Tips Posts

Be Prepared For Cold Weather and Contest Season

We originally posted this article back in November of 2015.  It remains to be good advice to revisit as cold weather approaches.

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In case you haven’t noticed it’s here again. COLD WEATHER! Just a reminder that leaving your instrument out in the cold weather can lead to serious repair problems. Especially with woodwind instruments like wooden clarinets, oboes, bassoons and more. If the temperature gets too low it can actually freeze the moisture in the wood and cause it to crack.

When a cold instrument is taken inside it should not be put together and played right away. A rapid rise in the temperature can cause the wood to crack also. It needs to acclimate to the inside temperature. The body on the instrument should be held in your hands and blow some warm air through the bore for a few minutes before putting it together to play.

Like we mentioned this time last year, string instruments are subject to the same conditions. Cold freezing temperatures can cause the wood to crack and also cause the seams where they are glued together to come apart. Just like the woodwind instruments when taken inside after being out in the cold they need a few minutes to acclimate to the inside temperature before being played.

Also……….In case you haven’t noticed something else is almost here again. CONTEST SEASON! Now that marching band is behind us and all the Holiday Concerts are all scheduled it’s time to remember that contest season starts up in January. So getting your instrument in before time and having it in top playing condition can lead to a more successful and less stressful contest season.

2017 November SuperSale at Paige’s Music

 

2017 SuperSale at Paige's Music In Indianapolis

The “Super Sale” at Paige’s Music is one of our biggest sales of the year. If you are thinking of “stepping” up to an intermediate or advanced level instrument this is the best time to do it. We would love to help you find the best instrument for your advancing student or answer any questions about this special promotion.

Here’s how it works – Come to the store and draw a coupon that will allow you to “SUPER SIZE” your savings. The coupons range from 5%-50% OFF* our already low prices!

OR – If you would rather not use the coupon that you selected, you can use our 12 months same-as-cash* option. There’s no interest as long as your balance is paid in full within 12 months. There are minimum payments due each month and our retail staff can help estimate what those might be.

Tips On Caring For Your Saxophone

Daily care and maintenance of your instrument is very important to how well your instrument performs. Watch this quick video below for a few, quick tips on caring for your saxophone.

 

You can find more care and maintenance videos for saxophone by clicking here.

Grand Opening Event Series at Paige’s Music – Free Concerts and Clinics

Please join us on the evenings of November 9th and November 13th to help us mark the Grand Opening of our new retail showrooms at Paige’s Music.

George Pope – Flute Clinic and Performance

George Pope Flute Clinic and Performance at Indy Flute Shop

On November 9th, the Indy Flute Shop will host a FREE clinic and performance by George Pope, Altus artist and Emeritus Professor of Flute at the University of Akron! George Pope is hailed as a motivational and highly successful teacher. Still an active performer, Pope released …some measures for living, a solo CD, in 2016. Laurence Vittes of Gramophone UK has written: “The wonder of Pope’s playing is how engagingly, articulately, flowingly and objectively he pours himself into the music.”

He currently serves as the Instructor of Flute at the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory and has served as Principal Flute of the Akron Symphony Orchestra for 24 years and Principal Flute of the Blossom Festival Orchestra. He has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Ohio Ballet Orchestra, the Cleveland Philharmonic, the Canton Symphony Orchestra, the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera Cleveland, the Tulsa Philharmonic, the New Mexico Symphony, the Monteux Festival Orchestra and the Brevard Music Center Orchestra. In addition to this impressive list, he has also served on the presidential cycle and as program chair of the National Flute Association, and he will be the recipient of the NFA Distinguished Service Award at the 2018 convention in Orlando.

 

Sybarite5 – String Quintet Performance

Sybarite5 Performance at Encore Orchestral Strings

On November 13th Encore Orchestral Strings will host the amazing Sybarite5 String Quintent in concert.  Tickets are FREE!

“Their rock star status…is well deserved. Their classically honed technique mixed with grit and all out passionate attack transfixes the audience…” That is how the Sarasota Herald Tribune described SYBARITE5, the first string quintet ever to win the Concert Artists Guild International Competition. Comprised of Sami Merdinian and Sarah Whitney, violins; Angela Pickett, viola; Laura Metcalf, cello; and Louis Levitt, bass, SYBARITE5 has taken audiences by storm all across the US, forever changing the perception of chamber music performance. From the moment their bows hit the strings, this quintet of talented, diverse musicians takes the audience on an exciting ride that engages the senses and redefines the rules.

Very Limited Seating – Please Reserve Your Tickets

Both events are being presented inside the new retail showroom at Paige’s Music.  Seating will be very limited and we highly recommend that you reserve your tickets in advance at the links below or by clicking on the appropriate image above.

Ticket Pages:

George Pope Flute Clinic and Performance

Sybarite5 Performance

Our Favorite Blogs

 

One great thing about writing a blog is that you get to read a number of other blogs. Like music education itself, The blogosphere isn’t a great pit of competition, it is an entity that is always trying to improve through practice, influence, and collaboration to achieve higher levels of skill and performance. Here are a few of my favorite blogs I’ve encountered that I read on a weekly basis: