At the age at which most children learn to speak, Mozart had already composed four symphonies, restored 11 classic cars, and built a robot to play against in squash. Catch up to Mozart's accomplishments with today's Groupon to Encore Music in Mount Pleasant. Choose between the following options:
• For $15, you get $30 toward musical instruments or accessories.
• For $50, you get four 30-minute music lessons covering drums, guitar, bass, or piano (a $120 value).
Encore Music’s instructors help students realize their rock 'n' roll dreams through careful tutelage and a range of rock-enabling equipment. Budding maestros can bolster equipment caches with a variety of instruments, effect pedals, song-recounting parrots, and electronic recording implements from Encore’s sound creating stock. Blast vocals through high-voltage speakers with a Shure PG48-XLR microphone ($39.99), equip a grooving bassist with DR Hi Beam bass strings ($24.99), or shift pitches with a Kyser Capo ($19.99).
The four separate half-hour lessons are geared around each pupil's tastes and skill levels, studying music ranging from powerful punk rock to earnest, writerly laments about the cancellation of MTV Cribs. The lessons are scheduled throughout the week and do not have an age requirement.
During the mid-1970s, two touring musicians named Ed Blanton Jr. and Bubba Willis opened the original Encore Music to share their vast knowledge with aspiring tunesmiths and to stock a variety of quality instruments that would rival the inventory of a large franchise store. Though successful, the partners eventually went their separate ways in 1986. Ed Blanton Jr.’s son, Ed Blanton III, revived Encore Music two decades later with the same goals in mind, calling upon his experiences in the East Coast punk-rock scene to motivate young musicians and mohawks to reach for the sky. In its current incarnation, Encore Music now offers music lessons in guitar, bass, piano, and drums, and stocks all the equipment necessary to create an at-home recording studio.