SONGWRITING

 

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A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. That is to say, a songwriter is a lyricist, a composer, or both. The word 'songwriter' is however more commonly used to describe one who writes popular songs than to describe a writer of art songs.

 

BACKGROUND

 

Songwriters may perform the songs they write themselves, or may write for somebody else to perform. People who sing their own songs are nowadays typically called singer-songwriters, although the tradition of doing this dates back hundreds of years. It is often speculated that pre-historic man must have made up and sung songs, and judging by some of our heavy rock bands and rappers, that must be true (only kidding). More recently, the troubadours of the middle ages sang their own work, as did the German Minnesingers.

 

 

 

 Nelson Kruschandl - On songwriting

 

 

Most art songwriting is written for somebody other than the composer to perform, although it is known that Schubert often sang his own songs at private parties, and there have been a number of composers who were also singers and wrote for themselves, Carl Loewe being one example.

 

Many modern rock and roll bands have one or two songwriters, usually members of the band. In many cases, the lead singer is one of the songwriters.

 

 

WELL KNOWN SONGWRITERS

 

There have been quite a few popular songwriting teams such as the Tamla Motown team of Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland and the teams of Leiber and Stoller, Lennon and McCartney, Morrissey and Johnny Marr, Elton John and Bernie Taupin, Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, George and Ira Gershwin, Jagger and Richards, Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway, Guy Fletcher and Doug Flett, Geoff Stephens and Tony Macaulay, Rodgers and Hart, The Bee Gees, the Jackson brothers, Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood, Ashford & Simpson and of course Stock, Aitken and Waterman.

 

Many songwriters also serve as their own music publishers, while others have outside publishers. Songs in country music are often written by staff writers; songwriters directly employed by music publishers. Legally, songs may only be copied or performed publicly by permission of the authors. The legal power to grant these permissions may be bought, sold or otherwise transferred. This is governed by copyright law. Songwriting and publishing royalties can be a substantial source of income, particularly if a song becomes a hit record.

 

Songwriters in the popular music genre often also work as record producers, commonly using the professional title Producer-songwriter. 

 

 

SONG WRITING TIPS

 

In my experience there is no set way to write a song.  The inspiration can come from any direction and unfortunately, at almost any time - which means a lot of ideas are lost. It can start with a catchy lyric, a beat, or a riff.  A good story or event may inspire you, or you may feel strongly on a subject and want to vent some spleen.  Song writers work in different ways and each artist will normally develop a method they prefer to use.

 

I would also say that mood is important.  If you are not in a creative and relaxed frame of mind, it will be harder to write. Once I get an idea for a song, I usually set a beat to help create the mood and keep me in time - I don't like using metronomes.

 

I also prefer to work with a musician or producer.  I am not a musician, but if pushed will work out a chord sequence or phrase on which to build a song. I'd rather a co-writer generated a sequence on the guitar or keyboards.  Of course it has to be a nice sounding sequence.  If the vibes are wrong to begin with, you may as well watch the tennis. From this sequence, I will generate a melody.  The melody may come intuitively by simply listening to the sequence.  The subject for the song may already have generated some lyrics, when they can be used to form the melody. By now you should identify with some of this.

 

I use the recorder (tape or computer) to get down ideas. Having settled down with some paper and a cup of coffee or tea, I'll immerse myself in the sounds and try to let go vocally, recording the result.  After a few takes, there should be some form of melody ideas worth developing.  At which point you may need to rewrite or arrange your lyrics.

 

 

THE INTRO


You only have a few seconds to grab the listeners' attention so give them an opening that'll make them want to give you the next few minutes. Hence the introduction is important.  If you are already a well known artist, listeners may give a bit more time. But you are most probably not well know, otherwise you would not be reading this.

 

You're saying something with meaning, right? You're not just creating background noise, are you? Then you need to grab their attention early or you'll lose them even before your song gets to the chorus.

 

 

AN IDEA


Most ideas come from your surroundings. We are all the result of our environment, which includes geography, demography and immediate family and friends. This will influence you, as will other music.  You can write about your own life, or someone else's life.  Or you can go out on one and make up a story. Don't be afraid to write a totally fictional story. You try to tell a real life story in 3 minutes.  Short hand headlines maybe! Just be clear what your song is about - otherwise how will you get the message across.  Some songs can succeed with very little message that is true, but in the main people listen to and are affected by lyrical content.

