November Calendar for Eastgate Willis Music

Eastgate Calendar for November

Open Hole Flute Tips

Open hole flutes are the step up that every student player is looking forward to, but the change in playing styles can cause a few surprises if you aren’t ready. Here are some tips to help make this transition smooth, fun and musical.  Our Yamaha Allegro flutes are amazing, and every band director raves about their quality and sound. We also have in-store lessons all through the year.

(1) Hold the flute in the proper position, out to your right, parallel to the floor, with elbows away from your body. Sit up straight.

(2) Cradle flute loosely in your hands with fingers resting gently on the keys

(3) As you press keys to form the notes, make sure your fingers completely cover the holes, but don’t pinch too tightly. This is the key to getting the proper tone. Begin by practicing notes that use the least fingers, such as B. Work your way down to D adding fingers as you get a good tone on each note.

(4) As an alternative, you can purchase plugs that slip into the holes in the keys (we have these in our store). These plugs are made from plastic and will close the holes so the instrument plays like a regular flute. They are helpful when learning to play an open-hole flute.

(5) Practice playing with plugs in. Remove one plug at a time, and practice this way until you can comfortably produce the note corresponding with the removed plug. Remove the next plug and practice until comfortable. Proceed until all plugs are removed.

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Summer Music Camps at Willis!!!

Willis Music in Lexington is excited to offer 3 Summer Music Camp experiences this summer for children ages 6-10!  Piano and Violins players of any ability are welcome and encouraged.

piano camp picFive-Day Piano Camp
For children ages 6-10 years old

June 23-27

$150 registration


Twice Weekly Piano Class
For children ages 6-10 years old

July 8-31
(Tuesdays & Thursdays)

$100 registration for 8 classes


Twice Weekly Violin Class
For children ages 6-10 years old

July 8-31
(Tuesdays & Thursdays)

$100 registration for 8 classes



Dr. Erica Rumbley is a pianist who is passionate about music and life in general. She began studying the piano at the age of six. At 12 she took up the violin and had lessons during junior and senior high school, played in the Evansville (Indiana) Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and later with the Olivet Nazarene University Symphony. She graduated with a degree in piano performance from Olivet, and then received a Master’s in Musicology and a Masters in Piano from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Rumbley just completed a Ph.D. in Musicology at UK. She frequently gives recitals, serves as a faculty pianist at Transylvania University, and instructs undergraduate music classes, as well as teaching piano and violin lessons. In 2012, she performed in Kiefersfelden, Germany, as part of the International Performing Artists Institute. Erica enjoys getting to know new students and strives to make the lesson experience fun as well as productive.


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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!

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.


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:



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.



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.


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.


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.



It’s National Hairball Day


Yes, that’s right…

April 25 is National Hairball Day in the United States of America. Makes you wonder why the rest of the world didn’t pick the same day, right?

As musicians, many of us might have been called (lovingly, we hope) hairballs. Some of us have more hair than others. Some of us have funny hair (I checked that box).  There’s a great musical tribute to 80′s rock called Hairballs. There’s even an action game called Hairballs.

But we’re not here to celebrate any of those, today. Today is all about our cats, and their eternal struggle to leave us that messy gift we all hate cleaning up. Below are some tips on keeping your critter hairball free. Hope Whiskers appreciates your efforts.

How to prevent hairballs in cats


Be diligent about grooming

Decrease the amount of hair the cat ingests by using a grooming tool like the FURminator deLuxe deShedding Tool, which can reduce shedding by 90 percent. Proactive grooming removes the excess hair that causes hairballs and is a more holistic preventive measure than giving your cat a laxative or allowing him to cough up the blockage.


Kitties need fiber, too

Add a little canned pumpkin to the cat’s meals once or twice a week. The fiber in the pumpkin can help move any hair clumps through the system, and your cat will love the tasty treat. Butter can have the same effect, but is high in calories, so pumpkin might be a better choice.


Keep your cat hydrated

Encourage the cat to drink plenty of water by placing bowls throughout the house, as the water will help flush out the hair before it has time to clump in the stomach. It is also a great general practice to keep water bowls separate from food bowls to encourage the cat to drink more water.


Make over the cat’s menu

Several specially-formulated cat foods aid in the fight against hairballs. Always consult with a vet before making any drastic changes to a cat’s diet. Sudden food changes can sometimes upset the stomach.


Know the warning signs

If a hairball problem persists, ask a veterinarian to recommend a supplement to help prevent ingested hairs from clumping. Here are a few signals a cat may have an excessive hairball problem:

  • Frequent dry hacking
  • An overly matted coat
  • Cylindrical (cigar-shaped) masses on the floor or furniture
  • Lethargy or lack of interest in playing or eating
  • Swollen abdomen
  • Constipation


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Anyone out there love discounts??

We know you do…

We have recently marked down over a 100 different sheet music titles down 20%!!!

In case you didnt know it, we have the LARGEST selection of sheet music in the Tri-State area, we are the most educated sales staff for all your print music needs, and (the best part) we are pretty awesome!

Stop in today for your expert sales staff and huge savings!!

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!


Uke Club Tonight !

Uke Club Tonight !

The Ukes Are Ready To Bloom

Where? Willis Music Florence

When ? Wednesday April 23rd 2014 at 7 PM

See You Tonight…


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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Piano Rentals at Willis Music

Not quite ready to commit to owning a piano? Don’t worry there are other options!  Willis Music now has pianos available for RENT!

Digital Pianos rent for $89 a month.

A Yamaha Arius YDP-181 or other digital piano of equal quality will be available.
ydp-181Acoustic Upright Pianos rent for $129 a month.

The brand/height/finish will vary depending on availability.


The first six (6) months of rental may be applied to the purchase of the piano at retail price.

An additional fee of $224 is due at time of rental for Acoustic Pianos. This additional fee includes delivery to home, tuning, and return delivery. The return delivery fee will be credited if the instrument is purchased.

Rental application must be completed and approved prior to delivery. The first month’s rent is due at time of delivery and will be charged to your credit card or supplied checking account on the 15th of every month. The rental period is a minimum of three (3) months. There is no maximum rental period. A proof of insurance is required. Additional terms & conditions apply.

Come stop by Willis Music on West Tiverton Way in Lexington, KY to learn more!


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!


10 Tips to Improve Your Sax Playing


Musicians play music because we love it, but everyone has a beginning point and all of us work to improve our performances. Below are some easy ideas to make your time on a sax better & more fun!

Number 1: Post your fingering chart where you see it on a daily basis

For me, there are always one or two very high notes that I forget if they aren’t in the music pieces I am working on. I have posted my fingering chart by my bed and see it before I fall asleep at night. If you don’t have a fingering chart, buy one! They are small, inexpensive and readily available at most music stores.

Number 2: Wet your reed before you play

The first thing I do when I pull my case out is pop the reed I want to use in my mouth, and keep it there while I assemble my saxophone and sheet music. This helps your reed vibrate more efficiently right when you start playing.

Number 3: Pick a position and stay with it

Depending on who taught you to play the saxophone, you either hold your instrument between your legs or to the right side of your legs. There are merits to both methods, and it is completely personal preference. Try both methods, and then pick the one that you prefer. But either way, stick with it!

Changing your position constantly will hurt your ability to play. This is because you will be concentrating on how to reach that difficult fingering through a different hand position instead of a perfect vibrato or even tone. When you switch positions, the angles change. This changes everything!

Number 4: Posture

Remember when you first started classes or lessons, one of the first things you learned was to sit up straight? We’re back to basics for this tip. By sitting up straight, your diaphragm has more room to expand. This means the ability for longer and more powerful notes, and stronger vibrato and tone.

Number 5: Tighten your Ligature

Have you ever gotten that awful bubbly noise of water under your reed? It will completely destroy any piece you try to play, and sometimes it isn’t possible to stop in the middle of a piece. Turning your ligature joint an extra half turn can make all the difference in the world.

Number 6: Make sure your reed is the right level of hardness

Have you ever stopped playing for about a month, and you start to play with your favorite old reed, and you’re like “Wow! I don’t remember having to push this hard last time I played”? And that is because you didn’t! Your embouchure (the way you handle the mouthpiece and reed in your mouth or the muscles controlling those motions) has grown weaker over the month you’ve been away. On the flip side, if you’ve been playing more than usual your embouchure will have grown stronger. Make sure you get the strength of reed that corresponds with your strength for optimum tone!

Number 7: Use a neck strap

Using a neck strap, especially when you’re playing standing up, is crucial. Distributing the weight off of your thumbs enables your fingers to move more swiftly and efficiently.

