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Guitar Stores Ann Arbor MI

Local resource for guitar stores in Ann Arbor. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to guitars, bass guitars, acoustic guitars, electric guitars, guitar rentals, guitar lessons, guitar repair, and guitar tuning, as well as advice and content on buying the right guitar.

Herb David Guitar Shop
(734) 665-8001
302 E Liberty St
Ann Arbor, MI
Types of Instruments Sold
Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Fast Eddies Music
(734) 484-7300
203 W Michigan Ave
Ypsilanti, MI
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Supercharged Music Supply
(734) 844-1964
42419 Ford Rd
Canton, MI
Types of Instruments Sold
Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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South Lyon Guitar
(248) 437-7601
555 S Lafayette St
South Lyon, MI
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Music Man
(810) 227-9440
5757 Whitmore Lake Rd
Brighton, MI
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music
Store Information
Website Sales: Yes
Lesson Information
Lessons: Yes
Instrument Repair Information
The Music Man offers expert repair on all stringed instruments--especially guitar--as well as all wind instruments.
Hours
Monday - Friday 11:00AM to 8:00PM
Saturday 11:00AM to 5:00PM
Sunday 12:00PM to 4:00PM

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Ozs Music
(734) 662-8283
1920 Packard St
Ann Arbor, MI
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Charlene Berrys Dulcimer Evente
(734) 459-4848
P O Box 700594
Plymouth, MI
Types of Instruments Sold
Electronic Keyboard, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Supercharged Music Supply
(734) 844-1964
1069 High Ridge Dr
Canton, MI
Types of Instruments Sold
Drums & Percussion, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Victor Music Studio
(934) 722-9050
2146 S Wayne Rd
Westland, MI
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Schafers House Of Music
(810) 229-6604
9971 E Grand River Ave
Brighton, MI
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Take Command Over Your Instrument

By Chris Standring ( www.chrisstandring.com )

Back in the early 80s I went to the London College Of Music to study classical guitar for three years. I studied exclusively with a wonderful guitarist named Robert Brightmore who is now teaching at the Guildhall School Of Music in London. Bob was not only a great teacher but a mentor to me and I looked forward to my weekly lessons with him. However, he understood my dedication to the instrument and no matter how much I practiced during the week, he would never ever have me resting on my laurels. He always wanted to push me harder. I remember him saying to me many times, "Play strong Chris, play strong!". Those words are still embedded in my skull today and they may well have been some of the most powerful words he could have uttered.

But it took a while for me to really know what he was talking about. Indeed I don't think I really got it until my final term at the music school when I had to do a recital for my Fellowship diploma. Right before I went on to perform he said "Play strong Chris!". And so I did.

Classical guitar is a tough instrument. It's just you and the guitar. Nothing in between. It's an acoustic instrument, and if you are playing in a hall you have to project that sound to the back of the room. You have to play strong. There's no amp to help you. But strong doesn't mean loud. It has to do with articulation, commitment to the music and command of your instrument, even in quiet passages. It really has to do with a solid technique, in a perfect world, so you can focus on the music, not muscle mechanisms. Playing strong most of all I think means communicating the music as if you are a great master. Playing strong means that the audience is comfortable listening to you. Comfortable in that they can relax and be taken on a musical journey. Not uncomfortable, worrying if you are going to 'make' the next phrase.

Of course now I am ensconced in the jazz world, my classical guitar playing has taken a long hiatus. But everything I learned about playing strong has been adopted to my jazz guitar playing, and I still think about it often. Not only do I want to play strong, but when I listen to other musicians I want to hear that command, strength, confidence and surety in their playing. I want to be comfortable listening to others play so I can enjoy their musical journey.

It starts with technique. But as I mentioned it's not about dazzling chops. Technique is a means to an end. If you can't say what you want to say musically, then examine whether your technique needs improvement. But I like to focus on the word 'articulation', because to me that describes what we are trying to achieve a little better.

So how do we learn to play strong? In the classical world, slow but sure practice is key. Learning to project sound, focusing on right hand attack, using different areas of the sound hole e...

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