Posts Tagged ‘Ric Overton’

Amazing Performance by Kids

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

This was among the most deligthful videos I have seen lately.  When I saw this I wondered how well these kids had been taught and how many hours went into teaching each one of them their parts.  These guys are really something and worth watching.

Now you have to imagine that each of these kids has been with a teacher who taught them individually each single note, how long the note has to be held, proper timing and then put it all together in one grand performance.

I am used to writing about pianos but, I felt like this was one I couldn’t avoid.

When you have a chance, stop by the T-Shirt shop and find something fun.

Ric Overton

http://PianoSD.com

 

Interview with Ann Marie Kurrasch

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

NEW INTERVIEW

I had the nicest interview with Ann Marie Kurrasch this week that I wanted to share with you.  Ann Marie is such a nice lady and also quite talented.  The interview only tells you a small portion of her talents and what she has accomplished.

Ann Marie Kurrasch

I took a look at some of her             (more…)

Learn To Play The Piano

Friday, June 8th, 2012

One request that I get from time to time is “Is it to late for me to learn to play the piano?”  Of course, my response is “It’s NEVER to late to learn”.

There are a lot of courses available on the internet that are good courses to take to learn the piano when you are older and have an interest.  One I can suggest from personal experience is http://ScottHouston.com  Scott offers a very intuitive and concise way to learn.  Some more traditional teachers may say that this course doesn’t go far enough to explain all of the details.  My opinion is that it is pretty “spot-on” in its delivery.  No frills, just a simple and easy to understand course on learning to play the piano.

Nothing happens overnight but, one thing I want to point out is;  when you look at the piano most people see 88 notes.   All different, all types of notes, lines, squiggly things, etc. and after all “who can learn all of that”.  The secret is that there are only 12 notes that you have to learn.  These notes are represented in different places on the music staff (the thing with five lines and little round things in it) and all music has a set of rules you have to learn.  Once you learn those 12 notes (more…)

Piano Recital Time

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

I am sitting in the piano Store that I manage in Nipomo, Ca., The Piano Outlet,  right now listening to a piano recital of about 15 kids who have worked very hard to get here.  Words can not express how happy I am to take part in or provide for kids recitals.  It is exciting to see these young guys and girls start out their musical journey here.

Years ago when I first started learning there wasnt much of an opportunity to for me go to recitals and such.  I was usually playing piano in church and things like that so, on some levels I guess its close to being the same.

The kids have on their nice little outfits and Mom and Dad are nervous, in fact maybe more nervous than the kids themselves.  They go to the piano, take their little bow and then sit down to play their well rehearsed (hopefully) songs.  When its over, the kid and parents both breathe a sigh of relief and are simply glad its over.

I’ve seen some really great musicians come out of piano recitals and I am always happy when they realize a dream of being able to play or in some cases “just trying to make Mom and Dad happy” .  Whatever the reason, I’m glad they are here.

Hope you are having a great day and something musical has made you smile.

Ric Overton

http://PianoSD.com

We Are Growing

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Over the past few weeks we have REALLY undergone major surgery.  Our website has taken on a new life and I can’t tell you how excited I am about it.  We have met some really nice people and for the month so far we have made over 100 referrals to piano teachers, piano tuners and piano movers.  We have seen the website grow from only a few visits a month to over 6000 page views a month.  Our t-shirt business is growing and we will soon be sending out an email blast to over 18,000 users who are in our system now as Piano Professionals.

SETTING GOALS

Our goal in the coming months is (more…)

Dr. Indrek Laul President of Estonia Piano

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Today I was sent a video that I had never seen although the date stamp points back to a 2008 fundraiser for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.  I was surprised by the performer who was Dr. Indrek Laul .  I consider Dr. Laul a friend or at least a  very good acquaintance and was a little embarrassed that I was not aware of his musical talent to the extent that this video shows.  See the video below.  It is the full composition by Gershwin so it is about 13 or 14 minutes.  Even if you can’t watch the entire video, bookmark it and come back to it – you will want to experience the last 3 minutes.

I am not a professional critic but I will tell you that this was an amazing performance.

Dr. Laul is one of the nicest men in (more…)

T-Shirt Shop

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

Never let it be said that I won’t try something if I think it will work.

