Monday, December 30, 2013

Steve Kritzer at Valley Pines



Steve Kritzer is an internationally recognized singer-songwriter, recording artist, producer, studio musician, band member, teacher, worship leader, crooner to seniors, and proud dad.

Friday, December 27, 2013

2013 Christmas Parade

The ABC Music Choir Performing at the 2013 Christmas Parade

The ABC Music Choir is run by Kim Luty (M.A.) who specializes in presenting the joy of music in a fun and interactive learning environment. The Choir runs multiple times a year, aligning with different seasonal events and generally runs for six sessions with a final performance at the end of the season.

Past final performances have included community engagements at Heritage Estates and a headlining performance at the Livermore Winter Parade, where Kim Luty's own "Christmas Time in Livermore" was sung immediately preceding the Christmas Tree Lighting!

Past ABC Choir members have been in leading roles in musicals both in their respective schools and at the Bankhead Theater musical series.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Last Minute Gifts Available at ABC Music Stores!

These are handmade ornaments from an artist in Poland available exclusively at both ABC Music stores. Also, we have one-of-a-kind handmade acoustic guitars from local luthiers as well as from Nicaragua. In addition, we have a large variety of guitar straps to fit the needs of a beginner to the professional. Whether you're looking for guitars and band instruments, instrument and musical accessories, or just last minute stocking stuffers, we have a variety to fit your needs!






Friday, December 20, 2013

"Brothers-in-Law Sicilian Starter" Sauce Available at ABC Music!

Stan's special "Brothers-in-Law" Sicilian Starter" for an authentic sauce to make any pasta dish special. For years, Stan and his Brother-in-Law competed to create the best sauces for the family BBQ's. This sauce came out the winner, and is made with special organic ingredients from our farm in Benicia.

These are handmade ornaments from an artist in Poland available exclusively at both ABC Music stores. Also, we have one-of-a-kind handmade acoustic guitars from local luthiers as well as from Nicaragua. In addition, we have a large variety of guitar straps to fit the needs of a beginner to the professional. Whether you're looking for guitars and band instruments, instrument and musical accessories, or just last minute stocking stuffers, we have a variety to fit your needs!




Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Last Minute Stocking Stuffers at ABC Music!

These are handmade ornaments from an artist in Poland available exclusively at both ABC Music stores. Also, we have one-of-a-kind handmade acoustic guitars from local luthiers as well as from Nicaragua. In addition, we have a large variety of guitar straps to fit the needs of a beginner to the professional. Whether you're looking for guitars and band instruments, instrument and musical accessories, or just last minute stocking stuffers, we have a variety to fit your needs!




Stan's special "Brothers-in-Law" Sicilian Starter" for an authentic sauce to make any pasta dish special. For years, Stan and his Brother-in-Law competed to create the best sauces for the family BBQ's. This sauce came out the winner, and is made with special organic ingredients from our farm in Benicia.



Monday, December 16, 2013

Handmade Ornaments Available at ABC Music!

These are handmade ornaments from an artist in Poland available exclusively at both ABC Music stores. Also, we have one-of-a-kind handmade acoustic guitars from local luthiers as well as from Nicaragua. In addition, we have a large variety of guitar straps to fit the needs of a beginner to the professional. Whether you're looking for guitars and band instruments, instrument and musical accessories, or just last minute stocking stuffers, we have a variety to fit your needs!





Sunday, December 15, 2013

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Statements For Drum Set - Kelly Zaban Fasman, Instructor at ABC Music Livermore



Kelly Zaban Fasman is a free-lance drummer in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has performed with Kenny Loggins, Peter Cetera, Joan Rivers, The Moody Blues, The Jimmy Dorsey Band, Disney’s High School Musical 2008 Tour, Teatro Zinzanni, starring Joan Baez, and performed at Grammy Awards with Vickie Randle. Kelly has toured and recorded with the Moscow Circus in Musical Circus Fantasia Japan, The Diamonds Korean Tour and the West Coast tour of Dreamgirls. She was the house drummer for The American Musical Theatre of San Jose for 17 years, and performs frequently at Theatreworks and many Bay Area theaters. Kelly teaches at the Graded Jazz Festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil and she also enjoys instructing 40 local percussion students.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Michael Tilson Thomas: Music and Emotion Through Time



In this epic overview, Michael Tilson Thomas traces the development of classical music through the development of written notation, the record, and the re-mix.

Friday, December 6, 2013

ABC Music Choir to Perform Tomorrow at Livermore's "Home fo the Holidays"

Great News! Our choir has been invited to sing TWICE at Livermore's most famous Holiday Event

"Home for the Holidays"

First, we sing at Lizzie Fountain from 12:00 to 12:30pm; while kids play in the snow. We will then carol up and down First Street until about 1:00pm.

Then that evening...we will sing "Christmastime in Livermore" as part of the parade finale! The parade starts at 6:00pm and we sing immediately after the tree lighting.

Here is a video link to a few of our choir members singing at the end of last year's parade. This year our full ABC Choir will be singing and sharing the stage with the Mayor and Santa!


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Music and Creativity in Ancient Greece - Tim Hansen



You think you love music? You have nothing on the Ancient Greek obsession. Every aspect of Greek life was punctuated by song: history, poetry, theater, sports and even astronomy. In fact, music was so important to Greek philosopher Plato that he claimed the music we listen to directly affects our ethics. Tim Hansen wonders what Plato might have to say about the music we listen to today.

