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Oct 2013

More Courses Available!

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dan_solo.jpgAnother big announcement for Arbutus Music!

Adding to our technology courses and private lessons, Ableton & Electronic Music Course now at Arbutus!!!

Dan Solo is a professional dj and electronic music producer with over 10 years experience in western Canada's music industry. Check out the details of the course and some of Dan's work here! Don't forget we also do one on one private lessons in recording and technology.

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12

Sep 2013

HUGE Product Announcement

Posted by arbutusmusic

e17e8ec5aaf0711b08c8a968e6e698cf_f91.jpgA HUGE announcement. I'm very proud that the hardest working guitar is now working it's butt off here at Arbutus Music... 

We are very proud to be Takamine Guitar's newest dealer!

~Cheers, Rich

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04

Sep 2013

Another Teacher Announcement

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1d4847b6ad75d7180d0ad6489f6180f3_f90.jpgAnother teacher announcement! We are very happy to announce our newest edition to our teaching roster, Chantelle Ko. She will be replacing Scherene as our new Violin instructor.

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03

Sep 2013

Eric Harper Joins Arbutus Teaching Roster

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e19b82a6896ea98554070a2f96dd5b5f_f89.jpgWe are very proud to announce that Eric Harper has joined our teaching roster this Fall. He brings a huge arsenal of skills and will fit nicely with our other teachers. Eric teaches all styles of guitar and brings World Music, Flamenco, Brazilian and high level classical guitar as well as songwriting, scoring and music technology and business. Take time to read his bio and check out his page links

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Aug 2013

SM57 or SM58?

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1174774_621578804549569_924303869_n.jpgRecording tip for you young engineers out there. I was arranging my mic drawer and thought I'd post this little fact you might not know. If you're sweating in your home studio because you don't have a SM57 you only have a SM58 to mic your snare or guitar cab, and everyone on every forum said to use a '57 don't panic. A SM57 and SM58 use the same transformer, cartridge, and even handle. Yup, same part numbers. The only difference is the removable grill on the '58 and voila, a '57. (We'll talk another time about losing that transformer) ~cheers, RIch

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Aug 2013

Dutchie and his harp guitar recovered

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Original Story posted in the Campbell River Mirror - May 30, 2013

80e7526563c7bf1ed432c0885a2baa91_f74.jpgCampbell River was home to many interesting characters in its early days.

One such character was well-known figure Charles Neuberg, better known locally as Dutchie, who was remembered as a short man with a large moustache.  Originally from Saxony (before it became a part of Germany), he spent 40 years in the Campbell River area as a logger and general handy man.

To many, however, he was probably best known as a musician.

Dutchie played at all the local dances, in the Willows Hotel, and at the Quinsam Hotel, where a sketch of Dutchie graced the wall for many years.  He played a unique instrument known as a harp guitar, pictured here.  There are many stories told about Dutchie and his musical performances; in one instance, Dutchie and his instrument were attacked by an angry ram while on his way home from a dance!

Sadly, when Dutchie died in October of 1949, he had no family and the harp guitar was believed lost.  That is, until several weeks ago when the museum was approached by the current owner of the guitar, Alpha Barr, who wondered if the Museum would be interested in acquiring it for the collection!

Barr, a long time Nanaimo resident, had purchased the harp guitar several years ago from former Campbell River resident, Palmer Winquist.  Winquist had acquired the instrument from a woman whose identity is currently unknown. The story of how this woman came to own the harp guitar is an interesting one.  Sometime after Dutchie’s death, his house was scheduled to be burned down by the Campbell River Fire Department.  This woman was aware that the instrument was still in the building, so she asked if she could go in and get it before the house was burned.  The rest, as they say, is history.

4f3a264a590714546725469189516fe1_f75.jpgBarr had just put the harp guitar up for sale at Arbutus Music in Nanaimo when, luckily for us, her son found photographs online of Dutchie and the harp guitar on the Museum at Campbell River website, where many of our archival photographs have been digitized and are available to search.  Barr immediately put a hold on the instrument at Arbutus Music and called the Museum, so that we could have the opportunity to purchase it for the collection.

We are so grateful to have such a unique piece of Campbell River’s heritage safely deposited at the Museum!  We wish to sincerely thank both Alpha Barr and Richard Leighton of Arbutus Music for making this possible.

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07

Jun 2013

The Next Step Vocal Workshop

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The Next Step Vocal Workshop: Aug 17-19

Now that you have learned the basics of vocal techniques, take those skills to the next level with this intermediate vocal course. Work on expression and individuality in your singing voice and develop self-confidence and stage presence. Explore all genres of mainstream music and then show off your talent in a final private concert and recording session.


2 day workshop (10am-6pm) $249


Private concert on the third day at 8pm

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12

Mar 2013

Sigma Guitars are back!

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Arbutus Music is glad to join forces with Sigma Guitars once again.  In the past we were a staunch supporter of Sigma and after Martin Guitars had put Sigma on the shelf, as not to compete with their Mexican production, the Sigma name fell into the shadows. It has been ressurected and all the previous models and more are back.  The build quality is excellent and for the lower to mid-priced guitar, you will be hard pressed to find a better deal. Also with all the Martin classics, D-35's, vintage D-28's and OM models, right up to the D-45 available, you can have that dream guitar at a budget, or a second for the campfire and leave your prize Martin at home!

Please have a look at Sigma's website and drop on in and take one for a spin.

http://www.sigma-guitars.com/

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12

Mar 2013

Warwick Basses and Amps have arrived!

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We are proud to announce we are now the exclusive dealer for Warwick basses and amplifiers for Vancouver Island. Warwick is an elite and incredibly built and designed bass, being used by the best bass players in the world.  We carry the full range of basses from the offshore built, Chinese and Korean, to the German production. Come in and give them a play!

See their full product lines and endorsees at http://www.warwick.de/modules/start/start.php.

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Mar 2012

Arbutus Music Gear Relocation Program

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Arbutus Music Relocating Gear to New Happy Homes!

The Gear Relocation Program has made two customers really happy in just the last week!  First there was Lyle.

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And then came along another happy customer and friend who found a home for a custom G&L.  The G&L was only at Arbutus Music for one day! 

Enjoy making music with your "new to you" pieces of equipment.  There are always more in the store, so come on by and see what is hanging out in the Gear Relocation Section of Arbutus Music.

If you have the need to see some gear find a new home, bring it down to Arbutus where you know that you can trust it will be sold at the right price to a good home. 

Gear Relocation Program - Get the Gear Here.

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