NAMM and Making Music Magazine Forecast Hottest Musical Must-Haves
Many of this year’s best-selling items are likely to be fretted instruments, including acoustic guitars, which saw sales rise 15 percent last year, according to data from Music Trades. The ukulele renaissance continues (thank you, Bruno Mars) with a wider variety of sizes and styles, which helped push last year’s sales up 54 percent. As the uke trend enters its second phase, the demand for portable, fun-for-all instruments is carrying over to similar categories. Stores are stocking a new class of compact guitars for easy travel at beginner-friendly pricing, and banjos, which are gaining popularity in step with string-heavy bands such as Mumford and Sons.
In addition, keyboards, especially digital models, offer compact convenience and concert sound at affordable prices. New technology has given both professional and aspiring musicians unprecedented abilities to make and manipulate music, spurring sales for items such as digital DJ controllers (up 54 percent) that incorporate the processing power of iPods and iPads to achieve pro effects within any aspiring DJ’s reach.
“It’s never too early or too late to learn how to play music and instruments are perfect gifts for anyone on your holiday list, no matter what age or level of experience,” said Antoinette Follet, editor-in-chief, Making Music magazine. “They’re the type of gifts that keep on giving because they’re also an investment in the lifelong appreciation of music.”
“Sales of acoustic guitars, ukuleles and even DJ machines are gaining ground because they answer a need for personal enjoyment,” said Pete Gamber, educational representative for Music & Arts, a national chain of musical instrument stores. “Most people who buy a ukulele or a DJ machine don’t buy it because they’re starting a rock band; it’s something they’re doing at home or for family parties.”
NAMM and Making Music magazine’s holiday gift guide promises unique and memorable gifts for everyone, from the amateur to aficionado.
Hot Holiday Gift Ideas for Musicians
Ohana offers solid mahogany models with beautiful abalone inlays, tortoise shell binding and the finish of a fine musical instrument.
The iO Dock is back and more capable than ever. The updated iO Dock II picks up where the original left off by unlocking the power of the iPad to provide professional recording capabilities in a simple-to-use design. Just slide your Lightning or 30-pin iPad into the dock and open your favorite iOS recording app to start creating.
Yamaha P-95 Digital Piano has dynamic, high-quality sound via its Advanced Wave Memory sampling system, creating the realism of an acoustic instrument. The Graded Hammer Standard keyboard provides natural piano touch response.
Fifty drum, cymbal, percussion, and other sounds help you practice meaningfully. The built-in learning features include a follow-the-lights exercise, which helps simplify beats for you, and 50 play-along patterns.
Daisy Rock’s exclusive “Slim & Narrow” neck design makes it easier for girls with smaller hands to play the guitar. Lightweight construction makes the guitar easier to manage and more comfortable to play.
Can be played with the hands, sticks or mallets. Kids enjoy playing this big drum solo style but have the most fun when other kids (big kids too) join in the fun, inventing cool rhythm patterns all on their own.
From music school to home, from recording studio to backstage dressing room, the pocket-sized VT-12 is your ultimate traveling vocal coach. With a variety of built-in exercises and warm-ups for improving your vocal skills, the VT-12 provides real-time analysis of your pitch while you sing so you can visualize your progress.
The Model 3 Flute features Gemeinhardt’s exclusive four-post foot joint construction for especially strong flutes, as well as a unique embouchure hole design, proportioned tone holes, and pad cups to ensure even response and extraordinary tone throughout all registers. Other features include an inline or offset G key, a triple-coated silver-plated finish, and a Y-arm mechanism.
– Same features as the original Slick Nut but with a molded Skull body design. Glows in the dark. A quick release cymbal fastener that also features an anti-theft device. Simply hold in button, put on cymbal stand rod and release button. Reduces Set up/teardown time, easy tension adjustment, works with any size cymbal, even X-Hats.
A trimmed-down, lightweight body for rapid motion is married to screamin’ Dean hi-output pickups and a lightning-fast, full-scale neck to create a lean and mean sound machine. Radical body style and black hardware give it looks to kill for.