 Lesson by Tim Hansen, animation by TOGETHER.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

ABC Music Choir to Perform at Livermore's "Home fo the Holidays"

Great News! Our choir has been invited to sing TWICE at Livermore's most famous Holiday Event

"Home for the Holidays"

First, we sing at Lizzie Fountain from 12:00 to 12:30pm; while kids play in the snow. We will then carol up and down First Street until about 1:00pm.

Then that evening...we will sing "Christmastime in Livermore" as part of the parade finale! The parade starts at 6:00pm and we sing immediately after the tree lighting.

Here is a video link to a few of our choir members singing at the end of last year's parade. This year our full ABC Choir will be singing and sharing the stage with the Mayor and Santa!


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Sunday, November 24, 2013

The Radio Blue's Release Party for Their Debut CD "Dark Blue" is December 21st!

The Radio Blue Presents...
A live performance and Exclusive release party for their debut CD "Dark Blue"

Hosted by: Double Barrel Wine Bar

This is an exclusive ticketed only event. Ticket includes your very own radio blue crew kit which includes:


Radio Blue logo glass 
Radio Blue T-shirt
Artisan meats and cheeses 
Glass of Prosecco
Radio Blue CD

December 21, 2013
From 8:00pm to 11:00pm
Tickets: $50.00 per person | $75.00 per couple

Very limited seating - Purchase tickets at the Double Barrel or email: Kristin@doublebarrelwinebar.com
 
 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Music Theory for Guitarists


Join Chris Ansuini for 6 sessions of music theory! Learn how scales and chords are constructed, how they work within a key, and how you can use that knowledge to learn music, write songs, and improvise more effectively.

Fridays 7:00 -7:45pm
Jan 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb 7, and Feb 21, 2013
@ ABC Music 2156 First St., Livermore, CA
$15 per session

Ability to read music is encouraged but not necessary.
Ability to play bar chords is recommended.

Contact Chris Ansuini at (925)-922-4358
or at chrisansuini@gmail.com for more information or to enroll.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Piano Trivia

There are 88 keys on a modern piano, 36 black and 52 white.

In Mozart's time, keyboards had about 50 keys. By 1810, they had grown to almost 70 keys or more.

There are 9000 moving parts on a modern grand piano.

The great composer Schubert never owned a piano, and moved from friend to friend, using theirs.

Franz Liszt dipped each finger in a tumbler of brandy before each performance, often onstage.

The longest grand piano in modern times is almost 11 feet long. A standard concert grand piano is 9 feet long, and some are up to 10 feet.

The famous scientist Albert Schweitzer had an aluminum piano made specially for him out of aluminum, both for low weight and to withstand the humidity of his African journeys.

Vladimir de Pachmann often spoke to the audience during his concerts, and his wife accompanied him on the tambourine. He was taken quite seriously.

It is said that Sergei Rachmaninoff, the great pianist and composer, never smiled in public.

Mozart could play with his hands upside down, and often won bets at cocktail parties with this trick. So did Albeniz.

Mozart once bet a rich nobleman a large sum that he could play 5 C's on a piano. The gentleman thought for a moment and realized that each hand could only play two, for a total of four. He accepted the bet. Mozart then played four C's, two with each hand, and then leaned down and played the fifth C with his nose.

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Friday, November 15, 2013

7 Ways That Learning a New Instrument Can Help You

You may have been thinking about learning how to play a new instrument, or you may have been thinking about enrolling your child in music lessons. For many people, they just do not understand how much learning a new instrument can help them or their child in the end. Here are just a few ways how learning a new instrument can help you.

You can learn how to express yourself. Music has always been a way for people to outlet emotions. Feelings of happiness, anger, and sadness are all common emotions that have been vented through music. Many people feel so much better after they have been able to play their instrument for a little while when they are feeling pent up with emotions and cannot express it adequately.

Expressing yourself through music is a safe way to let those negative emotions. Rather than having an outburst at someone you love, you will be able to pick up your instrument of choice and play it all out until you feel better. You will not have harmed anyone with your words, fists, or other actions that you cannot take back.

It may become a new hobby. Learning an instrument is a great way to pass the time. Numbers of people have started a hobby and then stopped it because they became bored or found something better to do. Playing an instrument that you love never gets boring or dull. Some people love their hobby so much that they decide to teach it to others or to join a band.

You can meet new people. If you decide to play in front of others, you will be amazed at how many connections you make with other people who love music. While music can be a solitary experience, it can be a very social one, too. It is all about what you are comfortable. At the very least, you will meet a new professional through the person who gives you lessons.

It may open up a new world to you. Once you start playing an instrument, you will become more aware of the separate sounds in your favorite songs. You will be able to pick out certain things about musical instruments that you were likely never aware of before. You will be amazed at all of the knowledge that you have learned when you have a good professional teacher helping you to learn all aspect of your musical endeavor.

You may have something to fall back on. Some people may not realize just how much music can bring to them. After learning for so long, a person may be inclined to study music professionally or to teach it as a side job or career. You never know what you might feel after you have gotten so far with your music lessons.

Learning a new instrument is continuous. When you learn how to play your favorite musical instrument, there will never be a time when you decide that you are done learning. There is always something new to learn or a way to play. You will get comfortable playing in a certain way and have your own style, but you will always be able to improve and learn more as you go on.

