2020 Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are here again, which means it’s time to find great gifts for the people in our lives. If you have a musician on your list and don’t know where to start looking for great stocking stuffers and presents, our 2020 Holiday Gift Guide is here to help!

Below we have items ranging from CDs to books to instrument accessories, online study courses, and more! Be sure to check them all out, support the music and musicians who bring so much joy to the world, and find great gifts for the musicians in your life.



Every tune is an adventure!

The new double CD by The Yuko Mabuchi Trio features 16 songs that are a mix of classic jazz, traditional pieces, and originals.

YUKO, the new album by The Yuko Mabuchi Trio

“This is a very personal album for me, to be able to perform music that I truly love. I’m thrilled to share it with you. The audience was fun, the trio had fun, and it was a fun recording! I trust that it will be as much fun for you.”

—Yuko Mabuchi

The album was recorded live at the Vibrato Jazz Club in Los Angeles. The project features Mabuchi with band mates Del Atkins on bass and Bobby Breton on drums.

“Yuko Mabuchi is a wisp of a woman, petite and delicate, until she sits down at the piano. Then, before our very eyes, she transforms into a mighty giant! Once her slender fingers touched the piano keys, we were all captivated by her enormous energy and spirited performance.”

Dee Dee McNeil, LA Jazz Scene


“YUKO” (Double CD)

Buy CDs at www.yukomabuchi.com

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The Rite of Spring: A Percussionist’s Guide

From the timpanist’s first triplet to the last sforzando G-sharp, Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” is a percussionist’s dream. Dueling timpani parts, scraped tam-tam, antique cymbals, and unique bass drum rhythms distinguish the score that changed classical music and percussion writing forever.

In this definitive guide, percussionist/timpanist Chris DeChiara — who has performed the piece numerous times under renowned conductors such as James Conlon and Christoph Eschenbach — explores the history, nuances, and discrepancies in scores and parts of the composition to enrich the perspective of percussionists navigating their own audition or performance.

With a guide to instruments, detailed interpretations of each passage, and visual examples, The Rite of Spring: A Percussionist’s Guide, will educate and inspire percussionists and conductors tackling this thrilling piece.

Order now at www.chrisdechiara.com/theriteofspringbook!

Trumpet, Trombone Bell Covers

Trumpet and tenor trombone players can help prevent the spread of COVID with the new Conn-Selmer bell covers. Created by Ira Nepus, renowned trombone player and inventor of the Softone Mute, the covers are designed to help keep air particulates from escaping the instrument while not altering the pitch or the quality of sound. Made from double layered stretch nylon and machine washable, the covers will fit up to 5-inch trumpet bells and up to 8-inch trombone bells, with lower brass sizes coming in 2021. Only available in black. Available by Conn-Selmer and where all Conn-Selmer products are sold.

Through the Photo Lens

Rob Shanahan’s photographs have appeared in numerous international ad campaigns, galleries, records, books, and magazines around the globe. His collection, Volume 1: Through The Lens Of Music Photographer Rob Shanahan, is a who’s who of music icons, including artists such as Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, Keith Richards, Eddie Van Halen, Joe Walsh, Quincy Jones, Christina Aguilera, Sheila E, Elton John, Josh Groban, Slash, Avril Lavigne, and more. With a foreword by Ringo Starr, this book also includes artist quotes and photo shoot anecdotes collected from the past 25 years as one of the go-to photographers in the music industry.

Cool 2020 interview with Rob Shanahan!

Give the Gift of College Prep

The College Prep for Musicians™ online self-study course and additional book has everything you need to know about applying to college as a musician. The six-module course, led by creators Annie Bosler, DMA, Don Greene, PhD, and Kathleen Tesar, EdD, is a must for middle and high school students who want to pursue music studies in college.

The information delivered in the 17 lectures covers organizational tools, preparation assessment, career options, and more. Useful aids such as repertoire spreadsheets, an audition matrix, PDF guides, and other tools are included. Each of the three course creators brings a different perspective and background to the subject, from top conservatory admissions experience, to years of teaching and professional performing, to Olympic coaching and audition preparation.

Fishman Loudbox Artist

The Fishman Loudbox Artist packs 120 watts of ultra-clean, bi-amplified acoustic power into an incredibly lightweight and portable package. It features two versatile channels that can each accept an instrument or mic input. Fishman’s legendary tone and feedback-fighting controls, plus a dual-effects section, make the Loudbox Artist a great choice for the seriously active musician. Featuring Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, three-band EQ with shelving bass and treble, resonant-style midrange, input gain with 10dB pad and clip indicator, 24-Volt phantom power for condenser mics, dual digital effects section with Reverb, Delay, Chorus, Flanger and Slap Echo, dedicated effects loop, balanced XLR outputs on each input channel and main mix, channel mute, headphone output, and a two-way speaker design with built-in 10-degree baffle angle.

Professional Studio Headphones

Whether you’re an artist, engineer, podcaster, video editor, or content producer, you’re always in creative mode. AKG K371-BT professional studio headphones strike the perfect balance between studio-quality sound, Bluetooth functionality, plush comfort, and a sleek, sturdy design that stands up to your mobile lifestyle.

K371-BTs are precision-engineered to match AKG’s Reference Response acoustic target to reproduce natural, balanced audio in extraordinary detail, so you can make more confident decisions when mixing and editing. They deliver deeper bass and higher highs than any other model in class, with a stunning frequency response of 5 Hz to 40 kHz. K371-BTs offer the convenience of switchable Bluetooth wireless and wired connectivity: A built-in microphone allows two-way Bluetooth communications, whether you’re in a studio session or a conference call.

Stories of a Gig Warrior

In his new book, Keys to the White House and Other Stories of a Gig Warrior, pianist/keyboardist Bob Boguslaw details his 22-year career with the “President’s Own” Marine Band and the years as a freelance musician that led him there. Join Bob as he performs in the Grand Foyer of the White House, on cruise ships, with Latin American show bands, in classical and jazz concerts in some of the world’s great concert halls, and paying his dues in dives.Come along on this personal journey that has included an up-close view of many historic US events both at the White House and abroad.

Available at Bob Boguslaw’s website, Amazon.com, and BarnesandNoble.com.


Rise8 Music Gifts

Rock out while you cook out with these microphone inspired kitchen utensils from Rise8 Studios, check them out at www.rise8musicgifts.com and see all of their unique and fun gifts and products for musicians and music lovers like guitar-neck utensils, guitar body picture frames, drumstick utensils, and brand new guitar-neck clothes hangers! Everything is on sale now. Use coupon code MM2020 for 15% off your first order, free shipping for orders over $30. Sale ends December 18.

Complete Care and Conditioning Products for Instruments, Gear, and Electronics

We’ve solved your musical instrument care and gear maintenance problems with advanced product formulas that are designed to enhance sound quality, maximize performance, and protect in one simple, easy, fast application.

STRINGTone® Guitar Parts/Strings is the first string-care product to penetrate deep into the string’s core for total lubrication and conditioning.

LECTRICare® gets the job done where all others fail. Three targeted contact cleaning and conditioning formulas to handle a wide variety of environmental conditions.

  • Music Electronics
  • Stage Sound/Lighting
  • Cine/Broadcast

PROcussionCare® with three unique formulas for state-of-the-art drum kit care and maintenance.

  • WearBarrier
  • CymbalCare
  • PedalLube

BRITETone® is an advanced micro-thin metal and wood conditioner/lubricant for all brass, wind, orchestral, and band instruments.



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