 

 

THE 3 MINUTE RULE

 

I don't fully understand why, but three minutes is just about as long as a song should be.  After that, I'm looking for a change. I need to hear everything in that 3 minutes.  Two and a half minutes is too short and three and a half minutes is a bit long.  The only exception is a dance track, when I'm on the floor.  When sometimes 3 minutes seems a bit short. 

 

Although real-life is often more interesting then fantasy "you won't believe this", sometimes a true story is too complicated to fit in a 3-minute song unless you write about just one aspect. Whatever you do, have a clear vision of what the song is about. Because if you don't, the listener isn't going to figure it out for you. We all live fast lives and there just isn't time.

 

THE HOOK

 

The hook is the hard sell.  It's the catchy part of the song. It's the repetitious part that's implanted in your mind after hearing the song just once. Or that's what it's supposed to be. It's the words that everyone remembers, the melodic line you can't get out of your 're walking down the street, and suddenly that tune just comes from nowhere - that's the hook.  

 

Everyone's ears are conditioned to listen for a song's hook. And since everyone's waiting to hear it, it's best not to make them wait too long. Typically, a song is structured with the hook as its chorus, and many song titles are lifted from the hook. Remember the purpose is to reel in the listener, so utilize your hook. When song writing, the trick is to generate the hook, then concentrate on developing the hook. The hook is what will sell your song to the music executive and it will ultimately sell your record to the public.

 

 

RADIO and TV

 

I like most popular music on the radio or tv, which means I'm totally open to writing songs in any genre. What you hear and see via this medium, is the standard o music you should aspire to - whether you like what they are playing or not.  A good way to understand what makes popular music tick, is to pick apart the hit songs.  You will find that most of the top tunes have a familiar structure, catchy lyrics and or music or, amazing production. Hype by the labels will get a song on the radio, but it won't keep it there.

 

 

SHORT and SWEET

 

Going back to the 3 minute rule, the radio generally plays short songs (2 1/2 - 3 1/2 minutes). If your song is longer then this you are drastically reducing your chances that radio will ever play it.  There is nothing to stop you having a longer version on your full CD and send radio a shorter edited version (that's what the big labels do). But unless you can afford to do different version of your songs, keep it short. The same holds true for getting publishers, record companies, producers or almost anyone that matters to listen to your song - including fans. Where do you suppose the saying "Get to the chorus, don't bore us" came from. The quickest way for them to jump to the next tape or CD is to not grab their attention right away and then keep it.

 

 

CLICHÉS

 

Inject a sparkle using a turn-about on a cliché, as in Diane Warren's "UnBreak my Heart". Tell a real, honest to goodness story and make people believe it.  Don't repeat words in the same line, and don't be afraid to use sound-alike rhymes instead of exact rhymes.

 

 

LYRICS

 

Although a lyric and poem share the features of words, rhyme, and meter, the two should not be confused and often are. The differences between a poem and lyric: A poem is designed to be read, it's length can vary, and it can be complex in its language. Readers have time to stop, re-read and mull over a poem. Not so with a song, for unlike a poem a song is time dependant.  

 

For this reason a lyric on its own is an unfinished product and only a part of a potential song. The meaning of the lyric should be instantly clear and must understand as it is being performed. A lyric is designed to be sung, and every word should sing. So you can't afford to waste a word and each word  must be carefully selected to get across your message the most effectively.  

 

Each line of a song should build on the previous one. Anyone should be able to read your verses and have a general idea about what the chorus will be.

 

 

THE BLEND


Lyrics should be tailored to the type of music it is being created for - the song topic you've chosen, and the market you're trying to reach. The words you choose should also reflect the language of the market you're aiming for.

 

 

SPEAK YOUR MIND


Today's lyrics are more conversational than ever. The public wants to hear things expressed the way they would say them.

 

 

IF AT FIRST...