Playing an instrument is a healthy way to have fun. It can be easy to get involved in less healthy habits when you find yourself with a lot of time to spare and nothing to do. Learning how to play an instrument takes up that extra time and keeps people out of trouble. If you find yourself picking up bad habits, take that time to pick up your instrument instead. You may wean yourself off your habit more easily than you expected.

LetsPlayGuitar offers music lessons to children, ages seven years and up, to adults of all ages. These lessons can teach anyone how to play the electric or acoustic guitar in privacy or inside of a school. Two full time Professional RGT Registered Tutors and BA Hons in Music qualified teachers are confident that they will be able to teach anyone of any skill level new techniques and applications that will have students playing better than they ever had before. LetsPlayGuitar was awarded "Most Loved Music Teacher in Gloucestershire 2013" By TheBestOf.co.uk, and hundreds of students have enjoyed learning with the best of the best. For more information about LetsPlayGuitar, please visit the website at http://www.letsplayguitar.co.uk or call 07816 900422.
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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Life on Mars - The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain



The Ukes perform their own version of David Bowie's 'Life on Mars', incorporating My Way, For Once in My Life, Born Free, and more.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Music Heals Leukemia Survivor Atia Lutarewych



A touching story of how music lifted toddler Atia Lutarewych's sprit during her fight with leukemia from WGN-TV's Dina Bair.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Alma Deutscher, 8-Year-Old Music Prodigy



Ellen was blown away by the musical talent of this incredible young girl. Hear her story, and check out her amazing performance!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Violin Performance: Darren Leung at TEDxRedmond



Darren Leung started his studies at age five, and has pursued his musical passion ever since, studying with John Kim. He has appeared as a soloist with the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra, an orchestra which he has been a dedicated member of for 8 years, and has performed in ensemble at Benaroya Hall for the 2011 and 2013 Ten Grands concerts. One specific ensemble has performed for the Interlake graduation ceremony in 2011, and has won first place in the WMEA State Solo and Ensemble contest. Darren was also a finalist in the Performing Arts Festival of the East Side Concerto Competition in 2011 and won his class for the SYAMF Solo competition. Along with his soloist endeavors, Darren has participated in the All-State orchestra and has been accepted into the All-National Orchestra, expecting to perform in October. Along with his musical achievements, Darren is a full IB honors student and is currently pursuing a career in physics, working under the supervision of a CERN professor stationed in UW on the epe-ATLAS tracker upgrade team for the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Evolution of the Saxophone



Evolution of the Saxophone is a video montage, which displays a chronological history of the instrument using star performers from each musical era. Originally invented as a classical and military band instrument, this innovative addition to the orchestra gradually made its way into virtually every style of music. The video begins in 1844 with its Belgian inventor Adolph Sax and goes through its evolution from European classical to an 80 year history as the iconic instrument in American jazz. From Adolph Sax to John Phillip Sousa to Coleman Hawkins to Charlie Parker to former U.S. President Bill Clinton the saxophone continues to be one of the worlds most popular instruments.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Cello Performance: Audrey Chen at TEDxRedmond



Audrey Chen, a senior at Interlake High School, began playing the cello in fourth grade with Kai Chen. She has been principal cellist of the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra for the past five years, as well as principal cellist of the 2012 Summer All-Nationals Honor Orchestra. For the past two years, Audrey has placed in the top at the Washington State Solo and Ensemble Contest. She was recently one of six winners of the Seattle Young Artists Music Festival Concerto Competition, performing the first movement of the Barber Cello Concerto. Her solo experience includes soloing with the Northwest Philharmonia, Eastside Symphony, Sammamish Symphony, Rain City Symphony, Seattle Youth Philharmonic, and Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra. In the summer of 2012, Audrey was selected to participate in the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute, where she won the concerto competition and made her debut on the Kennedy Center Concert Hall stage with the Summer Music Institute Orchestra. Last summer, Audrey became principal cellist of the very first National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA), where she participated in a two-week training residency in New York and then toured across the globe in DC, Moscow, St. Petersburg, and London with esteemed conductor Valery Gergiev and soloist Joshua Bell. Audrey is an active member of her community, performing for benefit concerts and the like. In addition to playing the cello, Audrey fences, plays the piano, and loves drinking tea. She hopes to continue performing music all throughout college and beyond. Audrey plays on a French Buthod cello on generous loan from the Carlsen Cello Foundation.

Friday, October 25, 2013

The Universal Language of Music: Takumi Taguchi at TEDxRedmond



Takumi Taguchi, age 12, is a 7th grader at Odle Middle School in Bellevue, WA. He began his violin studies at age 2 with Suzuki Method in Tokyo, Japan. He moved to Bellevue at 5 and studied with Mihoko Hirata until March 2013, and is currently a student of Simon James of Seattle Symphony and piano collaborator Hiro David. Takumi also studies music theory, sonata literature, and ensemble at the Academy of Music Northwest. He has played in the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra (BYSO) for the past 6 years and has been a member of Academy Chamber Orchestra for one year. He won BYSO's 2012 concerto competition, 2013 Suzuki World Conference concerto competition and played the Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto with a professional orchestra at its honors recital in Matsumoto, Japan, 2013 Best of Violin/ Viola Division Award at PAFE, and 2013 David Tonkonogui Memorial Award by Music of Remembrance. Takumi has taken master classes of renowned teachers including Brian Lewis, Bryan Hall, Koji Toyoda (former chairman of Suzuki Method and concertmaster of Berlin Broadcasting Orchestra, Kenji Kobayashi of Toho Gakuen University, Toby Appel of The Juilliard School, and David Harding of the University of British Columbia. This summer he attended Indiana University Jacobs School of Music's Summer String Academy on a merit scholarship. Outside of music, Takumi loves karate, chess, soccer, and traveling with his family. At school his favorite subjects include PE, orchestra, French, and Science. Takumi speaks fluent English and Japanese.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Mysteries of Vernacular: Ukulele - Jessica Oreck and Rachael Teel



