5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Music Lessons

5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Music Lessons

Music is life-enriching. There are countless studies out there that prove that music makes you smarter, happier, and more productive. Listening to music is great, but learning to play a musical instrument is even better! You’ve made the leap of signing up for lessons, which is awesome. You’re already on the road to experiencing the…

Summer NAMM 2014

Summer NAMM 2014

As many of our followers know, we had the pleasure of attending the Summer NAMM Show in Nashville last week, thanks to Emmett & Peggy Young at Young America Music School. They graciously sent us to the conference to represent their store! And boy, did we have a GREAT time! We had the opportunity to…

Spotlights & Histories Of “Unusual” Musical Instruments: The “Thumb Piano”

The thumb piano, also known as a kalimba or mbira (or many other names), is an instrument originating in Africa. It is a member of the idiophone family, meaning that it is an instrument whose sound is produced primarily by the instrument vibrating without the use of strings or membranes. Today’s thumb piano is made…

Spotlights & Histories Of “Unusual” Musical Instruments – The Banjo Uke (Or Banjolele)

Spotlights & Histories Of “Unusual” Musical Instruments – The Banjo Uke (Or Banjolele)

Per request of one of our readers, we are featuring the Banjo Uke, or Banjolele, for today’s Spotlights & Histories of “Unusual” Musical Instruments article. Thanks to our reader for suggesting this instrument – we had never heard of this one before, so it was a learning experience for us as well! If you couldn’t…

Spotlights & Histories Of “Unusual” Musical Instruments – The Cuica

Spotlights & Histories Of “Unusual” Musical Instruments – The Cuica

It’s been a while since our last posting in our blog series – Spotlights & Histories of “Unusual” Musical Instruments. Our featured instrument for this posting will be the cuica (pronounced kweeka). The cuica is from Brazil and falls in the friction drum category. This simply means that the sound from the drum is created…

NAMM 2013

First and foremost, I would like to thank Emmett and Peggy Young for asking me to go to NAMM this summer. It was a fantastic adventure and an unforgettable experience. I learned a lot and was able to make many valuable connections. The first night included a panel discussion that consisted of some of the…

Spotlights & Histories Of “Unusual” Musical Instruments – The Vegetable Orchestra

Spotlights & Histories Of “Unusual” Musical Instruments – The Vegetable Orchestra

Today’s spotlight is a rather light-hearted one – The Vegetable Orchestra based in Vienna. Yes, you read that correctly… a vegetable orchestra. This  one-of-a-kind orchestra is comprised of musicians playing all fresh vegetables! The Vegetable Orchestra was founded in 1998 in Vienna, Austria and currently consists of eleven musicians, one videographer, and one sound technician….

Spotlights & Histories Of “Unusual” Musical Instruments: The Cajon

Spotlights & Histories Of “Unusual” Musical Instruments: The Cajon

We are so excited to be launching our first ever blog series – Spotlights & Histories of “Unusual”  Musical Instruments! We hope that you enjoy the series, and that it is both entertaining and educational. For our first “unusual” instrument, we will be featuring the Cajon – a percussion instrument originating in Peru. Now, you…

Wedding!

It truly is a unique experience to musically be a part of someone’s wedding ceremony and reception. Being able to provide such a crucial element to one of the most memorable days of someone’s life is so magical. Everyone is in a good mood, love is in the air, God is all around, and there is…

Jedi Jam Sessions

It’s been a while since we posted any news, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been busy! We have a lot of cool things in the works right now, including summer Rock Band Camps! More info on that later… Our newest musical venture – The Music Jedi Council, as Bobby likes to call it. He…

A HUGE Thank You!

A HUGE Thank You!

A HUGE THANK YOU to all who came out to the Benefit Concert for Ryan Canenzo on March 3rd, to all who donated, and to all who spread the word about the concert! It was a HUGE success! We have received $2200 in donations, 100% of which will go towards Ryan’s medical expenses. We so…

Improvisation Workshop

This Friday, February 15th, Bobby will be giving a FREE Improvisation Workshop at Young America Music Schools. He will instruct on the different scales and techniques used to create solos, and he will equip you with all of the necessary tools to improvise your own solos! Bring your instrument with you because you will have…

Friday Performances & Workshops At Young America Music

Looking for some good entertainment before hitting the town on Fridays? Look no further! Every First Friday of the month (TOMORROW!), guitarist Bobby Hall will be performing at Young America Music Schools on Zebulon Road. The types of performances will vary from month to month, sometimes being solo concerts and sometimes ensemble concerts. You can…