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Music Can Boost Brain Function

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

Composers & Cake

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Dr. Jerry Alan Bush, retired Professor of Music at the University of South Alabama, will present a free informal recital Thursday, April 23 at 7:00 PM in the Andy’s Music Recital Hall.

Please join us for Composers & Cake and listen to Dr. Bush perform and discuss pieces from Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Granados and Mussorgsky. Sweets will be available after the performance for your enjoyment.

For more information, please call 251-633-8944.

 

Andy’s Music School Recital May 3 2014

Life Just Got Easier For Mobil Musicians!

StagePas Portable Sound System

Yamaha StagePas 600i/400i

Life Just Got Easier for Touring Bands, Motivational Speakers, and Church Leaders: Yamaha StagePas 600i / 400i PA Systems

One of the most important choices touring musicians can make is choosing a road-ready PA system. From solo acts to up-and-coming power trios, to motivational speakers and ministers, it’s a jungle out there when it comes to figuring out which system best meets your needs. Your fans or audience need to hear every note or word clearly and distinctly.

In this inaugural issue of Andy’s Music High Notes, we’ll be taking a close look at Yamaha’s StagePas 600i and 400i, both excellent PA choices. Each has a host of features to make your next gig or speaking engagement really shine.

First, Let’s Take a Look at the StagePas 600i 

The heart of Yamaha’s versatile StagePas 600i is a detachable 10-channel powered mixer with onboard phantom power, four XLR microphone inputs, and six mono (or three stereo) line inputs. Phantom power is a real plus in a portable PA system. This means can you plug in your favorite condenser microphones without adding a stand-alone mic pre-amp. Since space is always an issue on the road, that’s one less piece of gear to take to your gigs.

What can you do with those six mono or three stereo inputs? Guitars and basses have a single output jack, while keyboard instruments have stereo (or more) outputs. In a typical scenario, you could have two guitarists, a bass player, and a keyboardist, and still have two available line inputs. With four mic inputs, you can have two singers and two drum mics at your service. That’s quite impressive for a PA system of this size and portability.

StagePas 600i Sound Quality

What about sound quality? With 680 watts (a stereo pair of 340 watts each), there’s power and headroom to spare in most room-sized venues. No, you can’t use this system at arena concerts; by the time you get to that stage, you’ll have your own gangs of roadies and enough big amp stacks to play the next Woodstock. But in medium to semi-large rooms, the sound quality of the StagePas 600i is impressive. It’s a Yamaha, and that means quality.

Ultimate Portability

The Yamaha StagePas 600i is a tight package of powered mixer, two speakers, and cables that lock together into one easy-to-carry package. At 56 pounds, the 600i can be carried by a strong road manager, a muscular drummer, two pop divas, or placed on a lightweight hand truck.

Yamaha StagePas 600i Features

  • 680W power output (340W + 340W)
  • Newly designed high quality portable speakers (LF: 10″ woofer/ HF: 1.4″ voice coil compression drive)
  • Detachable 10-channel mixer (4 mono mic/line + 6 mono / 3 stereo line)
  • Pod/ iPhone USB connection
  • One-knob master EQ with virtual bass boost
  • High resolution SPX digital reverbs (4 types, parameter control)
  • On board feedback suppressor
  • 3-band channel EQ
  • Switchable stereo/ mono inputs
  • Hi-Z (high impedance) inputs
  • Phantom power
  • Monitor and Subwoofer outputs
  • Optional reverb footswitch

Now Let’s Look at the StagePas 400i

Stagepass 600i Think of the StagePas 400i as the very versatile little brother of the 600i. Its detachable mixer is a bitsmaller – eight channels instead of ten. Four of those are selectable mic/line inputs, of which two are XLR and two will accept XLR or ¼” inch cables. Built-in phantom power means you can use your best condenser mics.

So with eight channels, if you’re using two vocal mics, and one stereo keyboard, you still have room for four more mono inputs, for example guitar, bass, and two drum mics. That’s a lot of versatility!

StagePas 400i Sound Quality

Although the StagePas 400i sports a bit less power than the 600i, its 400-watt output (200 per channel) offers impressive sound and power to spare in room-sized venues. From small churches to social halls to banquet rooms, the StagePas 400i delivers clear, reliable sound every time.

