If you are looking for the best music advice in town, Pats Music Store has the Blog you simply must read. Learn what our music aficionados have to say about some of the Musical Instruments in store. Experts from our Piano Shop and our Guitar Shop, frequent these pages with invaluable insights into choosing the right instruments.
If you are looking to buy Piano music or perhaps change the tone of your Electric Guitar, follow this forum to get some great ideas, straight from Melbourne's favourite Music Shop.
Always popular as the school term commences is our Musical Instrument Rental programme.
Quite often students begin the new year by choosing a musical instrument to learn. But the cost of purchasing a Trumpet or Violin may not be practical. After trying an instrument for a term or two, students can have a change of heart, so investing in an instrument could be a waste of money. This is where renting a musical instrument is a sensible and affordable solution.
Additionally, where students out grow instruments such as Violins or Cellos, a rental can be exchanged for a larger size. For a minimum of six months, you can rent a musical instrument, paying a monthly fee. Costs vary based on the price of the instrument at the time of purchase.
After the first six months, you can choose to continue the monthly payments, or simply buy the instrument outright.
The Pats Music Store staff are here to assist with choosing the right musical instrument to rent. Ultimately we make it simple for students to try out or upgrade at any time.
For more information on rentals, follow this link, pop in to our music shop or give us a call.
Choosing a Christmas gift for a friend or loved one can be difficult. Often overlooked is the gift of music. In fact a Musical Instrument might just be the perfect gift.
Always popular at Christmas here at Pats Music Shop are our Starter Packs. Whether you have a budding Guitarist, Pianist, Drummer or Violinist, here are some ideas that will most likely resolve that ‘what to buy for Christmas” conundrum.
Top of the Christmas list is always one of our Electric Guitar and Amplifier packs. This year we have an awesome starter pack on offer in the form of the Squier Strat HSS Electric Guitar and Amp Pack. At just $479, the pack also includes a Guitar Strap, Cable and some Guitar Picks.
These Guitar packs sell fast, so pop in ASAP to avoid disappointment. Of course, Lay-by is available too, so don’t miss out on this awesome gift.
Another hugely popular Christmas gift is the Digital Piano Keyboard. This Christmas we have some unbeatable deals across the Yamaha and Casio range, in particular the Yamaha PSRE 263 with Free Headphones. With limited stock, these awesome starter keyboards are selling for just $199. Again, don’t miss out on one of these entry level Yamaha Keyboards this Christmas. Or why not take a look at our huge range. There really is a Piano Keyboard to suit everyone here at Pats Music Store.
If you are looking for a really cool gift, that will totally wow your loved one, then the Yamaha DTX402K ElectronicDrum kit is the winner. This Christmas we are offering the entire drum kit, plus a Stool, Drum Sticks and set of Headphones. Usually this kit would cost $869.99, but while stocks last, Pats Music Store have limited number of packs for just $599.
The ultimate Christmas gift for the entire family is of course an Acoustic Piano. Pats Music Store is one of Melbourne’s oldest and best known Piano dealers. Our massive warehouse style Piano showroom holds a vast range of Pianos to suit all budgets. Why not encourage your children to practice Piano through the School Holidays, with a new or used Piano.
This Christmas we even have a new Yamaha Upright Piano, for under $5000. Perfect for the Piano Student or first Piano. With plenty in stock, buy a Piano now and get delivery before Christmas.
Overall, it doesn't matter if your gift is for a beginner or accomplished musician. Here at Pats Music store our friendly staff can help you choose the perfect christmas gift.
From Guitar tuners, to Violin Cases and Trumpets, we have it all. Large or small, affordable or extravagant, the Perfect Christmas gift is right here.
As one of Melbourne’s best Stringed Instrument and Violin shops, we have years of knowledge and experience.
Other than helping customers choose the best Viola or an affordable Cello, we also offer free advice on these instruments. You are always welcome to pop into our Violin Shops for a quick browse or chat.
Stringed instruments can last a lifetime if they are cared for correctly. Many of us don’t know how to properly care for our instruments. Sometimes we can be lazy and don’t even bother to wipe rosin dust from the strings. Caring for your stringed instrument is so important for prolonging it’s life. And very easy once you know what to do. Follow these BLAH tips to make sure your stringed instrument is always in top notch condition.
