November 20th, 2013
September 6th, 2013
School is back in session and it’s time to start music again. We carry a good selection of band and orchestra instruments in stock and get regular weekly deliveries from Menchey Music, the company that we work with for rentals. These are good quality student instruments perfect for the student starting out in band or orchestra. With the insurance plan the instruments are taken care of if anything should go wrong including damage such as dropping the instrument out of the back of the car (yes, it has happened). Give us a call and ask for our rates. It’s a busy time of the year so try to get your order in early. Listen to the Lower Merion High School Orchestra as an inspiration – your kids will play like this too one day!
September 1st, 2013
From time-to-time we have customers who want to sell their instruments for various reasons but mostly because the student has graduated or moved on to other things. Instead of letting the instruments waste away in their attics they smartly sell them and you benefit from the fair prices offered. Though we do not claim to be experts we are honest and the sellers we work with are good people. So if you are tired of gambling on Craig’s List or Ebay then give us a call to see what we have. In stock right now:
Bundy Alto Sax $200 for sale – pretty sure it is from 1946. Good starter sax with balanced action, good tone, and great hard case. Will need some work on the pads and a new mouthpiece but I’d buy it for my beginning student
Full size student violin $200 with bow and case Carlo Robelli P-105 – surprised me when I played it – nice smooth, even tone. Condition is excellent but a few things to expect: the bow will need re-hairing and it will need new strings. Perfect violin for a beginner or someone who just wants to fiddle around. Great deal!
1/2 size cello – Englehardt student model complete with bow and case $300 - Sold as is. Needs new strings. Customer bought it for their granddaughter.
Call or stop by to learn more or to see the instruments at any time. (610.649.8842)
June 3rd, 2013
The Musical Ukulele
Lindsay Music Publishers (UK)
by Colin Tribe – a tutor book for individuals, small groups or whole classes
Ideal for whole class teaching with ‘wider opportunities’ in mind.
Studying the ukulele is a very effective way for anyone to rapidly become a performing musician.
Through using this book you will learn to sing and strum, play single-line melodies, chords and be introduced to fingerstyle playing. Many different styles of music are included, from world folk song to classical music, including such titles as Ravel’s ‘Bolero’ and Dvorak’s ‘New World Symphony’ as well as children’s songs.
The book guides you through what you need to know about the language of music as each new element is encountered.
Each piece is written out in music and tab, with both chord symbols and chord boxes.
All the pieces are clearly demonstrated on the two companion CDs, which contain repetition so you can really get into each piece. The book is wire bound, so will open flat on the music stand for ease of use.
Highly structured. Learn to read music as you learn to play the ukulele. See and hear the author playing over 350 pieces on YouTube at www.youtube.com/user/colinrtribe
February 9th, 2013
You MUST see The Barenreiter Film.
This is a terrific inside story of one of the largest international publishers of Complete Editions and Urtext performing editions of the highest quality. Fascinating and worth looking at…
January 9th, 2013
Baerenreiter Verlag has translated Egon Sassmannshaus’ An Early Start for English speakers. The Sassmannshaus Tradition , is “the household name for excellence in beginner violin, viola and cello methods in German-speaking countries.” Some of our customers have begun using the series with great success. Be sure to ask to see it the next time you visit the store.
May 2nd, 2012
Our friend, Jeff, repairs brass and woodwind instruments. Though he is not in-house most repairs can be done in 3 to 4 weeks. We can also replace strings on most instruments for a small charge. And we are always happy to offer help and advice. Just ask!
May 1st, 2012
For years we have resisted downloading music for many reasons mostly because the end product was not very good. Technology forges ahead and now we are able to provide you with decent copies of the latest singles, an oldie that your mother sang to put you to sleep, or the flute part to a band piece that went “missing”. And the best part is that it is legal – we pay a yearly membership fee with both Alfred’s Publishing and Hal Leonard to get access to their digital files. Though we still love the look of traditional music and the pictures of Lady Gaga on the covers, sometimes you need an audition piece today or a request for a wedding or funeral as soon as possible. We can help. Just ask!