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Guitar Stores Birmingham AL

Local resource for guitar stores in Birmingham. 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.

Sound Advice Inc
(205) 254-8003
3004 4Th Ave S
Birmingham, AL
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Nuncies Music
(205) 252-4498
2001 Park Pl
Birmingham, AL
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Fretted Instruments
(205) 879-6489
2906 Linden Ave
Birmingham, AL
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Burning Bush Music
(205) 822-8588
211 Lorna Sq
Birmingham, AL
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Music Alley
(205) 988-3688
3659 Lorna Rd
Birmingham, AL
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Highland Music
(205) 254-3288
3000 Clairmont Ave S
Birmingham, AL
Types of Instruments Sold
Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Homewood Musical Instrumen
(205) 879-4868
3027 Central Ave
Homewood, AL
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Alans Discount Music
(205) 408-4132
1407 Montgomery Hwy C
Birmingham, AL
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Lorna Music
(205) 823-9399
3241 Lorna Rd
Birmingham, AL
Types of Instruments Sold
Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Longs Electronics Inc
(205) 956-6767
2630 5Th Ave S
Irondale, AL
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, DJ Equipment

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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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