When 19th century Portuguese travelers landed in Hawaii with a small four-stringed guitar, a member of the king's court, nicknamed Jumping Flea, or ukulele in Hawaiian, took to the instrument. Jessica Oreck and Rachael Teel explain how an affinity for the ukulele gave the instrument its name.

 Lesson by Jessica Oreck and Rachael Teel, animation by Jessica Oreck.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

The Benefits of Music in the Workplace



The Benefits of Music in the Workplace by Menzie Pittman of the Contemporary Music Center, Founder, Director of Education & the NAMM Foundation

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Amazing Violinists on Americas Got Talent



Amazing Violinists on Americas Got Talent 2008. These two brothers from Queens show how cool it is to play the violin.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Expand Your Playlist - Kaiser Permanente Thrive Radio Ad



"There's a reason why you see so many people walking around with earphones. We love listening to music. Music makes us feel good." Studies show that music actually reduced depression and anxiety. Released summer 2010.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Effects of Music on Happiness

Each of us has paraphrased the William Congreve line from his play, The Mourning Bride: "Music hath charms to soothe the savage beast (actually, breast)." But what is the empirical evidence to support this statement, and, in turn, what impact does music have on our stress levels and degree of happiness, as well as our health?

A study more than a decade old, by researchers at the University of Texas at Tyler (Hubbard, 2001) states that "tones at a faster tempo were rated as happier, brighter, faster. Similarly, higher pitch tones and ascending tones were rated as happier, brighter and faster. So much for statistical clarification. Some music, simply stated, is more upbeat, and evokes a more lively feeling.

But the feeling of happiness does not necessarily mean that we feel better, feel less stress or experience improved health. Other studies do, though, confirm those effects. The question is, does the happiness evoked from specific music experiences translate into general wellbeing?

The Journal of Psychosomatic Medicine reported (2001) that "all types of music were capable of reducing heart rates and blood pressure, and of controlling stress. The researchers who performed the experiments believe that the beneficial effects of music are related to the patient's ability to choose the music. In other words, when people get to choose the music, they appear to be more relaxed." Again, this is intuitively obvious. When we are in control of a situation, we are less likely to be stressed by it, and, in turn, our heart rates and blood pressure should decline.

A corollary result of this study found that music could reduce the stress associated with eye surgery. This is less intuitive, but consistent with other studies on the correlation between music that we enjoy and a feeling of wellbeing.

Is some music more likely to affect us positively? Again, the answer is intuitively clear: yes. We all are aroused, soothed, excited, pleased, saddened or emboldened by specific songs, music or genres of music. I, for instance, find blues very enjoyable and calming, when the very name suggests that I should be saddened. On the other hand, I do not care for jazz, and feel more tense when it is played. Electronica and New Age music relaxes me late at night, while classical music improves my concentration. Lynn Anderson's "Rose Garden" and Bony M's "Brown Girl In The Ring" evoke similar feelings, since both are associated with particularly memorable times in my life.

Some songs, for others, send shivers down the spine, or produce goose bumps. These are not universal responses. Researchers state that no external stimuli will automatically turn on stress (or happiness) responses, unless we choose to let it. For many of us, though, those responses seem automatic. Stress reaction always depends upon how an event interpreted or perceived.

The University of Maryland School of Medicine insists that listening to your favourite music is good for your cardiovascular system and provide a healthy effect on blood vessel function. ("Positive Emotions and the Endothelium: Does Joyful Music Improve Vascular Health?" Miller M, Beach V, Mangano C, Vogel RA. Oral Presentation. American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, 11/11/2008).

Empirical data from objective studies, along with anecdotal information from subjective reports point to a clear fact: good music means good health and good mood. So turn that rap music up loud, unless you loathe rap, sing along to your favourite opera, unless you like your neighbours, and get a happy on! It's good for all of us.

Among other interests, Robert Lee is a writer who focuses on ethical considerations in business and living life simply. He is the author of six books, including The Last Drop of Living, A Minimalist's Guide to Living The High Life On A Low Budget and Wild People I Have Known. His blogs include http://findingtheoasis.blogspot.com, as well as blogs on minimal living, living in a yurt, harvesting wild plants and eco-innovations.
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Friday, October 4, 2013

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

How Music Affects Your Brain



Good music makes us feel good. No surprise there. Now scientists have uncovered what's going on inside our brains when we are jammin' to our favorite tunes. Anthony explains.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Livermore Valley Opera's Final Dress Rehearsal of Carmen TONIGHT - FREE to Students and Teachers!

