Why You Should Consider Private Music Lessons

Whether or not your child is already enrolled in school band or orchestra, or an alternative school music program, private music lessons should be considered for many reasons.  From improving on their instrument to building motor skills and confidence, here are some of the reasons private music lessons are a great idea. Students Will Improve […]

Have You Ever Wanted to Learn the Harp?

The harp is a beautiful, unique and versatile instrument. Because of these factors and more, many people are actual hesitate to follow their dreams of learning the harp, thinking that the harp is too difficult or too expensive to learn. It’s true that all instruments have their difficult areas to master. Just like any musical […]

Little Harp Girl

How to Choose the Best Guitar According to Science, An Article From Beginner Guitar HQ

Beginner Guitar HQ shared this informative article with us on choosing the best guitar according to science so we could share it with you.  Choosing a guitar can be overwhelming and this article covers everything you need to know before coming to Summerhays Music.  Enjoy! How to Choose the Best Guitar, 15 Factors to Consider According […]

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Summer Practice Tips and Ideas For Students

MUSICIANS! Don’t throw away all that hard work by not practicing over the summer! We know you have worked hard to master techniques and songs during the school year, but by “taking a break” over the summer you essentially are taking one step back after taking two steps forward. Just like any other skill, keeping […]

Summer Practicing

David Wong: The Basics of the Chop; Creating Percussive Backup With Your bow

 David Wong: The Basics of the Chop; Creating Percussive Backup With Your Bow Transcribed from video: Chopping started in the bluegrass tradition and it is a percussive way of playing violin with the bow.  It came in to use in the 70s and early 80s as a way of creating percussion in bluegrass bands. […]

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Songs for New Harpists

A lot of harpists remember fondly why they originally chose the harp and their very first days learning their instrument. No matter their age or musical background when they start, there is a lot of positivity and anticipation in bringing home their first harp and beginning private lessons. However, with this positivity, there is also […]

How to Lubricate a Trombone Slide

  There are a lot of reasons your trombone slide may be slow. It could be misalignment or it could have some dents. Or, you may just need to clean and lubricate your trombone slide. First you will need to clean your outer slide.   Dirt and grime build up on the inside. There are many […]

How to lubricate a trombone slide

Cleaning and Polishing Your Harp

    A good system of keeping your harp clean is to lightly dust the instrument once a day. Once a week do a more thorough dusting. The area in between the strings at the top of the harp is hard to get to, but should be dusted about once a week, or when visible. […]

Popular Harp Pieces for Wedding Season

For harpists, sometimes wedding season is an all year occasion! Here are some of our favorite pieces that are easy to learn, recognizable and popular for weddings. All of these solo pieces or harp arrangement compilations you can purchase at Summerhays Music Center in our Murray location. Or call 801-268-4446.   From “Groovy Songs of […]

Harp Wedding Music

How to Wear Your Pratt Sprite Harp

The Pratt Sprite lap harp is fun because you can wear it a couple of different ways when playing. In this video Harp Specialist Allison Brown shows us how to play the Sprite harp with the lap bar as well as standing with the use of a guitar strap.   The Pratt Sprite Harp comes […]

Spending too much time tuning?

Try one or more of the following tips on tuning your harp so that you can use more of your time for practice! Use only one day out of the week to really tune every string on your harp. The rest of the week, only tune the obviously problematic strings with your electric tuner. Become […]

What to Consider When Purchasing a Bow

There are four main things to consider when buying a bow • Material Used • Flexibility • Weight • Sound Material Used: Fiberglass is lightweight and affordable. It is known for durability, but not for its resonant qualities. Fiberglass is an excellent bow for beginners. Pernambuco is the most sought after wood for string instrument […]

Carbon Fiber Bows

Dusty Strings Mariachi 34 Harp-Coming Spring 2017

We are so excited about Dusty Strings’ new Mariachi 34 string harp. Maricachi style harp performance is getting more and more attention and excitement in the harp world. It was fascinating to see Willy Acuna play at the Dusty Strings booth at the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and we are loving the sound […]

Dusty Strings Mariachi Harp

The Correct Use of Fine Tuners

The Correct Use of Fine Tuners A professional instrument will often only have one fine tuner on the E string. Over time the fine tuner will get screwed all the way in and become useless in tuning. Before you start the tuning process, unscrew the fine tuner until the screw hits the lower part of the […]

The correct use of fine tuners

The Correct Position of a Violin Bridge

Christian Rapp of Summerhays Music works with all sorts of bow-string instruments. Many students bring in instruments with broken bridges and say “I opened my case and the bridge was broken. I didn’t do anything.” Over the years Christian has observed that not all the broken bridges are due to accidents or mishandling. A negligence […]

violin with correct bridge placement

How to String a Violin

HOW TO STRING A VIOLIN Most strings are rolled in an envelope. Different brands of strings have different colored silking on one end to differentiate between the various strings. The specific brand used in our video has yellow silking as a way to recognize it as a G string. There is a ball on the […]

How to string a violin

Elan Trotman Saxophone Clinic: Improvisation

Elan Trotman Saxophone Clinic: Improvisation Improvisation Tips From Elan Trotman. A summary of this section of his Summerhays Music November Clinic. To play a song and improvise over it you need to know the root of a song, or what key it is in. Everything is built on that note, and you need to know […]

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How to make a Harp String Knot then put the string on your harp

How to make a Harp String Knot then put the string on your harp Make two loops at the end of your harp string. First loop will tuck into the second loop. 1st-4th octave strings will need an end piece as an anchor. Anchors can be made from old or broken 5th octave strings. Check […]

How to make a harp string knot and string it on a harp

Timing on Moving your Harp for Performances

TIMING ON MOVING YOUR HARP FOR PERFORMANCES One of the first lessons harpists learn is how to correctly move their harp. Often times this lesson is learned the hard way.. Purely by experience! (*Even the show Portlandia made fun of this situation! See clip below.) We’ve come up with a helpful time frame and to […]

Timing on moving your harp

Measuring your child for the correct sized violin

MEASURING YOUR CHILD FOR THE CORRECT SIZED VIOLIN In this video our String Repair technician Christian Rapp shows us how to correctly measure your child for the right sized violin.     If you have an orchestra or private strings teacher, you can ask them what they would recommend, or do the measurements yourself in […]

Measuring your child for a violin