Tips & Advice


What is Lemon Oil?

Lemon oil… What is it? Answer: a fretboard conditioner? Cleaner. Fretboard oils contain very little real lemon oil. The last thing any guitar product manufacturer wants is to damage their customer’s guitars. So, many of the popular guitar lemon oils sold by well-known guitar companies are comprised primarily of other oils–usually, mineral oil, which is a pretty good (and cheap) fretboard conditioner by itself. They contain only a small amount of real lemon oil, and the yellow colour comes from artificial colouring. In fact, some contain no real lemon oil at all. Instead, they’re just mineral oil... Read More


Taking Care Of and Tuning Your Guitar

When your guitar has been used for a while it might be in need of some TLC. As well as a restring and a set up you can also use some great guitar cleaning products to assure your guitar is receiving the correct treatment. These products consist of lemon oil which you use when you take your strings off and put it on the neck. However, you would only use this on rosewood fingerboard as it is openly pawed, unlike maple fingerboards which are closed pawed. Guitar polish is the... Read More


Which Instrument Is Best For Your Child?

So your child has made the choice to begin playing a musical instrument.  Now comes the big question, what instrument is right for them? This may take some exploration it may be that the first instrument they try is not the right one for them. So here I’m going to help to make the choice a little easier. Piano The piano is a great first choice. It is one of the most popular choices for young people. It’s a great way to be able to learn how to read music... Read More


How Often Should I Have My Piano Tuned?

Here at Rimmers Music, we sell new and second-hand acoustic pianos in 4 of our 9 branches. We also buy young second-hand pianos to sell again. And one of the questions we ask people who want to sell us a piano is when was it last tuned??? This often draws a selection of reasons why the piano hasn’t been tuned regularly. By regularly we mean at least twice a year if the instrument is played regularly or if no one is playing it once a year. This is very important... Read More


Piano or Keyboard?

One important question to ask when looking for a new instrument is; do I want a piano or keyboard? Although the lines between the two can be somewhat blurred with some instruments being more of a hybrid rather than one or the other, there are some general rules on what sets the two apart. Generally, a keyboard is less than full length, most of the time having 76 or 61 keys and often these keys are spring-action rather than weighted. A keyboard is a rhythm-based instrument, meaning that it will... Read More


Why Learning An Instrument Is Great For Young People

How many times have you heard the words “I wish I could play the guitar” or have you yourself marvelled at a drum solo and only wished you could do it yourself? A lot of people “wish” but not many actually go as far as starting. Well for those with young ones asking the same questions then you should tell them yes. It’s not just an investment in them musically there are numerous benefits to be gained from learning a musical instrument here are a few. Brain Stimulation The way... Read More


What Do I Need To Get Started With Home Recording?

With the recent boom in technology, recording your own music has never been easier than now. If you’re a complete novice or a more experienced producer you still might not know what else you need to complete your studio setup. This blog is intended to help you with that. Computer Firstly, you will need a computer. Now that might seem a bit obvious for home recording, but the specs you need for your computer to run and record smoothly might not be as obvious. You need to make sure your... Read More


Beginning your journey into music with Yamaha

There are many things in life to be thankful for, our family and friends, the air we breathe, the food we eat: The list goes on and on. Thinking back, the first time I remember feeling true gratitude was when I received my first keyboard, a Yamaha PSS30. I spent hundreds of hours playing songs that I had heard, and while the 2-voice polyphony was very basic by today’s standards, it held me captivated that I was able to produce these sounds at the touch of one of its 32... Read More


Which Keyboard Is Best For A Beginner?

Which keyboard do we buy, or do I recommend for a beginner, is a question I have been asked thousands of times in my career. It really falls into three categories I think? The youngest beginner, who mum and dad may want to start learning as soon as possible, the 8-9s to a teenager who is about to have keyboard lessons at school. And the above teenager upwards who already may play and looking to upgrade the model they have. Let’s start with the youngest beginner, I think it is... Read More


Does My Guitar Need Servicing?

A guitar is a lot like a car, without a regular check-up you’re not going to get very far. There are many signs that your guitar isn’t up to standard anymore; You may notice that it’s not staying in tune as it once did, or perhaps the further up the neck you go the more out of tune it seems to sound. Maybe the action has changed when you put new strings on and now you find it difficult to press the string down. Has the output jack has become... Read More