Want to hear what a KoAloha ukulele sounds like?

Our very own Ryo Montgomery performing on a KoAloha ukulele in Hawaii.

Visit us at Music City Cairns if you’re eager to hear more.

P.S We are the soul stockist of KoAloha’s in Australia. That means you can buy one of the top ukulele’s played by the best musicians for sale exclusively sold by us.

 

7 reasons why violins are for life

At Music City Cairns we love our violins! Whether you are thinking to buy a violin for yourself or your child here are 7 reasons we believe violins are a great instrument to buy and begin learning now.

1. Violins are a friend to any style of music

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Don’t get caught up thinking that violins are only for classical lovers. Whether you love listening to country, folk, classical, gypsy, jazz, electronica, even rock, your violin will have no trouble playing along AND sounding good. Other musicians love violins because once you develop your skills, you can accompany just about any band or any musician for a jam or more. Think about all the concerts, gigs or festivals you or your child will get invited along to for a chance to take your skills further.

2. Small and portable

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Violins are super easy to transport and carry around with you. They don’t take up the whole space of the backseat like a cello and if you are flying with your “baby”, they are small enough to bring as carry on. Have a child? There’s no need to worry that your son or daughter is lugging around with a big, heavy piece of equipment they’d rather throw on the side of the road on the way home then walk another step.

3. Learn how to read music

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This is one of the best gifts you can give yourself or someone you know, the ability to read sheets of music. If you follow the route of hiring a violin teacher for lessons, you will be taught how those black circle-like shapes with lines attached relate to what note to play on your violin. All orchestras, string ensembles, quartets require the ability to read sheet music. Another added benefit is should you or your child choose to move onto learning another instrument you won’t have to learn how to read music from scratch. It will be easy to pick up another instrument, say a cello, read a piece of paper filled with black circles and it won’t be long before you can transfer what you’ve learned onto that in no time.

4. Ready to play violin for under $200

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Have you tried purchasing a new beginner flute, piano or cello for under $200? Enough said. Another added bonus is that most violins come with the full outfit. That means once you show up at your very first lesson or walk on stage or just quietly play your violin in your room you are already setup and ready to go. A violin outfit means the case, bow, rosin are included.

5. Charlie Chaplin was an amateur violinist

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As far as quirky, cool, violinists you can’t go past Charlie Chaplin. The famous screen comedian Charlie Chaplin was an accomplished amateur violinist who composed many of the scores to his film. For inspiration watch The Vagabond.

6. Less likely to develop Alzheimer’s

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If you haven’t heard already, research indicates that learning an instrument may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Both perceiving and creating music requires complex brain activity and learning violin strengthens those connections in your brain that are likely to deteriorate if you develop the disease. So basically violin is great exercise for your brain, keeping your mind sharp for years to come.

7. Can be attractive electric instruments and a great way to make friends

Forget the electric guitar, for both awesome-ness and wow points nothing goes past seeing an electric violin on stage. Violins can be setup with a little microphone that plugs into a sound system that allows you to alter the same kind of settings you would with an electric guitar or electric acoustic guitar. Add some guitar effect pedals and BAM, every musician will be wanting to recruit you into their band. Violins are born for playing with others.

 

If you would like to find out more information on the violins for sale at Music City Cairns visit here or give us a call.

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2014 Gibson Les Paul Melody Maker

2014 Gibson Les Paul Melody Maker

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We are proud to be one of the very first stores in Australia to have the beautiful – and extremely affordable (!) – 2014 Gibson Les Paul Melody Makers in stock. We reckon every guitarist should just have one. Read more about here.

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Check this out! New Maton Road series!

Matib ESRS60C Road series

The new Maton SRS series of guitars is the culmination of years of development and fine tuning by Maton’s senior luthiers and production designers.

Maton have improved the neck geometry, bracing patterns and body construction of their acoustic guitars with stunning results and improved production methods have made it possible to produce these all solid timber guitars more effectively than ever before and the playability and tonal benefits are amazing.

The backs and tops of these guitars are able to resonate more freely and have a huge dynamic range. The ramped bracing of the ESRS60C creates a focused, bright tone.

Improved neck/body geometry produces a neck that is a joy to play. Difficult chord shapes and complex single note runs are much easier to execute and increased tonal response improves acoustic projection. A bone nut and saddle ensure maximum tone and sustain.

The guitar is finished in Maton’s tuned Satin pre-catalysed Nitro finish.

*IN STOCK* New in box: Fender Excelsior Amplifier

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“Alluringly refined yet harboring tones from polite to raw to raucous, the Pawn Shop Special Excelsior model is undoubtedly one of the most distinctive tube combo amps in Fender history. Its brown textured vinyl covering, smartly stylish “E” grille design and bold crossed-swords front-panel badge convey a decidedly stately vibe with a marked air of cold-war cool.

To say nothing of its admirable tone and power. The 13-watt Excelsior elegantly encloses a single 15” Special Design speaker, with a bottom-loaded primary chassis and top-loaded control chassis for operating convenience and low noise (powered by two 6V6 output tubes and two 12AX7 preamp tubes). Distinctive features include “GTR,” “microphone” and “accordion” inputs that each have individually optimized circuitry; tremolo circuit with speed control, bright/dark tone switch (for treble or bass emphasis), volume control and 1/4” internal speaker disconnect that lets the amp drive an external speaker enclosure. For playing at home, smaller gigs and studio sessions, the Excelsior is a class act that brings a fresh and unconventional new vibe to your playing”. (Fender web site)

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