Music Lesson Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide
Happy Holidays! This time of season can be stressful for a lot of people. As you run around trying to figure out what you are going to get for your child, family member, friend, or coworker who loves music, we have come up with a simple stocking stuffer gift guide to help relieve some of that stress.
FOR THE DRUMMER IN YOUR LIFE
Moon Gels - $6.99
With a name like moon gel, you know you've found the best gift of the year.
"Moongel Percussion Dampening Gels are a wonderful and easy way to control unwanted resonance and overtones. Move the pad around on the surface of your drums or cymbals to create the desired tone. These washable pads are made form a soft nylon gel. They are self-adhesive and retain their stickiness for years. The RTOM Moongel Percussion Dampening Gels come in a 4-pack plastic carrier." Every drummer should have these in their arsenal!
Drum Key - $2.95
I don't know how much to say about this. If you know someone who plays drums and doesn't have a drum key, this should be the first thing you buy them. Drum keys fit the tension rods of the drums to tune them up and make them sound pretty. It can also be used to tighten certain hardware. If you have someone in drum lessons, this is a must have. Being the cheapest thing on the list, its a great option to throw in the stocking!
FOR THE SINGER IN YOUR LIFE
The Singing Machine Wireless Microphone - $12.99
If you have the next Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, or karaoke superstar in your life, this is the best gift you can give them!
"Channel your inner pop star. The Singing Machine Wireless Microphone is a Uni-Directional dynamic wireless microphone with a VHF receiver. Plug it into your microphone Jack and do away with messy cords. The Singing Machine Wireless Microphone has a wide frequency response and high sensitivity for optimal performance. Note, you can only use one SMM107 per machine, as more than one receiver will cause interference. Battery Operated"
If you have someone in voice lessons or just loves to sing check out this item!
FOR THE GUITARIST IN YOUR LIFE
String Winder/Cutter - $7.93
This is one of the best tools (besides a tuner) for a person in guitar lessons, or who just loves playing Van Halen licks in the basement. Having a guitar string winder/cutter saves time and hassle by making it easier to get your guitar strings tight and cut.
"The Planet Waves Pro-Winder is a patented high-quality peg winder with a built-in string clipper. Ergonomically designed with hardened tool-steel wire cutters. The Pro-Winder enables you to change strings with just a single tool. Easy and comfortable to use. Unconditionally guaranteed."
Electric Guitar String - $4.45
I can't tell you how many people don't realize they need new guitar strings! The natural oils on our hands will slowly destroy your strings. If you have someone who plays electric guitar, these are our favorite strings on the market. Plus, they are cheap!
"Regular Slinky Electric Strings are Ernie Ball's top-selling set and are favored by many musicians around the globe. Regular Slinky wound strings are made from a nickel-plated, steel wire wrapped around a hex-shaped, steel core wire. The plain strings are made of specially tempered, tin-plated, high-carbon steel, producing a well-balanced tone for your guitar.
All Ernie Ball strings are precision manufactured to the highest standards and the most exacting specs to assure consistency, optimum performance, and long life.
Ernie Ball is a pioneer of rock and roll guitar strings. Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Steve Vai, and Slash are among the long list of Slinky players."
With a list like that of guitarists, you'd be crazy to not pick these up. Who knows, maybe if you change those strings you can start playing like them too(Not guaranteed). If you know some in guitar lessons, toss these things in the stocking and watch everyone be a lot happier.
Acoustic Guitar Strings - $10.99
Just like the electric guitar strings, putting new strings on your guitar is crucial. These strings usually last longer than a lot of other brands, which makes our guitar students happy, and our guitar teachers even happier!
"Elixirs are the first major innovation in strings in over forty years, and they deliver what they promise: great tone and long life no matter what you put them on or how often you play. Nanoweb coating permits strings with the feel, bright tone, and punch of traditional strings.
Elixir Acoustic Guitar Strings are covered with an ultra-thin, space-age polymer tube that contacts the string on the tops of the windings only. This leaves the all-important winding-to-winding-to-core space free from the fear of the enemies of tone!
Most players report that Elixir Strings keep sounding great 3 to five times longer than ordinary strings."
These strings are an industry standard and something that we recommend to all of our guitar students for their lessons. The strings that normally come on the guitar are not awesome, so now is the time to get that guitar lover in your life the gift of better tone.
FOR THE VIOLIN, VIOLA, AND CELLO PLAYER IN YOUR LIFE
Violin-Viola-Cello Rosin - $9.99
Players of violin, viola, and cello rub cakes or blocks of rosin on their bow hair so it can grip the strings and make them speak, or vibrate clearly. This should be the case of every violin, viola, and cello student.
"JADE rosin is made by a venerable French manufacturer, steeped in formulating professional quality rosin for well over a century. JADE rosin is a new, refined formulation, with remarkable qualities of dust-free adhesion. Avoiding metallic residues, which do not contribute to adhesion and may indeed scratch fine varnishes, JADE rosin incorporates highly refined resins to produce a smooth yet firm grip. From symphony musicians to concert artists, JADE rosin has received enthusiastic acclaim. Each rosin is mounted on a protective velvet cloth wrap and comes with its own attractive lidded container with gold and slate graphics."
FOR EVERY MUSICIAN IN YOUR LIFE (AND YOURSELF)
Ear Plugs - $15.99
This is hands down the most important thing on this list. Wether is going to a concert, mowing the lawn, or using power tools, EVERY PERSON NEEDS TO OWN EAR PLUGS. I can't say how many tragic stories I have heard of people losing their hearing because of rock concerts, playing drums, or playing with their band. Please, if you don't own any ear plugs buy them for yourself, and buy a pair for someone else.
"Hearos High Fidelity Ear Plugs are a breakthrough product that delivers flat attenuation for musicians. With flat attenuation you hear the music just as it was intended, but with the elimination of up to 12 decibels of potentially damaging noise. For concerts and jam sessions that can exceed 125 decibels, Hearos High Fidelity Ear Plugs are the way to go. Washable and reusable."