Each time you play your stringed instrument your bow leaves rosin residue on the strings. It's left on the wood under
the strings, and the wood of the bow. Rosin is very sticky. It coats the strings and wood in a white powder which gets into the windings of the string. This causes them to age faster, and will seep into the wood ruining the varnish. It’s important to clean your strings regularly to prolong their lifespan. This will ensure they sound bright and clear for as long as possible, and prevent rosin ruining the varnish of your instrument. You will eventually have to revarnish your instrument if you do not clean away rosin residue properly. To clean rosin residue from your strings and wood, use a clean microfiber cloth.
The glands in the skin of your fingers and hands create oil. They sweat which can react and strip the wood varnish from your stringed instrument. Try and avoid touching your instrument with sweaty hands or try and only pick it up by the neck or chinrest on a violin or viola. To protect the wood varnish, use a polish such as Pirastro INSERT. INSERT hydrates the varnish and the wood, and prolongs the life of the wood varnish. Never use alcohol, cleaning solvents, hot water or any other liquids to clean your instrument. They can strip your violin’s varnish.
It is recommended that you change the strings on your instrument roughly every twelve months, depending on how often you play it. When changing strings you should always replace them all at the same time. If you change just one string when it breaks, all your strings will be different ages and will all sound different. The new string will sound bright and clear while the older strings will be dull creating an uneven sound.
Always loosen the tension of the bow hair after each practice or playing session. If you leave the bow hair at high tension even when you are not playing it, it causes the stick to warp over time, losing its slighting arched shape. It is very expensive to fix a bow once the wood has warped and is usually cheaper to just buy a new bow.
If your strings are too tight, the bridge on your instrument will lean forward. If the bridge is leaning forward for prolonged periods it can pop off the instrument and the wood of the bridge can warp, or eventually crack. To prevent this, check the alignment of your bridge regularly and carefully loosen the strings and adjust the bridge so the bridge feet are flat against the surface of the violin.
Stinged Instrument and Violin Shops assistanceMelbourne is renowned for having four seasons in one day, but unfortunately large changes in weather can affect the wood of your instrument and put it out of tune. Cold temperatures in particular cause wood to dry out and become brittle. If left in the cold for long periods, wood can crack and cause irreparable damage. To protect your instrument from the elements, always keep it in its case when you are not playing it, preferably in a temperature controlled room of your house. Do not leave your instrument directly under an air conditioner or heater.
Our Strings and Violin Shops staff hope this article is helpful to you and your Stringed Instrument, but remember, we are always here to help.To have a look at our Stinged Musical Instrument range, Cello Stands, Violin Cases and other accessories, click here.
Yes, its the Pats Music Shop Christmas again. With only six weeks left until Christmas arrives, now is the best time to start thinking about presents. Gifts for your friends, family or even a gift for yourself!
As always, Pat’s Music is the one-stop-shop for musicians during Christmas time. Unsurprisingly it’s one of our busiest periods of the year.
Whether you’re buying for a beginner or a professional musician, Pat’s has all the Christmas gifts you need. Additionally, if we don’t happen to have what you’re looking for, our friendly staff always do their best to track it down and get it in for you!
Some of our most popular items come Christmas time are our Guitar Packs. Chiefly brought out by Fender and Yamaha specifically for this time of year, Guitar Packs are an awesome gift. For an amazing price, beginner guitarists can be totally kitted out. Not only with an incredible guitar, but a bundle of added accessories, including straps, cases, cables and amps. Moreover, aspiring musicians are completely covered and ready to go with these packs. Indeed, these affordable packs are great for beginners and they are sure to make a perfect Christmas gift.
If you’ve already got the gear but are still keen to learn, another great option for an easy and affordable Christmas present, are our FenderPlay Pre-Paid Cards. Guitarists may choose between three or six months and can connect their cards to redeem step-by-step lessons. Further more there is progress tracking and guided videos on Fender’s official learning platform. Not only beginners, but anyone looking to expand and develop their musical skill set will love this gift!
