join us for the premiere on Sunday, April 6, 2014 right here at Willis Music in Lexington, KY, from 2-3 p.m. This is a FREE performance!

Progressive Indie/Folk musician, Diana Chittester, is our featured artist. She is an incredible female guitarist, lyricist and vocalist. Check out these great videos:

No gimmicks, no gadgets. Just a girl, a guitar and a lot of sound! You do NOT want to miss this one!

To learn more about Diana Chittester, visit her website:  http://www.dianachittester.com

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Willis Music and Skinny Devil Music Lab are excited to bring you this NEW monthly live performance & web series, featuring the greatest players from around the globe!

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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8 Reasons to Buy Your GUITAR at Willis Music

Are you wanting to purchase an acoustic guitar? How about an electric guitar? An amp? Or your first effects pedal?

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Here are 8 Reasons why you should buy your guitar here at Willis Music in Lexington:

1. All guitars are Detailed and Inspected.

2. All guitars necks are Inspected and Adjusted by our guitar product specialists.

3. All guitar frets are Inspected and Polished by our guitar product specialists.

4. Adjustable Bridge Intonated

5. All electronics professionally inspected

6. We give you the Manufacturers Warranty EXTENDED for 1 Full Year! (Excludes Wood and Finish Cracks)

7. We provide a Free “How To” Class for First Time Buyers**

This is a $119 Value that is INCLUDED for Free with your Guitar purchase at Willis Music!

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** The First Time Buyer’s Guitar Care Class takes places on the First Saturday of every month at 10:30 A.M. EST.  Classes are conducted by our guitar product specialists.

This class is a $39 value. Learn how to:
– Tune your guitar
– Care for your guitar
– Change strings

You will also be able to participate in a Question & Answer session, and receive a FREE polish cloth and a FREE set of strings!  (Bass set for 65% OFF!)

 

We are having a Kala Ukulele luau…who’s bringing the poi?

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Kala Ukulele Palm Tree

Check them out here!

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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DEAL OF THE WEEK – March 15

It’s March Madness time! Are you excited to cheer on your favorite college basketball teams towards a championship?

Here at Willis Music in Lexington we are excited to cheer on YOU, our customers, towards a purchase of your next musical instrument!

We will announce a DEAL OF THE WEEK each and every week via this blog & our Facebook page.

This week we have lowered the price on these two guitars:

DOTW 3-14-14

One of our Lexington employees, John Renshaw, can’t contain his excitement for this DEAL OF THE WEEK!

Martin X Little Spruce Top Guitar
Was $300
NOW $150! 

Blueridge Historic Craftsmen Guitar
Was $1,579
NOW $1,200!

Mesa Pedals Now With EQ!

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Following the worldwide success & critical acclaim Mesa/Boogie has experienced with their line of drive pedals, and with years of requests for our exclusive 5-Band Graphic EQ, they have designed 3 new Pedals to provide yet even more of Mesa Boogie’s legendary tone shaping power! Mesa welcomes to their family the new Flux-Five, Throttle Box EQ and Boogie Graphic EQ!

Click the pic for a video demo of the new Flux Drive EQ.

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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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Open Mic Night! Tuesday, March 11th from 6-8pm

The next installment of our Open Mic Night! is TOMORROW, Tuesday March 11th from 6-8 pm.

Any performer on any instrument is welcome. Kids and teens are especially encouraged to participate.

Come on out and show off your talents or just come out and listen and encourage the others.

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Willis Music in Lexington hosts Open Mic Night! the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.

Guitar Group Lessons with David McLean START THURSDAY!

Ready to get a full understanding of how to play the guitar? Tired of learning tabs to other people’s songs? Beginning this Thursday March 13, come participate in an EIGHT-WEEK GROUP GUITAR CLASS with David McLean.  Each week you will go home with a better understanding of how to play!  All classes are held in the Performance Hall here at your Willis Music of Lexington.

Group Class Schedule
4 p.m. – YOUTH GUITAR
5 p.m. – LEVEL 3 GUITAR
6 p.m. – LEVEL 2 GUITAR
7 p.m. – LEVEL 1 GUITAR
8 p.m. – LEVEL 4 GUITAR

(All times are Eastern Standard Time.)

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The entire 8-week course costs $110 for adults / $100 for children. WHAT A DEAL!!!

See you this coming Thursday evening!

