Ukuleles Galore!

March 27th, 2017

Just last week we received a huge shipment of brand new ukuleles. Full of bright colors and unique designs, we were so excited to put these on display. To create an entire wall of ukuleles, we had to shift around our whole guitar room. Once we had the space, we whipped out our Gear Buddy® clip-on tuners and started tuning away! After they were all tuned (and then tuned again), we were able to hang them up and really see how awesome all these ukes are.

Each new ukulele comes with its very own bag, and prices start at only $41. These small instruments are great for children of any size, but the fun doesn’t stop there. People of all ages enjoy these Hawaiian instruments. Ukuleles have nylon strings, which are easy on your fingers, and they only have four strings, so learning chords and songs is always simple.

Ukuleles are the perfect gift for a family member or friend, and they’re the perfect instrument to give to yourself.

You can check out some of our ukuleles on our website here!

YAMAHA AC5R Acoustic Electric Concert Guitar – NEW!

January 19th, 2017
Yamaha AC5R

Yamaha AC5R Acoustic Electric Concert Guitar

Yamaha announced today the introduction of the AC5R handcrafted acoustic electric guitar, which is made in their Japan Custom Shop.

The Yamaha AC5R acoustic electric guitar is a concert size instrument with cutaway, and features all-solid rosewood back and sides and hand selected premium woods. It also features Yamaha’s exclusive Acoustic Resonance Enhancement (A.R.E.) technology that enables the guitar to produce the sound of a decades old guitar.

The Yamaha A-Series acoustic electric guitars are a different from Yamaha’s best selling FG and L Series handcrafted guitars. They have a new look, feel and sound, and were designed and developed in the U.S. by Yamaha’s R & D team over a three year period. Thousands of hours were spent working and speaking with performing musicians to develop these new guitars.

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NEW – Roland RD-2000 Stage Piano

January 19th, 2017

Roland-RD2000-Stage-Piano

Roland continues to innovate in digital pianos with the introduction of the new RD-2000 stage piano.

The Roland RD-2000 digital piano blends time-honored piano technologies with modern control, and provides unmatched performance on stage or in the studio. Containing elements of the V-Piano, the RD-2000 contains both traditional and innovative design.

It’s designed from the ground up with the working pro in mind, with careful attention to details of the interface workflow, sound organization, and physical layout of connectors, switches, knobs, and sliders.

The RD2000 features two independent sound engines, the V-Piano Technology with Full Polyphony, and the SuperNATURAL sound generator with 128 voices; the PHA-50 superior action keyboard, 1100 tones, 300 programs, digital effects, advanced controller features, and more.

Arriving soon at AndysMusic.com.

New From Yamaha – 20th Anniversary Silent Violin

January 9th, 2017

silent-violinAnaheim, CA. Jan. 2017 – To commemorate the 20th anniversary of one of its most unique string instruments, Yamaha has unveiled the new YSV104 Anniversary Silent Violin, which is significantly lighter than previous models and offers improved sonic richness and tone of a concert-quality instrument with stunningly clean reverb when played through headphones.

This new Silent Violin also incorporates the Yamaha SRT Powered system, which simulates the natural sound and resonance of an acoustic violin by using samples recorded with microphones placed at the listener’s ears.

Available soon from www.AndysMusic.com.

 

Music Can Boost Brain Function

September 1st, 2016

Music and The Brain

As reported by Kimberly Hiss in this month’s issue of Reader’s Digest, a rich new area of science is analyzing which healthy habits best keep our mind and memory minimally affected by aging. A part of this up-to-date research shows how listening and playing music can boost our cognitive function.

Playing or listening to music can:

  • Activate the motor cortex by touching a piano key or guitar string
  • Activate the auditory cortex when hearing the notes you make
  • Activate the emotional center (limbic system) when feeling moved by a beautiful passage

“Circuits and networks are stimulated by these activities, which help keep the brain healthy,” says Dr. Kenneth S. Kosik, MD, co-director of the Neuroscience Research Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Additionally, older adults who had at least ten years of musical experience did better on cognitive tests, according to a 2011 Emory University study.

So what does this mean for all of us 40 and over? Get out that old guitar, tune-up the piano, and start pickin’ and grinnin’ !

Reader’s Digest, Sept. 2016

Andy’s Music Named One of World’s
Top 100 Music Stores

June 17th, 2016
Andy's Music Top 100 Dealer Award

James Andrews and Linsey Andrews Abraham

Mobile, AL (June 17, 2016) — Andy’s Music in Mobile, Alabama has once again been named one of the world’s Top 100 musical instrument retailers. Andy’s has won this award five out of the last six years. The global association for the music products industry, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), will formally present Andy’s Music with the Top 100 honor during the industry’s upcoming trade event, Summer NAMM in Nashville.

“To be a five time winner is definitely an honor, and our dedicated staff made this happen,” said James Andrews, Vice President, at Andy’s Music Inc.

