Music is a part of our everyday. Singing songs in the car, humming in the morning while getting ready, listening to carefully made playlists to fit every occasion, music finds a way to make life just a little more enjoyable.
Taking it to the next level, playing and practicing an instrument opens up opportunity for creativity, relaxation and a break from screens. There aren’t many reasons to not pick up an instrument.
We live our lives on screens due to the pandemic and we have so much time at home on our hands. Now, where to start? Start at a music shop. Local music shops are sprinkled all over Spokane. We did the work for you in finding the best ones.
In 1980, Debbie and Robin Amend started their small Spokane music business in primarily repairs. Now, the duo owns two shop locations, one in the South Hill and one in Northeast Spokane.
With marching band uniforms, from around the state of Washington, lining the tops of the walls, the South Hill location provides visitors with a historical, local feel.
“We are history buffs too,” Debbie said. “We have antique instruments that were in my husband’s family on display.”
Aside from décor, the shop is full of beautiful instruments for sale, lesson books and accessories. The primary function of Amend Music is repairs
Robin has over 40 years of experience in instrument repair. Debbie said that Amend Music is in charge of all of the Spokane Public Schools instrument repair.
For Gonzaga students looking to learn an instrument, Debbie has some advice.
“If you want to get into woodwind instruments, the clarinet is the place to start,” Debbie said. “If you are more interested in bass, go to trumpet.”
Another popular instrument that is flying off of the shelves is the ukulele. Debbie said that it’s something simple that you can do with online classes.
Stop by Amend Music to learn about lesson offers, located at 1305 W. 14th Ave., next to Rocket Bakery. Grab a coffee and a new set of strings for your guitar. Their weekday hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and their Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Known in Spokane for the stunning mural of musicians, Hoffman Music provides more than an art attraction for Monroe Street. This business has been running for over 100 years, right here in this city, and they have anything a musician would ever need.
Chris and Bill Hoffman started the company in the early 1900s, and Earl Smith is now the president of Hoffman Music.
Hoffman Music provides a complete service shop and can repair almost any instrument out there. Cleanings are also a huge hit at this location. Hoffman Music owns an agitating electronic machine to professionally clean instruments.
“One of the biggest selling instruments that we have seen during the pandemic is the guitar,” Smith said. “The band instruments have slowed."
Hoffman said that the reason that band instrument purchases are slowing down is because of the blowing air aspect. Woodwind and brass instrument lessons aren’t really an option right now, because of the need for blowing air.
Other than the guitar, Smith has seen an increase in electronic keyboard and ukulele purchases. These two instruments offer easy online tutorials and in person lessons, with masks.
Visit Hoffman Music to check out their instrument selection, repair and the huge mural on the outside of their building. They are open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 1430 N. Monroe St.
If you’re a little more experienced and looking for a wide variety of sheet music, Clearwater Music is the place to go. With a friendly atmosphere and homey vibe, this music shop is a must visit location.
They do it all. Repairs, lessons, instrument loans and purchases. The website said that it’s one of the biggest music stores of its kind in the Inland Northwest. You will find everything you need at this location. Turnaround times are short and reliable.
With an emphasis on the reed selection, clarinet, saxophone and oboe players will not be disappointed.
Visit Clearwater Music’s website, clearwatermusicserves.com, to check out the full list of services and pricing. The store location is 917 N. Country Homes Blvd., and they are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.