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Used K.Kawai Baby Grand Piano

 

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If you are looking for a great deal on a baby grand piano, this is it.  Kawai GM-1, 4 feet 11 inches,  built in 1994, in fantastic condition. Plays easily and has a big sound considering the size.  Make an appointment to check it out.

 

Robert Falcon

513-252-0445

 

Best of Northern Kentucky – Florence

Are you looking for the best place in Northern Kentucky? Look no further!

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Willis Music Florence was just named the TOP place to take Music Instruction by the folks at NKY Magazine! We want to thank everyone who voted for us. We have worked for years to partner with the best teachers in the area and to make sure every student is getting the most meaningful music experience. Music is so much fun and we love that we share that every day!

Denise, Cody, and Colleen had a great time at the Best of NKY event, so check out these awesome pictures.

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Check out all of our amazing teachers HERE!

 

Advice About Used Pianos and New Students.

Piano-Kid                                                                                                                       Piano purchase advice for parents of beginning piano students.

A common misconception about buying a piano for a young student, is that a suitable piano can be acquired for only a few hundred dollars.  The fact is that for a young student to progress they need a better piano, not worse.

Parents may not want to invest a lot of money in a piano.  After all, the child may lose interest and a cheaper, older piano may seem the logical choice.  However, a bad purchasing decision at this point in a student’s learning journey tends to be a self-fulfilling prophecy.  In many cases a piano that is too old, or simply not good enough will soon become useless to the student, unbeknownst to he parent.  When a piano’s action cannot be regulated to the correct touch, or the strings tuned to proper pitch, the student, unable to duplicate what was taught in a lesson, will become frustrated, discouraged, and will lose interest.  No amount of practice on an inferior instrument can overcome its shortcomings.  And, when you add the cost of moving, tuning, repairs, lack of warranty protection, and an older piano’s shorter life span; a new or more recently made piano may start to look like a bargain in the long run.

I would encourage a family to look at quality new pianos, or better used pianos no more than 15 years old.  And a young talented student, moving up to a quality grand piano is never a mistake.  If an older piano is chosen, it should be one that was of good quality to begin with, and restored to like-new condition.

Although good and bad pianos have been made, every used piano must be evaluated on its own merit.  Certain categories of pianos in today’s market should be avoided.

 

  • Old Upright – These are usually 48″ to 60″ high and about 100 years old.  Most pianos that are a century old and have not been discarded will need extensive restoration before they are useful to the student.  Many have difficulty holding a tuning and desperately need new strings, hammers, dampers, and pedal repairs.  Parents who purchase these deteriorating instruments for beginners will probably face a constant stream of complaints.  In most cases, this category of used piano should be avoided for use in serious practice.  And contrary to popular belief, they don’t have much of an antique value either.

 

  • Small, cheap, American-made pianos from the 1960’s to 1980’s.  During this period American companies started feeling the competition from Japanese makers who undercut their prices.  The result was that the few remaining American makers of inexpensive pianos began to cut as much cost as they could from their production.  Many of these pianos were Spinets, which are 36″ to 40″ high.  Spinets have a recessed, or “drop” action that is connected to the keys in directly.  These actions are difficult and expensive to repair.  Many of these spinets are manufactured with connecting parts, called “elbow”, made of plastic which eventually deteriorate and break off.  Installing a set of replacement elbows can cost hundreds of dollars.  Spinets were usually the least expensive entry-level pianos manufactured by a piano company, and most are not worth repairing.  The first wave of pianos from this era began to enter the used piano market in the 1980’s, as the people who originally purchased them began to retire.  Many were passed on to this generation’s children, and now, as they retire, a second wave of these instruments are entering the market.  Many of these instruments are now 30 to 50 years old, and need some restoration before they will be suitable for the student.  Besides, many of these small, cheap pianos were so poorly designed and constructed that, even when new, and regulated and tuned as well as possible, they played poorly and sounded terrible.

 

  • Early offering from the Korean and Chinese makers.  Korean pianos made before 1990 and Chinese pianos from before 2000, often exhibit unpredictable problems.  Quality control was erratic, and wood was often not properly seasoned.  These pianos tend to be plagued with sticking keys that repeat too slowly due to poor action design, a problem that cannot be inexpensively corrected.

 

The used piano market also offers many well made pianos from the past, that are of potential value to a student.  But even these, including famous names, can also present pitfalls for the unwary.  Don’t buy without professional guidance, a piano that is not playable and keep a tune, with the idea that you can simply have a few repairs done once you get the piano home.  Get repair estimates before you commit to purchasing a used piano.  Finally, don’t rely on a private seller for important information about the piano you are thinking of buying.  Hire a piano technician to inspect any piano you’re seriously considering buying.

Better yet, visit a local piano store and talk to a sales associate.  The majority of them are very honest and would be happy to answer any questions.

 

Quality is like buying oats.  If you want nice, fresh, clean oats, you must pay a fair price.  However, if you can be satisfied with oats that have already been through the horse ………………….. that comes a little cheaper!                       ~Anonymous.

There is hardly anything in the world that some person cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and people who consider price only are this person’s lawful prey.  J Ruskin

 

Robert Falcón                                                                                                                                                                           Steinway & Sons Representative                                                                                                                                              513-252-0445

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Give The Gift of Music

 

Have you started thinking of Christmas presents yet? Do you have ideas for everyone on your list? Music Lessons should be on the top of that list. Giving the gift of music is something that can last a lifetime. We have great teachers at all of our locations who are ready to help give that gift. Visit us online or in-store to sign up today!

