Step Up Your Instrument With Step Up To Yamaha

Now that school has been back in session for a few months it is a great time to talk about the benefits of an upgraded instrument.  Manufacturers build student level instruments to be durable and easy to play. This is great for a new player but it can become a detriment as the individual progresses.  Some of the benefits that you gain with an upgraded instrument can include: better tone, improved range, new features and even different materials that are used when making it.  Here is a video that our Retail Staff made a few months ago that explains some of these benefits.

Another great time about this time of year is that it is rebate season and the most popular one is Step Up to Yamaha!  The Step Up to Yamaha rebate promotion provides great consumer offers on some of the finest quality instruments from one of the most recognizable brands in the music industry.  This is an opportunity to get a great instrument and receive either a $50 or $100 rebate back from Yamaha. To kick things off, we are offering a double rebate this Saturday, October 10th.  Just come in and pick out your new horn and your rebate will be worth twice as much!  If you have any questions give us a call!

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The Arts Enrich All Of Us

“In the push for quality math, science, technical, humanities, and other programs, please be sure that the arts are not ignored or pushed to one side. Provide your political support for the total curriculum. The arts enrich all of us.”
~ Dr. Richard Miller, Executive Director American Association of School Administrators

Playing Music Lowers Heart Rates

Playing music “significantly” lowered the heart rates and calmed and regulated the blood pressures and respiration rates of patients who had undergone surgery.
~ Bryan Memorial Hospital in Lincoln, Neb., and St. Mary’s Hospital in Mequon, Wis.

The Arts Significantly Boost Student Achievement

“The arts significantly boost student achievement, reduce discipline problems, and increase the odds students will go on to graduate from college. As First Lady Michelle Obama sums up, both she and the President believe ‘strongly that arts education is essential for building innovative thinkers who will be our nation’s leaders for tomorrow.’”
~ Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education

Making Music Can Help Reduce Job Burnout and Improve Your Mood

Making music can help reduce job burnout and improve your mood, according to a study exposing 112 long-term care workers to six recreational music-making sessions of group drumming and keyboard accompaniment.
~ As published in “Advances in Mind-Body Medicine”

Should My Bridge Look Like This? – FAQs

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Your bridge is an important component on your stringed instrument.  It is critically important to the sound, and playability.  It is a beautiful thing when it is right and an obstacle when it is not.  A warped bridge is not correct.  Even a slight warp will cause intonation problems.  The front of the bridge gives the impression of a lean toward the tailpiece.  It is shaped this way to give it the correct thickness, weight and to add to the beauty of the instrument. The back of the bridge should be perpendicular to the top of the instrument.

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The bridge can become warped over time, mostly due to the pressure of the strings and the drag of the strings across the bridge when tuning.  It is important to pull the bridge back into the correct position after tuning.  This is especially important when you change strings or when the strings have come completely loose, but straightness should be checked frequently and corrected when it has been pulled out of place.

Straightening a warped bridge is possible up to a point.  A very warped bridge will need to be replaced.  It is preferable to learn how to pull the bridge back into place.  The bridge notches must be smooth and preferably lubricated with pencil lead.   Brace the instrument against your body, grasp the bridge with both hands and pull gently back until it is straight.  The bridge feet should then be flat against the top.

 

If it is difficult to move the bridge, then there is a problem with the string or bridge notches.  Consult your technician to correct this.

Good care will greatly benefit your instrument.  If there are problems, the technicians at Paige’s Music are uniquely capable and happy to help you maintain your instrument in peak playing condition!

Music Education Opens Doors That Help Children Pass From School To The World Around Them

“Music education opens doors that help children pass from school into the world around them – a world of work, culture, intellectual activity, and human involvement. The future of our nation depends on providing our children with a complete education that includes music.”
~ Gerald Ford, Former President of the United States

Music Education Provides A Problem Solving Approach

Three in five Americans (61%) said it [music education] provided a disciplined problem solving approach and 59% said it prepared people to manage tasks more successfully.
~ The Harris Poll®, July 2014