Number 8: Cite-read a piece before you start learning it

There are special competitions for cite-reading, for both individuals and bands. Being able to look at a piece of music and run through it a few times, and then being able to play it fairly well shows musical prowess. Cite-reading sometimes, even if you don’t want to compete in it, is a great way to stretch your music reading muscles. I tend to cite-read a piece of music that I am going to learn to play, before I start breaking it down measure by measure. I’ve noticed a dramatic increase in my music reading ability since starting this. To top it off, once you get the hang of cite-reading it is really fun!

Number 9: Play in an area with good lighting

There is nothing worse than playing in an area with subpar lighting. You can’t see the notes right. Playing in the sunshine or in a well light area just improves your mood. I play below a window and have a lamp by the window for playing at night.

Number 10: Invest in high quality reeds

Have you ever had a reed splinter in your mouth? It hurts and tastes really awful. Since then, I have always purchased a higher quality reed. Originally it was to avoid another “Fantastical Exploding Reed” but my tone quality has improved so much. And please, none of those fiberglass reeds. Only reeds made of cane or other natural materials for better tone and control!

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How Eric Clapton’s Fender Strat Gets Made from

Hey everyone,

Saw this video this morning and thought you’d enjoy it!  Thanks to the fine folks at  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


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?

Melvin the Mello

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”

Yngwie's the Duck

Yngwie’s the Duck





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







Willie Nelson’s “Trigger”







and probably the most famous:

BB King’s “Lucille”




















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!





Special Event? Not enough Power? Too Dark?

So, you have a special event coming up, but you don’t have enough speakers to reach everyone in attendance or you need some more lights to make it extra special? Willis has you covered.

We are now renting speakers, power amps, mixers, microphones, cables, stands, and lights for short terms. We can do 1 day, weekend, week, or month rental. Rates are VERY reasonable!

Call your favorite sale expert today at 859-525-6050 ext 5

Augustin Hadelich Violin Masterclass FREE

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yamaha’s SILENT Brass Delivers Pure Sound


It’s pretty much impossible to play a brass instrument through headphones. That’s a big deal, and until now there hasn’t been a good way to do it without bothering other people.

Until now!

Yamaha’s SILENT Brass system isn’t new, but the latest evolution opens it up to a wider audience. The idea is this: stick a mute in the instrument so it can be barely heard, then replace the sound with synthesis so the player can still hear through headphones. Traditionally, there are two variables where this goes wrong. The first is the compactness of the physical apparatus. Make it too big, and the system is inconvenient (or can even throw the horn off-balance). The second issue is sound.

Yamaha has been a pioneer in the synthesis field. They were the first to bring physical modeling to market in a real product. Ironically, the breadth of products the company offers has sometimes distracted from some of their best research, but when it comes to replicating brass sound, they stand alone.

Get the two ingredients right – make the physical bit unnoticeable and the sound seem like the real thing – and you can have a headphone experience that approaches playing the instrument all-out. The sound is amazing.

Here’s how the SILENT Brass system works:

  • A mute with a built-in pickup both keeps the instrument quiet and registers your playing as accurately as possible – this component has been made both smaller and more lightweight
  • “Brass Resonance Modeling” simulates the sound of the instrument, here greatly improved in quality
  • A compact “Personal Studio” unit has a headphone jack, plus an input in case you want to play along with a recording.

Getting excited? Click the pic above for a demo, or better yet come by give a SILENT Brass a run for yourself. You’ll be knocked out!

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Line 6′s New Amplifi Raises The Bar


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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April 2014 Calendar of Events


April is going to be a busy month here at Willis Music in Lexington, KY!
Below is our Calendar of Events for the month.
Look for Sale Events, Special Deals, Recitals, Classes, and more.

CALENDAR - Store Events

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.


Khristian Dentley of Take 6 to Perform LIVE today at Willis Music Florence!

WHAT: Khristian Dentley will be at Willis Music in Florence, KY TODAY, Thurs. at 6 p.m. for a charity concert and songbook signing. The concert and signing are FREE, and attendees will also receive FREE Willis Music gift cards when they donate to the Little Kids Rock Foundation.

WHO: Khristian Dentley is a member of the legendary group Take 6. This Grammy-award winning group is known for their a Capella contemporary style and integrating R&B and jazz influences into their devotional songs. Dentley has partnered with the Little Kids Rock Foundation to help with their mission of transforming children’s lives by restoring and revitalizing music education in disadvantaged public schools throughout the nation. Willis Music is proud of their company’s strong history and efforts towards music education and keeping school music programs strong.

