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Cotten Music Center

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(615) 383-8947

434 Houston Street Suite 131 Nashville, Tennessee 37203

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Get A Northfield F5 For $2695 At Cotten Music

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615-383-8947

434 Houston Street Suite 131 Nashville, Tennessee 37203

Get A Northfield F5 For $2695 At Cotten Music

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615-383-8947

434 Houston Street, Suite 131, Nashville, TN 37203

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Guitar Matchmakers, recognizing there's a guitar for every player, and a player for every guitar. Providing new, used and consignment instrument sales and repairs since 1961.

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Cotten Music Center

615-383-8947

434 Houston Street Suite 131 , Nashville, Tennessee 37203

Get A Northfield F5 For $2695 At Cotten Music

We're guitar Matchmakers, recognizing there's a guitar for every player, and a player for every guitar.

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Cotten Music

615-383-8947

434 Houston Street Suite 131 Nashville, Tennessee 37203

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Cotten Music caps are low-profile, 6-panel, baseball caps featuring our full-color logo (new silver stitching) on the front and Nashville, TN (also stitched) on the back. They are fully adjustable, so they should fit most folks. The regular low-profile caps are available in charcoal, light gray, and washed blue. We also have larger-size caps (the dome portion is larger) in charcoal and washed green. The larger caps have leather adjustment straps. All caps are $20 plus shipping.

Cotten Music caps are low-profile, 6-panel, baseball caps featuring our full-color logo (new silver stitching) on the front and Nashville, TN (also stitched) on the back. They are fully adjustable, so they should fit most folks. The regular low-profile caps are available in charcoal, light gray, and washed blue. We also have larger-size caps (the dome portion is larger) in charcoal and washed green. The larger caps have leather adjustment straps. All caps are $20 plus shipping.

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Great small-shop and handmade guitars, mandolins and banjos by Collings, Goodall, Santa Cruz, Whitfill, NoName, Kimble, Northfield, Baxendale, Peterson, Moku, National Reso-Phonic, Deering, Kentucky, Seagull

Great small-shop and handmade guitars, mandolins and banjos by Collings, Goodall, Santa Cruz, Whitfill, NoName, Kimble, Northfield, Baxendale, Peterson, Moku, National Reso-Phonic, Deering, Kentucky, Seagull

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One of the most gifted guitarists in the world, Jack Pearson loves to help others build their knowledge of music, especially as played on the guitar. Don't miss the opportunity to study with a true master of the guitar! For more information, contact us at 615-383-8947.

One of the most gifted guitarists in the world, Jack Pearson loves to help others build their knowledge of music, especially as played on the guitar. Don't miss the opportunity to study with a true master of the guitar! For more information, contact us at 615-383-8947.

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We're guitar Matchmakers, recognizing there's a guitar for every player, and a player for every guitar.

We're guitar Matchmakers, recognizing there's a guitar for every player, and a player for every guitar.

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The Basic Types of Mandolins for Beginners

For some, the mandolin may seem like an obscure or inaccessible instrument. But in reality, it is incredibly easy to find, maintain, and learn to play with a decent degree of proficiency in a relatively short period of time. Strung like a violin but strummed like a guitar, the mandolin is a blend of old and new—innovative and classic all at once. It is suitable to play along with all genres of music or just by itself, and beginners will find that it is easier to learn than many other instruments, particularly for those vaguely familiar with the guitar.

However, there are different types of mandolins to choose from, each a little different from the rest. Which you choose depends on what you what to get out of the instrument.

Body Style

There are two basic body style types for mandolins: A-style and F-style. A-style mandolins feature a round or teardrop-shaped body with the neck extending smoothly from the type. F-style mandolins are a little flashier: they feature curvy scroll shapes carved into the body and elaborate decorative flare. Both A-style and F-style mandolins are generally similar in tone, but the F-style models tend to be more popular for those striving for a country or bluegrass tone.

Electric vs. Acoustic

Just like with guitars and many other instruments, you can purchase an electric or an acoustic mandolin. If you want to play in bands professionally or with friends, an electric mandolin that can be plugged directly into a sound system may be a good investment for you. However, for the average user, an acoustic mandolin is perfectly suitable, and acoustic mandolins can always be amplified manually for performance if necessary.

Materials

Mandolins can be made out of varying types of wood, and each type affects the overall sound and tone of the instrument. Overall, the most popular type of wood out of which mandolins are constructed is spruce—its dense-yet-light quality conveys the nuances of the mandolin’s notes perfectly. Some mandolins are also made out of cedar or mahogany; others are a blend of two or more types of wood to keep cost down without compromising the integrity of the sound.

Of course, there are many more ways that various mandolins differ from each other, but for the beginner mandolin player, these are a few of the most important to consider when selecting your first mandolin.