Extremely Portable

With its components locked together in an easy-to-carry bundle, the StagePas 400i weighs only 39 pounds. No special equipment is needed to haul it to your gigs.

Yamaha StagePas 400i Features

  • 400W (200W + 200W) power output
  • Newly designed high quality portable speakers (LF: 8″ woofer/ HF: 1″ voice coil compression driver)
  • Detachable 8-channel mixer (4 mono mic/line + 4 mono / 2 stereo line)
  • iPod/ iPhone USB connection
  • One-knob master EQ™ with virtual bass boost
  • High resolution SPX digital reverbs (4 types, parameter control)
  • On board feedback suppressor
  • Great-sounding 2-band channel EQ
  • Switchable stereo/ mono inputs
  • Hi-Z (high impedance) inputs
  • Phantom power
  • Monitor and Subwoofer outputs
  • Optional reverb footswitch

Both Systems Offer These Awesome Features

Both systems come with two portable speakers, a detachable powered mixer, and the cables you’ll need to get the system hooked up quickly.

The 600i and 400i both include SPX digital reverbs, on-board feedback suppression and versatile EQ.

An iPod/iPhone Digital Connection lets you play music through the system before or during the show. As an added bonus, this connection charges your device, so there’s never a drained battery during or after your performance.

If you need excellent sound and dependability in an all-in-one PA system, these two StagePas systems really deliver!

Music Makes You Smarter!

Did you know:

* 85 percent of Americans who don’t play an instrument wish they had learned to play one  (2009 Gallup Poll)

* 96 percent of public school principals believe that participating in music education encourages and motivates students to stay in school longer (Harris Poll)

* Students in music appreciation scored 63 points higher on verbal and 44 points higher on math than students with no arts participation (College-Bound Seniors National Report)

* Students in the arts are found to be more cooperative with teachers and peers, more self confident and better able to express ideas (Columbia University – The Arts Education Partnership)

The Yamaha Power Amp That Refused To Die!

In our thirty-five year history, we’ve come to know and believe in the dependability of Yamaha power amps. As that old commercial goes, “. . . it takes a licking, and keeps on ticking.” Our story is about one such amp that will make you a believer too.

One of our frequent customers back in the 1980s, a local night club, purchased a Yamaha P2201 power amp for their house band. The club property was adjacent to a large storm drain, that would occasionally overflow after heavy rains. It was after one such storm where our story begins.

The rain came down for days, and the storm drain overflowed into the club and surrounding properties (see picture). As with most bands, the large gear stays in the club and only the instruments are taken home. It’s accurate to assume they lost quite a bit of music gear in the “great flood”.

The club owner called and asked us to retrieve the sound gear and make repairs as necessary. We grabbed our trusty skiff and proceeded to the club to begin our task. We paddled up to the stage (sounds weird doesn’t it?), and lifted the amp; it dripped water, mud and debris! We thought, “no way this is ever going to work again!”

We decided the best course of action would be to let the amp dry completely before attempting a repair. After several days of watchful waiting, we removed the covers and knobs, but we did not remove or replace any components. We cleaned, degreased and wiped down the inner parts and chassis. We re-installed the cover and knobs, plugged it in – and with great anticipation – turned it on.

It worked! I wouldn’t believe this story either if I hadn’t witnessed it with my own eyes!

Yours truly,

Andy

Billy McLaughlin Concert & Workshop

Billy McLaughlin will present a workshop and concert on Saturday, May 14, 2011 at Andy’s Music. The workshop begins at 11:00 AM – bring your guitar – and is limited to 30 participants. Workshop fee is $25.

Billy’s concert begins at 7:30 PM, and seating is very limited, so get your tickets early. The concert ticket price is $25, and can be purchased at Andy’s. Both concert and workshop can be purchased for $40.

For more information, call Andy’s Music at 251-633-8944

New Fender American Special Guitars

Fender Guitar

Fender American Series Electric Guitars

Fender has recently announced three new American Series electric guitars: the American Special Stratocaster, Strat HSS, and Telecaster.

The new Fender American Special Telecaster electric guitar has a Maple neck, brass bridge saddles and classic black pickguard that make for a distinctively cool look.  It delivers that sharp, spanking Tele tone provided by the Texas Special pickups and the famous Greasebucket tone circuit.