WHEN: Thursday, March 27 at 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: Willis Music in Florence, KY

7565 Mall Rd.
Florence, KY 41042


What The Heck is a Cajon?


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:

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!

Powerwerks PA Sale

All of our Powerwerks PA gear is 15% off, now through the end of March. This gear is perfect for singer-songwriters playing small gigs around town. Come in and check out this must have gear today!

Super Hit “Royals” w/ a UK Spin!

UK Royals

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

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Take 6′s Khristian Dentley Live in Concert 3/27

Khristian Dentley from Take 6 will be LIVE in Concert at Willis Music Florence!!

He is going to do a Charity Concert and Songbook Signing! Willis Music will be giving out Gift Cards! All proceeds will benefit Little Kids Rock!

About Take 6:

The most awarded vocal group in history (10 Grammy Awards, 10 Dove Awards, a Soul Train Award, and more) celebrates their 25th Anniversary!

Take 6 (Claude McKnight, Mark Kibble, Joel Kibble, Dave Thomas, Alvin Chea and Khristian Dentley), heralded by Quincy Jones as the “baddest vocal cats on the planet!’, is the quintessential a cappela group and model for vocal genius. Six virtuosic voices united in crystal clear harmony, against a backdrop of syncopated rhythms, innovative arrangements, and funky grooves that bubble into an intoxicating brew of gospel, jazz, R&B, and pop. With praise from such luminaries as Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Brian Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald and Whitney Houston, the multi-platinum selling sextet has toured across the globe, collaborated across genres, and is recognized as the pre-eminent a capella group in the world.

Ukulele Club This Wednesday 7 PM Willis Music Florence

Let’s Celebrate Spring !

Bring your uke and join our club.

When? Wednesday March 26th  2014 7 PM

Where? Willis Music Florence 7567 Mall Road Florence Ky 41042

Who? All Ukulele Fanatics and Their Friends

Hope To See You Here !



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
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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7 Reasons to Buy Your DRUMS at Willis Music

Are you wanting to purchase a drum set? How about a djembe? Cajon? Or your first snare drum?

Here are 7 Reasons why you should buy your drums here at Willis Music in Lexington:

1. All drums are Detailed and Inspected.

2. All drums are Assembled by our percussion product specialists.

3. All drums are Tuned by our percussion product specialists.

4. All drum sets include an Evans Power Center Premium Snare Head

5. All drum sets include an Evans EQ Bass Drum Beater Pad

6. We give you the Manufacturers Warranty EXTENDED for 1 Full Year!

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

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


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

This class is a $39 value. Learn how to:
– Tune your drums
– Care for your drums
– Change a drumhead
– Know about cymbal, stick, and drumhead selection
– Use a metronome and learn the importance of meter

You will also be able to participate in a Question & Answer session, and receive a free pair of drum sticks!


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

Uke Palm

Kala Ukulele Palm Tree

Check them out here!

Neal Schon’s Custom Fender Strat


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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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!

mesa new

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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Our Fantastic Teaching Staff

We tend to take them for granted and don’t talk about them enough so just wanted to take a second to introduce our fantastic teaching staff here at Moeller of Willis Music West Chester!


Check out their bios here! Or better yet,  just go ahead and sign up for lessons here!


We offer guitar, bass, drums, piano, keyboard, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, coronet,  bass clarinet, violin, viola, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, and voice lessons and perhaps a few I forgot to mention.

Your Home is a Musical Instrument


This video proves music can be made with anything!

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Great Video of Glass Breaking by Voice!


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

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Welcome Aboard

Welcome Abigail Westwood to our team here at Willis Music Florence. Abigail will be our new Steinway representative. Stop by and say hello!

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Abigail Westwood has been involved with music as long as she can remember. As a child, she sang in several choirs and took piano and flute lessons throughout her school age years. She received a scholarship to study music at Northern Kentucky University where she worked towards a Bachelor of Arts with an emphasis on flute. She taught piano and flute lessons for several years, as well as General Music K-8 at St. Cecilia’s Grade School in Independence, KY. She currently enjoys playing music regularly with a local folk ensemble. Abigail has a strong passion for music and quality and is excited to fuse these passions with Steinway’s vision.