Gift vouchers are always a favourite around Christmas time. Sometimes you just don’t know exactly what to buy a friend or family, and that’s when a Pat’s Music Shop Christmas Gift Voucher comes in handy. It’s an easy and affordable way to give someone a Christmas gift that allows them to choose themselves. Of course, our vouchers cover products across the entire store, so the possibilities are endless!
If you’re after even more gifts or stocking fillers, our Print Department can be the next port of call! Since it’s one of the biggest Print Departments around, you’ll be sure to find the sheet music you love. Whether your favourite musicians, movies, musicals and composers, our Print Music department has it all. Together with Music books available for piano, guitar, woodwind, brass, strings, drums, choral groups, vocals and more.
Naturally, Christmas Holiday music is also readily available during this time of the year. Perfect for that Christmas day performance in front of your family and friends.
Accessories can be a musician’s best friend, and Pat’s Music stocks a wide range of accessories for all instruments. From guitar straps, capos, tuners and strings to reeds, metronomes, stands, cases and rosin, we stock it all! If your friends and family are already covered for instruments, then music accessories may the way to go.
Across all departments, Pat’s Music also stocks a large variety of giftware and accessories, which make perfect stocking fillers and KK gifts. These are especially popular amongst students and teachers, looking for end of year gifts and prizes. Choose from our collection of stationary, bags cases, memorabilia, Fender guitar book ends, apparel and glass wares.
Indeed, the Yamaha Annual Concert is back again and Pats Music Store will of course be in attendance. As always, the team will be sporting the event with our own 'Pop Up Shop'. The event is to be held at Monash University from Saturday the 12th of October to the 13th.
Whether you have been before or not, the Yamaha Annual Concert always offers something new.
Students and teachers are given the opportunity to demonstrate their musicianship, building confidence and experience performing in front of large crowds. Throughout the day,
students of all levels, parents and teachers are encouraged to set new goals, exploring courses and techniques to grow their talent.
With courses starting for students as young as 3 years old to adult music education, visitors can obtain everything they need to plan the years courses.
Of course, the team from Pats Music store will be there to help out, offering advice and special pricing on Yamaha
Piano Keyboards and accessories. To demonstrate the Yamaha Piano Keyboard range and discuss the various course material, we are proud to once again be invited to this incredible event.Before the event, all of our staff will answer any questions our customers have regarding the entire Yamaha Music Education program. Simply give us a call or stop by our music shop to discuss how Yamaha Music can benefit your education.
It’s back again and its Melbourne’s very best Piano Sale 2019. Indeed this year we are slashing the prices like never before. Every year, Pats Music Store hold this famous Piano Sale and every year dozens of happy customers walk away with an unbeatable deal.
Ultimately if you are thinking about buying an Acoustic Piano or even a Digital Piano Keyboard, don’t miss this Sale. Coupled with our sale on all New Yamaha Pianos and Beale Pianos, all second hand Piano stock is also on sale. In fact we are reducing the prices on all of the following musical instruments;
• New Yamaha upright pianos
• New Yamaha grand pianos
• New Beale upright pianos
• New Beale Grand pianos
• Second hand Yamaha upright pianos
• Second hand Kawai upright pianos
• Second hand Schwechten pianos
• Second hand Howard Pianos
• Second hand Beale upright pianos
• Yamaha keyboards and synthesizers
• Yamaha and Casio digital pianos
• Yamaha and Casio Console digital pianos
• Keyboard stands and stools
• Piano benches/stools
Furthermore all of the Pianos and Digital Piano come with the usual assurance you would expect from the best Piano shop in Melbourne.
• 10 year manufacturer warranty on all new pianos
• 5 year store warranty on all second hand pianos
• 5 year warranty on Casio and Yamaha keyboards, synthesizers and digital pianos
• All pianos tuned and serviced by certified service agents
• New Yamaha pianos come with free first tuning through premium care program
Altogether, this Piano sale promises to be really big and we are excited to be offering these amazing prices across our Piano stock. But it cannot and must end when September ends.
All things considered, we urge anyone in the market for a piano, to hurry into Pats Music Store this September.
See you in store!
Indeed, it’s that time of the year again. The Melbourne Guitar Show is back in town. Once again guitar fans and enthusiasts will gather for a weekend of incredible guitars, accessories, music and fun.
