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What Does it Take at Juilliard? Some Kind of Spark

Regular readers know that music education is an important issue to me. In fact, it reminds me of that old Barack Obama quote, “You didn’t build that” (tongue firmly in cheek). If you’ve been successful in music (or just gotten pretty good at an instrument), chances are someone along the way helped you. It might have been a parent, older sibling, music store employee, or teacher. Whomever it was, you know that reaching your goals is easier with support.

I’m asking you to support an independent filmmaker, Ben Niles, get more exposure for his new film Some Kind of Spark, which follows kids in Juilliard’s Music Advancement Program. It’s up for Indiewire’s Film of the Month against three other films. If Some Kind of Spark wins this competition, Ben will receive a consultation from the Tribeca Film Institute!

Keep Girls Rock! DC Strumming this Summer [Pick Education]

For those of us outside the Beltway, it may seem like the only thing happening in Washington DC is politics. But don’t forget, our nation’s capital is home to a thriving music scene, and influential artists like Bad Brains, Henry Rollins, and Dave Grohl all hail from DC.

Nonprofit organization Girls Rock! DC is on a mission to not only keep the DC music scene alive, but pump it up with a healthy dose of girl power. And for this, we are proud to have Girls Rock! DC as this week’s Pick Education partner.

Through July 1, 2012, for each GearPipe guitar pick sold in the GearPipe Shop, we will donate one pick to Girls Rock! DC for use in their music education programming.

Mile High Mayhem! Help Us Support Girls Rock Camp Denver [Pick Education]

If you ask the staff, volunteers, and campers of Girls Rock Camp Denver, rocking has been a male-dominated sport for way too long. And it’s tough to argue! The Godmothers of Rock — artists like Heart and Patti Smith — paved the way for the explosion of female fronted, and all-female, bands of the past ten years. Bands like The Donnas and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have proven girls can rock harder than most boys.

And this is why we are proud to welcome Girls Rock Camp Denver as this week’s Pick Education partner!

Interview with Jeff Cutler of Re-Axe Products [4OnTheFloor]

For the past few months I’ve been enamored with the Axe-Handler from Re-Axe Products, a portable guitar stand that can fit in your pocket or case. Through a few discussions about the product, I’ve also gotten to know Jeff Cutler, one of the founders of Re-Axe. Along with his partner, David Trombetti, Jeff’s obsession with building a quality product and organization is second to none.

We’re also enamored with Jeff and Dave’s generosity! In this interview we announce a new joint project between Re-Axe and GearPipe, to benefit our Pick Education program. Starting today, Re-Axe will be selling a GearPipe-branded Axe-Hander. Sold at $17.95 (the same price as a standard Axe-Handler), the GearPipe Axe-Handler will come packaged with three GearPipe picks, in your choice of thickness. PLUS, from each sale, $3.00 will go to fund Pick Education, and I will donate three picks to the current week’s music ed program partner.

Help Nude spread music making to La Habra, CA students [Pick Education]

While the California band Nude is busy pushing their new album, Fearless Generation, they never forget that without the inspiration of someone when they were young, they never would have dedicated their lives to what they love, making music.

That’s why members of the three man band (Tony Karlsson, Bobby Amaro, and Dave Mattera) volunteer at Washington Middle School, along with community centers and other schools in La Habra, California, teaching students to play music.

More picks, more pleasure!

I’m told people like bundles. If this is, in fact, true, I’ve got a good one for you.

I took pretty much everything we sell in the GearPipe Shop (all three items) and threw them together in a box (actually, placed them nicely in a poster tube), and cut the price a bit.

Careful with that Axe, Eugene! Our Re-Axe Axe-Handler Review

Some products are aspirational in nature. “Buy this Fender Eric Clapton Signature Strat and your blues solos will sound just like Slowhand’s.” Or “Hop on this Harley and the world will see you as the rebel you really are.”

That’s all well and good, but I like products that understand who we really are. “Sometimes you’re lazy and lean your $2,000 guitar up against your amp instead of cradling it in a stand.” Or “You tend to leave your guitar stand at home because you’ve got enough stuff to carry to a gig and the stand just doesn’t fit in your gig bag.”

Sound familiar?

Pick Education is Dead, Long Live Pick Education

For those of you not following the story, we did not win the GOOD Magazine grant, which would have funded our Pick Education program.

I’d be lying if I told you I wasn’t disappointed. We could have done a lot of good with the $2,500 prize, but it was not meant to be. Nevertheless, I think this program’s potential for good is too great to ignore, and I think now is the time in my life to start giving back.