The Top 100 designation recognizes:

Andy's Music Top 100 Dealer Award

Andy’s Grill circa. 1945

• A demonstrated commitment to exceptional customer service
• Proven community advocacy and support for for music education
• An exemplary retail experience worth returning for and recommending to others
• Merchandising and marketing tactics that encourage repeat sales
• Sound planning for future success, employing marketing and training initiatives
• Engaging and effective use of web and social media

Businesses vying for Top 100 status are evaluated for their innovative approaches to retail and for employing effective strategies in marketing and customer engagement. An independent panel of judges carefully reviews entries to determine winners in each category and to select the Dealer of the Year. Dubbed the ‘retail Oscars’ by Music Inc. magazine, NAMM’s Top 100 Dealer Awards spotlights the industry’s very best music product retailers.

“The music retailers honored with NAMM’s Top 100 Dealer status are those working hard to create positive musical experiences for everyone, from those just learning to experienced musicians,” said Joe Lamond, president and CEO of NAMM. “Andy’s Music is an important ambassador for making music in Mobile, and exemplifies the passion for making music that unites us all.”

Brother and sister, James Andrews and Linsey Andrews Abraham, are fourth generation merchants. Their great-grandfather Christos Andreoglou, who emigrated from Smyrna, Greece in 1910, had a general store and tavern on Bloodgood Street in Mobile. Their grandfather Jimmy had a restaurant, Andy’s Grill on Broad Street. Their father Jimmy started Andy’s Music in 1977.

Piano Teacher Workshop Featuring Carolyn Miller

June 16th, 2016

Andy’s Music is hosting a Willis Music Piano Teacher Workshop with Carolyn Miller on Friday, July 22, beginning at 9:30 AM.

The workshop is titled “Beating The Practice-Time Blues”, and Mrs. Miller will show you how to encourage good practice habits with great music, which in turn makes lesson times more productive. Refreshments will be served and each participant will receive special discounts on select Wills music along with a packet of free lesson material.

Carolyn-Miller

Willis Music clinician Carolyn Miller


Carolyn’s music teaches essential technical skills, is remarkably fun to play, and appeals to both children and adults.  Many of her compositions appear on contest lists, including the NFMC Festivals Bulletin.  Well-known television personality Regis Philbin performed her pieces “Rolling River” and “Fireflies” in 1992 and 1993 on national television.

Carolyn Miller graduated with honors from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and earned a Master’s Degree from Xavier University. She was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda.  She has taught piano to students of all ages for many years, both privately and in classroom settings.  Carolyn regularly presents workshops throughout the United States and is often asked to adjudicate.  She has conducted at ensemble concerts, piano camps and festivals, and has been commissioned to compose music for these special events.

In her church, Carolyn directs a large choir and plays the piano for special services.  She enjoys spending time with her family and especially her seven grandchildren, for whom she has composed seven solos.

Carolyn is listed in the Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Women.

 

  • When: Friday, July 22, 2016; Registration begins at 9:00 AM
  • Where: Andy’s Music, 1412 Hillcrest Rd. Mobile, AL 36695
  • Contact: Michael McClelland
  • Phone: 251-633-8944
  • Email: mike@andysmusic.com
  • RSVP Today! Seating and Availability are limited.

Save $100 Pair On Yamaha DBR15 Powered Speakers

March 28th, 2016

Yamaha DBR Speaker Rebate

Yamaha is offering up to $100 rebate on their DBR Powered Speakers. The offer runs through April, 2016.  Save $25 on  DBR10, $50 on DBR12 and DBR15, per speaker.

The Yamaha DBR Series delivers powerful, high-quality sound in an easy to use package. Whether you’re powering your band’s live performance, DJ-ing a party, or MC-ing an event,  the DBR Series powered speakers can take your performance to the next level.

March is Music In Our Schools Month!

March 7th, 2016

MusicInOurSchools

March is the time of year when music education becomes the focus of schools across the nation. It’s MUSIC  IN  OUR  SCHOOLS  MONTH !

Why Play Music?

  • It’s fun! Playing and learning music benefits people of all ages.
  • Infants recognize the melody of a song long before they understand the words
  • Research reveals strong connections between rhythm skills and pre-reading abilities in toddlers
  • Regardless of socioeconomic status or school district, students (3rd graders) who participate in high-quality music programs score higher on reading and spelling tests
  • Students in all regions with lower-quality instrumental programs scored higher in English and mathematics than students who had no music at all
  • Music education improves average SAT scores
  • In the past, secondary students who participated in a music group at school reported the lowest lifetime and current use of all substances (tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs)
  • Musicians are found to have superior working memory compared to non-musicians
  • Music stimulate parts of the brain, and studies have demonstrated that music enhances the memory of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients
  • Playing an instrument as a kid leads to a sharper mind in old age
  • Cognitive and neural benefits of musical experience continue throughout the lifespan, and counteract some of the negative effects of aging

Source: NAMM Foundation

PRS SE Angelus A30E Acoustic Electric

November 27th, 2015

PRS SE A30EThe new PRS SE A30E Angelus is one of two new additions to the very popular PRS SE Angelus acoustic guitar series.

It features the 15.5” Angelus Cutaway body shape and the x-brace/classical hybrid top-bracing design found on PRS’s USA-made acoustic guitar line. The Angelus Cutaway body shape is both aesthetically pleasing and provides easy access . . .continue reading