Yamaha Disklavier Live Experience: August 2017

Exclusive to our Lexington, KY location, is our monthly Yamaha Disklavier Live Experience.
This month join us on Friday, August 25 at 6 p.m.


Come experience some of the most renowned piano performances with the Yamaha Disklavier feature of the month. Imagine sitting at home in the comfort of your own living room watching a concert on TV that features a big band, a classical pianist, or even artists like Elton John or Sarah Mclachlan. Every musical moment is made by the pianist, reproduced live right in front of your eyes on the grand piano. This is what the Disklavier Live Experience at Willis Music Lexington is all about.

Bring a date, or the entire family for this unique experience. Enjoy an evening in our John Thompson Recital Hall with the elegant sounds of a conservatory Yamaha grand piano, a large video projection screen, and a professionally installed sound system. We look forward to sharing this musical moment with you this month. 



Cabaret Jazz at the Smith Center brings the soul of jazz, elegance of cabaret and talent from the multitude of performers that cross the stage into one sophisticated nightclub. This rebroadcast performance from Cabaret Jazz features singer, songwriter and band leader Chadwick Johnson. Johnson’s soulful approach to music, passion for the classics and versatility amongst multiple genres has earned him praise from the music community, including his 2014 award for “Vegas’ Next Emerging Star” given by The Entertainment Consumers Exchange. Also accredited for his brilliant vocal ability, Johnson’s sincerity, passion and innovative talent are evident as soon as he takes the stage.



Contact Matthew Powell ([email protected]) at the Lexington store location to schedule your in-home demonstration or to rent a disklavier for parties, your business, or any special event. 



Yamaha Artist Jamie Cullum is more than your average jazz musician—describing him as remarkably talented or refreshingly one-of-a-kind is only the tip of the iceberg. Known for his work in the jazz genre, Cullum is also recognized for his strikingly creative way with cover versions of songs from multiple different genres. In this exclusive broadcast, presented by Yamaha Entertainment Group, you will get to experience the versatility and sheer genius of Cullum’s work with cover versions—including his renditions of “Just One of Those Things” (Cole Porter), “The Wind Cries Mary” (The Jimi Hendrix Experience), “Don’t Stop The Music” (Rihanna) and, probably his most well-known, “High and Dry” (Radiohead). This performance also includes pieces from Cullum’s album, The Pursuit.


Lexington August 2017 Calendar of Events

It’s Back to School month at Willis Music in Lexington, KY!! August is one of our favorite months of the year – just click on the calendar below to see why!

We are extending our hours beginning August 14, by opening at 10am Monday-Friday for a few weeks. If you are looking to rent a band or orchestra instrument, we are ready and at your service!

Here are some of the events happening over the next month:

August 5: Aaron Jones (piano) Conert at 11am 
August 5: Willis Music Studio Recital at 3pm
August 8: Monthly Worship Musician Night w/ a special time for networking & a jam session from 6:30-8pm
August 11: Live-Streaming of the Drum Corps International Semifinals 
August 12: Guitar & Drumset Blowout Sale: Save $$$ on all guitars & drumsets, including at extra 10% on items already on sale at the lowest prices in Lexington!
August 25: Yamaha Disklavier TV Experience at 6pm featuring Chadwick Johnson


September 1: We host the premiere of Hamiltunes LEX, a sing-a-long celebration of the Hamilton musical featuring the Yamaha Clavinovas, and our pro-quality sound system of products.


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.


January Band of the Month


Lexington rock band, Aritca is the Willis Music Lexington Band of the Month for January 2016!  Artica recently  released an album titled “In Honesty” that is full of energy! Be sure to check it out! Keep reading below to learn how Artica can save you money this month at Willis Music. Also, you can find out more about Artica at these links:


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Here are some FAQ about our Band Of The Month promotion:

What is it?

The Willis Music Band Of The Month is a new promotion offered by Willis Music in Lexington, where we offer perks to your band and your fans by using social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram.

What do I get?

Your entire band will save up to 15% on products at Willis Music in Lexington for that month. We will also provide your band with easy, free publicity, as well as potential new followers on social media.

How does it work?

Each month we randomly pick who our Band Of The Month will be. We promote your band on our website, Facebook, and Twitter. We also promote you in our store for the month using any merchandise or flyers you provide to us. We can even play recordings of your music in our store!

Customers will get an instant discount of up to 15% of one entire purchase that month, if they “Like” your band on Facebook, follow you on Twitter, or other social media sites. If they already follow your band the offer is still good. They can show this to our staff at the register!

What do I need to do?

Visit our store to talk with a member of our staff, fill out an entry form for your band, and you will be registered for the monthly drawing!

So stop by our location at 130 West Tiverton Way, just off Nicholasville Road in Lexington to sign -up your band today!

Instrument Petting Zoo @ Tween Night

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

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


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!


Super Hit “Royals” w/ a UK Spin!


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!

Name Notes in Tuning
Standard e1 a1 d2 g2 b2 e3
Drop D d1 a1 d2 g2 b2 e3
Half Step Down d#1 g#1 c#2 f#2 a#2 d#3
Full Step Down d1 g1 c2 f2 a2 d3
1 and 1/2 Steps Down c#1 f#1 b1 e2 g#2 c#3
Double Drop D d1 a1 d2 g2 b2 d3
Drop C c1 g1 c2 f2 a2 d3
Drop C# c#1 g#1 c#2 f#2 a#2 d#3
Drop B b0 f#1 b1 e2 g#2 c#3
Drop A# a#0 f1 a#1 d#2 g2 c3
Drop A a0 e1 a1 d2 f#2 b2
Open D d1 a1 d2 f#2 a2 d3
Open D Minor d1 a1 d2 f2 a2 d3
Open G d1 g1 d2 g2 b2 d3
Open G Minor d1 g1 d2 g2 a#2 d3
Open C c1 g1 c2 g2 c3 e3
Open C# c#1 f#1 b2 e2 g#2 c#3
Open C Minor c1 g1 c2 g2 c3 d#3
Open E7 e1 g#1 d2 e2 b2 e3
Open E Minor7 e1 b1 d2 g2 b2 e3
Open G Major7 d1 g1 d2 f#2 b2 d3
Open A Minor e1 a1 e2 a2 c3 e3
Open A Minor7 e1 a1 e2 g2 c3 e3
Open E e1 b1 e2 g#2 b2 e3
Open A e1 a1 c#2 e2 a2 e3
C Tuning c1 f1 a#1 d#2 g2 c3
C# Tuning c#1 f#1 b1 e2 g#2 c#3
Bb Tuning a#0 d#1 g#1 c#2 f2 a#2
A to A (Baritone) a0 d1 g1 c2 e2 a2
D A D D D D d1 a1 d2 d2 d3 d3
C G D G B D c1 g1 d2 g2 b2 d3
C G D G B E c1 g1 d2 g2 b2 e3
D A D E A D d1 a1 d2 e2 a2 d3
D G D G A D d1 g1 d2 g2 a2 d3

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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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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.


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

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

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!


Hot Rod Walt Gretsch Guitars are Here!


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

Click the pic to see Hot Rod Walt in action!

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The Ky. State Fair Vocal Preliminary is July 6!


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

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

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


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

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

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

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