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.

open mic kids

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

Very Special Willis Music / Woodsongs Coffeehouse Concert: March 29th 7pm (3 Ladies and the Piano)

You are cordially invited to a special evening of piano music. The Steinway Young Artist Concert Series teams with the Willis Music / Woodsongs Coffeehouse Concerts to present: 3 Ladies and the Piano: featuring Elizabeth Windau, Jill Jantzen and Holly Judd Wilson. This very special concert is March 29th at 7pm.


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
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.)

David McLean
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!


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


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

Used Baldwin Grands!

Come check out our used Baldwin grand pianos! These pieces are all in perfect working order. They were traded in from Miami University, and have been taken care of their entire lives. The action, soundboards and pin blocks are all in very good shape. With a little love, they will be a great addition to your home for a very reasonable price.

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).


Killer Deals at Our Drum “Hang” RIGHT NOW!



Killer deals on some Tama pedals and hardware going on at our Drum “Hang” right now!  Get in here!  Crazy prices.  Too low to publish!

Killer Deals!

Killer Deals!

Product Spotlight: Yamaha ARIUS Digital Piano

Whether you are looking for a piano to practice on or to use in performances, make the Yamaha ARIUS Digital Piano the instrument of choice for you!

Perfect for beginning and experienced players alike!
An authentic sound. A natural touch. And an absolute joy to play!

What more could you possibly want with a digital piano?

ARIUS Yamaha Digital Piano YDP-181

ARIUS Yamaha Digital Piano YDP-181

The Tone of a Yamaha concert grand piano.
The Graded Hammer Standard Action just like an acoustic piano.
The ability to interface with a variety of computers or mobile devices.
Premium key stability, response, and repetition.
Synthetic Ivory Keytops make the white keys easy to “grip.”

The entire Yamaha ARIUS series of digital pianos is superb, but today we are highlighting the YDP-181 model (pictured above in our showroom.)  This model is the best of the best! Here’s why:

  • It has 14 Voices! Experience the sounds of Strings, Electric Piano, Acoustic Guitar, and more.
  • It has a Full Control Panel!  You will have access to the features you need most within an arms reach as you play!
  • It has a LED Display!  Bad vision? No problem! This is clear & crisp, and shows you everything from tempo to transposition tools, and more!
  • It has 16cm speakers! Centemeters have never looked, or more important SOUNDED so good! These speakers deliver more bass for a full, powerful sound.

At Willis Music our team of associates are excited to share with you the benefits of owning such a fantastic instrument! Come visit the Willis Music store closest to you and experience the ARIUS digital pianos made by Yamaha. You will be glad you did!


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.

Uke Club Tonight Willis Music Florence

Aloha !

Tired of the Cold ? Warm up with the Uke Club Tonight

The Beatles are coming 50 Years later – ( not really ) Just Their Music

Where ? Willis Music Florence 7567 Mall Rd Florence Ky 41042 859-525-6050×5

Time – 7 PM

Hope To See You Here !

Stan Ginn’s Drum Tuning And Maintenance Workshop

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

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

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

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

Deal Of The Day Feb. 24th!

deal feb 24

Great amp at a very great price!

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Cordoba Guitars New GK Studio Negra at Kenwood Willis Music


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.

Steinway Piano Rental Available Through Willis Music

Have a concert, wedding, or special event that needs a piano ?

Willis Music has Steinway Pianos that are available to rent for just the occasion.

Contact Joe Yoakum at Willis Music Florence 859-525-6050×5 or

Check out or webpage


Big Bass Sale!

Due to someone experimenting with gravity using Fender basses, we have 6 basses marked with prices that hit the floor almost as hard as the basses did. These basses go thump, in every sense of the word. If you’re looking for a bass at the big bottom price, look no further than Willis Music in Eastgate.

No, seriously, we have some basses with minor bumps and bruises that need a new home and a little TLC. They still have full warranties, just some finish damage.

Eastgate has a new look!

Come check out the new look for Willis Music’s Eastgate store. We have a lot of new gear in the store, it is definitely worth a trip to see. Our drums and cymbals especially got a boost, so come check out our new selection.

Deal of the Day!

Deal of the Day! Willis Music Louisville ADA MP2 tube preamp and midi footswitch

Deal of the Day! Willis Music Louisville Superstore

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
(513) 777-7474

Deal of the Day!

Deal of the Day! Willis Music Louisville vintage 80s dean les paul custom lawsuit copy

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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!

