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About James Harding

From the farmlands of Iowa, James joined the Gist staff in May of 2009. James began studying classical, jazz and piano improv from 4yrs old until he graduated from Le’Ecole De La Musica at age 18. In college, he majored in voice and music ministry. Then, in 2001, James took a job managing Simon’s Music. When West Music purchased Simon’s in 2004, James became their Certified Steinway Piano Specialist. Today, in addition to his leadership responsibilities at Gist Piano Center, James travels across the United States giving seminars on music education and piano technology and he writes the monthly “Tech Beat” column for Music Inc. Magazine.

Holiday Tuning Special

If you live in Kentucky, it’s no surprise to you that the weather here changes dramatically during the month of December.  It’s these changes in temperature and humidity that can push your piano out of tune.  Click here for more information on what causes your piano to go out of tune.

As the weather gets colder and dryer (especially in January and February), it’s a good idea to have your piano tuned.  …but after all the Christmas excitement, most folks forget this important maintenance task.

That’s why Gist Piano Center is offering our Holiday Tuning Special.  Purchase a piano tuning for yourself, for your church or a loved one during the month of December  and Gist will tune the piano in January or February for only $99.99 (plus tax)!

Here are the details:

  • Tuning must be purchased (and paid in full) in-store or online before December 31.
  • Gist Piano Center will issue an email receipt (if purchased online) or a gift card (if purchased in-store) indicating that the tuning has been paid for.
  • The tuning work must be completed during regular January or February business hours.
  • Gist Piano Center is not responsible for scheduling the tuning.  The purchaser or the person receiving the gift must call us and setup a time during January or February to have the work done.
  • Additional charges may apply.  The $100 tuning only covers a single, standard tuning.  If the piano requires a pitch raise, interior cleaning, item removal or other repairs, Gist will quote those additional charges prior to doing the work.
  • The $100 tunings are non-refundable and they expire March 1.  After March 1, the $100 funds may be applied towards any item at Gist or towards a regularly-priced piano tuning.
  • If the piano in question is not tuneable, Gist will only charge the $80 service call and offer the remaining $20 as in-store credit towards any service or product at Gist.

Take this opportunity to get your piano tuned or to give someone you care about a great gift – for a tremendously low price.  Click the button below to purchase your $100 Holiday Piano Tuning (or tunings) now!

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Why You Shouldn’t Buy Your Child a Portable Keyboard for Christmas

Do not buy a portable keyboardI’ve seen it time and time again – cautious, yet well-meaning, parents purchasing portable keyboards to see if their student is going to “stick with” piano lessons.  …and I can understand why.  Pianos (and piano lessons) are expensive.  Nobody wants to invest thousands of dollars into a fleeting fancy.  Most parents are willing to support their child’s musical hobby as long as they have some indication that their child seriously wants to play.

That is where most parents go wrong.

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Roland’s Piano Partner 2 Gets an Upgrade!

Roland Piano Partner 2 FREE App BluetoothIf you own a Roland Digital Piano with Bluetooth, you’ll be happy to know that you’ve just gotten a FREE upgrade – courtesy of Roland!  All you have to do is update your piano’s firmware and download the update for Piano Partner 2!  It’s easy and it gives you a TON of great new features!

Haven’t tried Roland’s famous Piano Partner 2 APP yet?  Well, now is definitely the time to download it and give it a shot!  It’s FREE and packed FULL of features that will make playing your Roland piano faster, more educational and more fun!

Here’s what’s new with Piano Partner 2 (Version 2):

  • New Remote Controller – allows you to choose sounds, set split points, change balances, transpose, and more from a simple, graphical interface.
  • New Recorder – allows you to record yourself (or your students) and play that recording back WIRELESSLY!  No extra equipment required!
  • New Practice Diary – allows you to keep track of how long you played, how many keys you pushed – and more!  It’s never been easier to regulate your “at home” piano time!
  • Updated Rhythms – allows you to practice with an orchestrated accompaniment OR a plain drum rhythm with just the touch of a button!
  • Updated Songs – adds “Next” and “Previous” song buttons for easy access to your onboard library.  You can even use shuffle or continuous play with an Apple Watch!

Roland Piano Partner 2 (Version 2) is a FREE app for Bluetooth pianos and it’s available now.  Here’s how you can upgrade and start enjoying all the new features:

  1. Upgrade your piano’s firmware.  Click here for video Instructions.
  2. Make sure you are using Roland Piano Partner 2 (Version 2) on your tablet.  If you have downloaded Piano Partner 2 before, you will need to update it.  If not, you can click here to download it.
  3. Once your piano and app are both updated, you need only pair your tablet to your piano with Bluetooth.  Click here for video instructions.
  4. Enjoy all the FREE new features from Roland!
Roland’s Piano Partner 2 Bluetooth app is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch, as well as Android devices.  Compatible Pianos: GP607, LX-17, LX-7, HP-605, HP-603A, HP-603, HP-601, RP-501R, RP-302, RP-102, F-140R, FP-90, FP-60, FP-30.
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The Jim Brickman Experience Returns!

How would you like to meet a legendary pianist?

Well, thanks to a special partnership between Gist Piano Center and Roland, you can have a chance to do JUST THAT!

Pianist Jim Brickman
Five-time platinum-selling pianist, songwriter and radio host, Jim Brickman, is the best selling solo pianist of our time and – as part of his “A Joyful Christmas” tour – he is coming to Frankfort, Kentucky for a lighthearted evening of live music, stories and Holiday family fun.  Jim will perform at The Grand Theater in Frankfort on Monday, December 18 at 7:30pmTickets are on sale now with prices from $45-$65 per person.  Joining Jim for this magical evening of music will be long-time friend, radio co-host and soulful vocalist, Anne Cochran.  If you haven’t seen Anne and Jim perform together, you are in for a treat!  Finally, international violin sensation, Mr. Tracy Silverman, will bring his electrifying talents to the stage with an unbelievable repertoire of music adapted for the six-string electric violin.  The BBC calls Silverman “the greatest living exponent of the electric violin” and with good reason.  This trio of musicians will delight music lovers of all ages and tastes.  What better way to get your family into The Christmas Spirit?

…and – as a special perk exclusively for Gist Piano Center’s Partners In Education members – PIE teachers, students and their families are invited to a private sound check and “meet and greet” with Jim!  Here’s how it works:

Jim Brickman with Fan

  1. Make sure your piano teacher is a current member of our Partners In Education program.
  2. Purchase your “A Joyful Christmas” tickets from The Grand Theater.
  3. Take a cell phone photo of your tickets and email it to info@gistpianocenter.com
  4. Include “Jim Brickman Experience” in the subject line of your email.
  5. Gist Piano Center will email you back with a special pass (one per ticket) for the sound check and “meet and greet” experience.

Christmas is coming up fast, so get your tickets now and get ready for The Jim Brickman Experience!

The Jim Brickman Experience is sponsored by Roland Corporation, US. and Gist Piano Center.

 

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Top 5 Bluetooth APPS for Your Digital Piano

Best Bluetooth Apps for Digital PianosIn 2009, Apple informed that World that – no matter what we want to do – “There’s an app for that.”  …and never has that slogan rang more true than today.  It would seem that nearly every business has its own app.  Almost every product has it’s own accompanying software.  Kids can even scan their Happy Meal toys and incorporate them into custom-made software.  There’s an app for everything!

Especially since Bluetooth technology has simplified and stabilized the connections between devices, the trick now is to find the BEST app for your particular… APPlication.

Here’s a list of the Top FIVE Bluetooth Apps for your Digital Piano:

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