I always take the time to look at opportunities that I feel have some promotional value not only for myself but for the community that I try to serve.  Several weeks ago I saw such an opportunity.  T-Shirts.  It came about because I was looking for an electrician and couldn’t seem to find one that would do small jobs.   While I was in the grocery store I noticed the guy in front of me had on a t-shirt advertising a local electrician.  I struck up a conversation and YEP you guessed it.  Hired him to do the small job that I needed done.   He said – “see advertising does pay off”.  My thought was “huh-a walking advertisement”.

Aint Life Grand!

Aint Life Grand!

After a considerable amount of research I came across a company that could do all the things I needed and I can create my own specific t-shirt designs for piano tuners and piano teachers, etc.   So, here we go.  PianoSD has a t-shirt shop.  Visit it when you have a chance and hopefully you will find something that you can’t live without or you may want to give as a gift to someone.

We can do custom designs and special designs.  If you have a special need just let me know.  Contact me through PianoSD and I will get right on it.

See you soon.

Ric Overton

http://PianoSD.com

Happy Mother’s Day

Monday, May 14th, 2012

My mother is one of the greatest Moms in the world.  Yes, Yes, I know, I know.  Everyone feels that way but, truthfully, my Mom is the greatest.  As a child I wanted to play the piano.  I mean I REALLY wanted to play.  She agreed to let me learn from our church piano player a few things and then she would sit for hours, countless hours (in retrospect, probably excruciating pain because I was horrible) and listen to me practice and patiently work with me to learn some of the music I had learned to love in church.

She introduced me to Gospel Music (which you probably already know is my favorite) and then helped me learn the parts and the different chords, etc.  Always patiently, every time I wanted to quit because it became hard at times, she would guide me through the tough times and help me.  All along she always encouraged me to follow my dreams and I would succeed.

At times over the past few years, I have disappointed myself but, she still encourages me to follow my heart and I will succeed.  She has helped me with this website and stood beside me, behind me and occasionally in front of me when the tough got going.  She never has suggested that I take a different path but always encourages me to follow my heart.  Of course, my heart is in the piano business so here I am.

I look at so many people who had a terrible relationship with their moms or perhaps didn’t have any relationship at all.  I hear stories that make me  hurt about moms who don’t care about their children or toss them aside when they do things that their moms don’t approve of.  I have often said that I grew up in a “Leave it to Beaver” household.  My Dad was like Ward, My Mom was like June and of course, my brother Wally.  I have a great sister-in-law and generally just a great family but I would have to admit that my Mom is the glue that keeps us together.

I’m very proud of my Mom and I appreciate her always being my pal when being a pal was appropriate and my Mom when it was time for her to be Mom.

Thanks Mom

Ric Overton

http://PianoSD.com

 

Ever Heard This Line

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

“Do what you love and you will never work a day”?

Well, let me tell you.  This may work for some but it certainly doesn’t work for everyone.  However, I must tell you that I really do consider myself a very fortunate guy.  Not only do I work with people that I respect and love, but, I also work around my very favorite instruments.  I have been in love with pianos since I was a kid.  But it is WORK.

I don’t know when I would have been through a whole day without having to email a customer, call a customer, visit a customer or do some blogs, or maintenance on the website.

SmileI mean what else could a man ask for right?  I love to see pianos, they make me smile and I enjoy the customers, they also make me smile.    I am a lucky, lucky man.

When I go to work in the mornings at my little piano store on the central coast of California, I actually enjoy walking through the doors.  Of course, the store is not that busy and I’m not overcome with work.  Some days are more difficult than others.

I write blogs for several different people and do a lot of social media work for piano companies and piano stores, but, I enjoy simply reading about pianos and seeing what is going on in the piano industry.

I wish everyone could experience this type of love for their jobs.  The world would be a different place if everyone loved what they do as much as I do.

Ric Overton

Visit us at http://PianoSD.com

People You Meet

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

It’s seldom that you have the opportunity to meet and become friends with someone that you consider a “star”.  I have known a few celebrities in my life, the occasional chance meeting of someone that you see on T.V. or read about in the newspapers, etc.   With that being said, I just want you to know that I am completely aware of the fact that I am weird and a little twisted when it comes to the piano business and piano people.

It has been my delight over the years to meet what I consider (more…)

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