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Jonathan Fletcher Music Feb. 2011 News!
Subject: Jonathan Fletcher Music Feb. 2011 News!
Send date: 2011-02-07 22:48:30
Issue #: 36
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February 2011

Music History

1949 - RCA Records issued the first ever 45rpm single, the invention of this size record made jukeboxes possible.

1963 - Neil Young, at age 17, performed his first professional date at a country club in Winnipeg .

1959 - Buddy Holly, Richard (Ritchie) Valens and The Big Bopper made, what would be their last ever appearances, at Surf Ballroom, Clear Lake , Iowa .

1978 - Van Halen signed with Warner Brothers Records.

1961 - Bob Dylan made his first recording in New York , "San Francisco Bay Blues" and "Jesus Met the Woman at the Well."

1989 - Guns N' Roses became the first act for fifteen years to place two LPs in US Top 5 - Appetite for Destruction in at No.2 and Guns N' Roses Lies at No 5.

1943 - Frank Sinatra made his debut as vocalist on radio's "Your Hit Parade."


A word from one of our instructors
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- The Art of the Love Song -

February is celebrated as the month of love. Retailers start preparing in January for Valentine's Day. Packaging items in red, from chocolate to jewelry, consumers are enticed to participate in the excitement of this one day. However, nothing quiet matches the allurement of the love song. Since the beginning of musical history, love has been the most popular subject to write about. It has yet to lose its power to control the emotions of the listener.

As a music teacher and songwriter, I am given the opportunity to lead young musicians down the path of creating such music. My students discover a few surprises along the way. There is a deception to the love song, in that most believe that it is solely the lyrics that make the song. Not true. With out the right combination of lyrical and chordal structure, the song itself would be completely ineffective. The students learn that every musical chord has an effect on the human body, weather it be happiness, sadness, fear or love. It is indeed an art form to capture each of these emotions in a song. Many believe music to have magical qualities to them, and to some degree this is true. However, this magical element is one that you can learn.

As you listen to songs this month, particularly love songs, start to notice the common sounds that are used. Pay attention to how they make you feel; happy, sad or just plain emotional. The words, no matter how sweet they are, could not have as strong of an effect as the music. The two together are a winning combination.

By Janine Stokes (Instructor)

 

Tech Corner

Recently one of our employees bought a 12-string Stagg guitar from us. After a couple of months when the guitar settled in, he decided it was time to get his instrument professionally set up by our in house luthier, Forrest Smith. This is what he had to say:

"My name is Jake. Some of you may know me. I work at Jonathan Fletcher Music, and have played guitar for 7 years. Recently I purchased a 12 string acoustic guitar. It played well and I was happy with my purchase. I heard some of the teachers at the store talk about getting their guitars set up. They said it made the instrument easier to play. I asked Forrest, our repairman to do a setup on my guitar. He asked me about the way I play, and the tuning I like to use. He told me what he could do during the setup to make the guitar play and sound better. After a minute or two of conversation, I agreed to have the work done. I did not know that most guitars are sent to us with an average action. Basically, that means that it will play great for most people, but if you want the action close, you have to have the guitar setup. In less than a week, Forrest returned my guitar to me. I was amazed at how well the instrument now played, and how much better the tone was. I would suggest a setup to anyone who wants their guitar customized to their playing needs.

By Jake O'Neil (Jr. Sales Associate)

Trade up specials!

Guitar and Bass

If you purchased a guitar from us and it's less than 1 year old, and in reasonable condition, we will give you up to a 100% trade-in allowance toward the purchase of a new guitar. The price of the item that you wish to purchase must be at least double the original purchase price of your trade-in. All trade-ins are subject to final approval by Jonathan Fletcher.

Amps

If you purchased an amplifier from us and it's less than 1 year old, and in reasonable condition, we will give you up to a 70% trade-in allowance toward the purchase of a new amplifier. The price of the item that you wish to purchase must be at least double the original purchase price of your trade-in. All trade-ins are subject to final approval by Jonathan Fletcher.

Keys/Drums

If you purchased a Keyboard or drum set from us and it's less than 1 year old, and in reasonable condition, we will give you up to a 50% trade-in allowance toward the purchase of a new instrument. The price of the item that you wish to purchase must be at least double the original purchase price of your trade-in. All trade-ins are subject to final approval by Jonathan Fletcher.

 

New products

Just in! We have the one and only "Pick of Destiny" from the movie "Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny." We also have pick packs and new straps featuring the Beatles and KISS. So come down and check out all of the cool items today before they're all gone.

 

 

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Jonathan Fletcher Music offers lessons for Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Drums, Bass, Piano, Banjo, Voice, Violin, Flute, Viola, Saxophone, Mandolin, Trumpet, French Horn, Cello and more convenient to Smyrna, La Vergne, Murfreesboro, Antioch, and all of Rutherford and Davidson Counties!