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.

Save 35% at Christmas in July

[Lexington – 7/26-8/2]  Deck the Halls and light up the lights!  It’s Christmas in July at Gist Piano Center Lexington!

That’s right!  We’re offering UNBELIEVABLE savings on all in-store print music, piano accessories, gift items and more as part of our “Christmas in July” celebration.  Save 35% on all in-stock (non-piano) items for ONE WEEK ONLY!

Also, save BIG on pianos as part of our Red Tag Summer Clearance Sale – happening at the same time!  All of our pianos (new and used) are on sale.  You can even save BIG MONEY on digital pianos, player systems and keyboards!

OH, the weather outside is delightful!  We’ve planned for your arrival!  Everything on sale must go!   Save some dough!  Save some dough!  Save some dough!

Fall is right around the corner.  Stock up now and SAVE!

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The Perfect Church Piano

A Church PianoIf you’ve been following our blog, you’ve probably noticed that this topic comes up from time to time.  …and while I’ve tried to recommend a number of digital instruments over the years, some of you have brought it to my attention that I’ve never discussed an ideal acoustic piano for your church.  As usual, different folks have different opinions, but I’ve been a worship leader for almost 15 years and I’ve been in the piano business for even longer than that.  Hopefully, my combined experience will help you cut through the sales hype and find the perfect worship piano for your church.

As always, please feel free to comment below if you have any thoughts or questions.  I take the time to respond to everyone.

God bless!

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The Ultimate Worship Keyboard or Digital Piano

worship keyboard

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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