 


 

 

Monica Gale Heard- Lexington KY

DMA Vocal Performance (abd), The Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL MMA Vocal Performance, The Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL Bachelor of Arts, Vocal Performance, Georgetown College, Georgetown, KY Bachelor of Arts, Piano Performance, Georgetown College, Georgetown, KY Lecturer/Instructor Berea College Berea, Kentucky 1997 – 2009 Teaching Responsibilities: Applied Voice Class Voice Applied Piano Class Piano General Studies Lecturer General Studies – Freshman Writing/Critical Thinking Aural Harmony Diction Staff Vocal Coach-Accompanist Conductor – The Berea College Women’s Chorus Academic Adviser Additional information regarding teaching career available upon request. First United Methodist Church Richmond, Kentucky July 2003 – September 15, 2014 Responsibilities: (part-time 2003 – May, 2009) Assistant Minister of Music and Worship Organist/Pianist/Keyboardist Traditional, Blended and Contemporary Worship services Leadership of Praise Band and Praise Team Three choir rehearsals per week Budgeting Repertoire selection Responsibilities: (full-time June, 2009 – September, 2014) Director of Music Ministries Oversee the Music Ministry of a large United Methodist Church Plan traditional, blended and contemporary services each week Conduct choir and praise team rehearsals each week Coordinate children’s choir programs Work with and coordinate volunteers Plan and facilitate at least two major productions each year Oversee large hand bell choir Maintain choral library and purchase as needed Organist/Pianist for all services Funerals/Weddings Report directly to the Pastor Other duties as necessary – please ask Additional information regarding church music career available upon request. Private Studio 1981 – present Teaching Responsibilities: Private Voice Lessons Private Piano Lessons Private instruction in Theory Recital coaching/accompanying Audition prep/accompanying

Click here to sign up today!


 

Chris Sherman- Eastgate OH

Chris Sherman has been teaching both bass guitar and guitar lessons for over 10 years. He was recently featured at the 2014 London Bass Guitar Show, to lead a master class in bass guitar. Also known professionally as ‘Freekbass’, he has three internationally released instructional DVDs. “Learn to play Funk Bass Level 1 & 2” by The RockHouse Method, and “50 Freekbass Licks You Must Know”, produced by TrueFire.com. TrueFire is now preparing to release a second Freekbass instructional DVD, entitled, “Funktronic Groove Construction”. Chris/Freekbass has released six full-length CDs, including “Concentrate” with guests Bootsy Collins, DJ Spooky, Adam Deitch and Steve Molitz, and “Junkyard Waltz” which includes guest appearances by Phish bassist Mike Gordon, guitarist Buckethead, keyboard wizard from P-Funk/Talking Heads Bernie Worrell, and is produced by funk legend Bootsy Collins. Although known by many as a bassist, Chris is also an accomplished guitarist and guitar teacher with a strong technique, groove, and theory background.

Click here to sign up today!


 

Brenda Mendenhall- West Chester OH

I have a Bachelor of Music degree from Miami University and am a certificated music teacher with the Ohio Department of Education. I also have a Master of Science degree in school counseling and I am a retired licensed school counselor. I have been teaching piano/keyboard lessons at Willis-Moeller Music since 1989. My lessons focus on necessary piano/keyboard basics and music or styles of interest to each student. I work with students aged 6 through adult years. Technology apps, white board work, and movement are also used to engage the younger students and assist with music development.

Click here to sign up today!


 

Matt Mauro- Kenwood OH

Matthew Mauro (piano and French horn) earned his Master of Music degree in 2014 at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Matthew has performed with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra (Ohio), and as a soloist with the Toledo and Stow Symphony Orchestras. He has also attended reputable summer music festivals, including the Round Top Music Festival and the Brevard Music Center. Matthew’s primary piano teachers include Luke Bartolomeo and Ryan Behan; he has also worked with internationally renowned pianist, Lambis Vassiliadis, in masterclass settings. His primary horn teachers include Randy Gardner (Professor of Horn at CCM), Elizabeth Freimuth (Principal Horn, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and Richard Deane (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra). Matthew is currently the Music Director at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Anderson, Ohio, where he is the pianist for all traditional worship services and leads the choir and youth music ensemble. He is also a piano instructor at the Cincinnati Country Day School and teaches many students privately. Additionally, Matthew has enjoyed success in music composition. He was recently commissioned by the Worthington Kilbourne band program to write a piece for the Wind Symphony to premiere at the National Band and Orchestra Clinic in Carnegie Hall in April 2012. He has also had works for band published by the C.L. Barnhouse Company. Two of his pieces, “As They Return” and “Freeing Aurora,” earned finalists status in semi-annual Frank Ticheli Competition contests. PHILOSOPHY Music education is an incredibly important part of a young person’s life. Musical study helps to cultivate the ‘whole person,’ and there are countless studies that show music’s positive impacts on other academic areas. I have two primary goals for students in their lessons. First, they must enjoy playing music! A passion for playing will drive expression and improvement in performance skills more than anything else.

Click here to sign up today!


