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.
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:
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.
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.
Ever dreamed of being a little bit like Bob Dylan, Beethoven or Janis Joplin? I believe most of us have, but find it difficult to know which instrument will suit us best. Yes, that’s the tough part for all amateur musicians. Sometimes you start out with an ukelele, then move on to a guitar, but end up singing or playing the piano. That’s what makes music magical, fresh and immensely creative. So many options, so many instruments, so many sounds. This is also why renting an instrument is usually the best way to find out if you finally found that “treasure” you where looking for. We always have time to experiment, try new things and change if we feel deep inside there might be another instrument that will fill our heart with joy.
If you find yourself at this point, wondering which instrument might bring a little sunshine into your life, you are more than welcome to come around The Music Room and try different instruments until you say “hey, I’ve found it!”.
Luckily, The Music Room has managed to keep reasonable prices, and you can also have a cup of hot sweet coffee or tea while you decide which one you want to take home. The price is the same for 3 days or 30 days, so why not take one home and give it a try!
We are now located at Pere Serafi 23 in the heart of Gracia, with a full range of instruments starting from guitars, acoustic guitars, guitaleles, ukeleles, pianos and more.
As Plato once said : “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything”
Shine Music School is offering a fun new music course for children.
For children between the ages of 3 and 5 are taught about music, through touch, sound and thought, all in a safe, creative environment focused on hands-on learning through play. Each group class is an hour long and hosted in our new location in Gracia. Mums and Dads are welcome to come along too. Our first Trimester begins this October and completes in December.
Contact the school to find out more and sign up your littlest to learn all about music. Read our interview here with Piano teacher Leandro to find out why learning music from a young age can be so important!
You are never too old or young to begin music! At the Shine School of Music we understand that each student is an individual with distinct musical needs and preferences.
We offer students in Barcelona flexible lesson plans with creative content tailored to your level and music interests. Everything from guitar and piano to violin and the drums! It’s easy to sign up and start your musical journey now:
The school will contact you directly by email or phone when we receive your form. Once your registration payment is confirmed, we will set up your first lesson with your teacher. Lessons are conducted in our classrooms at one of our three locations in Gracia, Barcelona or online via Skype.
If you have any questions or doubts, explore our website or contact us directly.
About the Shine School of Music
The Shine School of Music offers music training with qualified and experienced teachers. The school provides quality music education for students of all ages and all levels. Now, students all over the world are learning music with the Shine School of Music. Participate in guitar classes, piano classes and more through our Online Classes.
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