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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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Sign Up to Play LIVE ON STAGE with Jim Brickman!

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If you’re a member of our Partners In Education Program and you have students between the ages of 10 and 18 who can play a Christmas song or a Jim Brickman song, you will want to pay close attention to this blog.  Your students could win the unbelievable opportunity to perform with five-time platinum-selling pianist, Jim Brickman – LIVE ON STAGE!

Read more about the program by clicking here.

[UPDATE] Signups are closed now, but we have a wonderful selection of students who will perform for Jim on Saturday, November 5.  The program will begin at 10am and run until about noon.

Jim is looking for a great performance, original ideas and features from The Roland LX-17 included in the performance.  The song must be a Christmas song or a Jim Brickman tune.  If you’d like to schedule a private coaching session in Louisville with James before November 5, contact him at 502-451-1831 x200.  James is available this week from 10am – 6pm (except for Tuesday).

Jim will chose one or two students to perform with him… but all performers will get to meet Jim in person and will have a wonderful, uplifting experience.  Don’t let YOUR kids miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime memory!

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The Jim Brickman Experience of a Lifetime!

Have you ever dreamed of performing LIVE with a legendary pianist?

Well, thanks to a special partnership between Gist Piano Center and Roland, you can win a chance to do JUST THAT!
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Five-time Platinum-selling pianist and songwriter, Jim Brickman, is coming to Louisville this Holiday Season and we’re offering members of our Partners In Education program the experience of a lifetime!

Jim is bringing his LIVE concert event “Comfort and Joy” to The Brown Theater on Tuesday, December 20.  All PIE students (and their family members) who purchase tickets to this show may register with James at Gist Piano Center to attend a special PRIVATE sound check with Jim!

Better yet – If you are a current member of PIE  – between the ages of 10 and 18, AND you can perform a Holiday song or a Jim Brickman tune – then you may audition for an opportunity to perform LIVE – ON STAGE with Jim Brickman!

To audition for this experience of a lifetime, have your teacher contact James at Gist Piano Center.  Auditions will occur on Saturday, November 5 at Gist Piano Center in Louisville.  A MAXIMUM of 50 students will be allowed to audition and Jim will select one or two students to perform with him LIVE at his December 20th show!lx-17-1

Students will audition on the all-new Roland LX-17 digital piano and judges will evaluate performances based on technique, interpretation and the creative use of the Roland LX-17.  Each student will schedule at least two practice sessions on the Roland piano prior to the audition.  All students must complete a registration form, provide proof of print music purchase (no photocopies allowed) and have a signed media release form to audition.  Winners will be announced on Gist Piano Center Louisville’s Facebook page.

Don’t miss this incredible chance to meet one of the World’s favorite pianists!  The Jim Brickman Experience of a Lifetime is sponsored by Roland and Gist Piano Center.

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Save on Roland Pianos this Summer in Lexington!

Summer Time.  It’s a great time to relax, take vacations, and try new some new things.  Not a sun-1.jpg~originalweek goes by where we don’t hear about someone who wishes they had taken piano lessons or had never stopped taking piano lessons.  It’s never too late to learn, and that’s the truth!

While starting piano lessons and purchasing a piano *gulp* may seem daunting and too expensive, partnering with Roland US, we have made it even easier to get started learning the piano, or upgrading to a better instrument!

In conjunction with our Red Tag Summer Clearance Sale, Roland has made available some incredible financing options.

But first, let me tell you about the pianos!

Just the facts –

Roland LX-7 Digital Piano*All Roland digital pianos have 88-keys (the same amount of keys found on your standard acoustic piano)

*All Roland digital pianos have progressive hammer action weighted keys (what?!  – this means that the action of the keys feels like an acoustic piano – you play harder, sounds louder – you play lightly, sounds softer – the keys progressively feel heavier to lighter (like on an acoustic piano)

* All Roland digital pianos have (at least) a sustain pedal.  You will need this – trust me.

* All Roland digital pianos do not need to be tuned (see, already saving you money!)

* All Roland digital pianos have SuperNATURAL piano sound (again, what?!  Are there ghosts in the piano?  No.  “While traditional digital designs focus on creating a simple snapshot of an acoustic piano’s sound, SuperNATURAL Piano gives pianists a complete playing experience, with the touch, feel, and tonal behavior of a real acoustic grand.”  Look here for more info.

*Roland has FREE piano apps available to help with learning and some other great learning tools.  Check out our Pinterest page for a list of some that are available.

*Some Roland digital pianos even have Bluetooth capabilities! This makes it even easier to connect your piano to your tablet and access some pretty awesome piano apps (we even give you some free music that you can download with select pianos).

*All Roland digital pianos come with great warranties – from 5-10 years, depending on the model.  Don’t worry, this instrument will last!

We have several Roland digital pianos on sale, right now, including a Roland FP-20 ($599), HP-504, HPi-50e, LX-7, LX-17, and V-Grand!

But that’s not all!  Roland has made special LOW INTEREST financing available on their current model pianos until August 31, 2017. (Limited to two pianos per buyer.  Credit approval required)

  • 12-Month Same as Cash with $0 down
  • 36-month or 60-month financing at 7.99% APR with $0 down

Lexington Store PicTake a trip to Gist Piano Center – Lexington to check out these pianos or call Heather at 859-254-8492 x400 with questions!  See you soon!

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Let’s Get Digital: A Piano Lesson for Piano Teachers

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Music Education now includes smart phones, tablets and digital equipment.

Technology is as familiar to today’s piano students as the unique arrangement of black and white keys is to pianists. In fact, studies show that digital pianos are outselling their acoustic (upright) cousins at a rate of six-to-one Worldwide. That means that more and more piano students are beginning their journey with technology and – as a “cool” piano teacher – it’s critical that you speak that language well!

You know that technology can help you and your students, but where do you begin? Digital pianos, tablets, MIDI files, apps – there are many options, but how do you find the best solution for you?

Roland's Laura Zaruta is a piano educator and clinician.

Roland’s Laura Zaruta is a piano educator and clinician.

Join us for a hands-on practice session where we all become students again! Sit at a piano with your tablet and smart phone, and experience a lesson from the perspective of a modern piano student. Watch how fun and productive technology can be as we work through a basic lesson plan together. You’ll see the real-life applications for many of these simple technologies and you’re guaranteed to find at least a few things that are perfect for your studio.

Don’t miss this interactive workshop with Piano Educator, Roland Clinician and Lifetime Student, Laura Zaruta. Admission for this program is free, but since everyone will be at a piano we ask that you RSVP to Heather Hamilton by Saturday, February 27.

Let’s get digital together! See you there!

Louisville:  “Leap Day” Monday, February 29, 2016 (10am – 1pm)
Lexington:  Tuesday, March 1, 2016 (10am – 1pm)

Gist will serve a light lunch following the workshop.

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