 

Check out the new Cordoba C12 at Kenwood

cordoba C12Finally the long awaited Cordoba Guitars C12, now at the Willis Music Kenwood store. 

 

The handmade Cordoba C12 is the latest addition to a great line of classical guitars made for Cordoba Guitars.

The C12 features the vintage elegance of a hand-inlaid mother-of-pearl rosette inspired by a 1920s Domingo Esteso design and a beautiful flame maple wedge on it’s solid Indian rosewood back.

Modern design elements also include a lattice braced top and raised fingerboard for easy playability when accessing the upper frets. The lattice bracing systems have become popular, largely as a result of John Williams patronage of Greg Smallman guitars. The lattice system employs a number of crossed struts, usually joined at intersections, to form a lattice.

This form of strutting is very stiff and can be made very light, which allows the top to be made significantly thinner than a traditionally braced guitar.

This can help to improve the efficiency of the instrument in generating sound, which can give the more volume. Lattice braced guitars also tend to have a distinctive tone (which is not to everyone’s taste). This is more a result of the lightness and stiffness of the top than the system of strutting itself.

The C12 features a solid European spruce, with solid Indian rosewood sides and back, black and gold tuning machines, ebony fingerboard and adjustable truss rod.

Come check it out at the Willis Music store in Kenwood. Make an appointment with Robert Falcon. Call 513-252-0445. 

 

 

 

Deal of the Day!

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Guitar “Hang” Saturday! 12:00 to 3:00 PM!

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While we can’t guarantee it’ll be as cool as the picture above, we’ll be having our guitar “HANG” this Saturday from 12:00 to 3:00 at our new digs in West Chester!  Come hang out, eat some pizza, have a soda, and talk guitars and maybe rub Metal Ted’s head.   Check out all the latest gear from Fender, Ibanez, Dean, Blackstar, Orange, Vox, Martin, Seagull and more!

First Fifty Customers Get Free Swag From D’Addario!

Moeller Music West Chester

7850 Cox Rd.

West Chester, Ohio 45069

513-777-7474

Now since you’re already on the internet go buy some guitars and amps here!

March 2014 Calendar of Events for the Willis Music Florence Super Store.

March is full of fun events and great sales events: Celebrate Mardi Gras (3/4) with us and save! Daylight Saving time is (3/9) and we celebrating with savings on great instruments. Don’t forget to wear your green at our St. Patrick’s weekend sale (3/15 – 3/17). Re-occurring events for March are: Blues Jam Sunday (3/16-2pm), Open Mic Night (3/19-6pm), Ukulele Club (3/26-7pm), NKBMA Open Bluegrass Jam (3/28-6pm), Steinway Young Artist (3/29-7pm). Special Events: Larry Sparks and Lonesome Rumblers Concert (3/20-7pm), Stan Ginn Drum Clinic (3/25-6:30pm),  Dentley Little Kids Rock Charity Concert (3/27), Willis Music / Woodsongs partner with Steinway Young Artist to bring you a special concert (3/29-7pm): 3 Ladies and the Piano (Elizabeth Windau, Jill Jantzen, Holly Judd Wilson).

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Deal of the Day!!

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No Brainer Day

No Brainer Day – now this day is for me!

By definition, a “No brainer” is dong something that is simple, easy, obvious, and/or totally logical. Therefore, today is the day for you to do all those “no brainer” tasks and activities. If a project requires thinking, study, or analysis of any kind, then its not the chore to do today.

Some people think that Christmas should be every day of the year. They even sing that theme in popular holiday songs. But, we think that No Brainer Day should be every day of the year.

We think you’ll quickly get the hang of the concept of the day. And, were certain you will excel at No Brainer Day!

To go along with it, we have a No Brainer Deal to go with it. Come in anytime today and receive 10% off anything in the store. Must mention this post for the deal!! Seriously, its No Brainer.

Deal Of The Day Feb. 24th!

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Great amp at a very great price!

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Cordoba Guitars New GK Studio Negra at Kenwood Willis Music

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The GK Studio Negra. 

Based off  its sister model, the GK Studio, the Cordoba GK Studio Negra  features a solid European Spruce top but with Indian rosewood back and sides to bring out a deeper and robust tone.  The contrasting maple binding and black ebony tuners add to this guitars’ overall beauty. A Fishman Presys Blend pickup comes installed, making this guitar a perfect gigging instrument. The all natural mosaic inlaid rosette gives it a traditional flamenco look. To top off the Flamenco look the GK Studio Negra comes with a clear Spanish golpeador.  And the  50mm width nut and slim neck make it an easy guitar to play.