Some days you'll feel you've really got to grips with songwriting, especially when it all comes together is a really nice little number.  That's what its all about.  Other days, it all seems like a waste of time.  Writer's block sets in along with all that goes with it from time to time. If an idea isn't working out (which should be obvious) go on to another one.
If that doesn't work out, take a day off. 

 

Sometimes, all it takes is a fresh mind to put your creative flow back into motion again. Never be afraid to revise your songs or start them completely over. Very occasionally a great song is captured in minutes, after that it takes patience to perfect work.  Great songs are generally rewritten until technically perfect. No one writes a song perfectly on the first go. Good material has always been revised and fine-tuned by the time you hear it.

 

This sorts the men from the boys.  It's easy to have the idea and get it down in the rough.  It takes dedication to work through and perfect the song.  it also takes a high degree of skill and technical competence. NK

 

 

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MUSIC INDEX A - Z

 

 

Abba

AC-DC

Aerosmith

A H Rahman

A-ha

Alabama

Alanis Morisette

Alison Kraus

All Saints

American Idol

American Music Awards

Amy Macdonald

Andrew Lloyd Webber

Annie Lennox

Aqua

Arctic Monkeys

Atomic Kitten

Avril Lavigne - Girlfriend Wedding

Bananarama

Band Aid

Backstreet Boys

Babra Streisand

Barry Manilow

Barry White

Bay City Rollers

Beach Boys

Beyonce

Billy Joel

Bing Crosby

Black Sabbath - Ozzy Osbourne

Blondie

Bob Dylan

Bob Geldof

Bob Marley & Wailers

Bon Jovi

Boney M

Boyz II Men

Brenda Lee

Britney Spears - Shaved

Bruce Springsteen

Bryan Adams

Bucks Fizz

Buddy Holly

B'z

Cascada

Celine Dion

Charles Aznavour

Charlotte Church

Chacago

Cheeky Girls

Chemical Brothers

Childrens Songs

Christina Aguilera - Basics

Christina Milian

Chuck Berry

Cindy Lauper

Cliff Richard

Coldplay

Comic Relief

David Bowie

Def Leoppard

Depeche Mode

Destiny's Child

Dire Straits

Dixie Chicks

Dolly Parton

Donna Summer

Duran Duran

Earth Wind and Fire

East Magazine - Eastbounre

Eddie Arnold

Elena Paparizou - Eurovision

Elkie Brooks

Elton John

Elvis Presley

Eminem

Enrique Iglesias

Enya

Eurovision Song Contest

Evanescence

Events - Tents - Moroccan

Fergie

Fleetwood Mac

Flipp's - Pop Funk collection

Foreigner

Frank Sinatra

Frankie Goes to Hollywood

Frankie Laine

Garth Brooks

Gary Numan

Genesis

George Michael

Geri Halliwell

Girl Bands

Girl Groups

Girls Aloud

Glade alternative music festival

Glastonbury

Gloria Estefan

Grace Jones

Grammy Awards

Grant Navy Fireman

Groove Armada

Guns and Roses

Gunther + Sunshine Girls

Gwen Stefani

Haircut 100

Hank Thompson

Hellogoodbye

Her Name in Blood

Hoosiers

Intraverse

Iron Maiden

James Blunt

James Morrison

Janet Jackson

Jean Michel Jarre

Jennifer Lopez

Jessica Simpson

Jethro Tull

Jimi Hendrix

Joel White

John Denver

Johnny Cash

Johnny Mathis

Joni James

Joss Stone

Journey

Juan Thyme

Julia Figueroa

Julio Iglesias

Justin Timberlake

Karaoke    A - Z of UK venues

Kate Bush

Kate Nash

Katie Melua

Kenny Rogers

Kristina Bradford

Kylie Minogue - cancer

Led Zeppelin

Lily Allen

Linda Ronstadt

Lionel Richie

Live Aid

Live Earth Concerts

Live 8

Louis Walsh

Luciano Pavarotti

KISS

Madonna - Films and Video

Mama Hoochie Bang

Mando - Manto

Mariah Carey

Marillion

Max Jasper - Mezzowave

McFly

Meatloaf

Metallica

Michael Bolton

Michael Jackson

Mireille Mathieu

Modern Talking

MTV

My Chemical Romance

Myspace.com - Networking

Nat King Cole

Natasha Bedingfield

National Anthems

Neil Diamond

Nelly Furtado

Nirvana

 

