Friday, February 28, 2014

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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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Bass Ukulele Adds A Whole New Dimension!

Stan shows us a bass ukulele to add a whole new dimension to ukulele music! This model is even electric when desired and easy to play and learn. ABC Music Store & Academy stocks a large number and wide variety of ukulele's at the Benicia CA and Livermore CA store locations.

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Types of Violin Strings

Learn all about the different types of violin strings available with expert music training tips in this free online instrument maintenance video clip for beginners.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Good Ways to Start Playing Piano : Piano Lessons & Basics

Starting to play the piano for the first time requires you to keep a few important things in mind. Learn about good ways to start playing the piano with help from a professional pianist in this free video clip.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

History of the Clarinet

Learn some of the basic history of the bass clarinet and how it has evolved with expert music training tips in this free online instrument instruction video clip.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Different Ukulele Sizes

There are four different main sizes of ukulele available today. Learn about the different ukulele sizes with help from a critically acclaimed musician in this free video clip.

Monday, February 10, 2014

The Healing Power of Music

An unconventional approach to recovery and coping, music therapy is a field of medicine capturing new attention due to its role in helping Gabrielle Giffords recover from a gunshot. Correspondent Spencer Michels reports on the versatility of music in a medical setting, but the difficulty of quantifying its effectiveness.

Friday, February 7, 2014

How to Pick the Right Musical Instrument for You

You may already know about how powerful music can be. People sing different songs every day and enjoy listening to it throughout the day. Instead of getting distracted, some believe they are better at what they do when there's music in the background. Others find the soothing sound of music to be effective in putting themselves to sleep.

For these reasons, music enjoyment is considered essential to the well-being of people. So many passionate musicians around the world, novices and professionals alike, enjoy singing or dancing to music. There are some who want to enjoy their favorite tunes more intimately by learning to play an instrument.

If you are trying to become the next most admired musician of your generation, it is high time for you to start learning to play a musical instrument of your liking. How do you decide on which piece to learn, you ask? Here are some tips you may want to consider:

1. Pick the one that excites you.

People who are happy and successful in what they do believe that you can never become too good at doing what you love to do. The same principle applies to playing your favorite instrument. Make sure you are more interested in that guitar more than you adore the piano. Depending on your ability, you can take both but choose the best ones producing a sound that mesmerizes you and best enjoy playing. There may be challenges during the training and learning period, but make it a fun and rewarding activity for you.

2. Consider your skill.

Have you heard experts sharing their thoughts about matching what you can do with the choices you have? This applies to selecting an instrument to play. Are you great at strumming or plucking the guitar? Do your hands and fingers seem like they have a mind of their own when you touch the piano? Does a beat seem to naturally come to you when you hit the drums? Pay attention to what your strengths are, and pick the musical tool that will let you enhance it.

3. Ask yourself: Am I patient enough and truly willing to learn to play this instrument?

Master musicians make it look easy, but the truth is, a great deal of time and effort are necessary to succeed at it. For one, this may entail enrolling in a good school for training. Make sure you have the right attitude for it. You may want to get electric guitar lessons or ask around for piano or violin training sessions from people you know. They say you can do everything with hard work and dedication. You will need just that in order to learn how to play your favorite instrument well.

If you are highly interested in playing a musical instrument yet clueless about how or where to start, don't fret. There is a world of possibilities and opportunities for you to start exercising your musical genius. By making the right choice, you can be closer to your dream of playing your favorite song and in the version of your own for others to love.

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Night Harvest Returns to the Double Barrel this Saturday!

Night Harvest returns to the Double Barrel in downtown Livermore 
this Saturday, Feb. 8, starting at 7:30 pm. 

Original, improvisational, world-influenced jazz is on the menu. 

Please come on down and join us!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

There's Always a Reason To Sing: Georgia McMayon at TEDxYouth

Georgia McMayon, nice, beautiful, talented, charismatic, are all words that her friends at Duchesne would use to describe her. Georgia is 10 years old. She is going to talk about singing and how it relaxes her, and she is going to sing a song from the musical Wicked. She likes to do cheerleading, and she enjoys spending time with her best friends. She is in fifth grade and her favorite subject is music. When she grows up she would like to be a singer. Before going to Duchesne she went to Southampton Montessori.