Monthly Archives: April 2017

May Day Bank Holiday Opening

With many of you popping in for our open house last Saturday we are disappointed that we will be unable to do the same for you tomorrow.

That said, we will be open by appointment on Saturday for instrument try outs and other purchases. Please note that we will not be able to fit pickups or restring instruments for you that day.

We will be closed all day on Sunday.

However, on Bank Holiday Monday we be open from 10am-4pm so feel free to pop in, no appointment necessary, to try instruments, have pickups fitted, instruments restrung, browse to your heart’s content, or simply pop in for a chat with one of our experts. See you there!

28 - open may day

Busato Royale

Having a Busato Royale back in The Old Dairy makes us, once again, appreciate the sheer craftsmanship that goes into all our instruments but particularly into those in the Connoisseur Collection.

27 - busato royaleWith back and sides from old, traditionally seasoned (and CITES certified) Rio Rosewood the arched back of the Royale looks seamless. We know there is a seam but, such is the skill of master luthier Maurice Dupont, it is invisible to the eye. Couple that with the spruce top, yellowed with age (no need for tints here!), and close-grained ebony and you can see why this instrument sits in the Connoisseur range. This is not just an instrument for you to enjoy but for your children and grandchildren too.

This guitar is currently available to try at The Old Dairy but we suggest you book a slot soon as it’s not likely to be with us for very long.

Music and Maths

Continuing our Music is Good for You #WednesdayWisdom series, this week we’re taking a look at how learning music can improve your maths and science skills.

19 - music and mathsHaving show the link with language skills, memory, and empathy you may think the sciences a bit of a leap. However, if you think about it logically (see what we did there?) musical notes, chords, octaves, rhythm, and meter can all be understood mathematically. You only have to listen to Bach to hear the mathematical progression in his music to get an idea of how much maths is in music let alone get into 3rds and 5ths.

The research on whether music definitely improves maths and science ability is mixed at the moment, but there does seem to be an underlying correlation between playing an instrument and better maths skills.

For instance, a recent study found that preschoolers who got keyboard lessons performed better on a test of spatial-temporal reasoning (the ability to mentally envision spatial patterns and understand how they fit together) than children who received computer instruction or the control group who didn’t participate in either activity. Researchers believe that elevated spatial-temporal reasoning leads to better performance in both maths and science.