New Yamaha YDP-184 Digital Piano

December 7th, 2017
Yamaha Arius YDP-184 Digital Piano

Yamaha Arius YDP-184 Digital Piano

The Yamaha Arius YDP-184R digital piano is the new flagship of the YDP Digital Piano Series. The Yamaha CFX piano sample, Virtual Resonance Modeling (VRM) and the GH3 keyboard action set it apart from its closest kin, the YDP-181.

The GH3 Graded Hammer action uses the same hammering system and springless mechanism of a grand piano. As a result, it reproduces the authentic piano touch, from the heavy feel in the lower register to a lighter touch in the upper keys.

It also features a three-sensor setup which facilitates quick note repetition and authentic expressive control while producing a grand piano style experience. Additionally, synthetic ivory key tops provide a tactile surface to the white keys, absorbing moisture from the fingers and preventing them from slipping.

The keyboard action of a digital piano is very important to most piano teachers, more so than price or tone. Although the sound is a close second to touch, with price being a distant third prerequisite. Let me give you an example.

When one of our piano teacher customers comes looking for a digital piano to recommend to a student, the very first thing the teacher does is touch and play the keys. If it feels authentic, they’ll continue the search process and listen to the instrument. If it doesn’t feel right, they move to another instrument without hesitating.

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The Incredible Health Benefits of Music

November 14th, 2017

Readers Digest – BY LAUREN GELMAN

The right notes can dampen appetite, relax blood vessels, and improve brain focus. Read on.

MUSIC CLASSES MAKE KIDS MORE COOPERATIVE

Preschoolers who sang and played instruments as a group were a whopping 30 times more likely to help others in subsequent tasks that measured their helpfulness and problem-solving abilities, compared with a control group of kids who listened to a story, British researchers reported in 2013.

Health Benefits of Music

Playing music makes you smarter

MUSIC THERAPY MAY HELP TEENS COPE WITH CANCER

Teenagers undergoing cancer treatment who joined a music therapy program in the hospital showed improved coping skills and more resilience when compared to a control group of patients who received audio books. The patients, who were undergoing stem cell transplants, worked with music therapists to write song lyrics and produce videos. “Making music videos allows these patients to project their feelings through another outlet,” Shawna Grissom, director of child life at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, told Health Day. “It gives them a sense of control, a medium in which they can express themselves.”

 

PLAYING AN INSTRUMENT MAY PROTECT BRAIN SHARPNESS LATER IN LIFE

The more years’ middle-aged and older adults spent playing musical instruments as children, the faster their brains responded to speech sounds during an experiment, according to a study in the Journal of Neuroscience.

 

LISTENING TO MUSIC LOWERS ANXIETY

According to an Ohio State University study, ICU patients who listened to their favorite music lowered their anxiety by about one third.  Not just any music, but familiar, comforting pieces.

 

MOOD MUSIC MAKES YOU EAT LESS

When Hardees’s gave one of its restaurants a fine-dining makeover—including soft lighting and jazz—diners ate about 18 percent less and reported enjoying their food more, according to a Cornell study in the journal Psychological Reports.

 

GOOD MUSIC SOOTHES AND RELAXES YOUR BLOOD VESSELS

Listening to their favorite music for 30 minutes a day improved blood vessel health in heart disease patients, Dutch researchers reported at the 2013 European Society of Cardiology Congress. Patients who listened to music while exercising experienced the greatest cardiovascular benefits.

 

Why is today a day that all
saxophonist should be thankful for?

November 6th, 2017
adolphesax

Inventor of the saxophone, Adolphe Sax

Why is today a day that all saxophonist should be thankful for? It’s the birthday of Adolphe Sax, the inventor and developer of the saxophone in the early 1840’s.

Unlike other musical instruments that evolved over centuries, the saxophone was developed for a purpose. Adolphe wanted a reed instrument that could compete with the volume of brass instruments like the trumpet, and eventually developed the sax. It was used in and helped diversify the sound of military bands.

The instrument has continued to develop and improve through the research efforts of major musical instrument manufacturers. We can say with confidence that Adolphe Sax would be extremely happy with the way his creation has improved and developed over the past century.

New At Andy’s – Hartke Bass Amplifiers

November 2nd, 2017
Hartke Bass Amplifiers

Hartke Bass Amplifiers

We’ve just received our first shipment of Hartke bass amplifiers. Come check’em out!

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.