 

Mia Smith- Florence KY

Instructor at Willis Music since August, 2004 Mia has a great love for music and people and utilizes her gifts and talents to help her students reach their potential quickly. • Graduate of Central High School, Cincinnati, Ohio • Studied Music 10 Years with Prof. Frank Mahler, Saint Francis of Assissi • Managed her own piano studio for 5 ½ years in Knoxville, TN • Pianist for 9 ½ years at Valley Dale Baptist in Alabama • Teaches all styles of piano – classical, jazz, pop, contemporary Christian • Taught at Keyboard Plus for 5 ½ years in Florida • Currently serving as pianist and music minister for United Methodist in Latonia

Click here to sign up today!


 

 

New Sign on Mall Road says it all “Just Play”!

Willis Music Florence Super Store has a new look! We at Willis Music want to share with you the great benefits of music making. Take the first step and visit us in the store and experience our passion for music and helping you “Just Play”!

 

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New Teacher Alert

Here at Willis Music we are always excited to add new teachers to our education program. Here are a few of our teachers to consider when choosing the teacher that is right for you. To sign up for lessons now, click here.

Jason Easter
West Chester Location

We are very excited to have Jason aboard. His love for the trumpet is evident in everything he does. He has taught at this location before with the Moeller Music Company, and is excited to be back. “I attended Miami University and Wright State university for a double performance major in voice and trumpet. I had moved to New York briefly and played with several salsa, jazz and funk bands in Manhattan and Brooklyn. I have experience teaching beginners as well as junior high school and high school level private lessons.”

To sign up for lessons with Jason, click here.

Deborah Hodge
Lexington Location

Deborah is a great find here in the Lexington location. Here experience really speaks for itself. “Hi, I am Dr. Deborah Hodge, and though I have resided in New York for about 25 years, I am a native of Lexington, Kentucky. I am a certified music teacher and I recently relocated back to Lexington after teaching music in New York for a numbers of years. I also taught music for approximately 10 years in the Fayette County School District. My teaching experience includes vocal, instrumental (band and orchestra), keyboarding (recording), and marching band (Assistant and Director). I have taught on both the elementary and secondary levels.

To sign up for lessons with Deborah, click here.

New Teachers

As our lessons program continues to grow- we are excited to welcome some new teachers to our team. To sign up for lessons with any of our teachers, stop in and see us at any of our locations, or click here.

 


 

Lexington- Jesse Pena

Jesse Pena is a musician/teacher/composer living in Lexington KY. Born in the Panama Canal zone to a musical family, growing up, Jesse played different styles including Rock, Blues, R&B, Jazz, Country, Bluegrass, Classical and Latin. He traveled extensively before moving to Tennessee to play guitar and mandolin for various country, rock, blues and gospel artists. Based in Nashville from 1988 – 2000 he has performed on the Grand Ole Opry. Jesse has also worked as a studio musician/music arranger on demo and custom recordings. A passionate teacher Jesse has taught guitar, bass, mandolin and drums for the last 33 years.

Jesse is available in our Lexington location on Thursdays. To sign up with Jesse, click here.


 

Kenwood- KJ Summerville

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

 

 

KJ is available in our Kenwood location on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. To sign up with KJ, click here.


Florence- Michele VanSickle

My name is Michele and I am a veteran music teacher. I have over 16 years of experience. I have taught private lessons for over 20 years. My qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree in Instrumental Music Education as well as a Master’s degree in Middle Level Education. I enjoy teaching all beginners as well as middle level and high school students who prepare for solo competitions as well as auditions. This is why, although my primary instrument is percussion, I am very comfortable teaching all concert band instruments at the beginning and intermediate levels. Currently, I am a Music Education Representative for Willis Music and work closely with all area schools. My daughter is in band and we are a musical family. I perform in the classroom setting as well as on the drum set for the worship band at church. I continue to pursue learning new instruments. I can definitely make a difference in the playing ability and overall musical knowledge of the student through focused, fun, encouraging teaching methods.

Michele is available in our Florence location on Sundays and Mondays. To sign up with Michele, click here.


 

Eastgate- Don Gauck

Don Gauck graduated with a bachelor’s degree in jazz and studio music from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in 1995. He has been teaching guitar lessons for 20 years at numerous locations. He plays a wide array of styles including: Rock, Jazz, R&B, Funk and Fingerstyle Acoustic. He has played guitar with national acts such as: Leslie Gore, The Tolkens, Lou Christy, The Reflections, Little Anthony and the Imperials, and Don Rickles. He has toured all over the World and worked as Music Director for the Las Vegas Company Legend’s of Las Vegas. He continues to play with numerous cover and original bands in the Cincinnati area. Don will ensure a student has a well rounded music education incorporating: Music Theory, Ear Training, Improvising, Sight Reading, Transcribing and Utilizing Proper Technique.

Don is available in our Eastgate location on Mondays and Tuesdays. To sign up with Don, click here.

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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New Teacher Alert!

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

Click here to sign up with our new teachers today!


 

KJ Summerville

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

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

Sign up with KJ today!


 

Brad Levine

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

Sign up with Brad today!


New Teachers at Eastgate!

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

Click here to sign up with our new teachers today!


