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West Music Co
(319) 351-9111
1705 S 1St Ave
Iowa City, IA
Types of Instruments Sold
Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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West Music Company
(800) 373-2000
1212 5Th St
Coralville, IA
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment
Store Information
Instrument Rental: Yes
Website Sales: Yes
Lesson Information
Lessons: Yes
Clinics: Yes
Instrument Repair Information
Repairs : Yes
Hours
Monday - Thursday
10:00AM - 8:00PM
Friday
10:00AM - 6:00PM
Saturday
10:00AM - 5:00PM

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West Music Co Inc
(319) 351-9111
1701 1st Ave
Iowa City, IA
 
Guitar Foundation
(319) 351-0932
209 N Linn Street
Iowa City, IA
 
West Music Co
(319) 351-2000
Coralville, IA
 
Guitar Foundation
(319) 351-0932
209 N Linn St
Iowa City, IA
Types of Instruments Sold
Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Powerhouse Musical Supply
(319) 351-5590
2006 Northland Cir
Coralville, IA
Types of Instruments Sold
Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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GUITAR FOUNDATION
(319) 351-0932
PO BOX 3144
Iowa City, IA
 
Westco Fulfillment
(319) 351-2000
2100 James St
Coralville, IA
 
The Guitar House
(319) 665-6500
195 Highway 965
North Liberty, IA
 
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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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