Oasis

Olivia Newton-John

Paris Hilton

Patti Page

Pearl Jam

Perry Como

Peter Waterman

Petition the Prime Minister

Petula Clarke

Phil Collins

Photography

Pink - Pink Orchid Ltd

Pink Floyd

Pop Idol

Pop Music

Prince

Queen

Reading Music Festival

Record Companies

Record Producers

Ricky Nelson

Rihanna

Robbie Williams

Rod Stewart

Roxette

Roxy Music

Rule Britannia

Santana

Shakira

Shania Twain

Sharon Osbourne

Simon Cowell

Simply Red

Snoop Dog

Songwriting

Spice Girls

Stars in Their Eyes

Steps

Stevie Wonder

Sting - The Police

Stock Aitken Waterman SAW

Sugababes

Terry Wogan

The Bangles

The Beatles

The Bee Gees

The Brit Awards

The Carpenters

The Clash

The Doobie Brothers

The Doors

The Eagles

The Jacksons

The Pussycat Dolls

The Ramones

The Rolling Stones

The Royal Canadians

The Seekers

The Sunshine Girls

The Ventures

The Who

The X Factor

The X Factor 2005

The X Factor 2006

Three Dog Night

Timbaland

Tina Turner

TOP TEN - FORTY CHARTS

Tupac

U2

UB40

USA For Africa

Van Halen

Vibes From the Vine - Concert 06

Vicky Leandros

Victoria Beckham

VW tour bus - Sunshine Girls

Wei Wei

Whitney Houston

Wicked New Year Party - Alps 07

Woodstock

World Idol

X Factor Battle of Stars

YouTube.com

ZZ Top

 

 

 

 

 

 

RECORD COMPANIES INDEX A - Z

 

 

BMG | CBS COLUMBIA | CHRYSALIS | EMI | MOTOWN | RCA | SONY

 

UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP | VIRGIN MUSIC GROUP

 

WARNER MUSIC GROUP (AOL TIME WARNER)

 

 

 

Music companies looking for acts: please stay tuned and contact our A&R department 

or write to the address below, when you spot someone with potential.

 

 

 

A to Z of Music Instrument and Equipment Suppliers in the UK

 

 

 

ALEN ORGAN STUDIOS (LONDON) LTD

Extensive range of pipe organs built by Allen.

A wholly owned British company established in 1969 to handle the sales, service and hire of Allen Organs in the U.K., with, over 3500 instruments installed in churches, schools, crematoria, concert halls, and private homes.

Trada Business Campus, Stocking Lane, Hughenden Valley, High Wycombe,
Buckinghamshire, HP14 4ND. ENGLAND.
Telephone: 01494 563833   Fax: 01494 563546  sales@allenorgans.co.uk

 

 

BAGPIPES of CALEDONIA 

Bagpipe retailer in Leith, Scotland, whichbegan in1981 with the setting up of the "International Piper" magazine with the late Captain John A MacLellan, former director of the Army School of Bagpipe Music at Edinburgh Castle.

Lorn House, Links Gardens Lane, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 7JQ

+44 (0) 131 553 5503   +44 (0) 131 553 5550  enquiries@bagpipesofcaledonia.com

 

 

BARNES & MULLINS   Suppliers of guitars, PA's, effects, saxes and more.

 

 

BONNERS

BONNERS  A range of musical instruments for sale at Bonners Music instrument shops in Brighton and Eastbourne.

 

BOOSEY & HAWKES  Publishers, online catalogue of instruments, music books CD's.

 

 

BRITISH RESERVE MUSICAL INSTRUMENT INSURANCE 

Insurance from Cornhill for musical instruments.

Allianz Cornhill Musical Insurance is one of the UK's leading specialist musical instrument insurers. Pioneered cover for the music industry over 40 years ago, under the British Reserve Insurance Company and continue to offer flexible cost effective policies.
Allianz Cornhill House, 6 Vale Avenue, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 1EH

Tel:  0870 2400 303

 

 

BROADWOOD PIANOS LTD 

Probably the oldest prestige piano companies in the world.  Holds the Royal Warrant as manufacturer of pianos to Queen Elizabeth II.