Deal of the Day!


Deal of the Day February 10 2014 Willis Music Louisville Superstore


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Tired of the Cold Weather Making Playing Music No Fun? Click Here for Great Tips From Willis Music!

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The weather around here has been kinda cold, snowy & icy lately, and that can make playing your horn a lot less fun. Here are some tips to help you tackle frozen facial muscles when you arrive at rehearsals and concerts:

Tip #1: Wait

Once you come in from the cold at your rehearsal or concert venue, wait. Open your case, but don’t get your instrument out to start warming up straight away. Instead, allow for your body to re-adjust to the warmth, and for the blood to start pumping again to your extremeties, and facial muscles.

Tip #2: Keep your mouthpiece warm

Instead of allowing your mouthpiece to freeze in your instrument case, try keeping your mouthpiece in a pocket close to your body.

Tip #3: A face warmer?

When you arrive at your rehearsal or concert venue, remove your mouthpiece from your pocket or instrument case, and run it under hot water. Once it is hot, press your mouthpiece gently against your cheeks. The warmth from the hot mouthpiece will help thaw frozen facial muscles more quickly.

Tip #4: Cloth and plastic

If you are to be performing outside don’t forget a thin pair of gloves! Some pros invest in a plastic mouthpiece, so that may be of interest as well.

Tip #5: Lip balm

Use a lip balm before you go out in the cold, and after playing. This will help you to prevent sore, dry, and cracked lips. Avoid medicated balms made for cold sores since these can actually dry your lips out.

Written by “Mohawk” Mike, Louisville Store Manager/Arctic Studies Hobbyist

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Willis Music Artist of the Week – Red Hot Chili Peppers

Returning from their four month vacation through France, Brazil, Australia, and Iceland the Willis Music Eastgate Artist of the Week Honorary Artist Judging Committee is back to present the latest Willis Music Eastgate Artist of the Week Honorary Artist Award! Congratulations to the Willis Music Eastgate Artist of the Week Honorary Artist Award (WMEAotWHAA) recipient the Red Hot Chili Peppers!

RHCP is a part of rock and roll history, combining a groundbreaking sound with far less clothing than most people are comfortable with witnessing. Don’t let their tattooed, mostly naked, bad boy geriatric image fool you, though. They are quick to help out a friend, especially if they agreed to play a large televised gig that the majority of the world would be watching and their friend didn’t have enough of their own material to do the 15 minute show by themselves, and their friend couldn’t plug in their own instruments, let alone the RHCP instruments. What more could you ask from a friend?

RHCP’s style includes some great bass work from a guy named Flea, which if you consider the common flea, you don’t think of it as being particularly loud or low in pitch but that is the name he went with. Maybe he got that name ironically, in the style of the hipsters, but since we have heard of Flea and RHCP, and they don’t have beards and thick glasses, we doubt that’s the case.

Closing Early due to Snow/ Ice

We are currently closed due to the weather out there! Everyone be safe

Day the Music Died – Honor with Us

The Day the Music Died Day commemorates the untimely death of singers Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper. These three Rock singers died in an airplane crash on February 3, 1959. at the height of their popularity.

Every generation has their music idols. These three were among the top of the 1950′s generation. Those who grew up in the fifties mourned the premature deaths of their music idols. Memorials and remembrances occurred for years. Today, there are many websites memorializing their deaths, and detailing the events before and after the tragedy.

Come honor these legends with us and save 10% off all in stock print music. Be sure to mention this day in history to get the deal!

Jonathan Carlisle performs at the Steinway Young Artist Concert Series: Feb 12th at 7pm.

The Willis Music / Steinway Young Artist Concert Series features Jonathan Carlisle. The concert is on February 12th at 7pm.


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).


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.


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:

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New Blues Jam at the Willis Music Florence Super Store. January 19th 2pm.

Join Don Jackson at the Willis Music Florence Super Store (January 19th @2pm) for the new BLUES JAM! Everyone who wants to play and sing the blues is welcome!

I am a harp player. Enjoy playing and listening to the blues and southern rock. I really enjoy singing (wife says I’m really good at singing in the shower). I am an artist by nature (like my mother). I enjoy creating sculptures with a chainsaw. – Don Jackson.


Events Calendar for January 2014 at the Willis Music Florence Super Store!

