Author Archives: James Harding

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.

The Ultimate Worship Keyboard or Digital Piano

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In January of 2011, I wrote a blog called “Finding the Ultimate Worship Keyboard” hoping that my experience as both a worship leader and a professional piano consultant would help other Music Ministers better navigate the confusing waters of piano (and keyboard) retail.  To my surprise, that blog quickly exploded into the most read – and one of the most commented upon – blogs in Gist history.  Now, over six years later, new technologies and considerations have given me reason to revisit this topic and (perhaps) expand upon it.  As always, it is my sincere hope that my experiences will help you find the worship tool that best fits your needs and those of your ministry.  I am sure some folks will disagree with my conclusions, but (God willing) the meat of these discussions will nourish all of us!  Thank you for reading and God bless!

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Jazz Up Your Derby Party with Gist!

The flowers are blooming; the leaves are poking out and everywhere the sounds of unlucky allergy sufferers sniffling and sneezing their way around town fill the air.  That’s right, Kentuckiana, Spring is here and it’s time to start getting ready for Derby!

What are you doing for your Derby party this year?

Why not karaoke?  Did you know that our QRS PNO3 System is full of fun sing-a-long music designed to make your party the talk of the town?  Gather around your tablet and sing along as the words appear on your screen.  The piano will provide all the background music – including drums!  Make your party SWING with a player piano from Gist!  Right now, we have player piano specials starting at $15,000 and we can guarantee pre-Derby delivery… but act NOW!  Time is running out!

Already have a piano?  Contact us today and we’ll ADD player technology to your existing instrument!  We can bring your piano in, clean it, tune it and install the system just in time for the festivities!  Contact us today for custom options and our 2017 Derby Discount!

Maybe you plan to have a live piano player at your party?  If so, make sure you’re piano’s in tune and ready for the big event.  Contact our Service Department and request a Priority Pre-Derby Tuning Appointment now.   …but hurry!  We’re filling up fast!

Need to move your piano into another room or enclosure for your Derby party?  Contact us now and we’ll not only agree to move your piano, we’ll offer you a special Derby Discount (good between now and Oaks).  Don’t wait!  Get on the schedule today!

The sounds of Thunder will soon fill the air and everybody will be celebrating!  Let us help you make YOUR Derby party stand out this year!  Lead the pack with sensational musical experience from Gist!

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Gist Launches NEW “Rack and Roll” Print Music Program

Thanks to the incredible success of our Print Music Fire Sales last month, we’re proud to announce that we’ve invested THOUSANDS of dollars into a new program that will make finding piano music at Gist even more fun!

Gist Piano Center has partnered with Hal-Leonard (the World’s largest print music publishing company) to launch a new program called “Rack and Role!”  This new program will allow us to refresh our music throughout the year automatically – ensuring that you always have something new and exciting to explore at Gist Piano Center!

Better yet, we’ll have access to cutting-edge music by some of your favorites, like:

  • Taylor Swift
  • Justin Bieber
  • Shawn Mendes
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Yiruma
  • Hamilton
  • Chicago
  • Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
  • Finding Dory
  • The Muppets
  • La La Land
  • Sesame Street
  • Pirates of the Carribean
  • Adele
  • Star Wars
  • Wicked
  • The Piano Guys
  • The Avengers
  • Journey Through the Classics
  • Faber Pre-Time – Big-Time Library
  • Schirmer Classical Portfolios
  • Faber Achievement Skill Sheets
  • …and MUCH, MUCH more!

Come in now and check out the HUNDREDS of new books in each of our stores!  …and, teachers, don’t forget to fill out a 2017 Teaching Materials Questionnaire so we can make sure we always have the stuff you need.

Gist Piano Center is your best source for Print Music both IN-STORE and ONLINE!  Don’t forget you can also order your favorite books from us ONLINE!  Here are the links you need:

As always, we thank you for your love and support.  Come “Rack and Roll” with us this Spring!

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Print Music FIRE SALE at Gist Piano Center Louisville

After its TREMENDOUSLY successful debut in Lexington, Gist Piano Center is bringing back it’s PRINT MUSIC FIRE SALE for ONE DAY ONLY – and this time, it’s coming to Louisville!

ALL piano teachers are welcome!  Just come in and grab one of our paper bags, STUFF if FULL of music and pay only $5.00 for the entire thing! EVERYTHING in the store counts (except for lessons series books)! …and you won’t believe all the great stuff we’re bringing in from Lexington to enhance our selection!  We’ll have books from The Celebration Series, classical music from Alfred, Schirmer and more, supplemental lesson books (all major publishers), pop music, movie music, sacred music, hymns, the Faber Supplemental Piano Library, scale books, theory books – and MUCH, MUCH more!

Every teacher who attends the event will get a FREE manuscript book and the occasional surprise gift from “the back room!”  You won’t want to miss this!

The Print Music Fire Sale will be Saturday, February 11 from 10am – 5pm – ONLY at Gist Piano Center Louisville.

…and while you’re here, don’t forget to fill out the 2017 Teaching Materials Survey so we can make sure we ALWAYS have the books you need!

We’ll see you there!

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Gist’s Louisville Store Remains Open During Road Work

[Update – 1/30/17]  Road work appears to have moved away from our store.  All directions to our building are currently open – despite some signs that still say “ROAD CLOSED.”  All roads are currently open (though they are a bit more bumpy than usual).  Please drive cautiously as always, but you should have no problems getting in and out of our store now!

[Update – 1/9/17]  Road work continues as MSD moves up and down our road.  Access to Gist is difficult, but still possible.  As of the end of this day, you will want to take the Taylor Ave. exit (Taylor Ave to Jackson Ave to Lincoln Ave) from Poplar Level to get to us.  See the map to the right for more info.

If you’re planning a trip to Gist Piano Center Louisville in the next few days, have no fear – despite appearances, we are still open and on our regular business hours schedule.

For the past few days, Louisville’s Metropolitan Sewer Department (MSD) has been upgrading the sewer lines in our section of town and – as a result – have had to shut down sections of Lincoln Avenue.  Specifically, the path between our store and Wendys is currently closed.  The ONLY way to get in and out of our parking lot is to take the Frisch’s Big Boy exit from Poplar Level Road (between Frisch’s and Speedway) and drive to our store from there.

Just ignore the “Road Closed” signs.  They won’t block you from our driveway.

If you get stuck trying to find your way to us, just call us at 502-451-1831 (ext 200) and we’ll help you find our store.

MSD hopes to have the work completed in the next few days, but we thought you’d appreciate a little “heads up” ahead of time. 

We are still here and ready to serve you in 2017!  Happy New Year, Louisville!

PS – This is a tricky intersection – especially right now – so we made this map up for you to help clarify what we’re talking about.  Thank you – in advance – for your patience as the City does its work.

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