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Musicians from Raleigh

Raleigh has produced many musicians, from boy wonders to hardcore metal bands. Here I compile a list of local musicians grouped by genre or instrument. I’ve tried to be as inclusive as possible, but note that rock is really what I’m into, and this blogpost is a work in progress.

Bands from Raleigh

Musicians

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Unconventional guitar travel

How do you get around? Do you go by bus, car, or unicycle? In a busy urban environment sometimes it’s good to stand out and be different – out of that list of options I bet the unicycle stuck in your mind! Well I like to travel by bicycle. Getting around on a bike is just one way to stick out in Raleigh, and it’s a cheap, fast, and healthy mode of transport. If it gets people noticing me then it can’t be a bad thing.

One difficulty I have had is how to transport my guitar, song sheets, music stand, cables, pedals, amp, and a spare change of clothes on just two wheels pedaled by me.

With a soft guitar case on short trips I carry my guitar on my back using the case’s shoulder straps.

For longer trips, hard cases, and more equipment I need a bike trailer. We had a bike trailer in the UK that worked well for small errands, but it was too small for a guitar. Most trailers are designed for small children leaving scant space for your instrument. As well as looking out for special cargo trailers an important consideration will be the quality of the trailer. To transport heavy equipment like an amp a sturdy frame and axle are vital. I’m still searching for the best product for my purposes. Taking all my requirements into account I seem to be left with something functional, not at all stylish, and a lot like a golf caddy:

http://flythecyclery.com/product/burley-travoy-trailer-cart-185257-1.htm

Not exactly the kind of image I wanted to portray! Needless to say I’m still hunting for the best means of comfortably transporting my equipment round with me.

One busker I saw in Washington DC carries all kinds on his guitar trailer – now that’s what I’m talking about!

Bicycle and trailer loaded with musical equipment
Guitarist near Du Pont in Washington DC transports lots of his equipment by bicycle.

Bicycle shops in Raleigh

If, like me, you’re looking to buy something cycling related, check out these local bike shops:

, Hillsborough St, Raleigh
, downtown Raleigh
, downtown Raleigh
, Falls of Neuse Rd, Raleigh
, two locations in Raleigh
, five dealerships in the triangle

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Inspiring your kids with music

Music can be the basis for an enjoyable and educational family day out. Attending regular music groups and classes could also help your kids form long term hobbies and friendships. Recent research here and here reports that children who have music lessons tend to be innovative and successful in adulthood.

On TV and the web

Events for under 5s

Sing, Dance, Play happens about once a month at Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh

Children’s orchestras

North Carolina Symphony Kids
Raleigh Children’s Orchestra
Raleigh Area Children’s Theater

Children’s group classes in Raleigh

Miss Marie’s Music
Group classes at Meredith College

Music Together classes:
Sprout Songs Music
Joyful Song Family Music
I’m considering offering group guitar classes for children – please contact me to discuss the price range and time that would suit you.

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