Living Our Values: Teamwork

Jhon Alvarado works at Johnson String Instrument as an Educational Representative in our School Services department. While he’s only been here a short time, Jhon has developed a reputation as someone who is quick to help out when needed.

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Living Our Values: Customer Commitment

Nate Faro, front staff at the Johnson String Instrument retail store, is a favorite with our customers. We chatted with him to find out why he places such a high value on customer commitment, one of our company’s core values.

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Wittner’s Unique Animal Inspired Metronome

Most music teachers recommend that students practice using metronomes because it’s human nature to slow down at the difficult parts when you’re learning to play a piece of music and speed up when you have the phrase down. Metronomes emit a steady ticking sound that can be set for a specific beat per minute (bpm) pace, and help you play with consistent rhythm throughout the entire piece of music. There are a range of speeds to choose from, allowing you to start slow and increase as you become more adept.

These devices are not just helpful for beginners, as most professional musicians continue to practice with metronomes, particularly when learning a new piece. They come in a variety of styles, and because it can sometimes be frustrating to match the tempo, Wittner has created a line of unique metronomes for use while practicing. Why gaze at boring old metronomes, when you can make practice fun with animal metronomes?

Pick your favorite

There are three fun animal designs available for purchase, so you can pick the one you or your child will enjoy the most. The Cat metronome is a gray striped tabby, with whiskers, a big, bushy tail and silly smile on his face. Wittner’s sassy Penguin metronome is black and white with an orange bill and feet, and appears to be singing along to the music. Whereas the Owl metronome has a fittingly wise expression on his face and both wings behind his back.

All of the animal metronomes are made out of sturdy plastic and are standing up, adorned with a traditional clockwork pendulum mechanism on their “tummies.” The timer can be set by sliding their bowties up and down and offers a range of 40bpm up to 200bpm. They’re sure to add a touch of the whimsical to scales and exercises alike.

Or pick all three!

You can find all three Wittner Taktell Metronomes on the Johnson String Instrument website when you shop for instrument accessories. With the holidays fast approaching, you may be searching around for that one perfect gift for the musician in your life. These fun yet practical metronomes make the perfect gift for the cat loving violinist, owl obsessed bassist, or penguin superfan on your list.

Check out our wide selection of online accessories, sheet music, instruments and more, and have your purchases shipped directly to your front door.


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Holiday Sheet Music for Stringed Instruments

Outside, the air is getting colder, the days shorter, and the leaves have changed color and fallen off the trees. For many folks, this is a magical time of year, especially with the onset of the holiday season. And there’s nothing that gets you more in the spirit than hearing Christmas carols, Chanukah songs, and other seasonal music. If you’re a string musician, why not take the opportunity to learn to play them yourself on your violin, cello, viola, or double bass?

Imagine wowing your family and friends with some of their all-time favorites, and it’s as simple as picking up some holiday sheet music at your local store. Hate the seasonal crowds? JSI invites you to shop holiday sheet music online from the comfort of your own living room. We carry a wide selection of holiday songs, and you can find the version you like best by searching through song titles, publishers, or composers.

Oh the joy it will bring

Learning new songs during the holiday season is a great way to hone your skills and spread joy at the same time. If you grew up in a musical family, you may have memories of singing or playing the classics together. There have also been many new songs and arrangements introduced over the years that can be really fun to learn as well.

At JSI, we have a range of holiday sheet music, from the oldies-but-goodies to newer, more up-tempo pieces. You can find solo versions or duets written for combos such as violin and viola, cello and violin or a stringed instrument accompanied by piano. For those who have a whole group who wants to learn, we carry sheet music for ensembles too.

Do you have a full ensemble?

Check out our online selection and entertain family, friends and neighbors with your version of old classics and new favorites this holiday season.


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