So this year’s guitar show, presented by ‘Triple M’ and ‘Australian Musician’ magazine, will be running over the 3rd and 4th of August. The day will be held at Caulfield Racecourse and feature an impressive line up of artists, both local and international. In addition to performances from these world class musicians, the expo will feature an array of demonstrations and information seminars.
As always, The Melbourne Guitar Show will continue to be the biggest guitar pop-up show in the country. Consequently it features a huge list of vendors and stallholders, displaying the best in guitar gear and music paraphernalia.
For this reason and many more, why not come along and try out the huge selection of guitars and accessories. For instance there will be Electric Guitars, Acoustic guitars, guitar amps, pedals. Additionally, you will find some real cutting edge, state of the art guitar technology.
To begin with, over this huge weekend you’ll get to chat to all the vendors at the show. You’ll try out all the gear and talk everything guitars. Get a first look at heaps of new technology and gear on display. As well as several vintage sellers with unique pieces available for purchase.
As well as all the gear, the all star line up of musicians and guitarists who will be making an appearance at the show is set to blow everyone away. The event is split between four stages and a workshop room.
Throughout the day you’ll get a chance to catch some of your favourite guitarists from Australia and around the world! Not only will you get the opportunity to watch the masters at work during the many performances taking place over the week, but you’ll even get to meet some of the performers. Be sure to catch performances from guitarists such as Sarah McLeod, Jeremy Barnes, Ash Grunwald, Van Larkins, Corey Legge and all the other artists joining them over the weekend.
During the morning and into the afternoons, Pat’s Music will have a stand on the Mezzanine level at the Guitar Show. In fact for the fourth year running, it’s one of the highlights of our year and we always love it! Attendees can come down to the stall, try out some of the incredible guitars we will be bringing along. Feel free to come say hello and talk guitar gear!
Furthermore we will also be manning the Hal Leonard stall downstairs. So not only will we be presenting some amazing guitars, but we’ll also be available to meet all your Print Music needs!
Most important, we’d love to see you all at the Guitar Show this year! If you want a great weekend full of guitars, music and accessories, make sure you grab a ticket. Not only will it be a great day, but also you’ll enjoy special Guitar Show prices at the Pat’s Music stall.
Included in the price of your ticket are performances, seminars and workshops. So make sure you don’t miss out. See you there!
It’s finally May and here at Pat’s Music that means...Birthday Sale!! For the entire month of May, we’re celebrating our 29th birthday by offering ridiculously good prices not to be missed.
Our selection of Maton guitars is constantly growing, and this month we’ve decided to reduce prices even further. All Maton guitars are now 25% off RRP, PLUS any Maton purchase comes with a free gift pack! That means not only do you get an amazing guitar for an amazing price. You also get a Maton Bag, Strap, Sticker, Pen, Key-ring, Picks, Pick Holder, Beanie and Stubbie holder for FREE!
The sale continues with Fender acoustic guitars and electric guitars, basses and amps. Our range of Fender instruments is one of our most popular choices amongst customers, and our birthday sale prices are amazing!
Pick up an acoustic guitar or an acoustic bass for 30% off RRP. Furthermore, all electric guitars, electric basses and amps are currently 25% off the RRP for the entire month!
As well as all Fender guitars, all of our Squier guitars are reduced by 30% off RRP.
We love our collection of classical guitars so we’ve made sure to give our customers great prices for this year’s birthday sale. All Katoh classical guitars are currently 15% off RRP and our Alhambra classical guitars are 15% off!
Our guitar room is filled to the brim with amazing Ibanez guitars and all of them are currently massively reduced. All Ibanez guitars and basses, including the Ibanez Prestige series, are reduced by 25%!! It’s well worth making a visit to the store to try one out for yourself and grabbing a bargain!
Sigma acoustic guitars are a great middle range option. So this month we’ve decided to take 25% off the RRP on all our Sigma stock.
Yamaha guitars are one of the most popular choices amongst our customers.Therefore for the entire month of May you can purchase any Yamaha guitar or bass guitar for 30% off. This includes all acoustic guitars, electric guitars and electric basses.
One of the most popular options when it comes to amplification is our range of Orange amps.
The Orange brand is well known amongst music fans and our stock has been flying out the door. For our birthday sale we’ve decided to make the deal even better, and reduce all Orange amps by 30% off the RRP.