It’s Inventory Reduction Sale (Jan 1st through Jan 14th) time. Get extra saving throughout the store. We are also celebrating Bluegrass music with a Bluegrass Instrument sale (Jan 20th through Jan 31st). Saving on all acoustic instruments! January is a great time for concerts, jams and clinics: Stan Ginn Drum Clinic (Jan 7th at 6:30pm), Steinway Young Artist Concert (Jan 8th at 7pm) featuring Marcus Schwarting, Willis Music / Woodsongs Coffeehouse Concert (Jan 11th at 7pm) featuring the bluegrass group: Blue River, Open Mic Night (Jan 15th at 6pm), The new Blues Jam Sunday (Jan 19th at 2pm), Ukulele Club (Jan. 22nd at 7pm), Northern Kentucky Bluegrass Music Association’s Bluegrass Jam (Jan. 24th at 6pm). WOW!


Tri County Willis Music MOVING!!!!!!!

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That’s right folks!  We are moving to newly acquired Moeller Music store in West Chester!!
But- we have TONS of stuff that we would rather sell than truck over there!
Our last day in Tri County Mall is Jan. 6th, so stop in, and find a GREAT deal on that thing you have been wanting for a long time!

Special discounts throughout the store, print music, drums, keyboards, guitars, amps, straps, sticks, strings, new and used brass and woodwind instruments!

On a side note: I just want to thank everyone who has shopped with us!  Whether you have been with us for several years, or just recently found us in our corner of the mall, I do truly mean it when I say THANK YOU.  I hope I can continue serving and helping you in your musical efforts, and you should never hesitate to ask me for any help or assistance you might need.  It’s going to be an exciting couple of weeks!  I hope everyone had a great holiday season, and I hope we see each other soon!  -Kevin Schwallie, Manager Willis Music Tri County.


Final Happy Hour – Tonight 4-7pm

Tonight, join us for our final Friday Happy Hour for the year and also visit with the Northern Kentucky Bluegrass Association for our monthly Bluegrass Jam! Happy hour starts at 4 and goes to 7. Bluegrass Jam starts at 6pm. See you there!

Happy Hour Time!

Who loves Happy Hour?

Here at Willis, we love Happy Hour, so we want to share it with you. Every Friday in December from 4-7, we will have special Happy Hour deals just for you. Every week will have something different!! Stop by the store today and ask for the Happy Hour sheet for Dec 27!!

Tonight Happy Hour

Join us tonight 4-7!!

Join us for our 3rd Happy Hour! The other 2 have been a blast and people are saving tons! See ya at 4!

Happy Hour??

Who loves Happy Hour?

Here at Willis, we love Happy Hour, so we want to share it with you. Every Friday in December from 4-7, we will have special Happy Hour deals just for you. Every week will have something different!! Stop by the store today and ask for the Happy Hour sheet for Dec 20!!

Friday Happy Hour 4-7


Join us tonight for our 2nd Happy Hour. 4pm-7pm! Great deals!! See you there!

Print Music Special Offer!!! Buy 2 Get 1 FREE!!!

That’s right, friends!  Buy any 2 books of your favorite music in the store, for ANY instrument, and the 3rd one you want is FREE!

There is no limit on how many books you may get with this offer!  This offer does expire December 24th!!!

**Offer isn’t valid on piano & guitar method books.

Happy Hour

Who loves Happy Hour?

Here at Willis, we love Happy Hour, so we want to share it with you. Every Friday in December from 4-7, we will have special Happy Hour deals just for you. Every week will have something different!! Stop by the store today and ask for the Happy Hour sheet for Dec 13!!

Friday Happy Hour 4-7

Remember today is our first Friday Happy Hour!! Lots of great deals. Stop by the store between 4 and 7. See ya then!


Holiday Friday Happy Hours!!

Who loves Happy Hour?

Here at Willis, we love Happy Hour, so we want to share it with you. Every Friday in December from 4-7, we will have special Happy Hour deals just for you. Every week will have something different!! Stop by the store today and ask for the Happy Hour sheet for Dec 6!!


December 2013 Calendar of Events for the Willis Music Florence Super Store!

Wow! Is it December already! Now is the time to buy that special musician in your life a new musical instrument from Willis Music Florence Super Store! Our biggest sale of the year is now! Starting Black Friday (November 29th through December 31st). The selection is great and Santa’s helpers are here to help you with your selection! Lots of recitals, open jams and a musical good time is happening all month! Come and join us!