The new Fender American Special Stratocaster is the newest version of the world’s most popular electric guitar, and delivers that classic and timeless Strat tone provided by Fender’s best-selling Texas Special™ pickups. The American Special Stratocaster HSS , in addition to the two iconic Texas Special single-coil pickups, features a humbucking bridge pickup for that added boost of power and roar.

All three of the new Fender American Special guitars are made in the U.S., and come with a deluxe gig bag.

For more information on these new American made Fender electric guitars, call Andy’s Music at 251-633-8944, or visit www.AndysMusicOnline.com.

Fender Squier Bullet Electric Guitar

The Fender Squier Bullet is one of the most affordable electric guitars available today from a major guitar manufacturer.  It looks good, plays well, and you won’t have to rob a bank to own it (although you wouldn’t be the first musician to do that)!  Selling for about $120, it’s a major bargain.

Fender Squier BulletThe Squier Bullet is a Fender Strat, and has all the family history to support it. It’s not made here in the U.S., but offshore (like most everything else), and that’s the reason it’s so affordable. If it were made here, the price would reflect it – read $$$! It’s marketed to beginners and intermediate players, but it would also serve as a backup guitar to a more advanced player who doesn’t want to shell out a lot of money for a second guitar.

The moral of this story is: if you want a name brand electric guitar that plays well and is bargained priced, get the Fender Squier Bullet electric guitar at Andy’s Music Online!!

New – Fender Road Worn Guitars And Basses

Fender Road Worn Series guitars and basses come with a head start on history and bring the guitarist and bassist the best of both worlds—a killer aged design aesthetic that conjures up the ghosts of past music lives, paired perfectly with the modern functionality, playability and high quality that players know to expect from Fender.

Based on classic Fender instruments of the 1950s and ’60s, and production methods invented at the world-renowned Fender Custom Shop, Road Worn instruments reflect the mystic quality of life on the road. The series consists of a ’50s Tele®, ’50s Strat®, ’60s Strat, ’50s Precision Bass® and ’60s Jazz Bass® guitars.

All models feature notably distressed nitrocellulose lacquer-finished bodies and necks, as well as worn chrome hardware (nickel/chrome for basses), to create an aged appearance. Additionally, while the guitars have been designed with period-correct specifications, several modern upgrades have been built into each model, including Tex Mex™ single-coil pickups, larger 6105 frets, and five-way pickup switches (Strat models).

The ’50s Tele features an ash body, maple neck, vintage-style tuning machines and three-saddle strings-thru-body bridge, one-ply white pickguard, and is available in Two-Color Sunburst and Blonde. The ’50s Strat has an alder body, maple neck, vintage-style tuning machines and synchronized tremolo, one-ply pickguard, and is available in Two-Color Sunburst and Black. The ’60s Strat features an alder body, maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard, vintage-style tuning machines and synchronized tremolo, three-ply mint green pickguard, and is available in Three-Color Sunburst and Olympic White.

The ’50s Precision Bass has an alder body, maple neck, vintage-style reverse tuning machines and American Vintage bridge, gold anodized aluminum pickguard, and is available in Two-Color Sunburst and Fiesta Red. The ’60s Jazz Bass features an alder body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, vintage-style reverse tuning machines and American Vintage bridge, four-ply brown shell pickguard, and is available in Three-Color Sunburst and Fiesta Red.

“There’s something magical about a broken-in or worn instrument,” said Justin Norvell, director of marketing, Fender electric guitars. “Many of the musical icons we’ve looked up to for inspiration play road-hardened workhorse guitars, and there’s something very powerful and aspirational in that aesthetic. The new Fender Road Worn series guitars and basses allow players to experience not only the look, vibe and tone of those instruments, but—perhaps most importantly—they have smooth worn-in necks providing the same comfortable feel as vintage instruments.”

Fender Road Worn ’50s Tele, ’50s Strat and ’60s Strat guitars will be available from Andy’s Music with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $1,200; ’50s Precision Bass guitars have a suggested manufacturer’s price of $1,500; ’60s Jazz Bass guitars have a suggested manufacturer’s price of $1,570. 

For more information about Fender guitars, go to www.AndysMusicOnline.com.