Invitation to Final Dress Rehearsal of Carmen 
Thursday, September 26, 7:00 p.m. 
Bankhead Theater, Livermore 

Free Admission for Students and Teachers 
Only $10 Each for Accompanying Adults 

Livermore Valley Opera is sponsoring another special event for students and teachers with free admission to the final dress rehearsal of Bizet’s masterpiece, Carmen. A full professional orchestra will accompany the singers. This fully staged opera will be performed in French with English supertitles (translations) projected above the stage. Our professional singers have performed throughout North America and Europe. In the Bay Area, they have appeared in principal roles with San Francisco Opera and Opera San Jose. Baritone, Eugene Brancoveanu (performing as Escamillo and serving as our Stage Director), has also won a Tony award for his role as Marcello in Baz Luhrmann’s Broadway production of La Boheme.

This is a great opportunity to introduce students to one of the world’s most popular operas. You are welcome to stay for the entire performance, but feel free to leave earlier in the evening if you wish at scheduled breaks at 8:00 and 9:00 p.m. The full performance concludes by 10:30 p.m.

Please take advantage of this free night for students and teachers. The price for accompanying adults is only $10 -­‐-­‐ about the price of a bargain matinee movie. If you have never seen an opera, this is your chance!

• Limited seating – first come, first serve; no reservations needed

• Free comp tickets for students and teachers distributed at door at 6:30 p.m.

• Limit of two accompanying adults per household ($10 admission price per adult) Adult tickets not sold in advance; purchase at box office beginning at 6:30 p.m.

• Theater opens at 6:30 p.m. and seating begins

• Pre-­‐performance talk at 7:00 p.m. by Amy Giovannetti, soprano

• Opera begins at 7:30 p.m. (seating allowed until curtain is raised)

Regular performances of Carmen will be given in the Bankhead Theater in Livermore on September 28 & 29 and October 5 & 6. For more information on Livermore Valley Opera and this production, please visit us at www.livermorevalleyopera.com For ticket information and directions to the theater, please visit www.mylvpac.com or call the Bankhead Theater box office at (925) 373-­‐6800

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Health Benefits of Singing | Health Tips



In this Health Tips video, lower your blood pressure and improve your mental well-being. Kurt Johnsen shares how the expression of singing can change the way you feel.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Six-Year-Old Piano Prodigy Dazzles



Tsung Tsung is only 6 years old, but when Ellen saw the video of him playing piano, she had to bring him here -- all the way from China! Check out his awesome performance right here.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Doctor-Musicians who Heal with Music in "Scales To Scalpels"



"The message is very simple: music heals."

The Longwood Symphony Orchestra in Boston, Massachusetts is a very special group of musicians made up entirely of physicians. After an emotionally wrought day of practicing medicine, the orchestra members find performing classical music helps them relax. And, in often surprising ways, the doctors find that performing music for their patients helps them heal.

Here author Dr. Lisa Wong and her fellow physician-musicians share their stories of the healing arts of music and medicine.

Monday, September 16, 2013

9-Year-Old Plays Banjo on David Letterman Show - Sleepy Man Banjo Boys



9 year old banjo boy Jonny Mizzone and his brothers Tommy 13 on guitar, and Robbie 12 on fiddle perform "Flint Hill Special" by Earl Scruggs on the Late Show with David Letterman.

Friday, September 13, 2013

ABC Music Live on September 21st

 

ABC MUSIC LIVE

Just a reminder to...

Save the date: September 21st, 2013 1pm-9pm

Purchase your admission tickets and raffle tickets

Ticket prices: $20 w/dinner
$10 admission only

Featuring 8 Fantastic Bay Area Bands
Over 90 raffle prizes
Dinner and Wine 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Benjamin Zander: The Transformative Power of Classical Music



Benjamin Zander has two infectious passions: classical music, and helping us all realize our untapped love for it -- and by extension, our untapped love for all new possibilities, new experiences, new connections.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

ABC Music Live - Help Support Music Pathways

 

"This can be yours: An 8x10 color photo of two of the best point guards on the planet -- Golden State Warrior Steph Curry & LA Clipper Chris Paul -- going mano-a-mano. Hand signed by Steph Curry, certificate of authenticity included.

One of over 75 fantastic raffle items that will be given away at ABC Music Live!, an extravaganza of live music, delicious food, and cool people, taking place Saturday, September 21, from 1-9 PM at ABC Music in downtown Livermore.

Grand prize is a $499 Voyage-Air guitar.
 
Raffle tickets are 4 for $10 and can be purchased at www.music-pathways.org

You do not need to be present to win. All proceeds benefit Music Pathways, a program that provides music education to at-risk & disadvantaged Livermore youth.

We hope to see you at ABC Music Live! If you can't join us, how about throwing down for some raffle tickets? You'll give yourself a chance to win, and you'll support a great cau
se
." 

Sunday, September 1, 2013

ABC Band Testimonial Video



Listen to what the students and parents are saying about the Elementary School Band Program that has been made available to their schools by ABC Music Stores.

Learn more about ABC Music Stores at http://www.abcmusicstores.com/

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Win Great Prizes at ABC Music Live!

 

"This can be yours: An 8x10 color photo of two of the best point guards on the planet -- Golden State Warrior Steph Curry & LA Clipper Chris Paul -- going mano-a-mano. Hand signed by Steph Curry, certificate of authenticity included.

One of over 75 fantastic raffle items that will be given away at ABC Music Live!, an extravaganza of live music, delicious food, and cool people, taking place Saturday, September 21, from 1-9 PM at ABC Music in downtown Livermore.

Grand prize is a $499 Voyage-Air guitar.
 
