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We are excited to announce the launch of our new Instrument Rental website. What did we do? A complete rebrand, fresh new web-design and whole lot of new functionality to make renting instruments easier.

The aim with the new website was to streamline the process of renting instruments. We focused on improving user experience which included better product listing, better overall design, smoother e-commerce process and a lot more content. We also looked at how we could be better at providing pre-sale and post-sale support to our clients.

For those of you who don’t know about our rental services we offer instrument rental services to event companies, wedding organisers, parents renting instruments for school children, professionals playing in concerts and individuals that are in Barcelona for holidays. From Digital Pianos, Acoustic Guitars to Speakers you name it we have it.

Although this was a major upgrade our work continues. There are several areas that we want to improve further and are currently working toward that so stay tuned.

Opening of the new studio! Swing by for a glass of cava or for a free trial class!
 
The Shine School of Music in Barcelona opens doors to it’s new Space on Carrer de Pere Serafi, 23.
 
There will be music, drink and good people. And free classes! 😀
 
To reserve your free class in advance, follow the link below:
 
https://estudioshine.simplybook.it/v2/
 
Our teachers will be imparting classes from 16:00 to 20:00. Click the link below (or contact us) to book a free trial lesson lesson in any of the subjects on display that day: Guitar, Piano, Ukulele, Singing, Bass Guitar, Drums, Violin, Viola, Double Bass.
 
See you there!

Shine Music School’s first ukelélico event!

We invite you to join us, where we enjoy playing the ukulele together, in a small gathering that will be lots of fun, and good music! It’s always a great idea to play the uke! So grab you uke and come and join in on the good times in Shine’s first ukulele event in Barcelona.

 

Saturday, 27 de mayo
The Music Room (c/ Perla, nº 22)
from 19.30h

Download our PDF of 10 songs to practice beforehand, or just as a resource for fun! You can play the ukulele anywhere! It´s easy and portable!

10 song pdf.

download by clicking the following link!
! Y TUKE TOCAS

Si no tienes un uke, puedes alquilar uno desde:

https://instrumentrentalbarcelona.com/product/ukulele/

João Silva, an accomplished musician, shares his notable knowledge and experience with students of The Shine School of Music, where he teaches the violin. On Saturday the 22nd of April he will be presenting his new work on the violin in a small concert held at The Music Room for a limited audience.

We invite all Students and friends of Shine Music School to come and join us for a drink and the concert, but hurry, we only have 30 places! 🙂 You can purchase a ticket at Shine Music School in Gracia or at The Music Room. Contact us to find out more!

We look forward to seeing you there!

  • c/ La Perla 22
  • 16.30h
  • 22 April 2017

 

Born in Ponte de Lima, Portugal (1991), and growing up in an amateur musicians family he started having contact with music when he was very young. At the age of 12 he began studying classical violin at the Professional Music School of Viana do Castelo, Portugal, where he completed his degree in classical violin. At the age of 19 he began studying violin at the Hot Jazz Club of Portugal and two years later studied in ESMUC, Barcelona.
In Barcelona, he now leads and takes part in different bands such as, “João Silva & Mariano Camarasa” (Jazz), Basarab (Balkan) and DuCaña (Traditional Music of Brazil). All of them featured in several festivals and different countries such as Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Ukraine and Switzerland.

 

5 tips for bassists

So you have seen the light… After many sleepless nights you have finally understood what your soul was aching for: bone shattering lows and thick chunky grooves, earth shaking notes are what make your heart sing. Welcome to the wonderful world of bass playing. You are in good company, from Jaco Pastorius to Paul McCartney,  from Victor Wooten to Pino Paladino, the bass is one of the most powerful and expressive instruments out there. Here we have gathered some tips from experienced bassists that might save you valuable time in your quest to master the instrument.

1. It’s all about the fingers!

Tone. Feeling. Mojo. These are words used to describe that elusive sound that separates the masters from the students. No matter how expensive your instrument is, no matter how many effects are plugged into your loop channel, no matter how much you turn that amp up to 11. It’s all about the tone, and as many masters have taught us, tone is in the fingers.  Exploring the sonic possibilities is a life long journey, and there certainly is a lot of gear out there to keep you busy,  just don’t forget that whatever equipment in your signal path it all starts with your fingers.

2. Use your ears (don’t rely on patterns)

Navigating a fretboard can be intimidating, thats why a lot of guitarists and bassists  lean on scale or chord patterns they can easily move around to transpose. Although useful, you can start to rely too heavily on the “visual” part of the patterns, hampering your ability to develop your ears. Remember that though visual patterns are a great memorization tool, music is about listening, so don’t forget to open your ears.

3. Learn to play in the pocket

Maybe you have heard drummers and bassists talk about the “pocket”. The concept may sound foreign but you have certainly felt its effects. That feeling when the rhythm section is completely looked into groove? thats the pocket. Some people have defined it as a precise timing between kick drum and bass notes, others call it playing with perfect timing, others simple call it “groove”. Whatever you choose to call it, playing in the pocket is one of the elements that separates the casual player from the dedicated professional.

4. Play for the song

We’ve all been there. You’ve been practicing that sick slap riff all month and want to show it off the first chance you get. That slow flute solo in the middle of the song? perfect place to practice your finger acrobatics.  The solo ends and the band looks at you befuddled. Remember that the best musicians never stop listening to each other, and always play for the song, and not for the instrument.

5. KISS (Keep it simple, stupid)

Besides being one of the most famous rock and roll bands of all time, KISS is also an acronym for Keep It Simple, Stupid.  The sure fire way to distinguish between an amateur and a professional is, ironically, the notes that they DON’T play.

If you want to improve your bass guitar skills find more information at Shine Music School.

Or rent a bass guitar at Instrument Rental Barcelona.