Chris Sherman

Chris Sherman has been teaching both bass guitar and guitar lessons for over 10 years. He was recently featured at the 2014 London Bass Guitar Show, to lead a master class in bass guitar. Also known professionally as ‘Freekbass’, he has three internationally released instructional DVDs. “Learn to play Funk Bass Level 1 & 2” by The RockHouse Method, and “50 Freekbass Licks You Must Know”, produced by TrueFire.com. TrueFire is now preparing to release a second Freekbass instructional DVD, entitled, “Funktronic Groove Construction”. Chris/Freekbass has released six full-length CDs, including “Concentrate” with guests Bootsy Collins, DJ Spooky, Adam Deitch and Steve Molitz, and “Junkyard Waltz” which includes guest appearances by Phish bassist Mike Gordon, guitarist Buckethead, keyboard wizard from P-Funk/Talking Heads Bernie Worrell, and is produced by funk legend Bootsy Collins. Although known by many as a bassist, Chris is also an accomplished guitarist and guitar teacher with a strong technique, groove, and theory background.

Check out Chris in the Huffington Post

Sign up for lessons with Chris today!


 

 

Shawn Elsbernd

I have been a professional drummer and instructor for 15 years. I toured the United States and Mexico for the past six years with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey circus. I teach all styles, levels and ages. Each student is different so I teach them at the level that they can learn. Drums are amazing to me and I love to share what I know.

Sign up for lessons with Shawn today!

 


 

Have You Heard About Free Lesson Day?

Have you heard about Free Lesson Day?

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

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

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

It’s All About That Band!

It is that time of year. School is in full swing, and school band is something that your child is going to stick with. We have always found that private lessons are the best way for your child to succeed in band class- some band directors even require that all students take private lessons outside of school. Here at Willis Music, we are always on the look out for the best musician to help your child grow. We are always expanding, especially when it comes to band. Here are just a few of our many new band teachers. To find out more about lessons for you or your child, click on the location nearest you, or on one of these great teachers below!

Willis Music Lexington

Willis Music Florence

Willis Music Eastgate

Willis Music Kenwood

Moeller/Willis Music West Chester 


 

Armond Luckey- West Chester Location

I started playing trumpet when I was 12 so I’ve been playing for about 16 years. I attended Miami University on a full ride scholarship. While there I had the opportunity to connect and play with several musicians including Wynton Marsalis, Trombone Shorty, Wayne Bergeron and Jon Faddis. While at Miami I was the lead player for the Miami Jazz Ensemble as well as the jazz trumpet ensemble called the Lickitysplits. I was also a part of the Miami Wind Ensemble, Miami Marching Band, and Miami Orchestra. If you have any questions feel free to ask!

Click here to register with Armond


 

Chase Clark- Lexington Location

As an educator, Chase has taught at various schools and music camps throughout Kentucky and Tennessee. Teaching with his first instrument, the trombone, Chase has appeared as a guest instructor at prestigious music programs such as Lafayette High School, Beaumont Middle School, Edythe J. Hayes Middle School, and John Hardin High School. Chase also has taught at the Annie Moses Band’s Fine Arts Summer Academy in Nashville, TN since 2010. This fine arts camp trains 200-250 students in which Chase is the primary trombone and low brass instructor, jazz big band section instructor, and a member of the faculty performing groups. As well as teaching across Kentucky and Tennessee, Chase maintains a successful trombone studio of emerging talent in the Lexington, Kentucky area. As a performer, Chase has appeared with an extensive variety of musical groups such as the University of Kentucky’s Opera Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble, the Annie Moses Band, Wycliffe Gordon, and Grammy-award winning artist Bob Mintzer. Chase also recorded with Bob Mintzer on the album “Go” which released in 2011. Chase also joined with the Annie Moses Band to perform in Carnegie Hall in 2012 and the Grand Ole Opry House in 2013. He currently can be heard as lead trombone/soloist with local artists in the Lexington area such as the jazz big band the MetroGnomes, the oldies rock group Big City Groove, and the Lexington Community Orchestra.

Click here to register with Chase


 

Stacey Krimmer- Eastgate Mall location

STACEY KRIMMER received both her Bachelor of Music degree in education and her Master of Music degree in flute performance from the University of Wyoming. In addition to running a private flute studio since 1986, Stacey was the instructor for the flute program at Colorado Academy in Denver. She also taught Suzuki flute, penny whistle, and recorder at Colorado Academy, and was an instructor of flute ensembles at the Suzuki Association of Colorado’s Winter Workshop. She also served as board president of the Colorado Flute Association. Stacey’s performance work includes Wind Images Woodwind Quintet, the ballet orchestra to premiere “Winter Moons,” the Denver Opera Company Orchestra, the Colorado Wind Ensemble, the Clermont Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Blue Ash Symphony. She also worked and performed with School House Symphony, a small ensemble dedicated to providing in-school performances by combining teaching with performing.

Click here to register with Stacey


 

 

Ashley Martin- West Chester Location

A native of Mason, OH, Ashley Martin holds degrees in music education and oboe performance from The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. At Ohio State, she studied oboe with Professors Robert and Bailey Sorton, and had the opportunity to work with Joe Robsinson, the retired principal oboist of the New York Philharmonic. Ashley has performed on both oboe and English horn in numerous ensembles, including the Ohio Capital Winds, Columbus Childrens’ Theatre, and the Lebanon Symphony Orchestra. She currently performs with the Southwestern Ohio Symphonic Band, and can be heard in a Naxos Label recording performing with the Ohio State University Wind Symphony. As an educator, Ms. Martin specializes in concert band instruction in addition to oboe. She spent two years teaching 5th through 12th grade band for Crestwood Local Schools in northeast Ohio, and currently teaches beginning band at VanGorden Elementary School in the Lakota school district. Ms. Martin has been teaching oboe privately in the Cincinnati, Akron, and Columbus metro areas for over seven years. She is a member of the National Association for Music Education, the Ohio Music Educators Association, Women Band Directors International, and Sigma Alpha Iota.