Raffle tickets are 4 for $10 and can be purchased at www.music-pathways.org

You do not need to be present to win. All proceeds benefit Music Pathways, a program that provides music education to at-risk & disadvantaged Livermore youth.

We hope to see you at ABC Music Live! If you can't join us, how about throwing down for some raffle tickets? You'll give yourself a chance to win, and you'll support a great cau
se
." 

Friday, August 23, 2013

Derek Paravicini and Adam Ockelford: In the Key of Genius



Born three and a half months prematurely, Derek Paravicini is blind and has severe autism. But with perfect pitch, innate talent and a lot of practice, he became an acclaimed concert pianist by the age of 10. Here, his longtime piano teacher, Adam Ockelford, explains his student's unique relationship to music, while Paravicini shows how he has ripped up the "Chopsticks" rule book. (Filmed at TEDxWarwick.)

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Master Class for Voice

Date: September 14th
 
Time: TBD

Cost: $15 to participate and $8 to observe

A master class is a concentrated public coaching for the singers who participate. Because each turn is much shorter than an actual lesson or coaching and because the master must explain everything to an audience that may know little about singing, they'll focus on only one or two very specific aspects of each performance. That way, everyone learns: the singer receives a valuable nugget of information that they can later apply to the rest of their repertoire, and the audience experiences how the master's advice improved their performance. You'll definitely benefit from singing at master classes! There's incredible leverage and support created by the situation. Not only are you face to face with a knowledgeable instructor, but there's a whole audience rooting for you to succeed. So if you can handle it, a master class creates conditions where breakthroughs are likely to happen, and when they do it's exciting for everyone - the singer, the audience, and of course the teacher.

Don’t miss a chance to see what it’s like to have the help of a vocal coach.

Performance opportunity in front of a group of peers.

Key ideas and ideals to work on for the future, and exposure to a wider range of vocal experience.

For more information, please call 925.443.1244 

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Fifth Annual Guitar Fest LIVE

 
Our Fifth Annual Guitar Fest LIVE ! is coming to eclectic downtown Livermore September 6-8, 2013, and includes an Acoustic Guitar and Singer-Songwriter Competition this year.
 
Competition judges include: Guitar Player Magazine's senior editor, Art Thompson, KFOG's Acoustic Sunrise host, Rosalie Howarth, and Studio D Recording's producer Joel Jaffe.
 
Grand prize includes: a Voyage-Air Acoustic Guitar, an interview with Rosalie and your song played on KFOG's Acoustic Sunrise, your article and music video posted on GuitarPlayer.com, recording session at Legendary Studio D Recording with award winning engineer/producer Joel Jaffe, and more!
 
For more details visit our website.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Health Benefits of Music



Want to do something good for yourself? Turn on some music! Research has shown that listening to music can improve your health by lowering your blood pressure, stimulating your brainwaves, and improving your concentration. Studies even reveal that listening to classical music before an SAT test may result in a higher score.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Music Heals Shooting Victim's Brain



CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta tells Anderson Cooper how a survivor of the Aurora theater shooting uses music to help recover.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Music Education Benefits



Most experts agree that children who study music at an early age not only excel academicallly, but see emotional benefits as well.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

ABC Music Presents: Music Pathways! (Special Sneak Peak!)



http://www.music-pathways.org/

We've got a super special sneak peak here on our Music Pathways free of charge charity program!

They've been practicing with their instructors in private lessons and are starting to jam full together!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Robert Gupta: Music is Medicine, Music is Sanity



Robert Gupta, violinist with the LA Philharmonic, talks about a violin lesson he once gave to a brilliant, schizophrenic musician -- and what he learned. Called back onstage later, Gupta plays his own transcription of the prelude from Bach's Cello Suite No. 1.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

JUNGLE ROOSTER - Fundraiser for ABC Music Elementary Band Programs in Livermore


FUNDRAISER for ABC Music Elementary Band Programs in Livermore 

Saturday, August 10, 2013 @ Pine Street Bar 

$5.00 cover - Music starts at 9:00pm 

(All donations directly benefit the ABC Music Elementary Band Programs in Livermore, CA) 


Monday, July 22, 2013

GUITAR FEST LIVE! 2013

 
Our Fifth Annual Guitar Fest LIVE ! is coming to eclectic downtown Livermore September 6-8, 2013, and includes an Acoustic Guitar and Singer-Songwriter Competition this year.

Competition judges include: Guitar Player Magazine's senior editor, Art Thompson, KFOG's Acoustic Sunrise host, Rosalie Howarth, and Studio D Recording's producer Joel Jaffe.

Grand prize includes: a Voyage-Air Acoustic Guitar, an interview with Rosalie and your song played on KFOG's Acoustic Sunrise, your article and music video posted on GuitarPlayer.com, recording session at Legendary Studio D Recording with award winning engineer/producer Joel Jaffe, and more!

For more details visit our website.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Cordoba Guitars - F7 Flamenco Guitar



Hear the Cordoba F7 played in a variety of styles:

1. Flamenco
2. Classical (0:37)
3. Jazz (1:11)
4. Strumming with a pick (1:50)
5. Fingerstyle (2:24)

More Details on the Cordoba F7

 The first flamenco model in the Iberia series, the F7 features the traditional solid European spruce top with cypress back and sides. It is built according to the Spanish flamenco body style with a flat neck angle to give the guitar low action and a flamenco buzz. Includes a golpeador (tap plate) and a Cordoba deluxe gig bag.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

FREE Beginning Guitar Workshop

FREE Beginning Guitar Workshop starting soon at the Livermore Store!