The Student 32 melodica features 32 keys, with a range of more than 21/2 full octaves for both soprano and alto. Ideal for all players, from beginner to professional, this melodica’s keyboard starts with the F below middle C. Comes complete with mouthpiece and custom Hohner case.
The perfect toy drumset for your budding little drummer. Tthis set-up is similar to that of a real drum set with two solid wood drums and soft drumheads. It includes a metal cymbal and a ribbed “rhythm stick” percussion accessory. Watch their face light up when they open this gift! Recommended for ages 3 and up.
Personalized gifts make the best gifts! This beautiful Personalized Guitar Pick is the perfect gift for the guitar player in your life. Whether they’re a rocker, a metal head, or a country music fan, they’ll love this solid sterling silver guitar pick with their engraved name. Not just a display piece, this is a real pick that can be used for “making music.” Ideal for the career musician or anyone who plays a stringed instrument requiring a pick.
Vater’s gloves feature synthetic leather with a breathable mesh backing and elasticated panels on the sides of the fingers. This combination provides the drummer great flexibility, fit and improved ventilation to assure maximum comfort while performing. Vater’s gloves improve grip and protect hands from blisters without compromising natural feel and sensitivity.
See the music clearly, end eyestrain and stop struggling to see the notes. Lampcraft’s battery powered Super GigLight lets you play anywhere, anytime — free from the restrictions of power cords. Perform outdoors, rehearse in dimly lit rooms, use in the pit and avoid tangled cords!
Everlast Coated Acoustic Strings use groundbreaking nanotechnology that repels unwanted moisture and oils that negatively impact your tone. 1,000 times thinner than any other string coating on the market, the treatment is applied to both the inner hex core and outer wrap wire to provide ultimate protection without compromising tone or feel.
Enhanced with SuperNATURAL power, the TD-11KV V-Drums V-Compact Series brings a more natural and realistic playing experience to drummers of any skill level and budget. Affordable and easy to use, this new electronic kit is perfect for a variety of applications, including practice, teaching, recording, live performance, and more.
Schecter Guitar Research Synyster Custom Electric Guitar
The Schecter Synyster Standard guitar is loaded with signature appointments designed by Synyster Gates, guitarist of the band Avenged Sevenfold. The Synyster Standard gives you a set neck design with a mahogany neck and body along with a original Floyd Rose tremolo system and Seymour Duncan Custom Invader pickups. The signature Synyster inlays on the neck and the silver strips on the body of the guitar give you a shocking new look that is sure to turn heads!
The Casio digital piano comes with a Tri-Sensor 88-note scaled hammer-action keyboard, built-in USB/MIDI interface, four dynamic layers of stereo piano samples integrated with proprietary Linear Morphing System. Its Acoustic Resonance DSP allows it to simulate the sound of open strings.
Fission Bass Powerchord FX Pedal lets any bassist lay down beds of power by adding stacked harmonies over their bass lines. Through an intuitive set of controls and footswitches, several combinations of octaves, 4th and 5th above the root note combine to produce powerchords or octave-up effects.
Complete with lacquer finish, .433″ bore, 6″ handspun brass bell, monel valves, hand lapped pistons, moveable mouthpiece receiver, 3rd valve slide trigger, includes a custom mouthpiece and zipper case with shoulder strap.
Gator has added road-safe ATA cases to it’s popular G-TOUR line specifically designed to fit the latest most popular ‘Lunchbox’ style guitar amp heads. This new line provides the top-notch quality and protection with thick plywood construction and a tough PVC exterior. The interior is lined with Specialized EVA foam padding to safely house your head unit.
When less is more, this is the stick bag for you! Cleverly designed to hold 4-5 implements such as sticks, brushes, rutes and mallets—the essentials! The bag features a hook-and-strap system for secure suspension from the floor tom or snare. The straps fit neatly into the bag when not in use. An internal pocket and elastic drum key loop make the bag complete! Crafted in durable, water-resistant nylon.
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