Archive for the ‘Partners’ Category

We Have a New Affiliate

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

Piano Social Directory is excited to announce we have a new affiliate.  Cool Stuff For Musicians is a really cool (pardon that I just said that twice) website that has things that most people don’t know are available.  The folks at Estey Piano have pulled it all together now to make some of those things available.  I have no doubt that as the website and the business grows you will see more items available and more stuff that you won’t be able to live without.

Check it out here:

Cool Stuff For Musicians

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Find some things that you MUST have and order today.  Remember the holidays are coming.

Thanks for your support.

Ric Overton


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  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…)

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

Which Way Do I Go ?

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

I always loved the cartoon on Saturday morning and the main character’s big quote was always “Which way do I go”

Pianos and The Piano Business

Many of you know that I am fascinated with pianos.  The instrument itself is an incredible work of art.  Knowing that over 15,000 parts goes into making an instrument and that someone has to put all of that together brings the entire picture to life for me every time I look at a piano.

From the mid-1700’s and the introduction of the piano from Christophori and Silbermann and the whole history from then until now is enough to make the hairs on my arms stand up.  This truly is my passion and I could spend hours talking, hearing and reading about it.

Back to the point.  After the past couple of years that I have been writing this blog and writing on various subjects I am not sure that you enjoy the subject matter that I choose.

Marketing Solutions

As part of what I have been doing since the closing of the PianoSD retail showroom, I have been working with social media marketing and helping solve the social media issue with some small business owners from around the country.  This has been a successful venture and I have been satisfied with the results.

Marketing can be hard if you dont understand it and how it works together to create the big picture.  I am not going to suggest that I know it all but, I do understand how it all comes together and I had some successes with customers in constructing and managing the marketing and social media side of the business.

My question to the blog reader is that what you want to read about when you come to PianoSD.  We have made many efforts and hours of work to bring together all of the information that we can gather about pianos, piano teachers, tuners, movers and more.  Now we are trying to bring everything together INCLUDING YOU.


Engagement is the life blood of  any website.  We really want to give you what you want to read about and find the information that you want to know about.  We really need your help.

Please tell us what you would like for us to provide for you.  Feel free to leave a response or email us through the website ‘contact us’ about topics and thoughts you may have.

Is there anything on the site that you don’t want to see or something that seems missing you would like to see?  Please tell us.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Ric Overton

Meet Lucas Denzer

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

Lucas Denzer an Oregon native came by The Piano Outlet in Nipomo, Ca. and introduced himself some weeks ago.  Since then we have developed a friendship and more importantly we found common ground for him to organize and open one of the first academies for piano on the Central Coast of California specifically, Nipomo, Ca. called Lucas Piano Academy.   You may find out more information at

I hope you enjoy our brief conversation today.

Ric Overton

Cecil Ramirez at SoCal Pianos in San Marcos and Ontario California

Saturday, April 7th, 2012

Announcing SoCal Pianos concert with Cecil Ramirez.  Great concert event you cant miss.  Also some chatter about piano teachers.

Ric Overton


Cecil Ramirez at SoCal Pianos

Cecil Ramirez at SoCal Pianos

Piano Concert with DuoPetrof at SoCal Pianos and marketing tips

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Today’s podcast announces a special performance at SoCal Pianos in San Marcos, CA just north of San Diego.  Duo Petrof at will be having a very special concert on March 29th.  More information about SoCal Pianos can be found at   Also, some more marketing tips to help generate traffic and responses to your teaching business.

Hope you enjoy

Ric Overton


Piano Social Directory First Podcast

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Today’s broadcast is the first podcast that we have done.  I am discussing the new website at and what the future holds.

I hope you enjoy this very first podcast and please go to and sign up for new updates.

Ric Overton


Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

With our ever increasing need for music education and enlightenment I realized several months ago that I had a gem in the website.   I have the understanding and knowledge to make a difference .  I sat down and spoke with Max Morgan our Web Designer about the possibilities and what I wanted to create.  It has taken shape and we finally have a product started that I believe will increase the public’s awareness of the need for making  music in their homes, schools, churches, etc.

I have long been an advocate of the teaching community.  In our store in San Diego I spent most of my time working with students and teachers on ways to help make the community at large have a greater appreciation of music makers.  Whether its on a washtub or a concert grand, music does change people’s daily outlook.

That’s why (short for Piano Social Directory) was created.  When you go to the website you will be asked to put in your information and “join” Piano Social Directory.  If you are a piano teacher or piano tuner, if you are a manufacturer you have the option of simply adding in your information into our data base so anyone who is looking for your service can easily find you.

If you are simply a fan or enthusiast you can also sign up to receive emails about events, products or happenings in and around your area.  Sign up but please do NOT choose one of the blocks if you don’t fit into that category.  We will capture your name and information and as we progress we will be keeping you up to date on the latest.

Finally we will be adding a couple of new spots for piano artists to join to promote your talents and get creative suggestions from us on how to increase your image and public awareness.

I am very excited about what’s going on and hope that you will feel free to join our site and participate in the many changes that are taking place at the all new Piano Social Directory at


Ric Overton

What’s Happening with

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Over the past year most of you know that we have been undergoing some major changes.  Those changes are starting to become evident as you log into the website you will see whats happening.

We are embarking on a new program that we are hoping will help bring music appreciation and music education to the forefront.  Every day we have been making changes behind the scene and Max (some of you may remember from the Live@PianoSD broadcasts) has been very patient with me while I have changed my mind several times a day for the past few months.

We finally arrived with the finished product and we will be rolling out those changes in the next few weeks.  Thank you very much for your patience and hopefully as we grow you will be happy with the final results.  The new changes are very VERY exciting and help expose my passion for music as we go along.

Thank you very much for your patience and stay tuned to a VERY exciting future in the Piano business.

Ric Overton


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