New Guitar around the corner

I’ll be in Tokyo in 2 weeks, and in that time I’ll be looking at some instruments.  However, I’ll most likely buy my new instrument here in Nagoya.  I’ve had enough of the used, low end instruments I’ve been using, and I would finally like to try something “real”.  I’m debating between the Fender JB62 J-Bass, featured in K-On, and respectably fashionable or comfortable and the Hofner Beatle Bass.  I’ll probably be spending just under $800 Canadian for a well, made in Japan guitar, rather than a made in Mexico one.  However, if I go to the U.S., could I find a better model for a better price?  There are several stores in Nagoya I’ve checked out.  I’ve leveled up a lot by practicing new things on my Bass, thanks to the help of other musicians.  I can slide, jump, play at the correct tempo, and also play with other instruments in the background.  It’s definitely an improvement and I hope to make another big leap with a better instrument.

Heres a link to some guitar shops in Nagoya:

There are a million different reasons you should learn to play an instrument. Here are some of the reasons you should learn an instrument here in Japan.

1. It’s a creative outlet for you even if you’re not fluent in Japanese
2. It connects you to other people of all nationalities regardless of language
3. It encourages you to make time in your schedule, when your schedule can otherwise seem unmanageable
4. If you’re learning from a Japanese speaker, it’s a way to pick up some Japanese
5. It’s a world into which you can retreat if you’re feeling overwhelmed
6. It’s a skill you can take home with you
7. It’s a way to engage in the Japanese culture without being swamped by it
8. Music lessons of all kinds are available anywhere, you just have to ask and look
9. Japanese people love music and you’ll make heaps of great friends
10. Learning an instrument is a great idea in any country – it’s a workout for your brain, it fosters a sense of well-being, it adds to your self-esteem, it gives you skills in tenacity easy to transfer to other areas of your life, and it provides a good role model in all of these areas for your kids.

Here are some music shops in Nagoya and places you can start to explore the options:

Ishibashi Gakki (Gakki = Musical Instrument)
9F Skyle Building
at Sakae Intersection in Sakae
Sakae Station on the Meijo Line
Ph: 052-243-1484
Can arrange for lessons in: guitar, bass, drums, vocal, sax, flute, trumpet, clarinet, violin, cello, ukelele, piano etc.

Shimamura Gakki
5F Parco East Building
(under Tower Records)
Yaba-cho Station on the Meijo Line
Ph: 052-264-8316
Can arrange for lessons in: guitar, bass, drums, vocal, sax, flute, violin, piano etc.
English website with map

Bardon Musical Instruments
2F Asunal (Mall at Kanayama)
Kanayama Station on Meijo, JR, Meitetsu Line
Ph: 052-331-3383
Can arrange for lessons in: flute, clarinet, oboe, fargot, sax, trumpet, trombone, bass trombone, horn, tuba, vocal etc.

Uemura Gakki
Near Ikeshita, Chikusa and Kurumamichi Stations
Ph: 052-722-1682
Can arrange for lessons in: flute, clarinet, oboe, sax, trumpet, trombone, horn, tuba etc.
Also has used instruments

For exclusively used instruments:
In the Osu Kannon Mall
Osu Kannon or Kamimaezu Station
Ph: 052-220-5539

Fun fact: did you know that the Suzuki Method of violin was first developed by a native of Nagoya? If you want to learn a stringed instrument (and this includes piano, which also has a Suzuki following) then the Suzuki people are able to put you in touch with a teacher in your area. And they have an English website! Yamaha Music Foundation also from this general area (Hamamatsu) also has an English website.


Guitar for the garage?

After bringing in the drums, we may have a new electric  guitar during our garage practice thanks to Will. I’ve nailed down a sound on the bass, the fingers sure reek of metal after practice.  This Sunday may be our first practice since 2 weeks ago.

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Bass Guitar

I recently bought a Bass guitar for the purpose of building a music skill that was never developed.  I think now is the best time for me to learn, because I have the time, commitment and knowledge of music I didn’t have when I was younger.  I couldn’t differentiate the drums from the bass, the harp from the acoustic guitar, the guitar from the keyboard when I was in high school.  In fact before grade 9 the only music I listened to were old soundtracks from movies, cartoons and radio jingles.  It was not until I was in high school that I got my own stereo and I spent hours listening to the same songs and taping my favorite songs.  I still remember my first favorite, “That thing you do!” from the movie with the same name. I’ve yet to see the movie, but maybe I will one day.

I’ve begun practicing with my Squier by Fender P-Bass.  I’ve been reading the book for dummies and so far I’m 80 pages in and the excercizes are beginning.  My strumming hand is pretty decent, but I have to work on my left hand.  Moving between frets is difficult, but with time I feel I can do it.

My friend also recently moved his drums in.  This might be interesting.

By gtr06 Posted in Band