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The History Of New Year: Auld Lang Syne

Chances are you’ve sung it or you’ve at least blagged your way through it in an alcohol driven haze at some point or another…The new year’s eve staple ‘Auld Lang Syne’ is a classic the world over and actually has a rich 240 year history that you might have never even thought about!  Today, we thought we’d break down this brilliant piece of Scottish heritage and show you some of the more interesting points on the song that you can bring up at your new years parties for years to... Read More

01/03/2021

St David’s Day: The Best Of Welsh Musicianship

If there’s one thing we love, it’s celebrating the best a country has to offer! With so many incredible musicians coming out of the UK, we think it’s important to spend some time reflecting on the best, biggest and freshest names in each country’s history. Today, in connection with St David’s Day, we’re focusing on the incredible musicians from the west and across Wales. From household names and reminders of their roots, this list will be sure to cover some of the boldest and most fascinating names in welsh musicianship.... Read More

25/02/2021
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The Most Iconic Saxophone Players Of All Time

There is no denial that the saxophone has a rich history. Being invented back in 1846 by Adolfe Sax, this wonderful instrument has continued to bring life to entire waves of musical movements and inspired generations of pioneering musicians. That is why at Millers, we are celebrating some of our favourite saxophone players throughout history! There is no denial that the saxophone has a rich history. Being invented back in 1846 by Adolfe Sax, this wonderful instrument has continued to bring life to entire waves of musical movements and inspired generations... Read More

25/02/2021

Keeping Your Wind Instruments Clean – Our Promise To Local Teachers

Why we are donating environmentally friendly cleaning products to our local teachers, schools and communities. In a world where cleanliness is more crucial than ever, at Millers, we have teamed up with The British Band Instrument Company (BBICO) to help continue to keep local music communities safe, with instrument hygiene and maintenance at the forefront of what we do. Much like the rest of the performing arts industry, teachers and students alike have been left in a world of uncertainty regarding their instruments and teaching regulations, leaving many asking the question: How can... Read More

25/02/2021

Why You Should RENT An Instrument

If there’s one thing that we LOVE it’s giving people the opportunity to fulfil their musical dreams. For many people, buying an instrument can seem like a rather intimidating and inaccessible experience: What if I don’t like it after a few months? What if I lose interest? What if I decide I prefer another instrument?  All great questions and definitely things you should know before buying! Not to worry though, That’s why we want to welcome you to the wonderful world of INSTRUMENT RENTAL!  As part of our ‘Try January’ promotion to encourage... Read More

25/02/2021

Why does music give us chills? The addictive powers of music

Chances are that if you consider yourself a music lover, you’ve likely experienced that ‘chill’ sensation when listening to music at some point or another. It catches you off guard, leaves your skin tingling all over and can even put a knot in your stomach. New research shows that whether it be a particular chord on a piano, or a Whitney Houston powerhouse note – it’s been shown that the ‘music chill’ is actually one of the most naturally embedded sensations that we can feel…Here’s a little more why! Also known as ‘frisson’, there have been... Read More

25/02/2021

What Age Should Children Learn To Play Instruments?

A lot of children want to introduce music into their life, but for many parents, it can be difficult knowing which instruments will be right for your child to begin with, or whether or not they are too young to start. We often get asked “How young can children start learning how to play?”. We’ve all heard stories of musical prodigies writing music at incredibly young ages – such as Mozart writing symphonies at just 8 years old, or Stevie Wonder signing with Motown at just 11. In short, the answer... Read More

Turn Up Your Summer Acoustic Sets With The Roland SDP::ONE ELECTRO Used By Glastonbury 2019 Acts

This super handy and compact percussion pad has been spotted being used by various drummers at this year’s Glastonbury Festival: Why Should I Get one? The Roland SPD::ONE ELECTRO is a new type of digital percussion pad, one that allows any musician to add electronic sounds to their performances. It contains 22 iconic sounds, including fat snares, crisp hand claps, electronic cowbells, and more, and you can even import your own original audio data into one of the 12 internal sound banks. Once you’re ready to go, the SPD::ONE ELECTRO’s... Read More

Tonewoods – An Introduction

What is a Tonewood? The role and importance of tonewood in the construction of musical instruments Many instruments are made of wood – and you will often see information on the type of wood an instrument is constructed of, or our teams may talk to you about it when discussing potential options. The reason for this is much like an engine in a car, the construction and quality of the wood an instrument is made from can have a dramatic effect on the quality of the sound and once selected... Read More

To Tab or not to Tab, that is the question?

Controversy abound!  Tablature or ‘TAB” is the best way to start playing on Guitar, Bass, Ukulele or indeed any fretted string instrument. As a professional musician for over 25 years and fluent reader of music on three instruments. Many famous players play via only a combination of tablature, aural skills and improvisation. Controversy abound!  Tablature or ‘TAB” is the best way to start playing on Guitar, Bass, Ukulele or indeed any fretted string instrument. I say this as a professional musician for over 25 years and fluent reader of music... Read More