 

 

COPEMAN HART ORGANS 

Organ builders with a base in Northamptonshire. Founded in 1960, Copeman Hart enjoy an international reputation for producing not only the most pipelike sounds but the most comfortable, authentic consoles.

COPEMAN HART & COMPANY LIMITED  Finedon Road, IRTHLINGBOROUGH, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND, NN9 5TZ
Tel +44 (0)1933 652600  Fax +44 (0)1933 652288  Email info@copemanhart.co.uk

 

 

Courtney Pianos 

Oxford based specialists in restoration and retail of traditional pianos, particularly the better-known makes/models built between the 1890s and 1940s.

 

 

DEAL TIME  

(7,246)Drums, Drum Sets, and Accessories (4,459)Live Performance Equipment and Accessories (3,360)Keyboards / MIDI and Accessories (2,133)Guitars, Amps and Accessories (1,787)

 

 

DIGITAL VILLAGE

Digital Village is one of the UK's most comprehensive studio equipment, pro-audio and computer music website. Digital Village have dedicated teams of experts that will help you choose the right equipment for all your music technology needs. For telephone mail-order, expert advice, price-beating enquiries and the best package deals on your studio equipment, please contact your nearest DV branch.  Whether you choose to purchase on-line, in-store or via telephone mail-order, contact Digital Village – a supplier of professional recording equipment for over 25 years.
562 Brighton Road, South Croydon, Surrey, CR2 6AW United Kingdom
Tel: 020-8407 8444 Fax: 020-8407 8438
Email: southlondon@digitalvillage.co.uk   exportsales@digitalvillage.co.uk

 

 

DOLPHIN MUSIC  Next day delivery on all orders.

 

 

EBAY.CO.UK 

eBay is the world's largest online marketplace with over 10 million items for sale and 42 million registered users, eBay is the place to find the things you want or sell the items you have. Simply follow the instructions to register.

 

 

FENDER (UK)  Fender guitars and amplification UK dealers and prices.

 

 

GUITAR SUPERSTORE  Great site for guitars and everything guitar related.

 

 

GUITARIST MAGAZINE  Well known magazine for guitarists.

 

 

GUITAR SCALE 

Guitar lessons on DVD, CD and video helping guitarists improve including beginners, intermediates and advanced players. Based in Hampshire. Tel: 0800 781 0414.

 

 

HERTFORD MUSIC
At this musical instrument and accessorie shop you can buy guitars, drums, percussion instruments and all of the accessories to go with them. Delivery is free on orders over £15.

 

 

H.J. FLETCHER & NEWMAN LTD 

This piano parts company, with an online catalogue, has been supplying piano tuners, manufacturers, technicians, schools, colleges and universities all round the world for over 120 years.
5 Bourne Enterprise Centre, Wrotham Road, Borough Green, Kent. TN15 8DG
TEL: 01732 886555   FAX: 01732 884789   E-MAIL: info@fletcher-newman.co.uk

 

 

HOBGOBLIN MUSIC
Hobgoblin are specialists in traditional and acoustic musical instruments, selling guitars, banjos, whistles, flutes, mandolins, concertinas, harps, accordions and more.

 

 

iMUSIC SHOP
Online musical instruments and accessories. guitars, violins, mandolins, strings, capos and leads, fender, ernie ball, martin plus many more. All orders £50 and over are delivered free.

 

 

INSTRUMENT ZONE
Sell or buy your musical instruments and equipment simply. Vintage, brand new and second-hand musical instruments, equipment and accessories are traded.

 

 

INSURANCEWIDE 

Protect your musical instruments against theft, damage and accidental loss. Policies can also provide new for old cover, hiring of replacement equipment, personal accident protection and public liability cover.

 

 

JACQUES SAMUEL PIANOS LTD 

In 1935 Jaques Samuel began what was to become London’s largest independent piano house.  142 Edgware Road, Marble Arch, London, W2 2DZ 

Tel: +44 (0)20 7723 8818      Fax: +44 (0)20 7224 8692

 

 

JEFFREY SHACKELL

Concert piano technician also offering piano accessories, transportation and hire service.