At Cotten Music Center, we carry a constantly rotating selection of both new and used mandolins of all types, and we are here to answer any questions you may have. Stop by any time to try out a mandolin for yourself, or give us a call at (615)383-8947. More information can be found on our website at cottenmusic.com .


How To Keep Your Guitar Playing Well Through The Cold, Dry Winter In Nashville

Baby It’s Cold Outside

Or so the song goes….

Chances are you’ve already noticed it’s cold outside, but have you noticed that it’s not only cold outside, but very dry inside? We thought we’d remind you that if your skin is feeling dry, your guitar (or other musical instrument made of wood and wire) is most likely feeling the same! Nashville has a pretty temperate climate most of the year, but around January we get a really nice cold (and dry) spell that can sometimes last as late as March. It’s important during these cold and dry spells, that we pay attention to the humidity levels in our homes, especially where our instruments are concerned.

If you’ve not already done it, now’s the time to take that precious instrument OFF the guitar stand and put it in its case. This is important regardless of the heat source in your house, but especially if you’re heat is gas forced air. If the humidity goes below 40% for an extended period of time, it can wreak havoc on your acoustic guitar or mandolin. Optimal humidity is in the 50-55% range, and a couple days of dipping below that level is not too bad, but an extended period of time below 40% can mean the fretboard drying out and the frets sticking out, the bridge lifting, or worse. The good news is, it’s not hard to take care of your guitar during the dry period of winter. Just make sure to case your guitar and put a source of humidification in the case along with the guitar. You don’t have to buy the latest, most expensive humidifier, either. There are several options available at your local guitar store, ranging from as little as $4.00 to as much as $30.00. You can even use a homemade humidifier such as a plastic soap travel container. Take the container, punch a few holes in the top of it, and put a wet sponge inside. The moisture will escape the container and fill your case so that your guitar or mandolin won’t dry out. You’ll just need to position the cased instrument so the water source won’t drip out into the case and onto the instrument. Remember to check the sponge every few days and refill with water. It’s an inexpensive way of protecting your instrument from drying out!

New, used, vintage, and consignment instruments: guitars (electric and acoustic), mandolins, ukuleles, banjos, dobros and reso-phonics, accessories (strings, straps, tuners, capos, picks). and 100% Cotten wear (caps, t-shirts, etc.)

About Us

The oldest guitar shop in Nashville, Cotten Music has been in business since 1961. For most of our years, we occupied a tiny space in Hillsboro Village, but early in 2013 we relocated to a beautiful (and slightly larger space) in the Wedgewood-Houston area, about three miles from our old shop. We're eager to show you the new shop, as well as our ever-changing inventory of new, used, and vintage instruments. If you're looking for a new (or new to you) instrument, print and bring this ad with you for a "welcome to our new shop" gift from us. We'd love to show you around and help you find just the right instrument based on your tone requirements and your budget. If you just need a setup or repair to an instrument you already own, we can help you with that too. Come see us!

Our Staff

  • Kim Sherman - Co-Owner - Sales, Orders and Custom Orders
  • Rick Crump - Co-Owner - Sales and Instruction - Beginning Banjo
  • Kit Crump - Co-Owner - Operations
  • Andrew Smith - "The Mudge" - Instrument Set Up and Repairs
  • Jack Pearson - Instruction - Intermediate and Advanced Guitar, Mandolin, Claw Hammer Banjo
  • Stan Lawrence - Instruction - Beginning Mandolin
  • Darcy Cotten - Owner Emerita

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Blugrass and Beyond

Bluegrass and Beyond - The 4th Annual Bluegrass and Beyond, sponsored in part by Cotten Music, will be held on November 8 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, in the Ford Theater. Buying an admission ticket to the Museum gives you access to the show(s) and to all exhibits. Featured this year will be Jim Hurst, singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, who will perform and host the proceedings.

Time and List of performers:Performance starts at 11am and ends at 4pmPerformers include: Jim Hurst, Jack Pearson, Ben Hall, Wil Maring and Robert Bowlin, Darin and Brooke Aldridge and BandAdmission is FREE with purchase of Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum pass or membership

Jack Pearson Guitar Academy

Online Video Lessons by Legendary Guitarist Jack Pearson Monthly to annual subscriptions Study online, at your own pace, on your own schedule. jackpearsonguitar.com

Musical Heritage Center presents: The 3rd Annual "Eighth of January" Old Time Music Weekend

Save the Dates: Jan 8 - 10, 2014 Featuring Outstanding Guest Performers! Instructors on Fiddle, Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Singing, Flatfooting and ... A whole lot of Jamming! Multilevel & All Ages Welcome Locate: Fiddle and Pick, 456 Hwy 70, Pegram, TN 37143 Phone: 615-646-9131 or 615-812-2192 fiddleandpick.com

Some of Our New Products

Straps from Original Fuzz Handmade (Various prices)

Collings MF Custom Mandolin (New) $4410 with case

 

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