Click here to register with Ashley


 

You Received A Musical Instrument For Christmas…

Now What?

Congratulations!!! If you received a musical instrument for Christmas, someone really cares about you. You now have in your possession the gift that keeps on giving. The gift that does not care about your age, sex, race, religion, class and so one. Although you may go through many instruments, the music itself will last most of your lifetime.

Learn…

It’s never too late to learn! This is one of our mantras. Watch these videos, get inspired, then read further.

Now that you’ve seen the videos, it’s time for you to start your journey of making music.

Look…

Whether you opened up a humanatone or a Steinway Grand Piano from under the tree, the instrument is only the facilitator of your music making process. YOU are the music.

With that being said, do you have everything you need to play, maintain, clean and store your instrument? Over the next few days we will feature different articles pertaining to your instrument. Check back often for your instrument category.

  • There was a guitar under the tree just for me! COMING SOON
  • I got a drumset for Christmas! COMING SOON
  • I opened a violin from under the tree! COMING SOON
  • There was a woodwind instrument under the tree! COMING SOON
  • There was a brass instrument under the tree! COMING SOON
  • I got a keyboard for Christmas! COMING SOON

Please note if you received an instrument for Christmas that is not listed above, comment on this blog or send us an email and we will reply with a personalized list just for you!

Listen…

If you are not doing it already, we encourage you to do lots of “listening.” Always be listening and never stop listening. Are you listening? If you are, your next question might be, “What should I listen to?” As stated by one of the greatest american composers, Duke Ellington:

There are two kinds of music. Good music, and the other kind.

We highly suggest listening to “Good Music.” You should try and listen to music that features your instrument but you should at least start with what your “ear” tells you.

Remember when we said “anyone can listen to music?” We really meant it. Here is an example.

Bottom line, think about this: If you don’t listen to music, how do you know what you want to sound like?

Lessons…

How do you learn something new? Do you research on the internet? Do you just hope and guess? Whether you are a “self-taught” type of person or not, EVERYONE must practice in order to learn/improve upon a skill. “Talent” only gets you so far.

How do I know if I am getting the most efficient results from my practice time? Wait, what is “practicing?” I don’t own a “woodshed,” what does it mean to go there? I was progressing really quickly but then one day it just stopped; what happened? If you have asked any of these questions, then Music Lessons are definitely for you.

If you are a beginner and have never asked any of the above questions, Music Lessons are also for you. Did you know that it is impossible to break a habit? You can only form a new habit that hopefully supersedes the bad one. Start with good habits. Start with music lessons.

For information about our Lesson Programs, click HERE.

Combine…

Add listening to music and playing a musical instrument together, and the result is described in this video:

Recapitulation (ask your new lessons teacher about this word)…

Music is a combined effort of your learning, listening and lessons. You may catch on to this whole music thing real quick or real slow. The truth is, it does not make a difference. The amount of fun and enjoyment you will experience when you play your instrument should be the same for the beginner as it is for the professional. In fact, it gets better the more proficient you get at your instrument.

Before you click on the sign to the right and schedule your lessons and start practicing, we will leave you with another quote by T.S. Elliot:

You are the music while the music lasts.


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New Teacher Alert!

Willis Music Lexington is happy to welcome Chase Clark to their team of qualified teachers. Chase has been working as the Willis Music Lexington Band Rep since the spring, and is happy to teach during the evenings! Read more about Chase below and click here to sign up for lessons today.

 

 

As an educator, Chase has taught at various schools and music camps throughout Kentucky and Tennessee. Teaching with his first instrument, the trombone, Chase has appeared as a guest instructor at prestigious music programs such as Lafayette High School, Beaumont Middle School, Edythe J. Hayes Middle School, and John Hardin High School. Chase also has taught at the Annie Moses Band’s Fine Arts Summer Academy in Nashville, TN since 2010. This fine arts camp trains 200-250 students in which Chase is the primary trombone and low brass instructor, jazz big band section instructor, and a member of the faculty performing groups. As well as teaching across Kentucky and Tennessee, Chase maintains a successful trombone studio of emerging talent in the Lexington, Kentucky area. As a performer, Chase has appeared with an extensive variety of musical groups such as the University of Kentucky’s Opera Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble, the Annie Moses Band, Wycliffe Gordon, and Grammy-award winning artist Bob Mintzer. Chase also recorded with Bob Mintzer on the album “Go” which released in 2011. Chase also joined with the Annie Moses Band to perform in Carnegie Hall in 2012 and the Grand Ole Opry House in 2013. He currently can be heard as lead trombone/soloist with local artists in the Lexington area such as the jazz big band the MetroGnomes, the oldies rock group Big City Groove, and the Lexington Community Orchestra.

 

 

New Teacher Alert!

We are excited to welcome Krista Weiss as a new teacher in our Kenwood and Florence locations. Krista teaches Clarinet and Bass Clarinet. Read more about Krista below and click here to register for lessons today!