 

 

JOHN and ARTHUR BEARE 

Violin dealers, makers, repairers and restorers based in London.

 

 

MACARI'S MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS 

Amusing online journey around this excellent London guitar shop.

 

 

MACHINE HEAD  Stockists of extensive range of guitars, amps, and accessories.

 

 

MARSHALL AMPLIFICATION 

The world famous Marshall Amplification Plc began in 1962 in London England where Jim Marshall had a music shop and taught the drums.

Denbigh Road, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK1 1DQ

+44 1908 375411  +44 1908 376118   spares: 01908 375411

sales@marshallamps.com  support@marshallamps.com

 

 

MUSIC CENTRAL UK
Music Central sell musical instruments and accessories including guitars, drums, keyboards, amplifiers, effects, dj & disco, lighting and more.

 

 

MUSIC CORNER
A site selling everything you need and things you don't need, including sheet music, metronomes, music stands, electrical equipment, rosettes and much more!

 

 

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS FOR SALE 

Online advert site for musicians, instrument manufacturers and traders. Our categories cover all musical instruments and accessories

 

 

MUSICAL WAREHOUSE 

New & second-hand musical instruments, mail order music shop with a personal touch, advertise concerts, instruments & services FREE, concerts, repairers, teachers, GCSE Help Page, music links, joke page.

 

 

MUSICROOM.COM 

This site has a fantastic selection of sheet music, books about music, tutor methods and music accessories - covering a wide variety of instruments and genres.

 

 

MUSIC STREET
Amplifiers, drum machines, effect pedals, acoustic guitars, bass guitars, electric guitars, travel guitars, microphones, leads, sheet music, strings and more. UK delivery is free on orders over £100.

 

 

MUSICAL WAREHOUSE  Australian musical instruments.

 

 

MUSICIANS SHOP  Discounted instruments and accessories with online facility.

 

 

NU SYSTEMS

NUSYSTEMS is an on-line store and mail order company for all your computer music and pro audio requirements. NUSYSTEMS build their own brand of Digital Audio Workstations (DAW) and Notebooks specifically for music production and recording.

 

 

OMEGA MUSIC

Omega Music (UK) Ltd. has nearly 20 years' experience of operating a successful mail-order business. Noted for our integrity, we are one of the most respected music businesses in the north of England. Our Education Department supplies instruments and accessories to thousands of schools, colleges and universities nationwide. Our long-established retail store is the natural centre for music-making in our area and has on display one of the largest selections of musical instruments and accessories in the region.

 

 

PERIOD PIANO COMPANY 

A leading maker, restorers and dealers of antique pianos: grand, square, upright and fortepianos, based in Kent.

 

 

PETER SMITH & SONS   Guidance/ advice offered on new and second hand pianos.

 

 

PIEDOG.COM 

Offers 4,000 products online, at competitive prices, for musicians of all types.

 

 

PILGRIM HARPS 

Harps, harp music, clarsach, pedal harps and concert harps.  Founded in 1980 by a group of craftsmen, all experienced in harp making.  Workshops are a converted coach house beside a large Victorian family home set in the Surrey countryside.

Tel. 01342 893242  Fax.  01342 892646   E-mail:  info@pilgrimharps.co.uk
Stansted House, Tilburstow Hill Road, South Godstone, Surrey, RH9 8NA

 

 

PLAY RECORD
At Playrecord you can buy musical instruments, equipment, DJ equipment and accessories. Free delivery over £120.

 

 

PREMIER PERCUSSION   Information on percussion products, Leicestershire.

 

 

ROGER MAYER - ANALOGUE GUITAR EFFECTS 

Guitar effects consoles, with fascinating history attached - Roger has worked with many of the true greats.

ROGER MAYER ELECTRONIC DESIGN ASSOCIATES
17 Salisbury Road, Worcester Park, Surrey, KT4 7DF. ENGLAND
Fax: +44 20 8330 4700   e-mail:info@roger-mayer.demon.co.uk

 

 

SAXOPHONES.CO.UK   Sales and rentals of saxophones, flutes and clarinets.