Whether you’re looking for a larger bass amp or a small practice amp, there’s an Orange amp to suit your needs!
Not only do we have discounts on guitars, basses and amps, but our range of sE microphones are also reduced. Come in during May and pick up any sE microphone for 15% off the retail price. This includes all active and condenser microphones.
For all the drummers out there, we have a Paiste deal that can’t be missed!! Get up to 40% off on all Paiste cymbals AND get 30% off our Paiste PST8 Universal Set, with a BONUS crash cymbal. We only have two left so hurry in, these prices can’t be beaten!
If you’re looking for guitar pedals, you’re in luck! Nux guitar pedals are always a popular choice and for our birthday sale we’ve decided to reduce all Nux pedals, with 15% off the RRP.
Our range of violins, violas and cellos are already at some great prices. Enrico and Gliga string instruments are two of the most popular brands, supported by teachers, schools and musicians of all skill levels, so for the month of May we’ve decided to take 25% off the RRP!
Our HUGE range of new nad second-hand acoustic pianos are also included in our birthday sale. We’ve got upright pianos starting from $1200 and grand pianos from $9995! These insane prices are already proving popular with our customers so make sure you get in store to inspect a piano and try it out!
If you’re looking for something a bit more convenient and affordable, our range of Yamaha and Casio portable keyboards are the way to go! Save up to 35% off on all keyboards and digital pianos.
Additionally our range of Casio Privia digital piano’s are currently on clearout prices with some models even sold out already! Take 35% off RRP on selected models, and with limited stock, these prices won’t last long!
Our sale extends to our huge range of accessories as well! Come in to the store and pick up all the accessories you need, for 15% off, including strings, cases, bags, stools, stands, tuners, cables, leads, reeds, sticks, bows and more!
We’ve got bargains in our Print Music department too! With 15% off RRP on ALL SHEET MUSIC AND BOOKS, now is the time to come into the store and stock up on all your print music needs! Whether that’s popular collections, children’s books, classical composers, movie and musical soundtracks or lesson books like the AMEB syllabus, RockSchool collection or Suzuki method, we’ve got 15% off the entire department!
Introducing the April Digital Piano Keyboard Sale at Pat's Music Store Melbourne. If you’ve been thinking about buying your first Home Keyboard or perhaps upgrading your Digital Piano Keyboard, now’s the time.
To coincide with release of the latest 2019 Yamaha Piano Keyboards, Pat’s Music Store is offering unbeatable prices across the range.
And it doesn’t stop there!
For the Month of April only, we are discounting all Yamaha and Casio Piano Keyboards. Also we'll even take 15% off of any Sheet Music purchased alongside your new Keyboard.
Here is a quick breakdown of savings you can expect on New Models of Casio and Yamaha Digital Piano Keyboards.
Digital Pianos and Home Keyboards represent a great alternative to an Acoustic Piano. In many cases a Digital Piano Keyboard is significantly cheaper than an Acoustic Grand or Upright Piano. Furthermore, where space may be limited, A Piano Keyboard will usually squeeze into even the tightest of spaces.
In addition to their more manageable dimensions, Home Piano Keyboards have one or two other advantages.
Where noise presents an issue to neighbours or cohabitants, Digital Keyboards provide a solution. Of course, all Yamaha and Casio Keyboards come with a handy Headphone Jack. Therefore by plugging in a set of headphones, the on-board speakers are disengaged and only the player can hear the sound.
Dependent upon the style or tone of what you wish to play, Digital Pianos offer several variations of Piano Sound. You
can select a Grand Piano sound with the press of a button, or perhaps choose the more subdued tone of an Upright Piano. Moreover, sounds such as Organs and Electric Pianos are also available at the touch of a button and in many cases Orchestral Strings can be added for richer tones.
By and large, Casio and Yamaha Home Keyboards go even further, providing the user with hundreds and sometimes, thousands of sounds at the touch of a button. These Digital Arranger Keyboards allow the user to produce the many musical layers that make up an arrangement. From drums through to Woodwind or even screeching guitars, every layer can be recorded piece by piece on their built-in sequencers.