Come to the Willis Music Kenwood location to play the GK Studio Negra  as well as the GK Studio guitar. Ask for Robert Falcon; 513-252-0445.

Deal of the Day!

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ADA MP2 Tube Preamp and MIDI Footswitch

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Come See Our New Store!

Come See Our New Store!

Moeller Music of Willis Music

Located in West Chester, OH on the corner of Cox and Tylersville, right across the street from VOA in the Kroger plaza. Our pseudo-newest location has more drum products than you can shake a drum-stick at, three times as many Band Instruments and four times as much sheet music!

Themed Weekends Include:

  • February 14 – 17, 2014 Print Music Days — Saturday “Scene” from 9 AM to Noon; Opening one hour earlier than usual for teachers!
  • Choose From Selected Music Just a Penny-A-Page!

  • February 21 – 23, 2014 Band and Orchestra Days — Saturday “Scene” from Noon to 3 PM; sponsored by Rico. Band Director Specials!
  • First Fifty Customers Get Free Swag From Rico Reeds!

  • February 28 – March 2, 2014 Drum Days — Saturday “Scene” from Noon to 3 PM; sponsored by Evans.
  • First Fifty Customers Get Free Swag From Evans Drum Heads!

  • March 7 – 9, 2014 Guitar Days — Saturday “Scene” from Noon to 3 PM; sponsored by D’Addario.
  • First Fifty Customers Get Free Swag From D’Addario!

Saturday “Scenes” = Product Giveaways, Food and Drink!!!

During All 3-Day Events, Receive a $5.00 Gift Card For Each $50.00 You Spend!

Moeller Music (of Willis Music)
7850 Cox Rd.
West Chester, OH 45069
westchester@willismusic.com
(513) 777-7474

Deal of the Day!

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Make a Friend Day

Do you have enough friends? The answer should be no. No matter how many friends we have, more of them increases our wealth. That’s because friends are one of life’s valuable assets. ‘Ya just can’t have too many friends.

Make a Friend Day is a great opportunity to meet someone new, or do something to make a new friend. Making a new friend can be easier to do than you think. There must be a gadzillion ways to make new friends. It often helps by smiling and just being friendly or helpful.

Spend “Make a Friend Day” being just being friendly, and by doing special or nice things for others.

Oh, by the way…. I hope that you will be my friend!

Come visit us and make some new friends!

February 2014 Calendar of Events for the Willis Music Florence Super Store.

February is packed with sales events, concerts and our re-occurring get togethers. Join us that the Woodsongs concert: Feb 1st with Wilderness Trail Bluegrass Band. Special Events include: The Day the Music Died (Feb. 3rd), Make a Friend Day (Feb. 11th) and No Brainer Day (Feb. 27th). Look for details on the Willis Music Florence Facebook page. Valentine Day (Feb 14th) Sing for strings. Join us for the Steinway Young Artist Concert Series (Feb 12th) featuring Jonathan Carlisle. Kim Robins and 40 Years Late will perform at the Woodsongs concert (Feb. 21st). Our re-occurring get togethers are: Open Mic Night (3rd Wednesday), Open Blues Jam (3rd Sunday), Ukulele Club (4th Wednesday), NKBMA Open Bluegrass Jam (4th Friday). Piano teachers will get a chance at winning the use of a Boston piano (in their studio for a year) at the Steinway Boston Teachers Event (Feb 22nd).

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Willis Music / Woodsongs Concert: February 1st at 7pm featuring: Wilderness Trail.

Our 2nd show of the 4th season of the Willis Music / Woodsongs Concerts feature: Wilderness Trail Bluegrass Band. Hard driving traditional bluegrass music! Enjoy this band’s performance at the Willis Music Performing Arts Center February 1st at 7pm. Tickets at the door. Event sponsored by the Northern Kentucky Bluegrass Music Association.

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NKBMA (Northern Kentucky Bluegrass Music Association) Bluegrass Jam: Jan 24 @6pm

Do you like bluegrass music? Than join us for the NKBMA open bluegrass jam Jan. 24th at 6pm. This jam happenings every 4th Friday each month. Check out the Northern Kentucky Bluegrass Music Association’s website: www.nkbma.com

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