Krista Weiss currently serves as principal clarinet of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic and second clarinet of the Richmond Indiana Symphony. An active freelancer, Krista has recently performed with the Cincinnati Symphony, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Indianapolis Opera, Lexington Philharmonic, Kentucky Symphony, South Bend Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and New World Symphony, as well as on dozens of recordings for the Hal Leonard Corporation. Krista attended Indiana University where she received both her Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in Clarinet Performance. She has also spent several summers participating in music festivals, including the Aspen Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, Chautauqua Music Festival, Brevard Music Center, and Marrowstone Music Festival. During the 2010-2011 academic year Krista served as the clarinet instructor at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana, teaching a full studio of undergraduate and graduate students and performing with the ISU Faculty Woodwind Quintet. She currently serves as a Reserve Method Clinician for D’Addario Woodwinds and has traveled to dozens of schools across the Midwest to give clinics on clarinet fundamentals and equipment. Krista enjoys teaching clarinetists of all ages and abilities and maintains a private studio in the Cincinnati area.

 

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!

 

 

 

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
(Monday-Friday)
9:30am-Noon

$150 registration

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

July 8-31
(Tuesdays & Thursdays)
10:30am-11:30am

$100 registration for 8 classes

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

July 8-31
(Tuesdays & Thursdays)
12:30pm-1:30pm

$100 registration for 8 classes

 

MEET THE TEACHER

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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.

 

If you have a question about our Summer Music Camps please email us at lexington@willismusic.com.

TO REGISTER CALL US AT 859-273-4063, OR STOP BY THE STORE DURING OUR BUSINESS HOURS.

It’s National Hairball Day

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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

1

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.

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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.

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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.

4

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.

5

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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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.

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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

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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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New Piano Teacher in Louisville!

We have another new teacher to introduce. David Patrick is currently teaching in our Louisville location. David has lessons available on Wednesdays and Thursdays. See his schedule here. 

David Patrick was raised on a 120-acre farm where he grew up feeding chickens and performing tunes on the piano. After graduating from Bethlehem High School in 2008, he pursued music and writing at the University of Louisville where he finished his B.A. in English only three years later. With sixteen years of training and experience in music, he now lives with his beautiful wife Sarah Rose in Kentucky where they both compose music and sing together . Here are a few facts about David.

  1. Won SECOND PLACE at the school talent show in May 2001
  2. Won FIRST PLACE at the Kentucky State Performing Arts in May 2007
  3. Accepted into the most advanced Music Theory class at the University of Louisville School of Music in May 2008
  4. Offered position as store pianist at Von Maur in October 2012 (which is how I met my wife!)

Sign up for Lessons with David Today!

New Voice Teacher- Tonya Jenkins

We are very excited to have Tonya Jenkins on board teaching at our Lexington Location.

Tonya teachers voice lessons and is available any time of day on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Sign up for lessons Today!

I’m so happy you are considering vocal lessons! I have been singing since I was 5 years old. I entered every competition, choir and vocal group I could. When it was time to go to college, my Dad told me he would pay for my college education or an apartment in New York so I could audition for musicals. He was my biggest fan. I teach vocal conditioning and technique but most importantly I try to help instill confidence in each student. After college I performed for 10 years. I was the Music Director at a private school. I’ve been doing private vocal instruction since 1997. I’ve always sang at Church. I believe any talent is a gift from God. I try to give back any way I can. Music is truly my passion and I would love to work with you.

You can view Tonya’s Profile Here

 

New Teachers in West Chester- Sign up Today!

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

Shelia Gardner- View Profile Here!

Voice lessons, Thursday Evenings 

Register for Lessons With Shelia Today!

 

 

Keith Lykins- View Profile Here

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

Register for Lessons With Keith Today!

 

Josiah Wolf- View Profile Here!

Drums- Thursdays 

Register for Lessons With Josiah Today!

 

Mike Haid- View Profile Here!

Drums- Sundays

Register for Lessons With Mike Today!

 

 

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

Or Click Here to find a teacher near you!

 

Super Hit “Royals” w/ a UK Spin!

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

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Alternate Tuning Made Easy

In the scheme of things, tuning your guitar is pretty easy. But what about all those cool sounds from classic rock, jazz, folk and bluegrass that you seem to be unable to find? If you’re struggling to stretch your fingers across the neck in a musical game of Twister, these cool tunings might make your life a lot easier!

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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Teacher Wins Boston Piano!

Willis Music recently launched the Music Educator’s Partnership (MEP). As part of the kick off, all teachers signing up the first day were entered to win the use of a new Boston piano. After all the tickets were in, the drawing revealed the winner as Jill Duebber. Jill is a prominent piano instructor in the area with many talented students. Jill is already the proud owner of a wonderful grand piano. She decided to donate the piano to an advanced student of hers to aid in their study of playing. The student was ecstatic about having the instrument brought to their home. We know the high-quality piano will help her excel in her study and promote the love and practice of piano. Congratulations! If you are a local teacher please stop in to sign up for MEP!

Winners of a Boston Piano!

Winners of a Boston Piano!

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!

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** 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!

 

Neal Schon’s Custom Fender Strat

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Sammy Hagar and Neal Schon of Journey have a very long friendship, and the two reunited for Sammy’s newest CD, “Sammy Hagar & Friends”. Neal’s guitar is all over the cover of “Personal Jesus”, and his new custom Fenders are all over the video. Click the pic to watch.

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Mesa Pedals Now With EQ!

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

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

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Laughter is the Best Medicine!

Musicians work hard, but they enjoy a great laugh as much as anyone. Below are some player-friendy jokes sure to bring a smile or two.

A young child says to his mother, “Mom, when I grow up I’d like to be a musician.” She replies, “Well honey, you know you can’t do both.”

