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Guitar Stores Minnetonka MN

Local resource for guitar stores in Minnetonka. 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.

Buds Music Ctr
(952) 938-6341
820 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Minnetonka Music
(952) 474-3277
250 Water St
Excelsior, MN
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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B Sharp Music Inc
(612) 781-6838
4920 W 78Th St
Bloomington, MN
Types of Instruments Sold
Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Torps Music Center
(952) 929-3412
2571 Xenwood Ave S
Minneapolis, MN
Types of Instruments Sold
Electronic Keyboard, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Schmitt Music Ctr
(952) 920-1094
3200 Galleria
Edina, MN
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Schmitt Music Center
(952) 546-0555
14200 Wayzata Blvd Ste Q
Minnetonka, MN
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Gc Pro Div Guitar Ctr
(952) 297-5984
3650 Hazelton Rd
Edina, MN
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Heilicher Bros Inc
(952) 544-7600
850 Decatur Ave N
Minneapolis, MN
Types of Instruments Sold
Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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My Music Store
(763) 525-0311
8016 Highway 55
Minneapolis, MN
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Encore Music
(612) 871-1775
2407 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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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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