Call store for details: 925-443-1244

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Music Pathways Open House Featuring Music Lore 6/2013



Footage from our open house for Music Pathways, a charity program for at-risk youth in Livermore.

Featuring Kevin Lewis & Stan Houston performing, and special guests Howard & Lauren Hastings of Music Lore!

http://www.music-pathways.org/

http://www.musiclore.com

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

ABC Music Store and Academy Choir at the 2013 Livermore 4th Of July Fireworks Celebration




The ABC Choir led by Kim Luty was honored to be invited to perform as part of the 2013 Livermore 4th of July Fireworks Celebration. Here they are performing a medley of patriotic standards and the National Anthem. Thanks to Rachael Snedecor and everyone at Livermore Downtown Inc. for an awesome evening! For more information on the ABC Choir and how to join please visit http://abcmusiclivermore.com/ or call 925.443.1244

Sunday, July 7, 2013

GUITAR FEST LIVE! 2013


Our Fifth Annual Guitar Fest LIVE ! is coming to eclectic downtown Livermore September 6-8, 2013, and includes an Acoustic Guitar and Singer-Songwriter Competition this year.

Competition judges include: Guitar Player Magazine's senior editor, Art Thompson, KFOG's Acoustic Sunrise host, Rosalie Howarth, and Studio D Recording's producer Joel Jaffe.

Grand prize includes: a Voyage-Air Acoustic Guitar, an interview with Rosalie and your song played on KFOG's Acoustic Sunrise, your article and music video posted on GuitarPlayer.com, recording session at Legendary Studio D Recording with award winning engineer/producer Joel Jaffe, and more!

For more details visit our website.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Conn-Selmer Introduces the Bach Artisan Collection



No other brand evokes more passion, loyalty, and respect than Bach Stradivarius. Exceptional tonal color, balanced response, and superb projection are the hallmarks of designs by Vincent Bach. Carrying on the legacy and true to the vision of the master craftsman, the makers of todays Bach Stradivarius proudly introduces The Artisan Collection. Skillfully handcrafted, Artisan culminates in a unique blend of classic design, elegant styling, and the signature Bach sound.

Whether a passionate enthusiast or performing artist, experience The Artisan Collection and discover the Artisan within.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Cordoba Guitars - C9 Spruce



Hear the Cordoba C9 Spruce played in a variety of styles:

1. Fingerstyle
2. Classical (0:21)
3. Jazz (0:48)
4. Strumming with a pick (1:21)
5. Flamenco (1:56)

More Details on the C9 Spruce

Along with the sweet, warm tone provided by its all-solid body, the Cordoba C9 features the vintage elegance of a hand-inlaid mother-of-pearl rosette inspired by a 1920s Domingo Esteso design. Available with a solid European spruce or Canadian cedar top and solid mahogany back and sides. Comes with a Cordoba Polyfoam Case.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Your First Band Instrument - The Do's and Don'ts of Choosing a Musical Instrument

Congratulations on joining your school band! In band, you'll choose an instrument you like and learn to play from the ground up. When you first join band, you may be tempted to dabble on many instruments; unfortunately, trying to learn every instrument will leave you knowing little about any instrument! But how do you decide which instrument is best for you? This article will show you the do's and don'ts of choosing your first band instrument, and give you tools to help you pick an instrument you'll enjoy.

Listening to recordings is a great way to discover which instrument you may like best. Ask your band director to recommend good recordings of different instruments, or search for music online. When you listen to a great recording, you have the chance to hear your favorite instruments at their finest. As you listen, try to pick out specific instruments and listen to what they're playing. Is there an instrument whose sound you enjoy? In addition to recordings, seeing the instrument in action can help you make your decision. Your band director may take the time to play each instrument for the class; if so, watch and listen carefully. What do you like and/or dislike about each instrument? As you listen to recordings and watch your band director, you may find yourself being drawn to certain instruments.

The best way to see how much you like an instrument is to try it out. Everyone is built differently, so certain instruments may fit one person better than another. As you try instruments, ask yourself questions to see if the instrument is a good fit for you. Is it easy to play a note? Are your fingers able to cover the holes and reach every key? For brass instruments, are you able to "buzz" your lips to create a sound? Which kind of buzz are you better at, a high, tight one for the trumpet or horn, or a lower, looser one for trombone, euphonium, and tuba? Imagine yourself playing the instrument every day. Is it something you'd be comfortable sticking with for a while? Many band directors offer the chance to try instruments in class, or you can visit a music store. Either way, trying several instruments can be a powerful way to decide which one is right for you.

When you're deciding which instrument to play, don't worry about instrument stereotypes. In the old days, some instruments were considered "boy" instruments while others were considered "girl" instruments. For example, it was rare to see a boy playing flute or a girl playing trombone. Nowadays, though, these stereotypes are breaking down, and kids are starting to play whichever instrument they want to play. In fact, one of the best flutists in the world is a man, Sir James Galway, while one of the best trombonists in the world is a woman named Abbie Conant. If you are attracted to a certain instrument and think you'd enjoy playing it, don't let old-fashioned ideas change your mind.