Q: How do you make musicians complain?
A: Pay them.
Q: What’s the difference between a banjo and an onion?
A: Nobody cries when you chop up a banjo.

Q: What did the drummer get on his I.Q. Test?
A: Saliva.

Q: What do call a guitar player without a girlfriend?
A: Homeless.

Q: What is another term for trombone?
A: A wind driven, manually operated, pitch approximator.

Q: What do you call a guitar player that only knows two chords?
A: A music critic

Q: How many guitar players does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: 13 – one to do it, and twelve to stand around and say, “Phhhwt! I can do that!”

Tuba Player: “Did you hear my last recital?”
Friend: “I hope so.”

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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

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This video proves music can be made with anything!

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Great Video of Glass Breaking by Voice!

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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.

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

Deal of the Day!

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

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

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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

Features
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!

 

Rock away the Winter Blues!

I don’t know about you, but I am getting very tired of the sub-zero temperatures! One trick I have found to kicking those winter blues is music! Rocking out on your instrument is a great way to stay warm, and a great activity for those days when it’s too cold to go outside! This is a great time to start those music lessons you have been meaning to get around to! Across all of our stores, people are staying warm with music! We have so many great new teachers, you should come in and check them out! Don’t forget you can even sign up from the comfort of your own home by clicking this link! We can’t wait to share the warmth of music with you!

Deal Of The Day Feb. 24th!

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Great amp at a very great price!

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Hot Rod Walt Gretsch Guitars are Here!

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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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How to Walk Like a Zombie!

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They’re everywhere…. ZOMBIES! In the days to come, we’ll be providing resources to help in your quest to evade the undead.

We make no promises…these are just tools. The burden of, pardon the pun, execution is entirely yours.

Click the link above if you want to live!!!

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Trick or Treat with Willis Music!

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Bring your little monsters by on Halloween, Thursday, October 31st between 4pm and 7pm for trick or treating! Willis Music will have spooky music & sweet treats for you and the kids… and maybe a scare or two!

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Yamaha Acoustic Pianos are Here!

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Willis Music in Louisville is well known for our great selection of guitars, band instruments, drums, amplifiers and PA equipment, but after hearing your requests we’ve added something new to our offerings: Yamaha acoustic pianos!

There were several options to consider when we decided to bring acoustic pianos in, but the one closest to our mind was satisfying the needs in the very best way possible. The good news is that since Yamaha was hands down the most asked for brand, we chose to add the U1 and U3 uprights to our store. The better news is that we’re bringing in used pianos that are so beautifully refinished you’d think they were brand new, except for the price!

Please come in & give your fingers and ears a treat- you’ll be very glad you did!

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Incredible Savings This Weekend!!

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THIS WEEKEND IS OUR ANNUAL INDOOR YARD SALE!!!

Thursday, September 19 through Sunday, September 22, Willis Music on Hurstbourne is giving you the chance to save like never before!

– Receive FANTASTIC DEALS on new, fully warrantied (including the Willis extended warranty) items!
– Receive 10% of purchases over $500 or more ON A GIFT CARD to be used with a future purchase!
– Receive DOUBLE entries on Willis Music Money cards!
– Receive extra FREE goods on certain closeouts until supplies run out!
– Receive mega discounts on HUNDREDS of accessories!
– Receive 50% OFF vintage sheet music titles!

You do not want to miss out on this event! Rain… shine… cold… hot… zombies…. NOTHING stops the deals!!

1850S. Hurstbourne Pkwy. Louisville, KY. 40220

502.426.1818   louisville@willismusic.com

For a sneak peek of our YARD SALE instrument deals visit:  www.willismusic.com/yardsale

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Violins as Colorful as the Music You Make!

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The sound of the orchestra’s stringed instruments is rich and full of emotion and color. We thought it would be great if we could find violins in colors as vibrant as their sound, and we have. Stentor makes instruments that not only sound great, but look great, too! Drop by and check out our display soon- these are sure to move fast.

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Name Your Own Price????

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We hear it on the radio… “No reasonable offers refused”. Sounds too good to be true, but isn’t it worth a look? If you could get a great product at a price you name wouldn’t you be pumped?

Willis Music not only has the coolest, most current musical equipment in Louisville, we also have great used gear at killer prices. But maybe the price could be even more killer, huh? When you see the tag above on instruments in our store, that means we’re opening the door to you setting a price. We’ll do everything we can to meet your offer. If we aren’t able to take your offer, we’ll make a counter-offer so you know we’re 100% serious about giving you the very best deal around.

Look for Mr. Brando. Get great gear. Save some money.

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Back 2 Band is Easy at Willis Music!

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Students rarely rave about lots of homework, walking to the bus stop in the rain or the math test they have on Friday. What they do rave about is their band and orchestra classes! Music’s benefits to students of every age are not just nationally recognized; they’re seen every day by the families and friends of that musician.

As Band and orchestra classes begin for this year, Willis Music has once again ramped up our selection of band instruments, accessories, books, cleaning and care products and stands. Great efforts are made my these musicians to succeed, and we’re committed to helping them in every way possible. We’ve even brought in 4 new band instrument teachers for those wanting private lessons!

Everything they need under one roof.

Expert help with no hassles.

Back 2 Band Season has never been easier!

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The Kanikapila Uke Club Tonight !

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Come Join The Kanikapila Uke Club Tonight 7PM at Willis Music Florence

We meet every 2nd Monday of the Month at 7PM

See Ya There !

