Thursday, November 29, 2012

An Afternoon of Carols, Sat Dec 1st, First St, Livermore, Sponsored by ABC Music Stores

This coming Saturday, December 1st, the ABC Music Children's Choir presents, An Afternoon of Carols. Please join us as we sing some of your favorite holiday carols during Downtown Livermore's "Home for the Holidays" Celebration.

Greg Bennett Design by Samick Model Guitar Is An Excellent Value

Stan at ABC Music Store and Academy shows off a Greg Bennett designed guitar by Samick. This one is unique with a cedar top and walnut sides and back. This line of guitars are high quality at a very affordable price and with features that you would typically find on much more expensive instruments. The action is great, the sound is full and the playability is smooth.
ABC Music Stores in Benicia, CA and Livermore CA stock several models of these guitars for you to choose from.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Hand-Made Flamenco Guitar by John Datlen Exclusive At ABC Music Store & ...

Stan of ABC Music Store & Academy in Benicia CA shows off a beautiful hand-made Flamenco guitar that is exclusive to ABC Music and made in American Canyon CA by a luthier named John Datlen. The tonal qualities of this instrument are clear and the value is superb. See this an other models available now at ABC Music Store & Academy.

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Diamond Head Ukulele's In 8 Crazy and Cool Colors Are Hot Seller!

Stan shows off a hot seller in their ukulele inventory. They are popular because they are so inexpensive (only $39.95!!) and they come in 8 crazy bright colors like the blue one shown, also in red, orange and more, and lastly because they are a good enough quality for the price that they are tunable and easy to play! These are available at the Benicia CA and Livermore CA stores.

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

ABC Music Store & Academy In Benicia, CA Demonstrates Hand Made Custom U...

Exclusive to ABC Music Stores (Benicia CA and Livermore CA), owner Stan Houston demonstrates this local Benicia-made custom unique ukulele.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Teenaged Boy Wonders Play Bluegrass

Brothers Jonny, Robbie and Tommy Mizzone are The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, a trio of virtuoso bluegrass musicians who play with dazzling vivacity. Did we mention they're all under 16?

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Exclusive Byron Barnes Hand-Made Guitars At ABC Music Store & Academy

Stan of ABC Music Store & Academy shows off a hand-made unique classical guitar made in Benicia CA by a local luthier, Byron Barnes. This beautiful Byron Barnes instrument has a typical cedar top, but an untypical curly maple sides and back which is so beautiful to see in person. Another unique feature is the tuning pegs that are reminiscent of hand-made flamenco guitars of the past, which according to Stan are extremely easy to use.

These Byron Barnes hand-made guitars are ONLY available at ABC Music and we have them in stock at ABC Music & Academy in Benicia CA.

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Photo Op With Jake Shimabukuro

Reigning uke master, Jake Shimabukuro 
with Stan and Chris of ABC Music & Academy
at Livermore's Bankhead Theater. 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Ladies Night For The Ukulele At ABC Music Stores

Join us at ABC Music Store in Benicia, CA or Livermore, CA on Tuesday nights at 7:30pm for Ladies Night and Learning To Play The Ukulele. This has been a very popular series and is a whole lot of fun for everyone.

Don't have a ukulele? No problem. We let you play one of ours until you decide you really like playing the ukulele and then we have a huge selection of quality ukuleles to choose from available in both of our stores.

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

The Desert Rose Band - "Time Between" at the Takamine Guitars 50th Anniv...

The Desert Rose Band performs "Time Between" at Takamine's 50th Birthday Celebration at the 2012 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

PASIC 2012 HIGHLIGHTS featuring Stanton Moore, Tony Thunder Smith and Zoro!

The first of Vic Firth's video coverage of PASIC 2012!

This video features short clips from:
Steve Gadd and the Pedrito Martinez Group
Line Upon Line Percussion
Bill Bachman
Brad Dutz and Bruce Carver
Jost Nickel

Stay tuned to for FULL PERFORMANCES AND CLINICS from all the Vic Firth artists - or "like us" on Facebook for posting announcements!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Shark Tank Season 4 - Voyage-Air Guitar

CEO Jeff Cohen and Shark Tank's Kevin O'Leary visit Fender Guitars in this history making episode for Voyage-Air. A Folding Fender? Yes you saw it here! Fender has agreed to do a test of a 150 folding neck Fender guitars in 5 - 10 stores. Stay Tuned!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Plastic Trombone Bolero (pBone, Zoom H2n)

Bolero by Maurice Ravel, performed by Michael Munzert, Germany on a pBone (plastic trombone) with standard plastic mouthpiece. Sound recorded with Zoom H2n, video with iPhone 4. The Bolero practice-midi you can find here: A little reverb was added in this video for concert-atmosphere, but no other modifications were made (no cuts, Midi and Trombone were recorded live, together with video). Michael Munzert resides in W├╝rzburg, Bavaria, Germany.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Performance Spotlight: Kenny Aronoff

Who doesn't love a drum solo? Yeah!

Kenny Aronoff performs for us during our shoot for the Vic Firth Factory Tour DVD! Check out other performances from your favorite Vic Firth artists at:

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Rival Sons - Robin Everhart Interview

Robin Everhart, bass player for the amazing rock band the Rival Sons graced us with a funny and entertaining interview here are our factory. If you haven't heard the Rival Sons you should check them out as soon as you can. The Rival Sons are doing very well in Europe with headline tours and festivals and they are looking to break into the U.S. market soon so keep a lookout for them on your FM dial and on iTunes.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

DunlopTV - Marcus Miller

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Studio great, engaging performer, composer, arranger, producer...all around amazing guy Marcus Miller took time before a recent sound check at the SF Jazz Festival to talk to DunlopTV about his life, music, and general approach to using effects in a very tasteful and compositional manner.
Marcus was also good enough to play for us and give us some examples of some of the pedals on his board.
The MXR design team had players such as Marcus in mind when the MXR Bass Innovations line came about, and it goes without saying that Dunlop is incredibly proud that these pedals have gotten Mr. Miller's "stomp" of approval and that they meet his high standards of musicality and tone.

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