Yamaha Triple Rebate Day – Friday!!

This Friday!!

Just a reminder that this Friday is triple rebate day on Yamaha band instruments. This is an exclusive event for Willis Music! Call today to schedule an appointment or stop by any time that day!!

See ya there.

Holiday Hours

Here are our holiday hours for 2013:

Nov 28 – Closed for Thanksgiving

Nov 29 – 9am – 10pm (Yamaha Triple Rebate Day)

Nov 30 -10am – 9pm

Dec 1 – 12pm – 6pm

Dec 2 to 7 – 10am – 9pm

Dec 8 – 12pm – 6pm

Dec 9 to 14 – 10am – 9pm

Dec 15 – 12pm – 6pm

Dec 16 to 19 – 10am – 9pm

Dec 20 & 21 – 9am – 10pm

Dec 22 – 11am – 7pm

Dec 23 – 9am – 10pm

Dec 24 – 9am – 5pm

Dec 25 – Closed for Christmas

Dec 26 – 10am – 9pm

Dec 31 – 11am – 5pm

Jan 1 – 11am -5pm

Step Up to Yamaha – Triple Rebate Day

Thats right – Triple Rebates!!

On November 29, 2013, we will be offering triple rebates on Yamaha band instruments. This will be the best time to buy a step up or pro instrument!!  Turn your rebate into $150 or $300! This is a special event just for Willis Music. Call today to schedule your appointment to get the best selection. 859-525-6050

Surprise – New Products!!!

That right – SURPRISE!!

We got a surprise for right before Christmas – NEW PRODUCTS. This usually happens in March and August, but here at Willis, we have gone Crazy!! There is so much to list individually, but here is a highlight:

We are now the G&L guitar and bass dealer!!!

We are now stocking BBE rack mount and pedal units!!!

And we have a ton of new small goods for you.

Stop in today!

Public Service Announcement: Stolen Trumpets, Let’s Help Someone in our Community!

We received a very sad email this morning, a customer’s home was burglarized and several trumpets were stolen.  Below is a list of missing trumpets:
Bach/Laskey C Trumpet #286179
Bach/Laskey C Trumpet #230990
Bach/Laskey C Trumpet #94584
Bach/Laskey Bb Trumpet #42848
Bach/Laskey Bb Trumpet #59367
Bach D Trumpet #72612
Bach/Melk Eb Trumpet #492066
Bach Bb Cornet #214784
Schilke A7C Cornet #11969
Schilke E3L #15718
Schilke E3 #3197
Schilke G1L #15122
Schilke P4 #7551
Schagerl C Rotary W-2001 #5176817

All trumpets are Silver Plated and in Marcus Bonna and Reunion Blues Cases.
Any info call:  Springfield Township Police Department (513) 729-1300 and ask for Det. Eric Catron (513) 729-0003 (Ext. 6140).

New Era- Halloween Movie Music SALUTE! (click for video)

FINALLY!  To wish everyone a happy and safe Halloween, we celebrate 1993′s Hocus Pocus!  Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker play 3 comical witches brought back after 300 years.  When confronted by the crowd at a Halloween party, they escape by doing a rendition of ‘I Put a Spell on You’.  Thankfully, the band, horn section, and back up vocalists all happen to know they exact arrangement they were performing!

Please click the link to enjoy the clip from the movie!  Also, Happy Halloween!

A Spooky Recital at Tri-County Mall!

Tom and Ellis

Many students  from our in-store lessons program came together on Thursday to showcase their skills to their families, friends and teachers.  We had several instruments represented including piano, saxophone and clarinet.

Performance opportunities are such an important aspect of the learning process.  It is great to have dedicated teachers in our store that jumped at the opportunity to invite their students to play in the recital. It is also great to see so many students eager to perform and showcase all they have learned.  It was a fun-filled and exciting evening – we hope to see you all at our next recital!

Check out more pictures on our Facebook page here.  Feel free to tag yourself!


Let us Hide your Presents!!

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

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

Stop in and ask any sales specialist for more details!

2 Days Until Night of the Living Shred!

We have BC Rich guitars starting at $200, and there are 2 days until the Night of the Living Shred! We will be giving away a BC Rich Warlock guitar to the person who plays the best solo in the best costume! The contest starts at 6:00 on Thursday, Oct 31st! Call us at 752-6341 to sign up!