Happy 5th Year Aaron!

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July 1st marks 5 years at Willis Music for the kingpin…. Aaron “Vinny” Flick! From his humble beginnings at the Jefferson Mall store to his current home at our Hurstbourne location, Louisville musicians have benefited greatly by Aaron’s honesty and attention to detail. Drop by or give him a call to congratulate him today!

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The Ky. State Fair Vocal Preliminary is July 6!

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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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Free DVDs This Weekend!

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Not much more to say… best prices in town on the coolest instruments from Orange, Gibson, EVH, Mesa/Boogie, Fender, Yamaha, Selmer, Blackstar, Mapex, Charvel, Gretsch, Martin and so many more AND a free DVD on top! Visit June 15-17 to take advantage!

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1st Annual Hollywood Showcase -Check out the photos!

Students of all ages and abilities gathered to showcase their skills in front of fellow students, parents, friends and teachers on Thursday, May 30th.  Everybody had a great time and the talent was simply amazing!  We had pianists, vocalists, guitarists, dancers, a trumpet player and banjo player – a great variety!    Check out the photos here on our Facebook page.  While you’re there, you can also check out the photos from our Hollywood Showcase in Lousville!

We will be having another themed recital very soon!  We are taking recommendations for what the next theme should be so if you have an idea, let us know!!!

1st Annual Hollywood Showcase – check out the photos!

Students of all ages and abilities gathered to showcase their skills in front of fellow students, parents, friends and teachers on Thursday, May 16th.  Everybody had a great time and the talent was simply amazing!  We had drummers, pianists, vocalists and guitarists – a great variety!    Check out the photos here on our Facebook page.  While you’re there, you can also check out the photos from our Hollywood Showcase in Lexington!

We will be having another themed recital very soon!  We are taking recommendations for what the next theme should be so if you have an idea, let us know!!!

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8 Week Group Guitar Class with Mike Shouse – Louisville

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Tired of learning tabs to other people’s songs?  Ready to become a real musician and get a full understanding of how to play the guitar?  This intensive 8 week group guitar class with instrumental recording artist Mike Shouse will teach you speed, accuracy, scales/modes, chords, arpeggios, theory and how it all ties together.  Each week, you will go home with a better understanding of how to play and Mike’s weekly handouts will help you remember your new skills!

Still not sure?  Stop in on Thursday, May 23rd at 7:00 pm to meet Mike, and stay for his FREE introductory class.  You will receive a free copy of his CD, “Alone on the Sun” just for attending!  30 minutes with Mike, and you will definitely be back for the full 8 week course!

To register, call the store at 426-1818, stop by, or email louisville@willismusic.com.  Forgot to register?  No problem, stop on by anyway!  Don’t forget:  Thursday, May 23rd at 7:00 pm.

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The New Charvels Are Almost Here!

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Hot-rodded for scorching sound and outstanding feel and performance, Charvel’s sleek Pro-Mods feature a one-piece quartersawn maple neck with classic San Dimas® profile, compound-radius fingerboard (12″-16″) with 22 jumbo frets, Seymour Duncan pickups, Charvel tuners and black hardware. The legendary designs that put Wayne Charvel & Grover Jackson on the map changed the way guitars were built. Eddie Van Halen and Jake E. Lee’s Charvels made guitarists re-think their playing, instruments & opened up their imagination. The new Charvel Pro Mods will have the same effect on you! Come feel and hear one for yourself.

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New Study On Effect Of Music On Our Brain

It’s no secret that music impacts more than a top 20 chart. Sounds are as strong a sense trigger as smells, and the things we find enjoyable are just one of the things that make each person so unique. Click the picture below to learn how we’re influenced to choose the music we listen to.

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We Make Learning Music Fun & Easy!

The love of music has no age & neither does the desire to learn to play it! We’ve assembled a staff of teachers that create individual lesson programs for each student to make sure they receive exactly what they want to learn. Flexible schedules & great studios mean we work around your needs while providing a comfortable atmosphere to help you make your musical dreams come true. Stop waiting & start playing… whether you want one-on-one private lessons or the experience of a group class we’re ready to get you making the music you’ve dreamed of today!

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The Sound of Your Art

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Eastman’s violins are works of art you get to hold. The tone makes you want to close your eyes as the music you make takes you to places a car never could. Whether you’re a new musician or seasoned player, an Eastman instrument will improve your playing simply because the stunning attention to every detail makes each violin a singular example of inspiration. You deserve this…  try one today!

Click the pic for a cool violin/guitar jam session video & contact us at 502-426-1818 if you’d like to sign up for violin/fiddle lessons!

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

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“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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New Store Hours March 1st!

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We’re making it even easier to get that guitar, violin, drum kit, amp…. you want! Our new hours are musician friendly & more convenient than ever.

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FREE Trial Lesson for Group Guitar Class!

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8 Week Group Guitar Class with Mike Shouse!

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 Thursday, February 21 at 7:00pm. 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 February 28 through April 18 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.

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Gibson Unveils The Government Series!

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Using the woods returned from the 2 highly questionable raids the US Government did on their factory in Nashville, Gibson has decided to release the new Government series of guitars. Limited in number, these guitars feature a ‘Government Grey’ finish, classic Dirty Fingers model pickups and come in new olive green hardshell cases. 300 Les Pauls, 175 SGs, 100 Explorers and 100 Flying Vs are all that are being built.

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