Amid the store's array of new instruments, vintage instruments, and even some vintage skirts, Fanny and her staff of experienced musicians will help you learn the basics of your preferred instrument. Under their careful tutelage, you'll learn to harness the funk as it escapes your heart, travels through your bloodstream, and wafts out of your finger-pores in a funk mist. At Fanny's House of Music, budding musicians can take the first step of a glamorous journey that will have them rapidly ascending to rock stardom, weathering their band’s unfortunate yet predictable break-up, and reluctantly joining a reunion tour that will pay off their debts and gain a new legion of Japanese fans.
George Gruhn, a published and widely recognized authority on vintage six-strings, fills his 12,000-square-foot shop with an eclectic array of instruments and accessories, all overseen by a knowledgeable staff. Sell or insure your axe at its proper worth with a printed assessment of value, drawing on George Gruhn's more than 40 years of instrument-appraising experience. The showroom teems with a spectacular sonorous menagerie and stocks accessories including softcover copies of the owner's own book, Gruhn's Guide to Vintage Guitars ($24.99), leather pick holders ($4), and shaker eggs ($3) that provide rhythms more steady and tight than those provided by Charo's toothbrush.
Professional six-string shredder Ron Worrell has honed his craft under Grammy-winning jazz musicians and guitar players for Michael Jackson and Jeff Beck. From his studies, he has gleaned the best ways to show beginners the ropes. Lessons for the acoustic, electric, or bass guitar take place in the student's home, at Ron's Music Row studio in Nashville, or even online.
Old-fashioned singing is the iPod dock of the lungs, but unfortunately, some lungs are silenced by shyness. Today's deal gives your budding American Idol a musical education worthy of their city. For $25, you will get an hour of one-on-one voice lessons at Music Row's Kristin K. Smith Voice Studio (a $65 value). You can buy up to three Groupons per person, but you'll have to use them on consecutive weeks.Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
Despite being blessed with a mellifluous, five-octave voice and an unwavering desire to sing, Brett Manning couldn’t find a vocal coach who would give him the results he wanted, always slipping back into the same problems and frustrations. That all changed when he met a wizened old gentleman who had spent his career amassing effective exercises and training some of the country's top singers. Taking classes from his new mentor, Manning began his own experimental foray into vocal training, streamlining his newly discovered secrets and adding new tricks to enhance his lessons. Before long, he was helping Broadway casts, Grammy-winning artists, and big-label singers to improve their vocal performances and shame all other party invitees in renditions of "Happy Birthday."
At Brett Manning's studio, a hand-selected coterie of coaches—each individually trained in Manning’s method—helps to shape up aspiring crooners, bringing a wide range of experiences to lessons. Classes are available in person, over the phone, or on Skype, allowing students to hone their pipes from across the country or safely hidden in the studio's air ducts.
Pro Music Academy's founder, Chad Chapin, was fresh off a five-year tour as a percussionist and guitar player for Ben Folds when he returned home. He was greeted by his 2-year-old daughter, who promptly said “Thanks, Daddy, for coming over.” The statement tugged at Chapin’s heartstrings and he had a revelation: that he could spend more time with his family by practicing music right in Nashville. He called on other professional musicians to form an elite group of instructors, and thus, Pro Music Academy was born. During 30-minute lessons, instructors known for touring with recording juggernauts such as Sheryl Crow, Madonna, Casting Crowns, Carrie Underwood, Toby Mac, and many more teach pupils how to master vocals, song writing, instruments, and how to squeeze a tuba into the driver's seat of a tour bus.
When Nashville Demo Studio speaks of its team of hit songwriters and industry professionals, it is no idle boast. Company president and showbiz veteran Jimi Whitelaw oversees a staff that includes Will Rambeaux—who has worked for Faith Hill, Trick Pony, and American Idol—and Billy Montana, whose recent collaborators include Lee Greenwood, Kenny Chesney, and Martina McBride. The studio also supplies instrumentation, vocals, and recording opportunities while leaving copyright ownership and distribution rights firmly in their clients’ hands. Though the stable of musicians skews to Southern-fried genres, they can also ably handle pop, R & B, and countrified interpretations of whale calls. All services are available both in person and online via Skype.