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Florence February Calendar of Events

Band of the Month – N. KY

May Northern Kentucky Band of the Month – Brandon Coleman Quartet

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Having been called a “wonderful composer” and “sophisticated player” as well as “one of the most unique guitar voices to emerge over the last decade”, Brandon Coleman is the Midwest’s foremost jazz guitarist.

Based out of Cincinnati, OH, Coleman regularly performs with his groups Brandon Coleman Quartet and Trio as well as the Cleveland/NYC-based Sam Blakeslee Quintet amongst countless other projects.

Drawing his inspiration from his musical idols–which range from Shorter and Coltrane all the way to Zappa, Messiaen and Murail–Coleman composes and performs very cinematic and personal music which always has a story to tell the listener.

He has performed at many notable venues and festivals, including–but not limited to­­­–The Blue Wisp Jazz Club, Bop Stop, BluJazz+, Bar Next Door, Shrine, Merriman’s Playhouse, the first annual Loja Jazz Festival (2012) in Loja, Ecuador, the 2014 CBGB Festival in NYC, and the 2014 Columbus Jazz & Rib Fest.

2013 saw the release of his debut quartet album, Decisions. Met with great reviews and radio play, Decisions set the tone for the voice of the Brandon Coleman Quartet, an interactive and thematic quartet with roots firmly in the modern tradition of jazz music.

Brandon Coleman is also a teacher at our Florence location.

Members: Brandon Coleman – Guitar/Compositions, Keigo Hirakawa – Piano, Matt Wiles – Bass, Jeff Mellott – Drums, The Brandon Coleman Quartet Family: Diego Lyra – Piano, Luke McIntosh – Bass, Jose Oreta – Bass, Bruno Gafanhoto – Drums

Upcoming Shows:
5/6 – BOURBON ON MAIN – FRANKFORT, KY – 7:30PM – BILL MAY GROUP
5/7 – THE CHATTERBOX – INDIANAPOLIS, IN – 10PM – WADE BAKER QUARTET
5/14 – WASHINGTON PLATFORM – CINCINNATI, OH – 8PM – RUSTY BURGE QUARTET
5/15 – THE GREENWICH – CINCINNATI, OH – 7PM – BRANDON COLEMAN QUARTET
5/20 – RICHMOND, KY – MILES OF JAZZ ORCHESTRA
5/27 – BOURBON ON MAIN – FRANKFORT, KY – 7:30PM – MARLIN MCKAY GROUP
5/28 – CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL – DAYTON, OH – 8PM – RANDY VILLARS BAND

Like them on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/brandoncolemanmusic/timeline for a discount!

 

Want to be the next Band of the Month? Check out how HERE!

 

Worth More than A Penny

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

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

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

See you there!

Heavy Metal Uke and Scales and Lessons

So this video strolled by on the Facebook feed this morning and we just had to see it.  Pretty impressive playing on a uke!

Check it out!

 

So being three quasi theory geeks we then began talking about which, if any, scale the guitarist from the original band that did this particular song would use.  We came to the conclusion that there isn’t one really, confirmed by a quick google search for articles about it.  It’s really just the chromatic scale and notes that “kind of” fit around the rhythm of the song, although we were initially intrigued about some talk of “the Devil’s Scale”, that turned out to be a bust and really just a reference to tritones.

 

So what is your favorite scale to play in?  Pentatonic?  Minor? Major?  Lydian Flat 5?  No right or wrong answer here, just let’s hear it? Or are you one of those people like these guitarists that prefer to NOT purposely use a scale, or just really have no idea what I’m talking about?  That’s ok too.

 

This reminds me and brings up another point.  If you’re one of those that has no idea what I’m talking about but don’t want to be, we have one of the best teaching staffs around.  Lessons are where we all learned our scales and how to use them.  It takes a lot of the frustration and what feels like literally reading Greek out of the process.  We just recently scheduled our 300th student here at Moeller of Willis Music West Chester!  Schedule lessons today and help us get to 400!

We have a handy website to help you out.  It’s called looking4lessons.com.  Simply click on the link and search for the instrument and area you want (use 45069 as the zip code if you’re looking for our store) and find the teacher that’s right for you.  Each teacher has a bio and their rates and times available.  Hope to see you soon!

 

 

 

Shred Fest 2013 Recap & Showdown Video

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CLICK PIC TO SEE THE SHOWDOWN!

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

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The final 7 left to right are:

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

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Air Guitar Contest!

Who wants to win a FREE guitar?

The 6th annual Air Guitar contest is right around the corner on Aug 24 at 11am! First prize winner will receive a BC Rich guitar (it is on display at the store, so you can come dream about it). Other prizes will be awarded! This is really happening, you dont want to miss it, its gonna be a blast!

Call Denise @ 859-525-6050 to sign up or email: denises@willismusic.com

Mike Shouse Group Guitar Class – Florence

All ages and skill levels are welcome to this comprehensive class. Speed, accuracy, scales, chords, arpeggios, theory and how it all ties together are covered.

A FREE trial class is happening Monday, May 20 at 8:00 pm at Willis Music. Try the class on for size and see if you want to jump on board! Everyone who attends the free class gets a copy of Mike’s “Alone On The Sun” CD just for coming!

The 8 week course runs June 3 through July 15 and costs $250. Each weekly class is 30 minutes. Call, email or stop in today to register for the free night and your CD.

Mike Shouse graduated from GIT in 1993, has 20 years of teaching experience and was named winner of the 2011 “God of Indie Guitar” award.

http://youtu.be/BKABbP7H8h4

Charvel Pro-Mods for 2013!

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The Pro-Mod line of Charvels was a player favorite, and they’re back! Now built in the Fender Ensenada factory, these guitars are total playing machines. See what they’re all about at this link:

http://www.premierguitar.com/Video/20130213/2175/NAMM_13_Charvel_Guitars_Pro_Mod_Series_San_Dimas_and_So_Cal.aspx

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The Louisville Ukulele Association Unlimited Is Here!

Hi LUAU members, Uke Students and Uke Players!
Grab your uke! Get ready for the all new and improved LUAU Meetings for 2013.

WILLIS MUSIC at 1850 S. Hurstbourne Parkway is now THE OFFICIAL UKUELE/MUSIC STORE and the OFFICIAL UKULELE HEADQUARTERS for LUAU (the Louisville Ukulele Association Unlimited uke group). My Mel Bay books will be in stock. WILLIS has a BEAUTIFUL selection of ukes including Kala, Martin, Luna and Lanikai. The prices are amazing and GUARANTEED to be the lowest, too!

The first LUAU meeting for 2013 will be Saturday January 26, 2013 (the last Saturday of the month) at 6:00 pm. There will be music handouts and lots of FUN! Mark your calenders now for all the 2013 LUAU meetings, the last Saturday of the month at WILLIS MUSIC at 1850. S. Hurstbourne Pkwy.

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