While there are many good reasons to choose an instrument, there are several bad reasons. Generally, it's not a good idea to choose an instrument just because your friend is playing it. Since everyone is built differently, everyone won't find success on the same instrument. If you sound great on trumpet, but can't get a sound out of the flute, don't pick flute so you can sit beside your friend in band class! Odds are, you'll have a tough time and won't enjoy yourself in band. Another bad idea is choosing an instrument because you think it's the easiest to play. While some instruments may seem easy at first, you'll soon discover that every instrument has its own unique challenges. While the trumpet is easy to put together, it takes a while to achieve a pretty sound. On the other hand, clarinets are hard to put together at first, but tend to sound good before many other instruments. Percussion may seem easy, but percussionists have to learn several different instruments--and carry them all to the concert! If you choose your instrument because it fits you well and you think you'll enjoy playing it, you'll have a better chance of being successful in band.

When you're choosing a band instrument, doing research and trying several instruments before you decide can get your band career off to a good start. No matter which instrument you choose, be willing to stick with it. Even though it may be tempting to switch instruments when yours seems hard, remember that every instrument is equally difficult. When the going gets tough, keep practicing and ask your band director for help. You can even find a private teacher to help you learn more about your instrument. Even though band isn't always easy, taking the time to choose the right instrument can make it more fun, and put you on the road to becoming an excellent musician!

Christina Thompson is a professional trombonist and music educator living in Raleigh, NC. She offers private trombone lessons, musical workshops, and creativity coaching designed to help you discover, develop, and enjoy your unique musical talents. If you need help learning music, please visit http://www.summerglen-music.com
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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Cordoba Guitars - GK Studio Negra



Hear the Cordoba GK Studio Negra played in a variety of styles:

1. Flamenco
2. Classical (0:40)
3. Jazz (1:19)
4. Strumming with a pick (1:37)
5. Fingerstyle (2:09)

/// More Details on the Cordoba GK Studio Negra ///

The first flamenco model in the Iberia series, the Cordoba GK Studio Negra features the traditional solid European spruce top with cypress back and sides. It is built according to the Spanish flamenco body style with a flat neck angle to give the guitar low action and a flamenco buzz. Includes a golpeador (tap plate) and a Cordoba deluxe gig bag.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

What Woodwind Instrument Should You Learn to Play?

In any type of music, whether it is jazz, classical, or pop, woodwind instruments often play an important role. These instruments are tubes that are made from wood or metal. Sound is produced when the players blow through them either by a reed, or resonance. When it comes to learning to play an instrument, woodwind instruments are generally easier to learn than brass and this is why many people prefer to choose them. However, there are different types of woodwind instruments and choosing which one to learn is another difficult decision.

The Flute

Modern flutes are not usually made of wood, instead they are made of metal because it helps in making the sound of the instrument louder in a big hall. Flutes come in different sizes and the smallest one is the piccolo. It has a high and shrill sound. The next in size is the flute which is what most people prefer to learn. The alto flute is lower in pitch than the flute and is also bigger in size. The bass flute is the longest and requires much more air than the others of the flute family. Flutes require a lot of breath control from the player. They need to be able to hold a lot of air in their lungs and they also should know how to control the air from escaping. Flutes have been popular in jazz and prog rock (e.g. Jethro Tull), but their main use is in orchestras.

Clarinet

The clarinet is a popular instrument commonly used in jazz and classical music. It has a small, rectangular piece of cane which is called a reed. This reed is attached to the mouthpiece and when air is blown into the mouthpiece, this reed vibrates against the mouthpiece and sound is created. They are mostly made of the wood, grenadilla. The B-flat and the E-flat clarinet are the most popular.  Concert players will have a B-flat and A clarinet because the complex fingering makes some passages in different keys too difficult on one or the other instrument. The notes produced by B-flat types are loud and clear, whereas the low notes are soft and mellow. On the other hand, the E-flat is smaller in size and has the highest and most piercing sound. An even lower-pitched version of B-flat is the bass clarinet with a long tube curling up at the bottom. The contra-bass is even bigger with a metal tube and is pitched even lower.

Saxophone

Just like the clarinet, the saxophone also produces a sound with a single reed, however, the body is made of brass and its shape is conical. If you like concert bands and large jazz bands, then saxophone is the right instrument for you. Another thing that makes it quite popular is that its key system is quite modern and easier to play. It has rollers that help the small fingers move around. Due to the ease in playing, improvising with this instrument is easier.

Oboe

The oboe is a double-reed instrument and is often used in classical compositions. The reeds in the oboe are tied together and therefore vibrate against one another rather than against the mouthpiece as with a clarinet. The English horn (or cor anglais) is an alternative to the oboe and has a deep, soulful, and mellow sound.

Oboe is considered to be one of the harder woodwind instruments to master.

Bassoon

Like the oboe, a bassoon also has a double reed with a conical tube. The tube is about four times longer than the tube of the oboe and its double reed is also bigger. It has a rich and mellow low range and warm high notes. The contra-bassoon is larger in size and produces lower notes. These instruments are rarely heard in solos in orchestras, but play an important part.

The woodwind instrument that you chose to learn will depend on the kind of music you prefer. Some of these instruments are harder to learn compared to others. So, choose your woodwind instrument based on the kind of music you like to play because then you will play more and be willing to put in the commitment required to master it.

Michael Lincoln is a keen musician and particularly loves classical music. If you are keen to record your woodwind instrument check out recording studio equipment you can use in your home. Augment your studio with some nice furniture and perhaps some bamboo roman shades. Once you are more accomplished you could try recording in a larger studio.
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