 

 

SIGNET MUSIC
Here you can buy musical instruments and accessories, specialising in woodwind, brass and string instruments. Most items are available with 48 hour delivery in the UK. There is a second-hand sales area where you can sell your used instruments on line.

 

 

SOUND TECHNOLOGY PLC   Guitars, basses, sound software and more.

 

 

STATUS GRAPHITE   Hand-crafted graphite basses and guitars.

 

 

STRINGS DIRECT  Order strings online; accessories cables, useful tutorial.

 

 

THE CLASSICAL GUITATR CENTRE 

Suppliers of classical guitars and associated recorded music.

 

 

THE CONTRABASS SHOPPE   Dealers in orchestral stringed instruments.

 

 

THE ORGAN WORKSHOP 

Manufacturers and suppliers of hardware and software for the church 

based in Cheshire.

 

 

THE STRING ZONE
The String Zone sell violin, cello, viola strings, instruments, bows, and a range of other accessories for orchestral players.

 

 

THE TOTNES SCHOOL of GUITAR MAKING 

Three times a year, the Totnes School of Guitarmaking runs a 12-week course for up to seven people. Each of them has chosen what kind of guitar they want to make, and leaves at the end with the finished instrument.
Collins Road, Totnes, Devon, England, TQ9 5PJ
Phone: +44 (0)1803 865255  E-mail: info@totnesschoolofguitarmaking.co.uk

 

 

THINK MUSIC

Think Music is a comprehensive direct musical instruments and equipment retailer. We have over 3000 product lines for you to browse and buy.

 

 

UK Websites Directory A new directory site worth a look! 

 

 

WELLS-KENNEDY PARTNERSHIP LTD 

Organ builders and installers in Northern Ireland, started in the garage adjoining the home of Christopher Gordon-Wells in 1966 then expanded into an old schoolhouse at Stoneyford north-west of Lisburn. Present Gregg Street workshop, was purchased in 1971 and has been steadily adapted and adjoining properties acquired for larger voicing shop and pipe store.

83-87 Gregg Street, Lisburn, BT27 5AW, Northern Ireland
Phone: +44 (0)28 9266 4257 Fax: +44 (0)28 9260 3722
Email: wellskennedy@dnet.co.uk

 

 

WORLD OF MUSIC

Online store for PA, guitars, drums, pianos and more.

World of Music Limited, 20 Denmark Street, London WC1
Mail Order  0800 371 129   Offices  020 7497 1178   Email: info@world-of-music.co.uk

 

 

WYVERN CLASSICAL ORGANS LTD 

Builders of pipeless organs based in Surrey.

Wyvern Organ Buiders Ltd, Chobham, Woking, Surrey, GU24 8AQ. U.K.   

Tel: 01276 856363  Fax: 01256 855241   email: sales@wyvernorgans.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

A to Z of Music Instrument and Equipment Suppliers International

 

 

 

 

 

GIBSON 

The home of Gibson electric guitars today is "Gibson USA," built in 1974 in Nashville specifically for the production of Gibson's Les Paul guitars.

If you have a comment or question about anything related to Gibson Musical Instruments send an email to service@gibson.com. We'll do our best to respond within 24 hours.  You can reach the GMI Customer Support staff 24 hours a day by calling 1-800-4-GIBSON (1-800-444-2766).
Gibson's Customer Service in Europe, call 00 800 4GIBSON1 (00+800-444-2766-1)

Entertainment Relations,  3rd Floor, 29-35 Rathbone Street, London, England, W1T 1NJ    Tel. (0) 207.470.7800  Fax.  (0) 207.470.7870  Email: service@gibson.com.

 

 

HIGHLY STRUNG INTERNATIONAL LTD 

Online suppliers of a variety of equipment for guitarists.

 

 

STEINWAY & SONS 

For 150 years Steinway has been dedicated to the ideal of making the finest pianos in the world. Site includes dealer locator.

1 Steinway Place, Long Island City, NY 11105
Tel. +1 718-721-2600    Email info@steinway.com

 

 

YAMAHA EUROPE   Product information from Yamaha's extensive portfolio.

 

 

 

 

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