This incredible Digital Piano Keyboard sale must end in April and stocks may be limited. To grab one of these amazing Musical Instruments, we urge you to visit our Music Shop, sooner rather than later. In other words, snooze and you may well lose out a real bargain Piano Keyboard.
Also don’t forget that our Piano Shop boasts a massive selection of both new and second-hand pianos. In fact we are a Yamaha Piano Gold Dealer and offer unequalled knowledge on new and used Upright and Grand Pianos.
Other Acoustic Piano Brands often on display include Beale, Kawai and much, much more.
We look forward to seeing you at the Melbourne Piano Keyboard Sale, you simply don’t want to miss.
Click here for a look at what's on Sale.
Whether interested in a Mahalo Ukulele or any other Ukulele for that matter, this article is must read.
Not so long ago, it was regarded that ukuleles were a toy instrument. That’s definitely not the case today. Many schools are teaching ukulele to students as part of music curriculums. Additionally Ukulele clubs are becoming more and more popular every day. You can also find a ukulele version of nearly all your favourite songs to learn on the uke yourself!
The ukulele boom has completelytaken over, and these little instruments have become one of the hottest selling musical instruments. So what better way to make the most of some of the best uke brands and bargains. Than with Mahalo Ukulele Mayhem in March here at Pat’s Music!
Before jumping into the great sale we have going on this month, why not learn a bit more about this instrument. Then you can find the right ukulele for yourself!
Ukulele’s come in a number of shapes and sizes. The most popular size for beginners is the soprano (the traditional size you’re probably used to seeing the most). However, concert and tenor sizes are becoming much more popular for adults with bigger hands. If you were to go even bigger, there is also the baritone uke.
The Soprano Ukulele, previously mentioned, is the traditional ukulele size you’re probably used to seeing. It makes the typical ukulele sound, due to tuning at A/E/C/G. At 51cm, it is one of the smallest yet most popular ukulele sizes available to try.
The Concert Ukulele sits at 58cm in size, with a longer neck and a larger body. It’s another popular option when it comes to buying your first ukulele. Sharing the same tuning as asoprano uke, it also makes that recognisable, classic ukulele sound.
As the ukulele boom has taken off, so has popularity amongst other ukulele sizes available, including tenor ukulele.
The tenor is much larger than the concert ukulele, at 66cm. Therefore while it has the same A/E/C/G tuning as soprano and concert ukulele’s the sound it produces is much more deeper. Consequently making the sound closer to that of a classical guitar. This ukulele is hugely popular amongst professional musicians and ukulele players. If you want to go a step up, why not try a baritone ukulele? These ukes are 76cm’s in size, and make a much deeper sound. This is because the tuning is the same as the last four strings on a guitar, E/B/G/D.
After figuring out which size ukulele you’re after, the next step is coming into our store. Here you are free to try a few Ukuleles out for yourself!
One of our most popular brands is of course, Mahalo Ukuleles. They were one of the first brands to further develop entry level ukuleles. Before then Ukuleles were pretty much considered toys and musically unplayable. This development meant that the Mahalo Ukulele was the first entry level priced ukulele to enter the market as a real musical instrument. The large range of sizes and designs, as well as the entry level prices means Mahalo is one of the first brands customers turn to when purchasing a ukulele, especially if it is the first uke.
A relatively new brand of Ukuleles, is 1880. 1880 Ukuleles are a brand that prides itself on delivering well-crafted
ukuleles. They are made with only select tonewoods and high quality finishes. The tone, projection and playability of these ukuleles make them another popular choice. This is especially when it comes to their large range of entry-level to high end ukes.
For the entire month of March, Pat’s Music will be having Mahalo March Mayhem. There you will find great prices and discounts on all Mahalo Ukulele and 1880 Ukuleles! There’s no better time than Mahalo March Mayhem to come into Pat’s and try out our large range of ukulele’s for yourself!
Follow this link to see the range: https://www.patsmusic.com.au/ukuleles/
Yes, you read it right. Pats Music Shop are giving away not one, but two awesome Ukuleles. All you need to do is post your best Ukulele themed Meme or GIF to the Pats Music Store Facebook Page and whoever gets the most likes, wins a very cool Uke. There can only be two winners, so get on our Facebook page and post those Memes now.
Remember, Sale and Competition ends 31st March so do not delay.